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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Dehydrating Mushrooms & Making Mushroom Powder

   Whenever I have an abundance of any kind of produce my first instinct is to always dehydrate it.  Dehydrating is a great way to preserve food without diminishing the nutrients in the produce.  Also, when you dehydrate food, the finished product takes up so much less room as apposed to freezing or canning.  Today we are dehydrating mushrooms.  Mushrooms are a good source of iron, selenium, potassium, & phosphorous.  They also contain the vitamins D, C, Niacin, and folate. 


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    To dehydrate mushrooms, just wash each mushroom well first.  Then slice each mushroom.

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  Once they are sliced, place the mushroom slices onto your dehydrator trays. 

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   The end pieces and assorted pieces that you may normally throw away, place on the dehydrator also.  These odd end pieces are what you can dehydrate for mushroom powder.   Place the trays in your dehydrator and turn it on for about 4-6 hours.  When the pieces are completely dry, place the slices in a jar and seal. 
 

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      The dehydration process really enhances the taste of mushrooms.  We use ours in soups, stocks, stews, and casseroles.   To rehydrate, soak the mushrooms into hot water and let them soak for 30 minutes and then use them as a pizza topping; in gravies; in spaghetti sauce or toss into an omelet. 

     The ends and odd pieces I toss into the blender once they are dried and make mushroom powder. 


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     Mushroom powder gives food a "meaty" flavor without the texture of mushrooms.  You still get the boldness and flavor but many people are off-put by the texture so this is one way of getting past that.   As a powder, you can sprinkle it into omelets or into a salad.  I also like to add a tablespoon or two into soups & stews.  Or better yet, add some into meatloaf, burgers or your spaghetti sauce.  The ideas or endless. 
     


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Acquapura Personal Water Filter

    This water filter is really good.  The Acquapura Personal Water filter is a must have for campers, hikers, & preppers.  Any one who cares about the safety and well being of their family should have one of these.  We have one for each member of our family and keep them stored near our BOBs. 

Acquara Personal Water filter,




    It is super light weight, you won't slow you down.  :-)  It can filter over 300 gallons of water.  It will make the murkiest water safe for you to drink.

     The part I like most about it is that it uses a triple layer filtration system.  Even if a water source looks clean, there could be bacteria in the water that you can't see. It makes water 100% safe to drink!
 
    The cap uses a unique design that keeps the mouthpiece dust free and protects you from the secondary pollution of the outlet.  It is certified by the WQA and the TUV-SUD.  It filters 99.999% of waterborne bacteria. 
 
 
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Dehydrating Cauliflower

    Dehydrating is a great way to preserve your harvest.  When you dehydrate fresh cauliflower you are ensuring that you have cauliflower in stock at your home when ever you need it (whether it is the middle of winter or not).  The dehydrated cauliflower can easily be rehydrated when needed and used just as you would use fresh cauliflower.  It is great on it's own or you can add it into mashed potatoes, casseroles,  soups or toss it into a salad. 
    Cauliflower is considered a superfood.  One serving of cauliflower contains over 75% of the RDA of Vitamin C.  It also a good source of Vitamin B6, folate, potassium and dietary fiber...and it tastes good to boot!  :-)

    Wash your cauliflower well and then core it and cut it into pieces.  Many people will tell you to blanch it first but I have dehydrated cauliflower both ways and found NO difference so I would skip this monotonous step.  Place the pieces onto your dehydrator trays.

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    Turn on your dehydrator and dehydrate about 8 hours or until the cauliflower is brittle.   To rehydrate, place in a bowl of ice water for 30 minutes and then toss into your favorite soup recipe, casserole, etc.  If you are eating cauliflower as a side dish on its own, soak in the iced water for 30 minutes and then place in boiling water for 15 minutes. 



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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BBQ Mate Barbecue Set

   This is an exceptionally nice BBQ set.  There are 16 pieces total and come in a nice & handy carrying case. 

BBQ mate barbecue set





      Each piece is made of stainless steel and is extremely well made.  When you pick up one of the tools, you'll instantly realize this isn't a cheap set.  Each feels sturdy but still remains beautiful to look at also.  I used this set at a big cookout we had a few days ago and we received numerous compliments on the set.

      Each piece is dishwasher safe so makes cleaning them a breeze.  The pieces include:  a nonstick spatula; a tong with clamp; a very sharp knife (it is sharp straight out of the package); four long skewers; a long piercing fork and eight corn cubs for holding your corn on the cob.
 

BBQ mate barbecue set

 
 

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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Digital Cooking Thermometer

    This digital cooking thermometer by Chef DeTemple is a really nice addition to any kitchen.  The thermometer is designed to fit nicely into your hands and is a breeze to use.  It has a large display so even with my bad eyesight (due to diabetes), I can still read the temperature on the thermometer. 

I prefer to have the temperature in Fahrenheit but if you prefer to read it in Celsius, all you have to do is push the button on the front and it is done.  The probe is stainless steel and helps to read accurately and quickly. 

digital cooking thermometer by Chef DeTemple




     Every cook should have one of these because just because something looks "done" doesn't mean it has been cooked enough or that it got hot enough to kill the bacteria.  Don't take a chance...when cooking meat be sure to use this digital thermometer and verify that it has reached a safe temperature.




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Friday, July 3, 2015

Survival Water Filter

   The Survival Water filter is a must-have in any home.  If you ever go camping, hiking, walking (even just a mile from home) or travel at all, you need to have at least one of these water filters.  We have one for each member of our family and keep them stored near our BOBs.  
 

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Survival Water Filter



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Inside view of the filter.


     It comes with a handy strap so you can sling it over your shoulder and carry it with ease.  It is super light weight, you won't slow you down.  :-)  It can filter up to 396 gallons of water.  It will make the murkiest water safe for you to drink.

     The part I like most about it is that it uses chemical free technology.  Even if a water source looks clean, there could be bacteria in the water that you can't see.  This filter removes 99.9% of waterborne bacteria; 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites.  It even removes the mud so the water you ingest is clean and healthy. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Sunferno Flintstone Smart Solar Charger

     The Sunferno Flintstone Smart Solar Charger is relatively light.  I found it well made and the little loop to hang it by was real handy.  I think it was the perfect size.  It is easy to carry with you and to use. 

Sunferno Flintstone Smart Solar Charger




    It is perfect for preppers, campers, hunters and any one who might need to charge your devices away from home.  The USB charger on it runs on an impressive 5000mAh battery so you can be confident that it will sufficiently charge all your devices.

     The charger can be charged via the sun or by plugging it into a USB port.  I really like the fact that it is so rugged and waterproof too.  The exterior is also dust proof and scratch resistant!

     The charger is really smart too because it will recognize what kind of device you are charging and will charge it at its maximum speed.  Even better, it can charge 2 devices at once.  Most other solar charges cannot do this.


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