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.
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.
Recipe type: Remedy
Serves: 8+
  • 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)
  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.