“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”

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”

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”

What is a Homemade DIY Convenience Food?

What they are and why you should make them Convenience Food is anything that comes in a box, bag, pouch or container of some kind at the grocery store. Baking mixes, cake mixes, flavored rice & pasta side dishes, seasoning & flavoring packets, herb & spice blends, condiments, hamburger/chicken/tuna helper dinners, and more are all… Read more“What is a Homemade DIY Convenience Food?”

Homemade MRE’s and Convenience Mixes

Quick Tip: Stock your pantry or your backpack. MRE’s are “meals that are ready to eat” and are usually self-contained, individual meals in lightweight packaging, very popular with backpackers and people who travel or do not have full kitchen facilities (like dorm rooms). Even us Moms like a break every… Read more“Homemade MRE’s and Convenience Mixes”

Dehydrating with a Purpose—What To Do with All That Food!

Learning to Cook with Dehydrated Foods The other day I was speaking with a friend, a very smart lady to be sure, who told me that she feels there is a disconnect when it comes to USING dehydrated foods. (Thank you Mandy, for your insights.) People just simply don’t know what to… Read more“Dehydrating with a Purpose—What To Do with All That Food!”

June 2016 Articles Round-up

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…. Read more“June 2016 Articles Round-up”

3 Dry Creamed Soup Recipes with SOS Mix

Today we will continue replacing our canned creamed soups. The most popular creamed soups (after the Cream of Mushroom) are Cream of Celery, Cream of Chicken, and Cream of Potato Soups. In case you missed yesterday’s explanation of making SOS Mix and Cream of Mushroom soup, you can find it… Read more“3 Dry Creamed Soup Recipes with SOS Mix”

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”

How-To: Dehydrating Potatoes

Potatoes can be a problem to dehydrate if you are not aware that they can and do turn black if not processed properly. The key is cooking the potatoes before dehydrating. If your potatoes turn black (or other colors) after they are boiled, you may be using an aluminum or reactive… Read more“How-To: Dehydrating Potatoes”