February 25, 2009

Hot Chocolate or Chocolate Milk!!

NT has a recipe for a raw milk warmer with carob powder and other ingredients on page 88. Perhaps I will try that sometime...but until then how about a whole food version of good 'ol fashioned hot chocolate? I don't understand what Sally Fallon has against chocolate. A little caffeine once in a while never hurt anyone....as long as it is organic chocolate...right?! Remember all the great antioxidants it is supposed to have! :)

For a single serving:
One cup raw milk
2 ts organic cocoa powder
2 ts organic sucanat (granulated cane)
1 shake sea salt
drop of vanilla if desired
Put all in a sauce pan and stir, warming on low heat until desired temperature.
I usually make this with 4 or 5 servings at a time.
Of course you will want to play around and see how much sweetener you like in yours. The recipe on the cocoa container actually called for only 1 ts per cup...but that was not enough for us! I would like to experiment with this using stevia sometime. I will let you know if I do.
Now if you just want to drink Chocolate Milk that is cold...all you do is put all the ingredients in a jar or container with a lid and shake, shake, shake until it is mixed up really well!! You can't just put the cocoa into a glass of cold milk and stir it with a spoon like you can do with Neslie Quick! It won't dissolve! So just a little shakey-shake and it is good to go!!!
Every Wed. when we get our fresh supply of milk it is Chocolate Milk Day....or Hot Cocoa day if it is cold! This is also a good camouflage if your milk has turned just a little sour and not so fresh tasting. Remember soured raw milk is not bad for you...I am not talking about store bought milk that you definitely would not drink if it tasted the least bit spoiled...it will not sour like raw milk.

Meat Products

Lunch Meat

Sometimes I find the Hormel cheaper and sometimes the Oscar Myer depending on where I shop.

Hormel Natural Choice Brand: (I'll add the prices later)
**This is not organic meat, but does not contain Nitrates, Nitrites or MSG.
Oven Roasted Turkey
Honey Turkey
Roast Beef
Uncured Pepperoni
**They also have ham, but I don't usually buy it.
Hard Salami

Oscar Myer nitrate free lunch meat:
Turkey & Ham

Frans Fryers:
I buy my whole chicken, ground turkey, and beef from a company called Frans Fryers. Their meat is not labeled as "organic" but they do not use hormones, or antibiotics etc so it is much healthier. This meat is sold at The Granery and Drug Emporium, but I get it a lot cheaper through a local co-op that delivers once a month to a ladies home. I plan to add more info later about how I use my meats and the costs etc.

Ground Turkey
I buy the ground turkey in 10 lbs packages that come frozen. The ground turkey is so much cheaper than the ground beef. I do occasionally buy the ground beef for a "splurge" but really we can't tell much of a difference in the recipes I use them in. So when I'm ready to thaw out the big 10 lbs pk I put it in a big plastic garbage bag and tie the end up (to catch any blood that leaks out) then I stick it in my fridge to thaw for several days. I then cook it all up in a big batch in one day. I have a big skillet that will hold 5 lbs at a time. I sprinkle on garlic powder, onion powder, basil, and oregano while cooking! I drain off the fat and let it cool off before putting them in 1 lb portions in zip lock bags. I then freeze these bags and they are very convenient to take down and throw in whatever recipe I am using! The 10 lbs of raw meat cooks down to about 7 lbs of cooked meat.

Whole Chicken
When I get the whole chickens they are not frozen so I usually roast 2 the day I get them and freeze the rest. I'm sure they would taste a lot better if I rubbed herbs and spices all over them up inside and under the skin...but I don't do that very often...I just stick them in the pan and roast them in the oven sometimes with some veggies around them. When they are done and cooled I debone them and either use the meat then or freeze it for later use. The chickens are usually around 3.5 lbs each and I normally can get about 1 lbs of cooked meat (2 1/2 -3 Cups) per chicken. I then get rid of the skins and take the bones and either make chicken stock with them then OR put them in a zip lock bag and freeze them for later use. Right now I have about 3 big gallon zip lock bags of bones in the freezer waiting for me!! I am behind!

I usually buy one or two nice roast each month. We would love to eat it more often but it is expensive. And of course I save the bones for beef broth later!

I don't want you to think that I ONLY eat meat from here. We also buy regular meats sometimes....but I really want to start eating more meatless meals and restricting our meat intake to healthier meats.

February 24, 2009

Dairy Products

Trimble Dairy:
Whole raw milk: $6/gal
raw cream: $3/quart (actually the cream content varies in the container)

Woodstock Farms Organic Unsalted Butter-16 0z-$4.99-The Granery

Sour Cream

Cream Cheese

Cheddar Cheese

Dairy Recipes

Cultured Buttermilk & Sour Cream

Cream Cheese & Whey: from raw buttermilk, Yummy!

Cream Cheese & Whey :from raw soured milk, Yuck!

Hot Chocolate or Chocolate Milk

Food in Jars/Cans

I'll be gradually adding to this page as I have time!

Apple Sauce:

Tree of Life Organic-Regular or Cinnamon- 24 oz- $4.35 (.181 /oz)- Drug Emporium
Full Circle-Organic- 25 oz- $3.68- (.147 /oz)-Super One

Canned Salmon:

Honey Boy skinnless/boneless pink-6 oz-$1.81 (.30/oz)-Super One

Jams/Jelly: **If I don't buy organic, I do buy the kind with NO corn syrup!
Full Circle Organic-10 oz-$2.57 (.257/oz)-Super One
Polaner All Fruit: (Not organic...but does not contain corn syrup)-10 oz- Drug Emporium
$1.88 (.19/oz) or $2.07 (.21/oz) depending on what flavor you get.

Favorite Food Products

This is a list to pages in which I will keep track of the various brands that I like, how much they cost and where I purchase them. I'm hoping this will help with some cost comparison. Sorry this page is under construction: I'm trying to write it all down in a notebook and get it organized before I post it to the various pages. I will gradually be adding as to the various pages as I get time!








Food in Jars/Cans

February 16, 2009

Eat Your Broccoli Sprouts: Cut your cancer risk!

Nourishing Traditions has much info on the benefits of sprouts on pages 112-118. Surprisingly she does not mention broccoli sprouts. This must have been written before scientists discovered their amazing cancer preventive properties!
From Johns Hopkins scientists:
"Three-day-old broccoli sprouts consistently contain 20 to 50 times the amount of chemoprotective compounds found in mature broccoli heads, and may offer a simple, dietary means of chemically reducing cancer risk," says Paul Talalay, M.D., J.J. Abel Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology"........." people would still have to eat unreasonably large quantities of broccoli to get any significant promotion of Phase 2 enzymes," Talalay says.
Clinical studies are currently under way to see if eating a few tablespoons of the sprouts daily can supply the same degree of chemoprotection as one to two pounds of broccoli eaten weekly. The sprouts look and taste something like alfalfa sprouts, according to Talalay Read full article Here!

To me the sprouts taste like a cross between broccoli and radishes. You can eat them in a sandwich, throw them in soup, put them on pizza, or to get your kids to eat them...grind them up and hide them in things!!!

Step One: Pour 1/4 cup of broccoli seeds in a mason jar. I get the seeds from The Granery.

Step 2: pour filtered water in and soak your seeds overnight.

Step 3: Drain the water and put a breathable cover over it. I got this nifty cover with holes in the top from The Granery that screws over a mason jar. If you don't have that you could just put a paper towel with a rubber band. Place in a dark cabinet for 2-3 days. I like to try to roll the seeds up on the sides so they won't be stuck together. You want to have the air circulating around them. You have to take it out of the cabinet and rinse the seeds with water 2-3 times per day. This keeps mold from forming. I noticed on the seed jar it mentioned adding vit C powder to the rinsing water to help with this... but I have never done that and they are fine. It can be tricky to rinse these if you don't have a screw on cover. I have lost many seeds in the sink before I got this. Try whatever method works best for you.

See the cute little sprouts coming out after 2 days? Don't forget to keep rinsing!

Step 4:
On about the 4th day take the sprouts and place in indirect sunlight to help them turn green and produce chlorophyll. I like to turn my periodically during the day to make sure all the sprouts get some light.
(I actually think I should have left these in the cabinet a bit longer to get more sprouts) Sometimes if they clump together they don't sprout as well.
Step 5: Eat them now or put a lid on and store in the refrigerator. Yum! Yum!
I hate to say it but I am not a big veggie fan, unlike my husband who could eat them all day long! So when I do eat them, I want to get the most bang from my buck nutrition wise. And with broccoli sprouts you can't go wrong there!

February 1, 2009

Cream Cheese and Whey

(Nourishing Traditions page 87)

The recipe says you need either: 2 quarts piima milk, whole-milk buttermilk, yoghurt or raw milk.

I chose to do raw milk for this version since I had it on hand. I also only used 1 quart instead of two.
Step 1:
Pour 1 qt raw milk into a clean mason jar and put up in a warm cabinet. Leave there for 2-4 days until the whey separates from the milk. This is not the same as the milk separating from the cream as you see in the picture to the left! See the yellowish cream at the top? My top cabinet maintains a consistent temperature of about 75 degrees. This process will work with cooler temps but not if it is too cold.

Step 2:

This is how it looks after 4 days in my cupboard. You will see a clearish yellowish liquid in there. That is the whey!

Step 3:

Now line a strainer with a clean cloth napkin, dishtowel, or cheese cloth and place in a bowl. ** Here's a little tip I read online: If you get the cloth wet (wring it out) before you pour the milk in, this will prevent the whey from being soaked up in the towel. It really does work!

Step 4:

Pour the contents of the mason jar into the covered strainer. See all the frothy bubbles? You know the lactic acid is doing it's job!

Step 5:
Leave in the bowl at room temperature until all the whey drains into the bottom of the bowl.

***OK I deviated from the directions here and put this in the fridge to drain...BIG MISTAKE! I did this after reading advice from someone else online who said this would make the cream cheese more mild tasting. Now I'm wondering if she used yoghurt instead of raw milk...anyhow, when I put it in the fridge the whey went back into the milk and I didn't have just whey straining out. ARG! So...Mayday...mayday..abort. Seeing that this did not work I quickly ground up some flour and mixed this up with it to soak for a batch of pancakes for the next mornings breakfast! Waste not want not, I always say!

Back to Step 1-2:

I woke up one morning to find one of the kids had left out the carton of milk on the counter overnight. So I'm thinking perfect opportunity to try this again! So I pour this into the mason jar and put it back up into my cabinet and it's cozy 75 degrees. Well something weird happened...Now only after 2 days did I see the whey come. In the picture to the left you can see the clear yellowish liquid near the bottom this time. So for some reason the process was accelerated. Maybe it was being in the milk carton...who knows! As you can see this is not an exact science.

Step 3-4 Again:
This time when I poured it in it did not look as bubbly and frothy, but it is still good. Like I said...not an exact science. **Don't forget to get the cloth damp, otherwise a lot of the whey will be soaked up into the cloth instead of in the bowl.

Step 5: Now this time: I left it out at room temperature to drain and I had success! The lovely yellow whey came to the bottom. This should take several hours. Ok...so I have always loved science experiments!

Step 6, yeah...we're progressing:

Once most of the whey stops draining, tie up the cheese in the towel around a big spoon and let it continue to drip until it completely stops. You may need to squeeze it a little.

Step 7:
Now you have the whey with all the great lactic acid for all your soaking and fermenting fun!! And your cream cheese! Now I must tell you that this cream cheese does not taste ANYTHING like the cream cheese you buy in the store. It has a sour taste that I would describe as yeasty. An acquired taste to be sure. I would definitely not use this for recipes in desserts. Now in a dip with lots of garlic and spicy things...it would work.

Step 8:
The NT book says to store the whey in a mason jar and the cheese in a covered glass container. Refrigerated, the cream cheese keeps for about 1 month and the whey for about 6 months.

Starting with 1 quart of milk, I ended up with 2 2/3 Cup of whey and 1/2 Cup of cream cheese (7 oz wt.) The resulting products cost me...hmmm let's see here...$6 for the gal of milk by 4 = $1.50. Not bad considering this is raw, organic, and you can't buy whey anywhere!

I think next time I do this I will try it with my favorite store bought yoghurt and see the difference in how the cream cheese tastes. I love this Cascade Fresh brand that I can only get at a local health food store (The Granery) It is not labeled as organic, but it does not contain hormones.

Then maybe I will try it with homemade yoghurt ;)