Having a well-balanced long term, shelf-stable storage inventory is important. We eat a ton of cheese in my house, so I decided to try my hand at waxing cheese for a shelf-stable pantry option. I’m experimenting, hoping for the same positive results as others.
We are trying to go awhile without going to the store, so I’m trying to be extra-vigilant about kitchen waste. Tonight I have my dehydrator filled with ginger, celery, oranges, and even blobs of cranberry sauce so they didn’t go to waste. I cut and froze two apples because they were starting to get a little mealy. They will end up in smoothies. Three soft bananas ended up in the freezer as well. My girls like them blended up with a wee bit of milk and protein powder as a frosty treat. I had three uncommitted sweet potatoes getting a little rough looking, so used them for sweet potato bread!
It’s week three of “sheltering in place” with two trips to the store – and we just took our last until the end of April. We should have enough, but I need to keep my fresh produce, fresh. Fortunately, I have my handy vacuum sealer.
I got five bunches of celery at a restaurant supply store for a little over $3. I dehydrated one bunch of the celery, and vacuum sealed the rest so I’ll have plenty for homemade stock and soups. I also vacuum sealed carrots and romaine lettuce. We love salad in my house, especially dinner salads, and will be sad when it’s all gone.
I buy giant bags of chocolate chips from Costco, and if I don’t have something sweet on hand, my family will dig into the bag. Simply to prevent my chocolate chip stash from being pillaged, I try and make one dessert a week. An easy go-to is my homemade brownie mix, which yields a decadent, fudgy treat. If you want something lighter, this Creamsicle Pie is a lightening-fast offering. This pie is airy, flavorful, and tastes exactly like a Creamsicle. [continue reading…]
I’ve been making my own hummus for years, and started feeding it to my kids as soon as they were able. My mother accused my then-toddlers of having garlic breath because of their love of hummus! I make so many variations with roasted bell peppers, sun dried tomatoes, rosemary, and the list goes on. I found another fun way to eat hummus with this Layered Greek Dip. You can buy the hummus, but store bought is expensive, and homemade is just better. Plus, it’s easy!