Saturday, June 13, 2015

Homemade Potato Chips

I Love potato chips!! I like mine fried in home rendered lard from our own pigs and our own potatoes!  To make the Very Best Potato Chips start with fresh (homegrown is best) potatoes, no soft or sprouting ones. Wash/scrub well getting all the dirt off. .
 
Start peeling strips of potato, using a standard potato peeler(like Mom or Grandma used!). 
No need to peel the skin off and add to a bowl of cold water. This step gets all the excess starch
 off the potatoes and makes them crispy.



Soak for 20 minutes or more.
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Lay out your slices on a towel to get rid of excess moisture( water and oil= splatter!)

You will need about 1/2" depth of lard in your pan (I need about 1 1/2 cups for my pan). Heat your lard up on low to med low, you don't want it smoking. To test add a potato slice and if it sizzles and floats the oil is ready. Add your potato slices to the oil leaving plenty of room for them to fry without getting crowded. Fry about 2 minutes or until crisp and remove to a paper towel lined plate or cake rake over a plate to cool. 

Salt or season to your own taste. I like plain sea salt. 
These will stay crisp for a day if they last that long!

Homemade elderberry syrup



How to Make Elderberry Syrup for Flu Prevention

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A simple natural remedy with a big nutritional punch. We keep this on hand during cold and flu season to ward off illness.
Author: 
Recipe type: Remedy
Serves: 8+
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup black elderberries
  • 3.5 cups of water
  • 2 T fresh or dried ginger root
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp cloves or clove powder
  • 1 cup raw honey (we get from our farmer's market)
Instructions
  1. Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon and cloves (do not add honey!)
  2. Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce to a simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour until the liquid has reduced by almost half. At that point, remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled. Pour through a strainer into a glass jar or bowl.
  3. Discard the elderberries (or compost them!) and let the liquid cool to lukewarm. When it is no longer hot, add 1 cup of honey and stir well.
  4. When honey is well mixed into the elderberry mixture, pour the syrup into a pint sized mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle of some kind.
  5. Ta Da! You just made homemade elderberry syrup! Store in the fridge and take daily for its immune boosting properties. Some sources recommend taking only during the week and not on the weekends to boost immunity.
  6. Standard dose is ½ tsp to 1 tsp for kids and ½ Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. If the flu does strike, take the normal dose every 2-3 hours instead of once a day until symptoms disappear.
  7. wellnessmama.com

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

No 2 can, No 300 can What does that mean????

We all love to cook right?! We all have cookbooks old and new with measurements in cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, pinch of that- oh not so much that measurement! Well what do you do when a recipe says a No 2 can of peas? Huh, when did cans go by numbers instead of Lbs(pounds) and Ounces? Well a long time ago if you were born before 1960 or thereabout cans were numbered according to the amount in cups and weight of the contents. I guess before that cooks used scales to measure their ingredients, oh yes in the early days of our forefathers( mothers) they really did weigh the ingredients, how do you figure Pound Cake got it's name? One pound of sugar, one pound of butter and so forth.
I digress, so I found a handy dandy chart online that tells you exactly what those numbers mean!Yea!

Here is the chart-

How to Interpret Can Sizes

Some favorite older recipes may call for can sizes such as a Number 2 or a Number 303 can.
Here's a chart to help you determine how these correspond to current can
measurements.
Can Size Number -Approximate Volume of Food-(Approximate Weight of Food)
No. 1 picnic           1 ¼ cups                                  (10 ½ to 12 ounces)
No. 300                  1 ¾ cups                                  (14 to 16 ounces )
No. 303                  2 cups                                      (16 to 17 ounces)
No. 2                      2 ½ cups                                  (20 ounces)
No. 2 ½                  3 ½ cups                                  (27 to 29 ounces)
No. 3                      5 ¾ cups                                  (51 ounces )
No. 10                    3 quarts                                   (6 ½ pounds to 7 pounds and 5 ounces)


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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pecan Pie Muffins- No pie shell!!!


 PecanPieMuffins
 
Difficulty Easy

Prep Time 10 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes


Ingredients

  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • ½ cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans
  • ⅔ cups Softened Butter
  • 2 whole Eggs Beaten

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven 350 F.
Grease your muffin pan (or use a demarle mini pie silform for no stick baking)
In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, flour and pecans. In a separate bowl, beat the butter and eggs together until smooth. Stir into the dry ingredients just until combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups. I like to use a cookie scoop for even filling. Cups should be about 2/3 full. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes if using mini muffin check at 18-19min. Cool on wire racks when done.


This is how easy it is using demarle silforms, no sticking!!!

Make extra these go really fast.

I found this recipe on Pinterest.

The "sign" I made using my Cricut cutter.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Home Made Oreo (tm) Cookies

Homemade Oreo Cookies(Makes approximately 3 dozen)
For the cookies:
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filling:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar, whisked to remove any lumps
Begin by preparing the cookies.  Combine the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Add the egg and vanilla, and beat until well incorporated.
Meanwhile, whisk together the flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry mixture to the creamed mixture, beating on the lowest speed.  Continue to mix on the lowest setting until the dry ingredients are just incorporated.
Divide the dough in half, and shape into two discs.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
When the dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 350°F.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a baking mat.  Set aside.
Taking only one portion of dough out of the refrigerator at a time, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface.  Roll the dough to 1/8 – 1/4-inch thickness.*see note below.  Use a cookie cutter (approximately 2 inches in diameter) to cut out cookies and transfer them to the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the cookies for 12 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Once the cookies are cooled, prepare the filling.  Combine the softened butter, half and half, vanilla, and salt and beat until combined.  The mixture may be a bit lumpy, but will come together.  Add the powdered sugar gradually, approximately 1/2 cup at a time, until the filling comes together.  It will be slightly stiffer than a cupcake frosting.
Transfer the filling to a piping bag fitted with a large round tip.  Pipe the filling onto half of the cookies, and top with the remaining cookies to form cookie sandwiches.
Hints: Use any type frosting for the filling
Fill with peanut butter
Use just the baked cookies for pie crust: cheese cake or ice cream

I found this on the web, can't remember where. 

*I found the dough to soft to use a cookie cutter so I just rolled into little balls and flattened out, makes for a more homemade look. 

If you have little ones (or slightly bigger ones!) around you may need to hide these! I know of three boys who found the stash at the Grandparents home-nuff said!

Friday, August 31, 2012

Who can relate to this?





I don't know where this came from but it is funny. How many of us ladies go shopping with our husbands?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Pigs and Chickens and THE Egg!

Dixie's first litter-6 piglets!
Life just keeps moving along here at The Richter Farm. Dixie finally had a litter and she is a good momma. The upper field fence is done and we are rotating pigs from their pens so they can have some fresh grass. It is so funny to watch the little pigs just run around so happy to have space to play in. The older pigs just like having someplace new to search for acorns and such. We are all so blessed! I was especially feeling blessed when going to check on the chickens and finding our first egg, been waiting for this event.Don't know who laid it but I'm so happy hopefully many more to come.
Chickens and Pigs



Our First Egg!! So excited.