June has been a busy month. Gardeners gardening, folks attending the farmer’s markets in droves to get that fresh picked goodness, canners firing up their pots, and dehydrators buzzing along with the smells of all that freshness. Learn to make your own convenience food, herb-spice blends, flavored coffees, and more. And for my dehydration-preserving friends, there are plenty of helps here to make your experience better as well. So if you missed any of our articles, catch up here before you busy yourself with the sights and smells of July’s bounty!
Taking back my choice to eat healthy foods again has been a win-win for me. One of the primary ways that I do this is with my Master Convenience Mixes (MCM’s). They allow me to do so much more with my meals than even I thought possible. Every year, my recipe box grows with MY OWN healthy alternatives to what has become the norm for my generation, commercially mass-produced convenience foods. But mine are better. They give me more than the commercial products ever could in so many ways: Time-savings, Space-savings, Money-savings, Health and Special Diet savings, and TASTE!
Skip the long aisles of side dish convenience boxes, packets, and jars you find in the grocery store by making your own! Many of these side dishes can be made into full meals with the addition of vegetables and meat. And for vegetarians and vegans, here is the basis of a delicious meal for you too. With gluten-free options, these side dishes can fit just about any lifestyle. Rice, Pasta, Potato, and more.
Soups are one of the most popular Convenience Foods on the market. Chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, and cream of mushroom soup are among the top 10 food items sold in grocery stores each week. But they are full of sodium, preservatives, and the price tag can really add up. Learn to make your own soups with healthy, flavorful ingredients YOU choose and by-pass all that.
I have had several requests, especially from my Aussie friends, for seasoning blends that are not available in other parts of the world. As well, these are American favorites that can be made in your own kitchen without stabilizers, anti-caking ingredients, “natural” flavors, or preservatives. Here are 8 blends I think you will enjoy.
Do you like your COFFEE as much as we do? There are so many ways to prepare and flavor our favorite brew. Whether you like flavored beans, creamers, International Coffees, iced coffee, or even Coffee Liqueur, we have recipes for it all you can make at home! Many of these can be used with tea as well.
And for all of my dehydrating friends, you have the extra added choice of flavoring these with your fruit powders! Throw some dehydrated fruit powder (like raspberry and cacao) into your brew and you have a great dessert coffee.
When I really started dehydrating on a regular basis I found I was needing some kind of a record of what I had done. To keep track of how long my foods took to process as well as any other data I was collecting about the various batches just seemed like a smart thing to do to remember what results I had from my “experiments”. So I created a Journal, a simple composition notebook detailing my dehydrating experiences. It has proven invaluable to me. I also have one for my cooking, one for my canning, and one for my food pantry!
Over 25 “How-to” articles covering the step-by-step procedures to dehydrate many of the items you may be wanting to store in your pantry.
Check out 21st Century Simple Living’s Hacks, 22 articles to help you get the most out of your dehydrating experiences with tips and trick you may not have thought of.
Purchase (or pick your own red raspberry leaves and dry) for a full, robust cup of tea without caffeine. Recipes for your favorite blends can be found here as well.
Make caramelized onions easily, without oils, and either freeze or dehydrate for a yummy snack or storage food. This was our most viewed article for June. Crock pots all over the world were filled with yummy onions!
Dehydrate your greens and herbs with this easy, space-saving method. Easy and efficient cutting and dehydrating process for all greens.
Experimenting with citrus to keep it from darkening in the dehydration process. Tips and tricks to help you process citrus and the procedure to do so.
If you have a freezer full of blanched vegetables from your garden, dehydrating them is an excellent way to clean it out and have more space for this year’s crops!
Please let us know if there are topics you would like to see for July.
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