How-To: Dehydrating Pineapple Skins & Cores

Pineapple cores and skins have huge amounts of enzymes that are beneficial to our health. I have a recipe for pineapple tea, but I like to be able to store it in powder form too. You can dehydrate the skins (and the cores) and grind into a wonderful powder! Pineapple powder… Read more“How-To: Dehydrating Pineapple Skins & Cores”

Storing Fruit & Vegetable Powders

How to Store Powders for Maximum Freshness For immediate use: Place the powder in an adequate-sized mason jar or other glass container with a moisture absorber (desiccant or silica gel packet) and store away from heat, damp (like steam), and light. Adding a few grains of rice will help to keep it… Read more“Storing Fruit & Vegetable Powders”

Homemade Shelf-Stable, Portable Baby Food

Introduction to Homemade Convenience for Babies Portable, shelf-stable, homemade baby foods are a dream that many Moms and Dads wish they had available to them. Well, NOW it is possible with the use of a dehydrator! Learn how simple and rewarding (economical & eco-friendly too), it is to make your… Read more“Homemade Shelf-Stable, Portable Baby Food”

6 Hot Cocoa Recipes to “Weather” the Storms

Quick one today folks. I was asked for some of my favorite recipes for hot cocoa, so I am listing the goodies we use at Casa Colleen here for you.  There are all kinds of flavors here plus recipes for “instant” cocoa you can make yourself. Belgian Hot Chocolate (Chocolat… Read more“6 Hot Cocoa Recipes to “Weather” the Storms”

How to Make Fruit & Vegetable Powders

You’ve read my article on Why I Love Fruit and Vegetable Powders and now you want to know how to make them for yourself? There are several schools of thought as to the best way to make powders. I will list the three methods I use and allow you to… Read more“How to Make Fruit & Vegetable Powders”

Whole Food Fruit & Vegetable Powders

What They Are & How to Use Them in Cooking Okay, I admit it. I am a person who has resorted to “sneaking” nutrition into my family’s diet (although I prefer the term “cleverness”). When it is cold and flu season and everyone is starting to sniffle, I make a… Read more“Whole Food Fruit & Vegetable Powders”

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”

How-To: Dehydrating Strawberries

Photo Credit: Janet Payne. 7 pounds of homegrown strawberries. Here in the Southern U.S. we are gearing up to receive that first taste of harvest delight, the strawberry. Nothing gives me more hope of spring to come then biting into a huge Plant City Strawberry and tasting that first burst of… Read more“How-To: Dehydrating Strawberries”

Cream Cheese Sweet Spreads & Dips

Use powdered ingredients to make homemade Philadelphia Cream Cheese or Yogurt Flavored Sweet Spreads The easiest way to tell the difference between a spread and a dip? If you dip a piece of fruit or a bagel chip in a spread, it might break. In a dip, it won’t. Dips are thinner… Read more“Cream Cheese Sweet Spreads & Dips”

Using Fruit Powders to Tenderize Meat

All-natural, Tasty, and Easy to Use Are you forever on the hunt for a clever way to improve the texture of a cheap cut of meat? Are you sensitive to the effects of MSG or just prefer not to use it? Then natural fruit powders are your answer. You can… Read more“Using Fruit Powders to Tenderize Meat”