“Instant” Oatmeal Packets–30 Flavors

Photo Credit: Andrea Frayser Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Packets—Inexpensive, Easy, and Versatile Updated May 1, 2017 with Vegan/Lactose-free options and 10 new flavors added! It is so easy to make your own oatmeal packets just like you find in the stores with as many flavors as you can think… Read more““Instant” Oatmeal Packets–30 Flavors”

Strawberry Harvest Time — What to Do with All That Goodness!

Recipes from 21st Century Simple Living for Your Strawberry Harvest Here at Casa Colleen, we love our strawberries. And nothing gives me more hope of the fresh season to come then biting into a huge strawberry and tasting that first burst of liquid sunshine on my tongue. To prepare your kitchen… Read more“Strawberry Harvest Time — What to Do with All That Goodness!”

Dehydrator InfoGraphic Charts

October 30, 2016 UPDATE Printable PDF file now included by popular request. Information for these charts was adapted from Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, The: The Complete Guide to Drying Food, Plus 398 Recipes, Including Making Jerky, Fruit Leather & Just-Add-Water Meals by Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff, and September Ferguson and my… Read more“Dehydrator InfoGraphic Charts”

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”

Dried Powders: How-tos and Hacks

Learn how to make & USE vegetable, fruit, and other powders/flours We have over 40 detailed articles on various powders—everything from how to MAKE them to how to USE them—with recipes showing how to cook with powdered ingredients. Join in the secrets of great chefs and learn how easy it is… Read more“Dried Powders: How-tos and Hacks”

Banana Powder: How-to

Make Baked Goods, Yogurt, Smoothies, and Much More As the most consumed fresh fruit in the USA, bananas are a significant source of potassium. AND the peels are also usable in powdered form for many things, so you now have a Zero-Waste food! While it’s safe to assume that the tropical… Read more“Banana Powder: How-to”

Citrus Powders: How-to

Make Lemon, Lime, Orange or Grapefruit Powders to Use in Your Cooking Using lemon, lime, and orange citrus powders is a great way to enhance your cooking. And the best news? These powders have no artificial sweeteners, colors, alcohol, sodium, or preservatives.Got your own citrus trees? Store all that harvest goodness… Read more“Citrus Powders: How-to”

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”

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”

Cream Cheese Sweet Spreads & Dips

Use powdered ingredients to make homemade Philadelphia Cream Cheese 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 and able… Read more“Cream Cheese Sweet Spreads & Dips”