I just wanted to take a few moments to clear up some of the issues I am seeing from our members for the recipes for the Convenience Mixes. Please understand that all these recipes are tested first in my kitchen I do my best to make sure you have only success when you make your batches. However, there are a few things to consider.
Question: My recipe did not turn out the way I expected. I had to use fewer (or more) of the ingredient(s) than you listed.
Answer: Not all ingredients are made equal in the world of homemade convenience foods. For instances, in all the recipes I attempt to let you know what brands I use. You are, by no means, locked into choosing the brands that I do. However, since the recipes have been tested using these brands, your brand may differ in strength or measurements.
If a recipe uses 1/2 cup of ClearJel and you find you have to use only 1/4 cup of your brand, there will be a difference. The Instant Pudding recipes are a good indicator of this. You will also find this in the canned, dried goods (dairy, eggs, butter, etc.) you may buy to make these recipes. There is not always an across-the-board standardization, especially if you are from another country other than the USA where I purchase my products. Just remember, these are not stamped out boxes made in a factory but foods made in your own home. There WILL be variables involved here.
Question: Why do I find I need to add more (or less) liquid to my dehydrated foods than is called for in the recipe?
Answer: Although I go by standard rehydration ratios, there may be differences in your home dehydrated produce depending on the way it was dried, stored, and even because of the product itself. Just as you may find one batch of peaches really tasty and another so-so, it is the same with dehydrating foods. There is a certain amount of variability to home dehydrated goods that may need to be compensated for. I can promise this even happens in my kitchen!
Question: Why are there so many variations on a recipe? It confuses me.
Answer: What I try to do with each recipe is give you a product you can store as you wish according to the items you use to cook with every day. I want everyone to see just how easy it can be to make your own foods without buying the store brands.
- For instance, if you do not dehydrate or wish to buy freeze-dried goods, I give you a standard recipe that will work in your kitchen.
- For the dehydrators, other options are available to extend your ingredient list of shelf-stable foods with fruits, vegetables, powders, and even meats for some.
- For my campers, preppers, and so on, I try to make a full meal with few ingredients needing to be added at mealtime. In most cases, all you need do is just add water.
Question: Some of the recipes have dietary options (like gluten-free) and others don’t. Why is that?
Answer: I only list dietary option that I KNOW are going to work for you. I have friends from all walks of life who have tested these options and given me their opinion. If I am unsure or the option has not been tested in my kitchen, I do not list it. It does you no good if I just take a guess at it!
Please do let me know if there are any other questions you have. I will be more than happy to answer them and add to this page. We are here to take the guesswork out of making your own convenience foods. Please feel free to let us know how we can help!
Additionally, if you have tried one of our recipes, we would love to hear your feedback. We love hearing about the changes you made to fit YOUR needs!