Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Mountain House

As you all know, the #10 cans of Mountain House meals are on Sale in the Retail Stores through Thursday. So I thought I would try one of the most popular meals, Beef Stroganoff with Noodles. Yes, since there was only 1 person eating, I opened the smaller package....but the instructions are the same for the #10 can.

Add boiling water and let it sit for about 8 minutes and you have a delicious meal ready to eat! After making this and seeing how fabulously yummy and easy it was (made my house smell like a home cooked meal!!!), I seriously contemplated taking my family to Honeyville Farms and letting them choose their next weeks worth of meals! Heck, all I would have to do is boil water each night and then each person would be happy with their own meal of their choice!!!! I am still thinking about it!

 Here is what it looked like before adding boiling water


I wish I had a better camera, one that could send smell through your computer, just so your mouth could water and you would want to sprint to Honeyville to get some Mountain House!!! Yummmmmmmy!!! 

Enjoy your Mountain House Meal!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wheat Flour Follow-Up

In response to my Grinding Wheat post, we got a comment from Ms. Cami:

"Gosh, that kinda sounds fun! Now is hard white and hard red both whole wheat flours? Or is hard white flour like all-purpose flour? Confused!"

Great Question Cami!  First off, it was kind of fun to grind the wheat and make something tasty from my efforts.  It reminded me of the story of the little red hen except I did receive help when asked.  I asked my husband to help count the cups of flour because I tried counting myself twice but I kept forgetting where I was at. But I digress...

Each kernel of wheat is made up of three parts: bran, endosperm, and germ.  The flours that I ground were BOTH whole wheat flour because the whole kernel of wheat was used.  The All-Purpose Flour you buy at our stores or online, are made from the endosperm part of the kernel and are typically made from Hard Red Wheat.

I hope that clears up the confusion. 

Happy Eating!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Grinding Wheat

We all know it is better to store food in their whole grain state vs flour or any other milled form.  This is because whole grains have a longer shelf life than those of their milled counter parts.  So in an effort to figure out how much whole grain wheat I needed to eventually grind into flour I set up a little experiment. 

I wanted to know:
  • Does Hard Red Wheat and Hard White Wheat grind into the same amounts of flour
  • How much flour does 10 cups of whole grain wheat equate to
  • How long does it take to grind 10 cups of whole grain wheat into flour
I used a Nutrimill (available in stores only at this time) to grind my flour and I set the coarseness to the finest flour setting. I HIGHLY recommend reading your mill's instruction booklet before starting your own experiment.  That way you don't have to start and stop your process to make sure you are doing it right.  I stopped the grinding process a few different times during grinding to make sure that the flour bowl (the thing that catches all the flour from the mill) was not getting overly full.  Check your mill instruction book to see what the bowl capacity is because you don't want it to get too full and back up your mill.  Also the particular mill that I used did have a noise reducer but this is still a loud project--not exactly one you want to do while your baby is sleeping in the next room.. 

I measured 10 cups of Hard Red Wheat, it took 15 minutes to grind and it produced about 16 1/2 cups of flour.

For 10 cups of Hard White Wheat, it took about 18 minutes to grind and it produced about 17 1/2 cups of flour.

I was surprised with the different amounts of flour.  I did check the flour catching bowl a few more times with the Hard White Wheat compared to the Hard Red Wheat so that could explain the time difference.


Some people say that the Hard White Wheat has a more mild flavor than the Hard Red Wheat.  It is difficult to tell in the picture above but the Hard Red Wheat Flour is definitely darker than the Hard White Wheat Flour. 

There is nothing better than super fresh whole wheat flour!  I am amazed how much better my bread tastes and I swear it raises faster too.  I've been using this fresh whole wheat flour in 6-Grain Waffles (seriously its ridiculous how many of these I am eating!), Whole Wheat French Bread, and coming soon will be another bread recipe comparing the different flours!  Grinding the wheat was easy enough and the results are worth doing a batch or so a month to ensure that I always am using fresh flour. 

What recipes are you using whole wheat flour for?

Happy Eating!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Freeze Dried Chicken

Hello again! Like I mentioned last night here are some things I have done with Honeyville's Freeze Dried Chicken (Remember the FABULOUS meat coupon is good through Saturday, September 18th, print here):

1. Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
-I re-hydrated the Freeze Dried Chicken according to instructions on the can
-Added some BBQ sauce
-Put on a roll
-Put some re-hydrated Freeze Dried Mozzarella Cheese on top
-Sliced up some avocado

And had one delicious sandwich! 
Just for the record....the Chicken DOES NOT taste like canned chicken, it really, truly tastes just like the real thing!

2. Stuffed Chicken Croissants

Recipe:
-8 oz. package of Cream Cheese
-2 cans Crescent Rolls
-1/2 cup of Butter**
-1/2 cup of Bread Crumbs
-Chicken Gravy Mix

-Re-hydrate green onions and chicken
-Mix together cream cheese, green onions, and chicken
-Roll out crescent rolls and stuff with mixture, then roll up
-Dip rolled crescent in melted butter and then bread crumbs
-Put on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes
-Serve with gravy

**Being honest: I tried to use the Honeyville's Powdered Butter, but really messed it up this time around. Yes, I have used it before and LOVE it! But what I struggled with is how to melt it to dip the crescent roll in??? After messing it up and thinking about it ALL DAY LONG (I hate making mistakes...ha, ha) I came up with two possible solutions that may work: A: Spread it on roll with a basting brush or B. Don't whip your butter so thick that you can't dip...maybe just enough to dissolve powder, maybe even add more water to Powder Butter? Anyway, I will have to try those options next time.

Ingredients Used










Mix together Cream Cheese, Green Onions, & Chicken

Spread on Rolls

Stuffed and dipped and ready for baking

Just add the Gravy! 
This is one of my family's most FAVORITE meals! Enjoy!

3. Add as a Pizza Topping
Yes, there are million pizza toppings on here!!!!

We were experimenting one day with a lot of Honeyville's products:

Just in case you were wondering, the Tomato Powder with a few spices made a DELICIOUS pizza sauce:
The Tomato Powder is awesome! Depending on what you need (sauce, paste, etc) you just add more or less water! Easy!

If you really want, you can top off all those meals with a refreshing glass of Honeyville's Strawberry Lemonade (made with LOTS of ice & a blender so it was a frozen lemonade) with Freeze Dried Strawberry's for added flavor and texture!



Whew, that was a lot of information! Hope you are now convinced on why I LOVE the Freeze Dried Chicken! To see info on Freeze Dried Beef, click here and Freeze Dried Sausage, click here.

Enjoy your weekend!


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Strawberry Sorbet


I tried it! I tried it! I made the homemade Strawberry Sorbet in my ice cream maker using Honeyville's Freeze Dried Strawberries. And once again, I was impressed and it turned out yummy!

Recipe:

1/3 c Sugar
2/3 c Water
2 tsp. Lemon Juice

Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove and cool completely (I did this the night before and put it in the refrigerator). Combine with strawberries and lemon juice and puree. Pour into ice cream maker.
 *this is the amount before re-hydrating. I did re-hydrate the strawberries
(Opinion: super easy, little ingredients, made very little Sorbet)









Enjoy!!!

I just heard a rumor that honeyvillefarms.net put a coupon on their website for the Retail Stores for THIS WEEKEND ONLY. I went and checked it out and it's true! The coupon is for 20% off #10 cans of Freeze Dried Meat (up to 12 cans). Trust me when I say this is a GREAT coupon! The coupon started today and goes through Saturday. Make sure to print it out before you head to the store.
I will try and post some things I have done with the Freeze Dried Chicken tomorrow. The meat is fabulous, you can't go wrong!


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Freeze Dried Blueberries

Today I pulled out the Freeze Dried Blueberries and my kids were SUPER excited. They love the Freeze Dried Fruit! Here are the 3 things we used Blueberries for (we did NOT re-hydrate):

1. Sprinkled it (do you really "sprinkle" blueberries, or do you toss them??) into our cottage cheese.


2. Snacked on them

3. Used them as a topping in our Homemade Ice Cream......My kids loved it and it help me justify the ice cream by throwing on some fruit....ha, ha!!

Homemade Ice Cream Recipe:
1 cup Whole Milk
1/2 cup Sugar
dash of Salt
2/3 cup Half and Half
1/2 cup Whipping Cream
1/2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
(I am sure it was Calorie Friendly....but that is what makes it so good, right??!)

Combine milk, sugar, and salt. Stir with wire whisk until sugar is dissolved. 
Stir in rest of ingredients.
I then poured mixture into my ice cream machine and patiently waited for it to be done!

Tomorrow, we are pulling out the Freeze Dried Strawberries and making homemade Strawberry Sorbet.  Hmmm....hmmmmmm.....can't wait! So stay tuned!


Friday, September 10, 2010

All about Water



I thought I would dedicate this post to "Water."  The 5 gallon water jug and the 55 gallon water barrel's are on sale right now (through September 18th) in the Retail Store's.

Why Store Water?
You can't live without water! Whether your water supply was shut off for a few days or the other end of the spectrum; there was a massive earthquake. It doesn't matter the emergency, you can't live without water! Please store water. If someone walks into the retail store and says they are just starting their food storage and asks where do they start.....the first answer given is WATER! Start with WATER!!!

How Much Water?
The general rule is to store 1 gallon per person per day. That's 2 quarts drinking water and 2 quarts cooking and sanitation. In some cases like, hot weather, the sick, nursing mom's, etc. you may need more than 1 gallon a day. Have a least a 3 day supply of clean drinking water on hand, but strive for 2 weeks of water for each member of your family.

How to Store Water?
There are many options to storing water. It will mostly depend on preference and living quarters. You can store bottled water from the store, you can re-fill (after cleaning) soda containers, you can buy a variety of different size containers (5, 10, 30, 55, 100 gallons). You can store water under your beds, in closets, in a basement, in a garage. Preferably a cool, dark place is best. But ultimately just keep out of direct sunlight.


Other Tidbits:
-Water doesn't expire, but it is best to rotate water every 6-12 months
-Public Water is already treated. But as an extra safety measure, I would add about 1/8 tsp. of bleach (must be PLAIN bleach; no additives or scents) per gallon of water.



Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Back to School

September means it's back to school time.  This year YOU can join in the fun with the kids!  We've got a lot of classes scheduled this month at each of the retail stores.  I can promise there won't be any pop quizzes (at least not ones that will be graded and recorded) but you are bound to learn something new and nifty!

Call the stores to secure your spot in a class today!

Happy Learning!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Banana Bread

I was craving Banana Bread ...have I mentioned I am pregnant?....so you can imagine I make what I crave!! Ha, ha!! Anyway, I made the bread with Freeze Dried Banana's and guess what?!?! It turned out AWESOME! To be honest, I was really doubtful. I haven't had too much experience with re-hydrating fruits and using them in my cooking. So the whole time I was thinking, "What if this doesn't turn out?" "What am I going to tell the readers?" "Will I even post this and admit I can't cook?" "Oh, PLEASE turn out!" But seriously, it turned out to be very yummy, and even a little better than using over-riped banana's!

Recipe:
-1 cup of Sugar

-1/4 cup of Honeyville Farms Powdered Shortening & 2 3/4 Tbsp of water (equivalent to 1/2 cup of Shortening)

-4 Tbsp of Honeyville Farms Powdered Eggs & 8 Tbsp of water (equvialnt to 2 eggs)












-1 Tbsp of Milk (I totally could have used Honeyville Farms Powdered Milk....totally wasn't thinking!)

-4 cups of Honeyville's Freeze Dried Banana's: Re-hydrate them (once they re-hydrate, it shrinks to about 2 cups. This is equivilant to about 3 mashed banana's)




-2 Tbsp of Lemon Juice

-1 tsp. Baking Soda

-2 cups Flour

-1/2 tsp. Salt

Mix all the ingredients together (add nuts or chocolate chips if desired)


Pour into greased bread pans &
Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour







And look at that!!! Yummy looking and yummy tasting Banana Bread!!
Enjoy!


Friday, September 3, 2010

Crepes

I think I have mentioned before that our family loves a GOOD breakfast!! This morning for breakfast we had some Crepes, thanks to some yummy Honeyville Farms product. 
We didn't really follow a recipe, so I will do my best to describe what we did do:

1. We used the Honeyville Farms Pancake & Waffle Mix. Can I just say this is one of the most DELICIOUS products Honeyville carries. I am not exaggerating! Once you try this pancake mix you will NEVER and I mean NEVER go back to the other stuff you have been using. This pancake mix is so easy to make, just add water, and since it is made from the finest ingredients, the pancakes turn out perfect! My family eats them about 3 times a week and my kids beg for them more than that! Okay, enough about pancakes, have I convinced you to try some yet???

As for the crepes, we used a 1 to 1 ratio: 1 cup of pancake mix to 1 cup of water. It was really thin batter and perfect for thicker crepes (of course you can make them thinner if you want)

2. While cooking the crepes (just like you do pancakes), we re-hydrated Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Banana's & Blueberries.
Re-hydrating the fruit is super easy. Put the fruit in a bowl of water and let it sit.



3. Then fill the crepes with desired filling.....we used whip creme and the fruit. 

Several views of our yummy breakfast!! 
Enjoy, because we sure did!!!