How to Achieve Good Dehydrated Food Quality

Start with the best produce to get the best dried foods √ Start with the fresh produce in your garden or choose organic, non-GMO foods from the grocery store or farmer’s markets if you can afford them. Look for foods that are free of blemishes. √ Use the best fruit… Read more“How to Achieve Good Dehydrated Food Quality”

Smoke on the Water—Wood & Liquid Smoked Salts

Start with an all-natural salt and slow smoke it using real Applewood chips. A delicate smolder with a subtle hint of fruit makes this smoked salt very versatile as a rub, marinade, or finishing salt. BUT what if you do not have a smoker? That is what my friend Anna… Read more“Smoke on the Water—Wood & Liquid Smoked Salts”

6 Onion or Mushroom Soup & Dip DRY Mixes

These recipes are a must if you flavor with the dry soup brand mixes. Chemical-free, gluten-free, and with vegan options,  these mixes are also frugal and will save you money. I have played with these recipes and I think they taste better than the boxed brands! Original Onion Soup &… Read more“6 Onion or Mushroom Soup & Dip DRY Mixes”

Bacchus Salt! Wine Salt (Red & White Options)

Last week, there was a discussion about a video that showed how to make red wine salt. Unfortunately, there were a few discrepancies and it was confusing to follow the recipe. I had made it before, but could not recall the exact details and measurements. So I went into my kitchen… Read more“Bacchus Salt! Wine Salt (Red & White Options)”

5 Steps to Creating Homemade Convenience Foods

Just 5 EASY steps to unprocessed, chemical-and-preservative-free, pronounceable ingredient freedom for MUCH less cost. When you compare boxed baking mixes vs. homemade baking mixes, you will see that you are paying almost 40% more money for the convenience. And the time involved? Well, follow me for a moment in this… Read more“5 Steps to Creating Homemade Convenience Foods”

Scalloped Potatoes Dry Mix

Scalloped potatoes are a favorite side dish that can be made cheaply. Putting the ingredients together ahead of time means that you always have the start of a meal done for you. Whether you choose to have this as a side dish or a full meal (see notes at the… Read more“Scalloped Potatoes Dry Mix”

Better-than-Manwich® Sloppy Joe Pantry Packs

Three variations; 1) common kitchen ingredients, 2) dehydrated sauce ingredients, & 3) “Just-Add-Water” Pantry Packs! Those cans of Manwich Sauce, mocking me every time I opened my cupboard door, were one of my last hold-outs to a preservative-free kitchen. I knew the sodium and the sugars were sky-high and the preservatives were there, but I… Read more“Better-than-Manwich® Sloppy Joe Pantry Packs”

Cream of Asparagus Soup (with Dehydrated Pantry Pack Variation)

Both Traditional Quick Recipe and “Instant” Soup Variations featuring Asparagus Powder I am an “Asparagus Snob”. I blame my grandfather, who loved asparagus so much the he grew 10 rows of it in his garden. But only the first 3 inches or so of each stalk were ever eaten by his… Read more“Cream of Asparagus Soup (with Dehydrated Pantry Pack Variation)”