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Easy Make-Your-Own Vitamin C Supplements. Cold and flu season is upon us, and the best way to fight off viruses is to strengthen the immune sy... Cold and flu season is upon us, and the best way to fight off viruses is to strengthen the immune system. Vitamin C is perhaps one of the best ways to do just that! This important vitamin can detoxify the body, promotes healing, and helps us deal with stress. Vitamin C supports the healthy bacteria in our gut, has anti-viral and anti-bacterial compounds, kills cancer cells, and neutralizes free radicals, just to name a few. Everyone, especially children, can benefit from consuming more vitamin C. You might not know that almost all vitamin C supplements are made from GMO corn. As you might imagine, eating foods that contain vitamin C is a much smarter, and a more potent, form of this vitamin than those store bought supplements.

Well, when it comes to watermelon, you would have to eat the whole thing and that’s not exactly something most people can do every day. 50 Different Foods You Can Put In A Jar. A couple weeks ago I posted 50 different things to do with mason jars…though all the ideas were creative and fun, none of them had anything to do with food. I thought the whole concept of food in a jar deserved a post all of it’s own. So this weeks Saturday Inspiration post is dedicated to all the glorious foods … You can put in a jar: desserts in a jar, bread in a jar, appetizers in a jar, meals in a jar, drinks in a jar… I think you can pretty much put anything in jar and it instantly becomes a million times cuter! Now I want to save even more jars!

The Sunday Showcase starts tonight … I can’t wait to see what you have been working on this week! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend ~Enjoy. 20 Brilliant Things To Make In A Jar. Via: mycakies.blogspot.com Start saving your old jam jars! From cakes to herb gardens, pies to photo frames, and even entire meals … here are 20 fantastic things you never knew you could make with a jar. (Above: red velvet cupcakes in a jar. Get the recipe here). Via: fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.blogspot.com Word on the street: salad in a jar is all the rage. As long as you layer it so the lettuce and dressing don’t touch, your salad can be made up to four days in advance and will stay fresh. Via: bakerella.com Cookies in a jar – a great gift idea.

Via: rikkihibbert.co.za For a rustic vintage look, display your photos inside glass jars and bottles. Via: goodfoodbreadandmuffins.blogspot.com Chocolate muffin bread cooked in a jar. Via: pizzazzerie.com Super sweet. Via: simplebites.net Bread, cooked in a jar? Via: marthastewart.com A fabulous visual reminder of your favourite holidays. Via: bigredkitchen.com So let’s just cut to the chase – what about making all your meals in a jar?! Via: flickr.com. Pizza In A Jar. Top Green Smoothie Recipes. Details Strawberry Mint Popsicles Banana-free, Healthy Treats, Kid-friendly Piña Colada Pops 5 Ingredient or less, Banana-free, Healthy Treats, Kid-friendly Tropical Mango-Rita Green Smoothie Banana-free, Seasonal Tropical Skin Cleanser—Fresh Start 21 5 Ingredient or less, Banana-free, Immunity Boosters Shamrock Green Smoothie Healthy Treats, Kid-friendly, Seasonal Meal on the Go Green Smoothie Kid-friendly Pre-Workout Green Smoothie Kid-friendly Post-Workout Green Smoothie Banana-free Green Tart Smoothie Banana-free Takes Two to Mango 5 Ingredient or less, Banana-free Red Velvet Banana-free, Healthy Treats DIY Almond Milk DIY Skinny Mint Healthy Treats, Kid-friendly Spiced Almond Milk Healthy Treats, Seasonal Raspberry Coconut Shortcake Banana-free, Kid-friendly Tropical Turmeric Cleanser Banana-free, Immunity Boosters Citrus Beet Cleanser 5 Ingredient or less, Banana-free, Immunity Boosters Coconut Peach 5 Ingredient or less, Banana-free, Immunity Boosters, Kid-friendly, Seasonal Recipe Cards Seasonal.

Food Smoker Recipes by Chef Ted Reader | Bradley Smoker. Homemade: Tofu–No Fancy Equipment Necessary. For the last three years, I had a pack of nigari and a wooden tofu press sitting in my kitchen cupboard. Unfortunately, the duo never saw any action as I didn’t get round to making tofu. Now that we’ve moved across the country and most of our belongings—and 95 percent of my kitchen equipment! —are in storage, I found myself aching to make tofu. So on a cool, fallish Thursday morning with “Putting on the Ritz” blasting away (I just rediscovered my 80’s collection on the computer!) , I set about making tofu for the first time, no nigari, no tofu press. First things first, I surveyed my ingredients and my equipment.

I decided I didn’t want to make soymilk from scratch (read: my food processor is in storage). Part of my tofu-making arsenal Nigari (a natural coagulant of magnesium chloride made by evaporating seawater) is the coagulant of choice in Japan, while the Chinese prefer gypsum (calcium sulfate). I made similar holes in all 4 corners of the tofu container for my makeshift tofu press. How To Make Tofu (Milking The Soy Bean, Part 2) In Part 1, I showed you how to make your own pure, unadulterated soy milk. Now let's turn this into tofu(豆腐). Tofu is soy milk that has been coagulated with the addition of a harmless chemical. (Incidentally the kanji characters for tofu literally mean fermented beans, but tofu is not fermented in any way - at least as it's made currently.) As I've mentioned before, I turn most of the soy milk I make into tofu, because while I like soy milk well enough, I just love good, fresh, creamy tofu.

Yes it is bland, but there is beauty in that blandness. A word of warning before you proceed. The equipment and ingredients In addition to the equipment you need for making the soy milk, you will need the following for creating tofu: 1. Here's where it starts to get scientific! Recently nigari has been touted as a health and weight loss supplement (don't ask me why, or whether the claims made are true). 2. If you want to make square tofu, you will need a square shaped box. 3. 4. Momen or Kinugoshi? Sun Dried Banana Chips In Your Car.

Materials used: cardboard, parchment paper, masking tape and an egg slicer is great for getting the bananas the right width for drying, but you can use a knife just as easily. It’s taken a while, but my whole family is starting to get excited about cardboard. I’ve got a few posts in the works inspired by mom, dad, and this post idea was sent by my sister who lives out in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico USA. (see the little adobe house behind her truck?) The bananas take about 4 hours to dry in her car in New Mexico. Is this not perfection? My sister said that she’s thinking about doing kiwi and apricot next, maybe even some cantaloupe. Dried Seeds For Snacks, Toppings,Etc. I’m a big fan of some crunch in my basket lettuce salads – so here’s an easy method of toasting seeds. I’ve seen bags of ’salad topping’ in the supermarket, but it’s so easy (and cheap!) To make your own at home. It’s worthwhile to check out where you can buy seeds in bulk if you use them frequently – they’re not expensive, but you can save some cash if you stock up at somewhere like Moore Wilson’s, Toops or Gilmours.

To make your own salad seed mix, brush a roasting pan with some olive oil and tip in a about 4 cups of seeds. For extra flavour, add a few splashes of soy sauce or tamari sauce towards the end and mix it around. As well as adding some savoury crunch to salads, it’s a great way to get some protein into your food. Just make sure you check your teeth after eating – seeds LOVE to stick in your teeth to add some, uh, mystery to your smile… x Libby Tags: salad, seeds.

Homemade No-Bake Protein Bars. Protein bars are actually really easy to make on a budget. You just need four basic ingredients: oatmeal, nut butter, cream and protein powder. That’s it - you combine all four, chill overnight and slice into bars. It works out a lot cheaper than buying readymade and it’s a lot healthier, too. You can use these bars for breakfast or as a snack, depending on how you slice them. They are ideal pre-workout (sessions 1hr+) and post workout (if you are trying to gain weight and put on muscle) snacks. One batch can last you up to two weeks and should be always kept chilled in the fridge. We use peanut butter for the recipe because it’s the cheapest option. This recipe is based on protein powder. If you are not a fan of protein powder or are not comfortable using it, you can still make the bars using this recipe here.

Quick tip: use disposable gloves in the last stage of mixing (when you add oatmeal) – it’ll make the process faster and less tedious. Ingredients Instructions YouTube Video How-To. Food: Sprouting Seeds. By investing a few dollars in equipment and using a few minutes per day, you can produce the tastiest, most economical, crisp, fresh, vegetables imaginable.

In addition, nutritional values increase during sprouting. Soybeans, for example, increase in Vitamin C content from a mere trace to 13 mg/100 grams (this is equivalent to the Vitamin C content in lettuce or tomatoes). Also in soybeans, the riboflavin content increases 370%, and the niacin increases 200%. Nealy everyone is familliar with sprouts - the small inch-long thread-like crisp alfalfa sprouts that are popular at salad bars, the 3 inch long noodle-like sprouts in chop suey, or the malt flavor which is extracted from sprouting barley. In many farm areas, "spring grass," or sprouted wheat is a valuable aid in animal husbandry. In this day of vegetables treated with a multitude of chemicals, picked before maturity, shipped thousands of miles, and stored for many days, it is refreshing to try a really crisp, fresh food. Sprout Mung Beans: 9 Steps (With Pictures.

Soak & Sprout. DIY Moonshine In A Pressure Cooker. How to make moonshine at home using a pressure cooker still with our moonshine instructions, and we'll give you a peach moonshine recipe and a video for whiskey moonshine. However, please check with your local authorities to see if it is legal to make shine in your area. Some countries do not allow it at all, while some do, but only for personal consumption. Today's bootlegger moonshiners make $40 a gallon for traditional corn moonshine or $100 a gallon for fruit moonshine. When it's summer and corn is cheap and plentiful this is the more favored ingredient for making shine. However, in the winter, the corn is scarce and so fruit is used to make a brandy instead. Despite the blanket ban in some countries in making shine, many people still make moonshine and many more are looking for instructions on how to make shine at home.

So, for the good old economic adage of 'supply and demand' we will oblige, and show you just how to make it. Old Moonshine Still courtesy Hfrentz | Dreamstime.com. Make Your Own Hard Cider. Brewing hard cider from nonalcoholic, or “sweet” cider is a simple process, and the inebriating end product is as delicious as it is discombobulating. Here are the steps you’ll follow to make hard cider of your own. Find the Ingredients Choose Your Juice. The best hard cider is made from sweet apple cider fresh from the cider press — whether your own, or a local cider mill’s. If you’re buying sweet cider, start by checking the label to be sure the cider doesn’t contain chemical preservatives, because these will kill your yeast and your cider will not ferment. (The cider is chemically preserved if sodium benzoate or potassium sorbate are listed on the label.) Your best bet for preservative-free cider is to buy it in season from a local orchard.

Also, be aware that most commercial cidermakers are required to pasteurize their cider, and the process they use will affect the flavor. Choose Your Yeast. Make a Starter. Start Brewing Let it Ferment. Options For Bottling Option 2: Let it Clarify. Our Apple Pie Moonshine. By PieGuy (California) Me and a buddy of mine were drinking quite heavily one night when we had a breakthrough ( as most people do about 15 beers deep) what if we were to start making our own booze. Well after not too much thought at all we decided to start making apple pie moonshine. We both already had recipes for it, mine being higher alcohol content and his being on the sweet side.

After playing around with it and giving a bunch of it away to our friends we finally hit pay dirt.. One particular recipe caught the attention of not only our hard drinking male friends but the broads of the group started loving the stuff..to the point where we were planning on changing the name of our concoction to panty dropper. It has been a long road and we are actually in talks with a local liquor company to market and sell our stuff. But recently over a couple bottles of our Pie Moonshine we got to thinking again.

What if we stopped using grain alcohol and built our own still. DIY Magic Shell. Jul09 by Cindy Hopper In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. This is my kind of holiday! To celebrate we made our own “Magic Shell” ice cream topping. It was unbelievably easy— and it tastes pretty close to the real thing! My husband even thought it tasted like the dipped cones at Dairy Queen. DIY Magic Shell Recipe for Ice Cream Ingredients 1 1/4 Cups Chocolate Chips1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (measured when solid) DIY Magic Shell Recipe for Ice Cream Instructions Melt chocolate chips and coconut oil in the microwave about 1 minute (depending on your microwave).

Pour into a bottle. Store in the refrigerator (though in the summer it’s likely to stay liquidy unrefrigerated). Notes for DIY Magic Shell Recipe: Looking for more ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Month? Recipes - Wassail - An Old Time Refreshment. St. Patrick’s Day Feast Recipes. Our family loves St. Patrick’s Day dinner. Maybe it’s the Idaho farm girl in me hearkening back to childhood days filled with meat and potatoes.

So I thought I’d share a few of our favorite Irish dishes with you. The Classic Corned Beef recipe we usually follow the recipe given on the package we get from the store. When cooking though I usually place the beef on a rack or if I don’t have one I improvise by placing rolls of tinfoil in the bottom of my deep dish casserole. Why? Irish Colcannon Casserole : What’s fun about this traditional Irish winter casserole is some of the fun traditions surrounding it. I found the most delightful Colcannon recipe by Miss Ann at Recipe Zaar dot com here. Boxty, Irish Potato Cakes Boxty on the griddle, boxty in the pan, If you can’t make boxty, you’ll never get your man.

This dish is kind of a cross between biscuits and hash browns. And Irene Of Dreams and Sweets shares a yummy Clover Roll recipe HERE. Best First Foods For Baby (& How To Make Them.) Homemade Baby Food Recioes.