Tomato Powder – For Those Tired of Canning Already!

Ah, the harvest of tomatoes is a plentiful this year, however … Honestly, I am sick of canning tomatoes.

Too much time.  Too much work.  Too much space.

You get the point.

So I thought I would look up Do-It-Yourself sundried tomatoes, being all clever to figure something different out.  I do love sundried tomatoes but until I looked them up, I did not realize the difficulty in storing them.  Well, I don’t really want to have to freeze tons of sundried tomatoes.

As I was surfing through delicious photos of reds and yellows, recipes slowly going through the back of my mind, I saw the words:

TOMATO POWDER

how the POWDER changed my cooking life forever

These words combined have made my love of tomatoes grow beyond measure. And taste.

MR. DEHYDRATOR

Cutting up large numbers of my beautiful, organic tomatoes (courtesy of my wonderful garden this year!) in slices no more than 1/4 inch thick, sprinkle with a dash of pickling salt and now steps in Mr. Dehydrator.

The tomatoes get a really good air drying for around 12 – 20 hours.  Toss in some freshly chopped basil or oregano from my garden on top of the slices and add a punch of flavour.

MR. SPICE GRINDER

Spice grinder in one hand and the other throws a bunch of crushed, dehydrated tomato slices in.

BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ

It’s pulse grinding.  Keep at it until you have taken a peek and find the consistency you are looking for, which for me is finely ground tomato powder.

USES

2 tablespoons of concentrated tomato powder plus about 1/2 cup of water creates the most amazing tomato paste to use for sauces.

Sprinkle a small amount into your foods, depending on taste.  Use anywhere you would use tomato or sundried tomato in recipes, just make sure to taste and adjust accordingly.

ALWAYS TASTE.

It is so versatile.

THE TASTE

It totally tastes like ketchup chips minus the chip part.

STORAGE

Storage is the best part it takes up WAY less room.  I store in a mason jar with a bunch of rice at the bottom to keep the moisture out.

Hope you enjoy, let me know any recipes that you may know of that uses tomato powder.

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BBQ Chicken: Here’s a Good Tip

I’ve heard that using recycled cans is not a great idea because of the lining inside combined with the heat.

Using cake rings works great.  This keeps your chicken off the grill and crisps up the skin really well.

Bon appétit.  Enjoy!

Repurposed Wood – Hallway Table – Retro Legs: You Can Do It Yourself

Recently, I’ve been going through all my old stuff.  I bought a scruffy looking table at Goodwill for $10 some time ago, never looking under all that terrible fake paint stain stuff.

Much to my surprise, it is wonderful quality pine wood.  So, I decided to do something with it.

Had another old 40’s table, so I took the legs and spray painted them with a dark Chameleon Purple (changes to dark Burgundy depending on the light):

And voila! After repurposing the old wood from a $10.00 table, sanding, using the legs from an old free table I had, plus some left over metal spray paint for the legs and hardware, here is what is looks like now:

It is not difficult to repurpose old things.  It just takes some imagination (or use other people’s ideas, Pinterest is so great for this!) and a bit of effort.  Old becomes new again, saving you money and bonus, reuse, recycle – REPURPOSE!!!  Total cost: $10.00, a few screws, spray paint & time.

Repurposed Wood Shelves into Country Style Crates – Do It Yourself

repurposed wood turned into crates

I found an old, solid wood shelf in the trash and stared at it.  I also had some pallet wood left over from another old shelf.

What to do.

Repurposing wood into something new takes some thought.  What is the shape of the wood? How much of the shape can be used without altering it too much? What kind of creation becomes the result only takes your imagination and some effort.

I sawed apart the shelving into sections and sanded off the old and extremely ugly varnish.  The wood underneath was beautiful.  Then it finally occurred to me: the wood & shape of the shelving reminded me of those old fashioned country style fruit and veggie crates.  Only even better.

So, with the help of some pallet wood I already had, I cut it into 2 bases and 1 top, allowing me to not only have a crate, but a chest as well.  A few screws and a bit more sanding and going from nothing to something:

Cost: A couple dozen screws & time.

Please consider repurposing when designing in your home.  There are so many creative ideas out there!

Lemon Vinegar – The Art of Homemade, Safe Cleaning

Vinegar. A versatile & classic liquid, used in cooking & cleaning.

When it comes to cleaning, it’s a natural disinfectant, a brilliant cleaner, but … it stinks.

Salt & Vinegar Fish & Chips, sure, loves it! But not a house that smells like pure vinegar?  Too abrasive to the senses.

Hence, a formula for Lemon Vinegar.

Now, you can use orange peels if you like … I’m a lemon girl!

What you need:

500 ml Mason Jar or whatever size you wish

Peel from 2 -3 lemons (add more for bigger jar)

Vinegar

How to do it:

Place peels in jar. Fill to top with vinegar. Cap tightly.

Let sit in a cool, dark place for about 14 days, give or take.

ET VOILA!

Lemon scented vinegar to be used for making the house not only shine its cleanest, but smell like bright, fresh lemons!

Enjoy.

Green Tomatoes? Chow Down On Canadiana Style Chow Chow – Fresh Gardening Recipe

The Art of a Great Chow Chow

This year, I’m on the verge of  a tantalizingly tasty tomato crop.  Reds, yellows & even purples I have painstakingly been gardening in a very organic fashion.  But I always find some that have found a home on the ground, or a few that have a brown patch or two … and besides, I don’t always want to wait for the September for the last of the green tomatoes to make something with them … something called Chow Chow.

Many of you have been reading about the horrors of genetically modified produce & meat, and I have been doing my best to avoid GMOs & processed foods.  Corn syrup, for instance, has given rise to heated arguments between scientists & health specialists & all kinds of people, and we all know we find it in everything.

One thing it’s in is Catsup. Or Ketchup. Heinz lists it here in Canada as ‘liquid syrup’, but we all know it’s genetically modified corn syrup.

Catsup or Ketchup is for some, like butter is to bread … a marvellously sweet, spicy & salty condiment that goes with everything from the classic french fry to being used as a flavour enhancer in curry sauces.

I don’t like bottled Ketchup. Sorry Heinz, but I can taste the fakeness. It just isn’t like it was when I was a kid (and I’m an OLD lady!).

But recently, thanks to a twitter friend, my attention was brought to a fantastically deliciously wonderful condiment that goes by the name “Chow Chow”.

Thank you dear twitter friend, because now my taste buds have taken me back to my childhood of travelling up to the cottage, stopping by the side of the road on Highway 11 North in Ontario at Dutchie’s Restaurant, where they made the best french fries I have ever eaten in my life.  And I know, I KNOW, they had homemade ‘catsup’.  Chow Chow brings me right back to the old style counter seats & smell of the fryer.  Enough memories, let’s make some Chow Chow and can it!

What you will need:

6 cups of coarsely chopped green tomatoes*

* remove white core, & if too many or too large seeds remove as well

3 medium to large size onions, coarsely chopped

3 medium apples, coarsely chopped

2 stalks of celery, chopped up

1/4 – 1/2 cup of water

3/4 cup of brown sugar

1/4 cup of maple syrup

2 cups of white vinegar* (5% acetic acid)

* substitutes: red wine vinegar, 1/4 – 1/2 cup of lemon or lime juice

1 tbs. of mustard powder

1/4 tsp. of allspice (I put 1/2, I love it!)

1/4 tsp. of cumin

1/4 tsp. of red chili powder (spicy, don’t put in if you don’t like it)

Just a pinch, or two, of cinnamon

Fresh ground black pepper to taste

1/4 cup of pickling salt

In Quebec, additions such as green & red peppers and/or cauliflower are also included.

I always say, “Make sure you play with your food!”

How to Make Chow Chow:

In non-reactive pot (enamel, stainless steel), put 1/4 cup of water at bottom and heat on high.

Toss all ingredients except maple syrup & vinegar.  Bring up to almost a boil & simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the touch of Canadiana style – maple syrup – and give it a stir.  Then mix in all the vinegar.

Let this wonderful pot of goodness simmer on a low heat for about 15-20 minutes.

Depending on your choice, you can can this chunky or fine.  I prefer it done fine, so I either mush it through a sieve or I use my hand blender.

Water bath canning takes 10 minutes (but as most know, this depends on your altitude.)

Serve with french fries, hot dogs, hamburgers …

One of my absolute favourite uses is as a wonderful side sauce for Jerk’d Chicken or Pork, and it goes heavenly with West Indian Curry.

Please try my recipe & let me know how it turns out for you.

Enjoy!

Looking for the Safest Spots in the World? 10 Super Secure Places.

Here are 10 of the safest and most secure places in the world.  A couple of these bunkers/tunnels are a prepper’s dream!  Enjoy.

1. London Tower

London tower 10 10 Safest places in the world

London Tower

Inside London Tower, lies England`s crown jewelry, Koh-i-noor, and ,a 109k diamonds, Star of Africa. London Tower is guard with armed forces, steel walls and thousand of CCTV camera. Any robber or burglar will think millions of time to breach the Security system

2. Sealand

sealand 09 10 Safest places in the world

SeaLand

As the name implies, Seland is a country with lands of seaAlthough, the place is secluded in the middle of the ocean, this area is fully protected and it stands on its own international jurisdiction. The  location itself is located 10km across Suffolk beach ,England. It rules by a king and this area also has its own Independence day.

3. Granite Bunker

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Granite Bunker
Granite Bunker is an old bunker data that have been used since cold war. It is located in Salt Lake city and the bunker itself was built 200 meters inside a granite mountain.The front gate/door alone is featured with 12 tons of metal. It is so strong so that direct hit from a tank cannot penetrate it.

4.Norad Central.

Norad 10 Safest places in the world

Norad Central
Norad Central is controlled by United States Air force and it is still operate effectively till this date. Norad Central is a building that was constructed 600m under Cheyenne Mountain. It is framed with 1.319 steel and each steel weigh 450kg .The building  covers 18.000 sq  area, 14X180m rooms with 2x 25 tons doors, and 15 rooms with 3 levels high.

5. Bold Lane Parksafe

Bold lane 10 Safest places in the world

Bold Lane Park Safe
Bold lane park safe ,Derby, Derbyshire, England, was designed to be the safest parking area in the world. The parking area is facilitated with motion sensors and 190 surveillance cameras. Once the sensor indicate suspicious activity, the security team will checked it immediately. In 2003, BBC focus had listed Bold lane as one of the most secure places in the world

6. Fort Knox

fort knox 10 Safest places in the world

Fort Knox
Fort Knox is one of the most secure gold reserve in US. The building is located in Kentucky and it still operates till this second. Inside the building, kept thousands of gold bars, confidential data of US governments, and include the original script of Magna Charta. The door is 20 tons solid steel and it is guarded by trained forces with heavy weapon, surveillance cameras, and other advance electronic security system

7. Area 51

area51 10 Safest places in the world

Area 51
Since at the front gate, Area 51 is an exclusive territory for most people in US and the rest of the world. In this area, US Air force designs, builds and tests their new weapons, missiles and defense systems. Area 51 is located in Nevada desert and beside their secret activities, this place was known for the UFO crash site.

8. Data Fortress –Alpen Swiss

Data fortress swiss 10 Safest places in the world

Data fortress swiss
Data Fortress is a secret bunker in Alpen mountain Swiss  belong to Mount 10 company. The bunker become famous because many confidential documents, data and files are kept  here. The bunker is monitored 24/7. It is facilitated with thousand CCTV cameras, motion sensors, armed forces and heavy metal gate.

9. Florence Prison

Florence Prison 10 Safest places in the world

Florence Prison
Different from other fortress, this fortress is a special fortress to keep criminals, murderers, drug dealers, robbers and rapers stay inside. The prison is located in Colorado, US. The prison has 1000 jail from steel, and it is featured with long distance active sensors. At the outside of the fence, the security forces prepare hundreds of tracking dogs to stop the bad guy from their flee

10. Air Force One

air force 1 10 Safest places in the world

AIR FORCE ONE
Air Force One is an iconic plane and it is known for the advance technologies and defense systems. Boeing 747-200B Air Force One is featured with advance tracking system, Anti- nuclear shell, advanced telecommunication and satellite system, include Aerial refueling system and many other more. In a critical situation, this plane can fly in the air for a week.

Of course, you can always create your own safe place at home, using our security laminates – keeps the culprits out!

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