Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Fruit Syrup

I hope everyone has been enjoying the holidays!  As you can tell Tenille and I have been enjoying time off as well!  Something fun that I did during the break was had a big pancake breakfast with most of my family.  I made some fruit syrup as a fun treat to top the pancakes.  Since I had open cans of Freeze Dried Blueberries, Blackberries, and Raspberries I used those for my flavorings.  It took about 20 minutes from start to finish.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup Honeyville's Freeze Dried Blueberries (not rehydrated)
1/2 cup Honeyville's Freeze Dried Raspberries (not rehydrated)

2/3 cup Honeyville's Freeze Dried Blackberries (not rehydrated)
1 cup plus 1/4 cup Berry Juice (*See note in directions)
2 cups Sugar
1 Tb. Lemon Juice
2 and 1/2 Tb. Corn Starch

Directions:
In a bowl measure out Freeze Dried Berries.  Cover with cool water to hydrate.  Let sit a minute or so to soften.  Drain off any remaining water *but reserve 1 and 1/4 cups of it--this is now the Berry Water called for in the recipe.  If you don't get that much just add enough water to get the needed measurement. 
In a sauce pan mix together sugar, Lemon Juice, 1 cup Berry Juice, and Berries.  Bring to a boil.  Try to mash up the berries a bit to get that good flavor.  (I used a potato masher but you could use a spoon and smoosh them up against the sides of the pan).  In a small container mix together the remaining 1/4 cup of Berry Juice and Corn Starch.  Once combined stir into the berry mixture.  This will thicken the mixture.  Adjust the amount of the Corn Starch/Berry Juice mixture to get the thickness of syrup that you like (add more for thicker syrup, reduce for thinner).  Once you've got the thickness that you want, take the syrup off the heat.  Carefully strain the syrup.  (If you desired you could serve it with bits of Berries but I chose not to).  It makes about 2 cups.


Even though I didn't use the actual Berries in the final version of the syrup I didn't throw them away.  I added them to some Raspberry Freezer Jam I had made that was becoming super juicy and not very fruity.  Does anyone else have that problem by the time the jar is 1/2 used it gets more juicy and less jammy?  I spread that new jam on some toast the next day and it was really good.

My family really liked the syrup and I hope you do to!  I think some other fun flavors would be Apricot or Peach.  If I was feeling daring I might even try a tropical edition with Mango and Pineapple.  What syrup flavors do you enjoy?

Happy Eating!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Last Minute Gift Ideas

Do you need a last minute gift idea? Hopefully you are all finished with your Holiday shopping, but if you aren't and are looking for some ideas, just maybe, I can help! These gift ideas can also be tweaked and used for Birthdays or other gifts throughout the year.


 Honeyville's Tomato Powder (love this stuff!!!), some pasta, and Parmesan Cheese (all products sold in the Retail Store's). Then at my Dollar Store, they sell "shrink" cellophane (3 for $1) and with a blow dryer it shrinks right up around the product. Slap a bow on it and you have a great gift!

Dollar store tray purchase, add 2 of Honeyville's Cookie Mixes, shrink wrap, and a bow! Great for neighbor gifts and looks professional!

This is one of my favorites!!! A Honeyville Hot Chocolate (have you tried them?....they are SOOO good! Have you tried the Sugar-free one....I tried it for the first time this week and it is DELICIOUS!!!!!) and add a dollar store Christmas mug and you have the PERFECT gift ANYONE would LOVE!!!! 

Once again, dollar store purchase of a Christmas Tree foil pan (you would think I love the Dollar Store...well I do find great things there!) and a Honeyville Brownie mix, of course add the shrink wrap and bow! Oh, I also put (it's hard to see) a dollar store hot pad in there.

This picture didn't turn out so well (sorry)...but I took some of our famous Honeyville Pancake Mix, a spatula, wire whisk and some of Honeyville's Bumbleberry Syrup and wala! Another gift! And who doesn't love our Pancake Mix?

This pix is hard to see....but I used a 1.25 gal. New Generation Bucket (sold in Retail Stores) and put in lots of emergency items (again, sold in Retail Stores); hand warmers, emergency sleeping bag, mulit-use tool, light stick, emergency tent, etc...

There are many more ideas that you could do, but those are just a few for you. You can also add a Gift Card to any of these gifts.

Happy Holidays!


Combo Pack Winners

CONGRATULATIONS to:

Kelly-Fruit Combo Pack

Christine-Veggie Combo Pack

Jessie-Potato Combo Pack

We've notified the winners with the emails provided as part of their comments.  You have 48 hours to respond to blog@honeyvillegrain.com with a shipping address, otherwise we will redraw. 

Don't worry if you didn't win, we'll have more give aways in the future!  Thanks for everyone's comments and suggestions.  It's been fun reading them all!

Thanks!
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Monday, December 20, 2010

Give-Away

Give-Away is now closed. Check the blog in the morning for the winners! Thank you for entering. We will be having more give-aways in the future!

Thank you to everyone!



Sunday, December 19, 2010

Stay Tuned!

Hello Everyone! We have LOVED all your questions and comments since posting about the Give-away! Thank you, thank you! We have received hundreds of e-mails and are working on going through each of them. Many of you have asked questions regarding the give-away, as well as product. We will do our very best to answer all your questions so that you will still get to enter the Give-away and win a Combo Pack! Please stay tuned!

Thank you again,


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Give-Away!!!!!!

Hello ya'll!!!! Ready for a Give-Away?!? We are giving away 3 Combo Packs!!!! You have until Monday, December 20th at 8pm pacific time. 
You have multiple ways to enter the give-away and you can enter up to FIVE times! So enter away and up your chances of winning a fabulous combo pack! Here are the rules....really, they are simple! Just remember two things 1. Leave a separate comment for each entry and 2. Please leave your e-mail address with each comment, so when you win we have a way to contact you!


Rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog (if you are already a follower that's okay too!) and leave a comment on this post.  
2.  Gain another entry to the giveaway by "Friend"ing us on Facebook.  Come back and leave a comment on this post.  
3.  Post our button on your own blog.  Come back and leave a comment on this post.
4.  Post about the giveaway on your own blog.  Come back and leave a comment on this post.
5.  Post about the giveaway on your own facebook status.  Come back and leave a comment on this post.
 
A total of 5 entries are possible for this drawing.  Winners will be announced TUESDAY MORNING (December 21st).  Please leave your email in comments so that we may contact you when you win.  



The Combo Packs we are giving away:
1. Fruit Combo:
     -1 Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Strawberry Slices 6 ounce LARGE #10 Can
     -1 Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Apple Cubes 8 ounce LARGE #10 Can
     -1 Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Raspberries 8 ounce LARGE #10 Can
     -1 Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Peaches 12 ounce LARGE #10 Can
     -1 Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Blueberries 12 ounce LARGE #10 Can
     -1 Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Banana Slices 12 ounce LARGE #10 Can
2. Veggie Combo:
      -1 Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Corn 20 ounce LARGE #10 Can
      -1 Honeyville Farms Freeze Dried Peas 20 ounce LARGE #10 Can
      -1 Honeyville Farms Dehydrated Carrots 24 ounce LARGE #10 Can
      -1 Honeyville Farms Dehydrated Onions 28 ounce LARGE #10 Can
      -1 Honeyville Farms Dehydrated Celery Slices 20 ounce LARGE #10 Can
      -1 Honeyville Farms Instant Potato Flakes 24 ounce LARGE #10 Can
3. Potato Combo (sold only in stores at this time)
     -6 LARGE #10 Cans of a variety of Honeyville Farms Potato's


Other things to keep in mind:
       -Winner will need to respond to us within 48 hours
       -We can only ship to physical address's, no P.O. Boxes, and must be in US
       -Comments will NOT be posted for public viewing so no worries, we won't share your information.If you don't feel comfortable leaving a comment you can always shoot us an e-mail at: blog@honeyvillegrain.com.
        -Lastly, winners will be drawn at random


Whew!?! That seemed like a lot of info to me! But really, it is simple, so enter away and win a combo pack!




Friday, December 17, 2010

Studio 5 Winner!!!!

Congratulations to 
KADI ABEL!!!!!!!!

You were our lucky winner of the Corporate Basket!!!! Please check your e-mail.

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! We loved reading them and all the nice things you had to say. THANK YOU!!!

By the way.....shhhhhhh.....but I heard a rumor that there may be another give-away starting tomorrow....so you may want to check out our blog this weekend!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Popcorn Popper

We have received a lot of questions and comments about the Popcorn Popper....yes, it is SERIOUSLY AWESOME! They are sold in our Honeyville Farms Retail Stores. I don't know the exact price, but they are around $11. You can scroll down a post or two to read exactly how to use it and see pictures. It is on sale in the Salt Lake City & Chandler, AZ store through Saturday. You may want to give your local store a call to confirm the price and to make sure they haven't sold out.

There are still a few more hours left to enter the KSL Give-Away! Thanks for all your comments, they have all been so nice and Callie & I really appreciate them all!


Studio 5 Give Away!

Did you see us on Studio 5?  We had lots of fun hanging out with Darin and Brooke.  As mentioned on the show, leave a comment and be entered to win a Corporate Gift Basket!



Our Corporate Gift Basket is a massive decorative basket that is stuffed to the brim with delicious treats across the spectrum. Honeyville Buttermilk Pancake Mix, Scone Mix, Fudge Brownie Mix, Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, Wild Blueberry Muffin Mix and that's just to start. Also included in this enormous basket are Cox Honey and Chad's Gourmet Raspberry Syrup. Always the favorite, we include our famous Honeyville Hot Cocoa to warm your hearts and hands. Finally, we throw in a 6 ounce bag of Mixed Nuts. Seriously this has got all the fixin's you'll need this December. 

Leave a comment on this post to be entered, one entry per person.  Entries will be accepted through midnight tonight!  Please include in your comment your email address so we can notify you when you win.  Comments will NOT be posted for public viewing so no worries, we won't share your information.  Winner will be drawn at random.
Thanks for watching and reading!


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Monday, December 13, 2010

KSL on Thursday

If you are in Utah, watch us on KSL's Studio 5 this Thursday at 11:00am! We are so excited to be introducing our blog and talk about a few wonderful Holiday ideas.
 
UPDATED:  Here's our segment! 
 

Video Courtesy of Studio 5.
Hint, hint: we will be mentioning a SPECIAL Give-Away for all Studio 5 viewers!!!
 PS: the Microwave Popcorn Popper is TOTALLY awesome! I LOVE mine!!!



Saturday, December 11, 2010

Microwave Popcorn Popper

My family loves the microwave popper! 
Yummy Honeyville Popcorn sold separately from Microwave Popper.
It couldn't be more simple to use.  Add the popcorn to the popper bowl (about 1/4 cup is what we do) cover with the lid.  Microwave for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes until popping almost stops (we use the "Popcorn" setting on our microwave).  Carefully take the bowl out of the microwave--it'll be HOT!  Season how desired.  We like to lightly drizzle it with some melted butter and some salt of course! 

No oil is needed to pop the corn.  The bowl, lid, and microwave work the magic!  You will have some unpopped kernels but not a whole lot. 

I like popcorn because I don't feel guilty if I eat a whole bowl by myself.  It's such a low calorie food (before you load on the butter, seasonings, etc).  I have friends that like to pour some Milk Duds or Jr. Mints in with their popcorn but I have yet to try that.  I am kind of Plain Jane I guess! 

How do you like your popcorn?

Happy Eating!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Powdered Sour Cream

I promised you an update on Honeyville's Sour Cream Powder. So I experimented a little when making my enchiladas.  Here are my personal opinions:
-Has a stronger smell than other products...not in a bad way, but you can smell the product right when you open the can. I think it smells like cheese. 
-When following the instructions on the can the mix comes out watery, and worked GREAT in my enchiladas. I even tried whipping it to see if it would thicken; it didn't. But I had my husband try it while it was 'watery' and he said the taste was good. Texture wasn't there, but the taste was good.
-On to taste: Hubby (can you tell he did a lot of taste testing for me the other night??) thought it tasted more like cheese, but a yummy cheese. It was good, but just don't expect a Sour Cream taste.
-Then I tried to do a 2 to 1 ratio (double the powder than water). The texture was PERFECT! Looked just like Sour Cream! Once again the hubby thought it tasted a little like cheese, but since the texture was perfect you could use as a topping or dip now.

Again, I am super excited we have this product out! I have been waiting and waiting because now I don't have to worry about trying to freeze Sour Cream from the store to fulfill my 3 month Dinner Plan; I have it in Powdered form that will last years and not take up freezer room!



Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Chicken Enchiladas

So last night I was DETERMINED to make a dinner 100% from my Food Storage. Chicken Enchiladas was the recipe. But it required me to make my own tortillas. No laughing, no judging....for many of you this task would have been simple, but you see I have never, ever made my own flour tortillas. My sweet hubby was sitting at the computer doing his homework and when he saw what I was doing he starting laughing (in a supportive kind of way) and jumped in to try and salvage help me with the project. Hubby lived in Mexico for 2 years and kept trying to pass along advice. So for a first time tortilla maker....I have to say they turned out okay, yes, I need practice, but they tasted great despite the looks. Remember, no judging when you see the pictures!


Step 1: Make Tortillas:


1 1/2 cups Honeyville's Flour (plus more if needed)
1/4 tsp Honeyville's Salt
2 TBS Honeyville's Powdered Shortening **
1/2 cup warm water (plus more if needed)


Combine the salt and flour in a bowl.  Add shortening.  Mix in water a tablespoon at a time until dough holds together (I for sure used more water, almost a full cup total).  Knead dough on a lightly (lightly is a KEY WORD...if you use too much flour, you won't get real tortilla's) floured board or surface adding flour as necessary to keep the dough from sticking until the dough is smooth and elastic--about 4 or 5 minutes.
Divide dough into 6 pieces.  Roll out on surface into a circle about 8 inches in diameter.  Heat skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes.  One at a time, cook the tortillas on the griddle until brown spots begin to appear, turn and cook the other side, total cooking time will be 4 to 5 minutes per tortilla.  Serve warm or cool. Store in plastic bag as you would store bought tortillas. (I used my griddle that we make pancakes on....just make the heat on HIGH!)



** Original recipe called for Lard, I wanted to use Honeyville's Powdered Shortening. I mixed the Shortening in a separate bowl and then from that added the 2 TBS. I would say this step is unnecessary. Just put the powder in with the salt and flour and add a little bit more water. 






The flour you see in this picture is one of the times my hubby jumped up and stopped me...."Too much flour!!"  Surface needs to be VERY lightly floured and he was right....his tortillas turned out MUCH better than mine!

Step 2: Enchilada Filling

Now that the Tortilla's were made it was time to get the Enchilada Filling ready. This was SUPER easy because all I did was open, pour water to re-hydrate, and then mix.

Recipe: 
(all these measurements are before re-hydrating)

1-2 cups of Honeyville's Freeze Dried Chicken (I did 1 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup water
2/3 cup Honeyville's Powdered Sour Cream
1/3 cup Honeyville's Bell Peppers
1 can Cream of Chicken Soup (I should have used Shirley J's Universal Sauce)
(you can always add onions or green chili's too)

-Re-hydrate Chicken, Bell Peppers, Cheddar & Mozzarella Cheese. Easy!
-Use half of cheese for mixture, set half of cheese aside for the top of Enchiladas
-For Sour Cream: I followed the instructions on the can; 2/3 cup of Powdered Sour Cream and 2/3 cup of Water: mixed together. The mixture was a little on the watery side, but since I was baking with it and adding other ingredients I went ahead and used it.


Step 3: Fill Tortillas and Bake


 Mix your ingredients together, then fill your Homemade Tortilla's, lay them in a greased 9x13 pan, put remaining mixture on top, then sprinkle the other half of shredded cheese on top, and bake for 15 mins at 350 degrees.



Remember, no laughing/judging my tortillas! 

The Enchiladas actually turned out pretty good. No, really good! Hubby liked them last night and then took leftovers today and mentioned that they were really good. The best part: it's 100% FOOD STORAGE!!!!

Enjoy!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Loaded Mashed Potatoes

This was easy and it looks fancy!  Sometimes I have a hard time getting my husband to eat potatoes unless they are covered in gravy or in fry form.  However, I think I have swayed him with this recipe. 

Ingredients:
3 1/2 cups Honeyville's Instant Potato Flakes (not reconstituted)
5 1/2 cups Water
1/4 cup Honeyville's Sour Cream Powder (not reconstituted)
1 Tb plus 1 Tsp Honeyville's Bacon Flavored TVP, divided
4 Tb  Honeyville's Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese, divided
1 Tb plus 1 Tsp Honeyville's Freeze Dried Green Onions, divided
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:
Boil Water.  In a small container hydrate 1 Tb. Freeze Dried Cheese and 1 tsp. Freeze Dried Green Onions.   Set aside until ready to garnish (I hydrated them together in the same dish. I used the 1/4 cup measuring cup I used for the Sour Cream Powder so I wouldn't have to wash another dish because I am lazy cool like that).  In a medium bowl add Potato Flakes, Sour Cream Powder, 1 Tb Bacon TVP, remaining Freeze Dried Cheddar Cheese (should be 3 Tb), and remaining Green Onions (should be 1 Tb).  Mix well.  Carefully pour boiling water over potato mixture.  Stir to combine and whisk for 2 minutes or until potatoes fluff up.  Add Salt and Pepper to taste.  Drain out any remaining water in the cheese/onion mixture.  Sprinkle top with remaining Bacon  TVP, Green Onions, and Cheese.

I think the Potato Flakes have a buttery taste by themselves which is why I didn't add any butter to this recipe.  The potatoes were creamy and smooth and I loved how the flavors combined together.  I think this would be a great filler and extender for Twice Baked Potatoes.  Tell me I am not the only one that when I make Twice Baked Potatoes that I never have enough filling for all my potato skins.  In fact that is what this recipe post was originally going to be but I never got around to making the baked potato part and then all of a sudden it was dinner time!

Happy Eating!

Friday, December 3, 2010

New Product in Retail Store!

We have 2 new products in the Retail Stores that I am SUPER SUPER excited about!!!!! I have been patiently waiting for these items and wanted to pass on the good news!

The first product: FREEZE DRIED BELL PEPPERS!!!!!!

It is a 4 oz. #10 can with Red, Green, & Yellow Peppers. And let me tell you....they are FANTASTIC!! The flavor is awesome and I love all the colors (yes, I am one who loves eating colorful meals)! We got the can on Monday and in the last 4 days I have used them in multiple meals. We first snacked on them, used them in our egg burritos, pasta, and pizza. I have to say that these are one of my new favorite products, and my husbands too! Every time I turn around he is grabbing a handful to add to his meal! Ha, ha! I have not actually re-hydrated them before using, because I am okay with a little crunch if it doesn't fully re-hydrate. I have just thrown in a random amount when making the food. You have got to try some!












The shelf life of the unopened can is 5-10 years 

Once opened you typically have 12-18 months depending on how you store the product.  Personally, I like to store all my opened product in a gallon size zip lock bag, with as much air out as I can get, and then I put the bag back in the #10 can with the lid on it. This way if I don't put the lid back on tight I don't have to worry as much about my product going bad (or spilling out when my kids try and grab the can) and I also found that my product lasts longer than just leaving it in the can. But again, that is just my personal opinion.

And remember, there are no additives or preservatives in our Freeze Dried Fruits & Veggies. So this can just has Freeze Dried Green, Red, & Yellow Pepper.

The next product: Sour Cream Powder (YAY!!!)


This product comes in a #10 can with 2.5 lbs of sour cream powder.
To be honest, I have not tried it yet....it is on my menu in the next couple of days though. But I have been waiting and waiting for this product. So many of my recipes call for Sour Cream and honestly, how do you store sour cream for long periods of time??? I'll keep you updated on what I think about the Sour Cream.

The unopened can will last 5-10 years. 
Once opened, I would suggest storing it in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the shelf life, but it does not need to be refrigerated.

Have fun shopping! And let us know what you think about these new products.


Thursday, December 2, 2010

Homemade Pasta Noodles

So I am finally back from my Thanksgiving Break!  Hopefully everyone enjoyed the big Turkey day!  It took me awhile to adjust being back from my vacation.  Seriously I thought it was work to make Chicken Nuggets for dinner last night.  Yes adults can totally eat chicken nuggets for dinner--even if they are the dino shaped nuggets!  Ever feel like you need a vacation from your vacation?  Today was the day I told myself that I was going to do something ultra productive:  I tried making some homemade noodles.  I used half white flour (Bakers Flour) and half freshly ground whole wheat flour. 

Major sidenote, I was really surprised again how fast and easy it was to get freshly ground whole wheat flour.  I measured out about 8 cups of wheat, turned on the electric mill, changed my daughter's diaper, washed my hands, and it was just about done!  And clean up wasn't so bad either.  But back to the noodles...


Recipe was adapted from allrecipes.com
Ingredients
1 cup Bakers Flour
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
1/2 tsp Salt
2 Tb Honeyville's Powdered Whole Egg (just the powder)
8 Tb Water
1 Tb Olive Oil (Vegetable or Canola Oil would work fine too)

Directions
Sift together Bakers Flour, Whole Wheat Flour and Salt into a bowl.  In a separate container whisk together Egg Powder, Water, and Oil.  Pour the wet mixture over the flour mixture.  Stir to combine.  Knead dough for about 4 to 5 minutes until smooth.  Form dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and place in fridge for about 10 minutes.  Remove the plastic wrap and cut ball in half.  I found it roll out the dough in a smaller chunk.  Roll the dough out on a floured surface as thin as you can.  If you think it's thin try rolling for another couple of minutes--you really want it thin!  To make long strands of noodles like spaghetti or fettuccine, carefully roll up the dough jelly roll style.  If you wanted to do something like Ravioli you could cut out little circles and place your filling on top of a circle then press another circle on top and seal the edges.

Cut the dough in the desired width.  Similar to what you would do when making cinnamon rolls.  I used a pizza cutter for the first 1/2 of dough and a knife for the second 1/2.  A knife was easier.
Unroll each noodle and allow them to dry for about 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours.  I let mine dry on a cooling rack but I did read how someone hung their noodles over a broomstick handle that was laid across 2 chairs.  Whatever concoction you come up with is fine by me!
This is only the first 1/2 of the dough.
Boil noodles in a big pot.  Mine cooked in about 8 minutes.    Top noodles with your favorite sauce or veggies.
Now the verdict:  Taste was good, had the consistency of normal noodles but I didn't roll the dough thin enough.  That is why I stressed rolling your dough so thin in the directions.  I got even lazier with the second 1/2 of dough.  If you look closely at my finished product you can see that the noodles were thick.  Also I would cut my noodles into shorter and skinnier strips as well.  These noodles will expand which I knew but didn't take into account when making my width cuts. 

Do you have a favorite homemade pasta recipe?  Please share with me, I'd love to try it out!

Happy Eating and Experimenting!