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Homemade Yogurt in Quart Jars

I have been working on honing my skills at making things that I might ordinarily purchase at the grocery store. My next experiment was to make homemade yogurt.

I researched several different homemade yogurt recipes on-line to come up with my own small-size batch recipe. I wanted to make my yogurt in Mason quart jars for easy processing and storage. Plus I only wanted to make a few quarts of the homemade yogurt so this is the ingredients and recipe I used:

2 Quart glass jars
1 half-gallon of Whole Milk
1/2 cup of plain active cultured yogurt

Bring milk to boil slowly over medium to medium+ heat until it reaches Continue Reading →

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Dutch Oven Pot Roast Meal

Roasting a pot roast meal in a Dutch Oven is so easy and good tasting. So when it comes to the proverbial question, “What’s for dinner?” You can say a wonderful pot roast meal. Not only is it great tasting but super easy to put together. Once you start cooking with cast iron, you will love the results and easy cast iron care steps.

Just place a 3-4 pound beef roast in the Dutch Oven. I like to use a cast iron trivet in the bottom to keep the meat up from the bottom but it’s not necessary if you don’t have one. Season the meat with all goodies you like on it such as seasoning salt, pepper, onion, garlic, sage, few dashes of Worcestershire sauce, and some beef broth. I like to put all the ingredients in a large measuring cup and mix it all up and pour it over the meat and veggies.

Next add the potatoes, some slices of onion and other veggies. I used carrots and some sliced celery too. Again I like to pour the seasoning and broth over the meat and veggies before baking.

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Vintage Vinegar Egg Tip

I recently posted a tip for easier peeling of hard boiled eggs that I personally found useful. It makes the shells softer and the peeling of the hard-boiled egg much easier.

I was pleasantly surprised to come across a vintage Gallaher cigarette tip card that was promoting the same handy idea that I posted. Gallaher brand cigarettes included a type of trading card which included tips which even today seem timeless.

Vinegar Egg Tip Card

These early trading cards not only included useful tips but cigarette cards were known to depicted actors, military heros, sports figures, and other famous people. The cards were very collectible Continue Reading →

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Making Wild Sourdough Starter

Did you know that you can make sourdough starter from the air around you? After reading about capturing wild yeast from the air I set out to make my own natural sourdough yeast starter.

I was so excited to know that if you couldn’t buy yeast that one could still make breads and other products from natural yeast in the air. While it may sound unbelievable, it’s true and I am here to tell you that it is possible.

It is so simple and the results are so amazing. Just take 2 cups of flour and cover it with 2 cups of water. Now you can use white flour, whole wheat flour or other grains but make sure your water is non-chlorinated. I am on a private water well that is not chlorinated so I just use my tap water. If you are on a public water system that is chlorinated, either filter, boil or leave your water out for 24 hours on the counter so the chlorine is gone from your water.

The next step is to feed and stir the yeast starter. Continue Reading →

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Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs Easier

We love eating hard boiled eggs and struggle at times with peeling them. I set out to experiment on a way to make the eggs peel easier. I am happy to share this handy and simple method to help make your hard boiled eggs peel easier.

Hard Boiled Eggs

I have been using this method for several weeks now and excited to report that it really does work. Your eggs will peel easier and the shells will be softer after boiling. Here are the simple steps to follow for fast and easy egg peeling.

Place eggs in a sauce pan and cover with water. Continue Reading →

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My Homemade Ketchup Recipe

After making a few different batches of homemade ketchup. I think I’ve gotten a decent flavor that we all like at my house. I had to tweak the recipe a few times as I just didn’t like the strong taste of the apple cider vinegar. I finally just had to use very little and may next time try white vinegar in the quest for the perfect homemade ketchup recipe.

Overall I do love homemade ketchup. It’s much cheaper than store bought and it doesn’t have high fructose corn syrup. Remember you can always tweak the recipe adding or subtracting ingredients to perfect the taste for that just right flavor of your own homemade ketchup.

Ketchup Recipe

Ingredients:
12 ozs of tomato paste (2- 6 oz cans)
1/4 cup of cider vinegar (use white vinegar for less cider taste or even 1/8 cup of cider vinegar but add 1/8 more of water)
3/4 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon mustard powder
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon garlic
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon molasses
Pinch or two of cayenne pepper
Pinch of all spice
Dash of onion powder

Combine all ingredients in saucepan and simmer over low heat. Continue Reading →

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