How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 1

Do you find yourself overwhelmed with too much of certain foods, and no idea how to preserve them? Here's seven options for food preservation to preserve pretty much anything!

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer

It’s nearly August, that time of year when zucchini show up unannounced on your doorstep, peaches are offered for sale by the bushel, and tomatoes proliferate. Needless to say, it’s a time of bounty, when everything is growing great gonzos, so it’s the time of year when every year I feel underprepared for processing and dealing with all the delicious food that is at the height of flavor and nutrition.

Thus, about two years ago, I started compiling all of my chicken scratches, recipes, and notes – ingredient by ingredient – into a book, both as a service to myself and to help others in the same late-summer situation, but – heh – it became such a monumental task, it’s still a work in progress. And likely will be for a few years yet…. after cataloging 500+ foods and their preservation methods, this one’s going to take awhile. :)

Nonetheless, I didn’t want the information to remain dormant, either, so consider this post the {very} condensed version of the book to provide a handy guide to help and inspire you as you stare down those 50 pounds of tomatoes that just walked in the door.

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything

 

Taken from the book How to Preserve Anything by Kresha Faber. It’s not currently available for sale, but we’ll let you know when it is!

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

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The seven types of preservation

So, first things first. Let’s take a quick look at the different options you’ve got when it comes to preserving your food.

Freezing

The freezing method is fairly straightforward, but for long term storage, this isn’t just the freezer above your refrigerator. For true, long-term freezer storage, you’ll need a deep freeze that holds the food at 0°F (-18°C) or below.

Freezing is a good option for pretty much any food, but will change the structure of some foods, such as fresh greens, so plan accordingly. For example, if you freeze fresh spinach, it will be wilted when you remove it, so using it in a salad would be out of the question, but using it in a baked dish, such as Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna, or in your favorite green smoothie would be totally fine.

Also, if you are able to vacuum-seal your food before freezing, this will extend the life of your frozen food even longer.

Freezing is a great option for many types of food, as it keeps the vitamins and minerals largely intact. In fact, if you freeze your food right when it’s fresh, it’s about as close as you can come to eating fresh food when you take it out to use, which is exactly what we need come the doldrums of January.

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

Dehydrating & Smoking

Dehydrating is exactly what it sounds like – it’s the process of drying out your food. By removing the majority of the water content of your food, you hinder the bacterial growth that thrives on moisture, thus extending the shelf-life of the food by several months.

Good examples of common dehydrated foods are beef jerky, fruit leather, and dried fruit.

Smoking is similar, but slightly different. In the process of smoking, the food is partially dehydrated, but as smoke penetrates the food, it also acts as a bacterial inhibitor and anti-oxidant, thus slowing rancidity. Foods that are smoked are often also cured (think of your favorite sausages), but not always, such as with smoked salmon, which is smoked fresh.

Dehydrating food can be done easily by pretty much anyone, as you can dehydrate using an oven, a dehydrator, or even just the sun. Smoking, however, needs a bit more finesse and is most easily done in a conventional smoker.

Fermenting & Culturing

Fermentation is the way people have been preserving food for millenia.

Fermenting is the process of encouraging the growth of beneficial bacteria in order to inhibit harmful bacterias that spoil food and have the potential to make us seriously ill. Most foods can be fermented or cultured, including fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood, grains, legumes, and dairy. Common fermented foods are sauerkraut (cabbage), pickles (cucumbers), cured sausage (meat), and yogurt (milk).

(By the way, I absolutely love fermented foods – I’ll totally admit my bias! If you’re just getting started with fermented foods, definitely check out the book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Fermenting Foods by Wardeh Harmon.)

Fermenting is one of the easiest methods of preservation, as all you need are your ingredient and a starter of some sort, which is often just salt. Easy!

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

Canning

Water-bath canning and pressure canning are more modern forms of preservation and they’re an excellent way to keep foods preserved for longer periods of time, usually at least a year or more.

The downside is that because canning requires high heat, the vitamin and enzyme content of the food is partially denatured, so it’s not quite as nutrient-rich as eating the same foods fresh.

However, canning excels at being able to preserve large amounts of food – more than you could eat before it would go bad when fresh – so I consider this an excellent option, as you’re saving food from the compost heap rather than “destroying” fresh food.

Besides, there are a few foods, such as tomatoes, where certain nutrients only become activated once cooked, making homemade canned tomatoes an excellent choice.

Also, canning is a great way to preserve prepared foods for long periods of time, not just the ingredients themselves, so foods like ketchup, plum sauce, applesauce, salsa, relish, chutney, pasta sauce, jams, and jellies excel when preserved via canning.

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

Salt- and Sugar-Curing

Salt-curing is the process of packing a food in a high salt concentration in order to inhibit bacterial growth. This is similar to fermentation, but done at a much higher concentration. For example, a shredded vegetable ferment such as sauerkraut typically uses a salt ratio of about 2 to 7% by weight, but salt-curing packs the food in a ratio of about 20 to 25% salt.

Salt inhibits the growth of spoilage-inducing microorganisms by drawing water out of the cells through osmosis. As the unwanted bacterial population decreases, other beneficial bacteria, primarily those lovely lactobacilli, proliferate and create an acidic environment (around 4.5 pH).

It should be noted (as I had to point out to my publisher when I published my book and their dietician was losing her shirt over the fact that my fermented and cured recipes called for so much salt), when a food is dry-cured, you don’t eat the salt crust or brine – this merely helps preserve the food. Common examples are corned beef, lox, caper berries, and cherry blossoms.

Sugar-curing is similar – it’s merely the process of packing a food in sugar for the same purpose – but this is used for foods where the flavor would be adversely affected by the use of salt or to infuse the sugar with a particular flavor (see below for examples of flower honey and rosemary syrup). Also, it’s very common to use a combination of both salt and sugar, as lactobacilli feed well on sugar. For example, the traditional Scandinavian method for making gravlax uses a ratio of 2:1 of salt to sugar.

Oil Curing

Oil curing is the process of submerging a food completely in fat or oil in order to block out oxygen. This method appears commonly in old cookbooks for everything from artichokes to jardinière, but today, it’s largely considered unsuitable for many foods because even though it slows the growth of spoiling agents, it doesn’t rid the existing moisture from the food, which can still give rise to Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism and which becomes active in warm, anaerobic environments.

However, this method is absolutely lovely for herbs and garlic, as well as combining with other methods, such as the marinated red bell peppers listed below, which are cured both in oil AND vinegar and then water-bath canned. Scrumptious, indeed. :)

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

Vinegar & Alcohol Pickling

Preserving foods in vinegar or alcohol easily creates an acidic environment, which inhibits bacterial growth. It’s also suitable for most foods and easy to do, so it’s a common way to preserve foods.

You can store nearly any food in vinegar in the refrigerator for several weeks and if you can the vinegar-preserved foods, they’ll last for at least a year.

Alcohol, such as vodka or brandy, likewise creates an acidic environment and preserves foods kept in cool, dark places for several months.

Cellaring

This isn’t really a method of preservation, but it definitely has an effect on “putting up” summer crops to last through winter.

Foods such as potatoes, onions, hardy autumnal fruits, and winter squash don’t necessarily need to be preserved, but they will last several months if kept in a cool, dark, dry place, such as a cellar. Keeping both your winter produce and your preserved foods in a cellar will extend their shelf lives significantly!

In modern day, many of us don’t have traditional cellars, but finding the coolest, darkest, driest place to store our foods is certainly a good equivalent.

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

Freeze-Dried

I mention this option only because I’m insanely fascinated by this process even though an in-home freezer dryer costs thousands! This is the process that’s used to create dry milk powder, cheese powder for macaroni and cheese, those little finger food puffs they sell for toddlers, and food that astronauts take into space.

I have never used this process, but I would love to experiment with preserving foods this way at some point in the future. Unfortunately I have no data whatsoever on the effect on nutrients in the food or the chemistry that happens at a cellular level (ie – how well does the body recognize the food when you eat it?), so it may not be a GOOD option, but it would be fun nonetheless.

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: a note about food safety

Taken from the book How to Preserve Anything by Kresha Faber. It’s not currently available for sale, but we’ll let you know when it is!

How to choose which types of preservation will work for which types of food

Since you can’t use every type of preservation for every type of food, how do you know how to choose? Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Keep your final usage in mind.

Ask yourself how you are going to want to use the food later in the season. The whole point of preserving your fresh foods is to extend their usefulness, so you still want them to be useful later in the season when you pull them out of storage!

For example, you may not find dehydrated tomatoes all that useful, whereas you’d use canned tomato sauce or pasta sauce every night through the winter. On the other hand, you might find drying tomatoes and grinding them to a powder might be a handier way to store them and you can make your sauces by rehydrating them with boiling water when you want to make a sauce.

Or you might not find frozen peaches very useful, but you’d use peach butter as a welcome part of breakfast every morning in January.

Basically, it all depends on what is helpful for YOU.

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

2. Keep the food’s flavor and texture in mind.

Cucumbers taste fabulous as pickles, but while you CAN freeze them, they’re not all that pleasing when they are thawed, so freezing isn’t a great option for cucumbers. However, apples do fabulously, especially if they’re turned into applesauce or apple pie first.

3. Keep your available space in mind.

Do you have lots of freezer space but not much shelf space? Have a large pantry but not much room for multiple bubbling jars of ferments?

Take into account the space all the food will take up over the months while it’s stored and make best use of the space you have most available. Or better said, if you are trying to decide between making peach butter that’s canned and slicing and freezing your peaches, make the decision based on what whether you have more freezer space or more pantry space!

4. Keep in mind how long you want foods to be available.

Dehydrated foods and canned foods often stay safe and tasty for months longer than fermented foods or foods packed in vinegar, but fermented foods and vinegar-pickled foods retain more nutrients and enzymes, so both methods have their advantages.

When it comes to food preservation, there are seven options when you need to preserve your food.

Getting Equipped

Unless you want to go all-out and smoke your own bacon (in which case you’ll need a smoker and a place to put it), getting set up for basic food preservation is pretty simple. It’s mostly small equipment and beyond that, all you need is a cool, dark, dry place to store your food items.

Here are the items that I consider essential for food preservation prep in any kitchen:

These items I consider next-to-essential. You can get by without them, but they’ll save you hours upon hours of work just in one season:

Do you preserve? Which methods do you use the most and why?

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Natural First Aid for Summer Ailments

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer

It’s pretty much impossible to go through a summer and not come out the other end with a colorful array of scrapes, scars, burns, and bites. These things are just as much a part of the season as ice cream and paperback books. The welts on your legs from jellyfish stings mark the long days you spent at the beach; the rash crawling up your arm is the badge you earned picking fresh berries.

But while these injuries and ailments blend into the fabric of a fully-lived, deeply-felt summer come September, in the moment they’re not too pleasant!

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you’ll be ready with the remedy.

Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally:

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

Ant, Mosquito, and Other Bug Bites

I learned from this post that lavender essential oil can be very effective for relieving painful mosquito bites! Check out this post for many more tips on treating bug bites, or make this homemade bug repellent to prevent bites in the first place!

Cuts and Scrapes

Keep a tin of this Skin Soother Salve handy to throw into your first aid kit when you go camping or have a picnic.

Dry Skin

Soften up your callouses and exfoliate dead skin with a moisturizing body polish, or make a batch of this strawberry lemonade foot scrub for an extra treat!

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

Jellyfish Stings

Contrary to what you might’ve heard, you should not rub a jellyfish sting with sand! This can spread the stingers around on your skin and make the injury worse! Instead, rinse the area with seawater and apply a paste made with seawater and baking soda. (You’ll have to remember to bring a jar of baking soda to the beach with you!)

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

Poison Ivy

You can prepare in advance by making your own DIY remedy for poison ivy using foraged plants. Or, if you need something quick, try one of these remedies straight from your kitchen pantry! A simple paste of hydrated bentonite clay also works well.

Sore Muscles

If you’ve strained a muscle playing Ultimate Frisbee or working in the garden, nothing beats a warm, relaxing soak in an Epsom salt bath!

Build your natural first aid arsenal now, and when someone in your family has a need you'll be ready with the remedy. Here are some common summer ailments, with DIY remedies and tips for treating each one naturally!

Sunburn

For sunburn, use pure aloe vera gel. You can order plain gel online, or grow your own aloe at home. My grandmother grew aloe vera in big planters on her patio, and it came in handy many times for sunburn as well as cuts, ant bites, and a host of other little injuries.

Wasp and Bee Stings

Growing up, we always used moistened chewing tobacco to soothe bee stings! If you don’t want to be the mom asking for tobacco in the check-out lane, though, here are 15 other remedies to try!

What are your favorite natural first aid remedies for summer ailments?

Disclaimer: I am not a certified medical professional of any kind and am not qualified to give you medical advice. My goal is to help to educate and inspire you to take responsibility for your own family’s health and make informed choices of your own, not to consult you on medical treatment. 

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Weekend Links

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Links for this week:

The Loss of Life Beneath Your Skin & How to Revive It @ Hands Free Mama

Why I Marched My 12 Year Old Into the Police Station @ The Chaos and the Clutter

Tuna Casserole @ The Domestic Man

Kale is not the Problem, Pollution is @ The Nourishing Gourmet

The most severe type of Spina Bifida @ What Do You Do, Dear?

Grain-Free Mini Pizzas @ Mommypotamus

The End Of My Rope, The Beginning Of Something Good @ The Better Mom

A Homemade House @ Nourishing Days

Caring for the Unemployed Family @ a humble place

What are your favorite recipes these days?

Hidden Veggie Popsicles

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? Try these delicious hidden veggie popsicles!

Guest Post by Whitney Cornelison of Beauty in the Mess

Veggies in a popsicle?!

Really?!

I promise they aren’t as bad as they sound. While I am sure you think I have lost my mind, let me tell you that my kids gobbled these up and asked for more. They did!

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables?

For the most part, my kids are great about eating at least one bite of something they don’t like. Usually they do find that they like it. There are those vegetables though that are hard to get them to even eat one bite. Then there are those weeks when we are super busy. We find ourselves making poor food choices. It is then that our attitudes and how we feel reflects those poor choices.

In an effort to eat more veggies while enjoying a cool treat {since we were without air conditioning for a week during the heat wave in North Carolina} I added about one cup of mashed sweet potato to our favorite smoothie recipe and added more liquid to help with the consistency.

They were delicious!!

Are you ready to try them?

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? Try these delicious hidden veggie popsicles!

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Hidden Veggie Popsicles
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 banana
  • about 1 cup of mashed sweet potato
  • 20 ounces {or one can} of pineapple chunks {reserve the juice}
  • Pineapple Juice or Orange Juice {or both!}
Instructions
  1. Dump everything in your blender and blend until smooth {our Blendtec made this SO easy!} add more liquid if you need to.
  2. Pour this deliciousness into popsicle molds. {We used the Zoku Quick Pop Maker, which is SO FUN!}
  3. FREEZE!
  4. The Zoku froze the Hidden Veggie Popsicles super fast, but if you are using molds, wait several hours until the popsicles are frozen.
  5. Pull them out and ENJOY!!

Aren’t they YUMMY?!

Do you have a hard time getting your children to eat their vegetables? Try these delicious hidden veggie popsicles!

Not sure about Hidden Veggie Popsicles? Try these!

Homemade Iced Tea Popsicles

Chocolate Avocado Popsicles

Limeade Popsicles

Raspberry Coconut Popsicles

Strawberry Coconut Popsicles

How do you sneak hidden veggies in your family’s meals?

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Whitney Headshot 4Whitney is the creator of Beauty in the Mess, a wife, mommy of 4, Jesus lover, blogger, crafter, chai drinker, lover of antiques, and all things vintage. She dreams of one day renovating an Airstream trailer and traveling around the country with her family of six. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her favorite, Instagram.

DIY Peaches and Cream Gummies

Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! They're free of all the sugars and additives store bought fruit snacks and candies have, plus homemade gummies include grass-fed gelatin – which is a great super food! These peaches and cream gummies are a hit with everyone.

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer

Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the yucky food dyes or preservatives that go with them?

If so, you need to try these homemade gummies!

Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! The reason these gummies are so good for you is that they include gelatin.

The gelatin used in this recipe is made from grass-fed beef. It comes in powdered form and is high in protein. It’s also gluten-free.

You might think that sounds awful. Don’t worry, I did too. But I promise that you cannot taste anything remotely strange. Truly. The beef gelatin has no flavor.

Gelatin has many benefits including:

  • improving digestion,
  • gut healing,
  • joint recovery,
  • improving condition of hair, skin, and nails, and
  • balancing hormones.

These gummies are great for those wanting to consume extra gelatin for gut-healing purposes and they make a refreshing snack on a hot summer afternoon too.

My kids love these peaches and cream gummies and I think yours will too!

Homemade gummies and Jello helped me when I was trying to give up sugary treats. Obviously these still have some form of sugar in them, but they are much better than junky store-bought candy.

Do you like fruit snacks or gummy candy, but don’t want the dyes or preservatives that go with them? If so, you need to try these Peaches and Cream Gummies!

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DIY Peaches and Cream Gummies
 
The recipe is adapted and modified from one found in The Gelatin Secret.
Author:
Ingredients
  • Peach layer:
  • 4 ripe peaches, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 7 tablespoons gelatin
  • Cream layer:
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons gelatin
  • You will also need:
  • Whisk or immersion blender
  • Blender
  • Silicone mold
  • Cookie sheet
  • Medium pot/saucepan
  • Space in the freezer for cookie sheet
Instructions
  1. Place sliced peaches in a blender, add lemon, maple syrup, and honey. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour blended mixture into a saucepan and warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Prepare to add gelatin by measuring 7 tablespoons into a small bowl. This makes it easier to work fast, which is necessary so that clumps don't form.
  4. Gradually sprinkle gelatin into warm mixture and blend with immersion blender immeditaley. If you don't have an immersion blender, a whisk works too. Just sprinkle in a little gelatin and whisk in quickly. Repeat until all of the gelatin has been incorporated into the peach mixture.
  5. Don't be discouraged in some clumps form. The first time I made homemade gummies, I struggled to get them smooth. But, with practice, I rarely have any lumps to speak of.
  6. Place silicone mold onto a cookie sheet and pour peach mixture into the individual cavities of the mold, to about half way full (you may go to ¾ full if you prefer less of the cream layer).
  7. Place tray (with silicone mold on it) into the freezer.
  8. While the peach layer is cooling in the freezer, prepare the cream layer.
  9. Place coconut milk, maple syrup, and vanilla into a medium pot, stir to combine. Warm mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  10. Once warm, add gelatin gradually (as directed above) and immediately blend with an immersion blender or whisk.
  11. Remove peach layer from freezer (keep it on the cookie sheet). If the peach layer is firm, pour cream mixture over the top and place back in freezer for 20-30 minutes (until firm).
  12. Once firm, remove from freezer and take each gummie out of the silicone mold.
  13. Gummies can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.
  14. If you don't enjoy the cream layer, these would work perfectly with the peach layer alone. Peaches could also be substituted with strawberries or nectaries.
  15. If you enjoy these gummies, you may like my other favorite gummie recipe: Strawberry-Lime Gummies.

Not only do homemade gummies taste good, they provide wonderful health benefits! They're free of all the sugars and additives store bought fruit snacks and candies have, plus homemade gummies include grass-fed gelatin – which is a great super food! These peaches and cream gummies are a hit with everyone.

Have you tried making your own gummies? If so, what’s your favorite flavor?

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Grain-Free Chocolate Chip Cake Bars

Do you avoid baked grain free goods because they don't come near your old favorites? That's no longer a problem with this technique! These grain free chocolate chip cake bars will have you satisfied as fast as you can whip up a batch :)

Stephanie’s note: In a week, our family will be embarking on yet another “free” diet. You know the kind – free from gluten and grain, free from dairy, free from sugar, free from our usual favorites and convenience and ease.

And I know that so many of you have also turned to diets like this, be they GAPS or SCD or a version of WAPF or paleo or whatever it is, because you’re dealing with gut problems, Candida, auto-immune issues, dental decay, etc. It’s so hard. It’s hard because you feel limited in what you can eat, and doubly hard because you don’t know where to turn to find recipes that actually taste good.

That’s why I’m so excited to introduce to you Megan of Eat Beautiful. She and her family have experienced the same struggles, and had to work hard to find delicious alternatives to eat. She writes about it on her blog, but more recently has launched a fabulous cookbook full of grain free, sugar free recipes with options for almost any restricted diet. You’ll find waffles and pancakes, muffins and loaves, cakes and cookies, and all sorts of other delectable foods to satisfy your sweet tooth without getting in the way of your healing.

So please give her a warm welcome and then go check out her book!

Guest Post by Megan Stevens of Eat Beautiful

My family loves Chocolate Chip Cake Bars for so many reasons. They’re yummy! They satisfy a longing in each of us to eat cake. The bar shape makes them welcoming, easy to grab at a 4th of July picnic or for a quick pick-me-up treat. And, well, chocolate chips are forever friends. Who doesn’t like them?

This recipe is really special, too, because it utilizes a new grain-free baking method that makes grain-free baking not only really easy and fast, but also easier to digest. So while baking with almond butter, almond meal and coconut flour are good options, I think you’ll enjoy this option even more. Why? The technique also yields an awesome texture in baked goods. And that’s why it was developed, because baked goods that use this method are healthier, just as easy and delicious.

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I’m excited to share my cookbook with you as well: EAT BEAUTIFUL: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It. The Kindle version is available today or you can wait until July 6 to get the eBook + free bonus videos (or the softcover version). You can purchase the book here to receive these bonus videos: one, of me sharing this new grain-free baking technique, including how it originated, as well as four videos with bonus recipes not included in the cookbook!

Grain-free baked goods that taste like old favorites are better than baked goods that taste “healthy,” right? You’ll feel proud to share this recipe at any potluck or family gathering, even among friends who don’t eat a grain-free diet.

(If you’re new to grain-free, sugar-free baking, it’s a great dietary choice for healing many health conditions, especially for putting autoimmune diseases into remission; and grain-free baking also tends to be a wink easier, as recipes often are assembled in a blender.)

These Chocolate Chip Cake Bars are a perfect place to start. If you love them, you’re sure to love the 100+ additional grain-free, sugar-free recipes that this cookbook offers. With beautiful photographs, enjoy recipes for waffles, pancakes, scones, cakes, pies, cookies, smoothies, savory casseroles, loaf bread and rolls, as well as a whole chapter of fun treats, with quick prep times, to make for kids. (Many recipes are also nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free etc., to help various food intolerances.)

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A New Grain-free Baking Technique

So what is this new grain-free baking technique?

Basically, it’s popular to use nuts in grain-free baking. They can be in the form of butter, meal or flour, and sometimes they are sprouted to aid in digestion and the assimilation of nutrients. So where’s the trouble?

  • Nut butters, meals and flours are usually rancid. And they are usually not sprouted. So even though we think of them as healthy, they really can be improved upon.
  • Sprouted nuts (soaked overnight and then dehydrated and ground into flour) are expensive to buy or time-consuming to create at home.

This new method, while using nuts, solves both of these shortcomings. The method uses nuts soaked in saltwater; but they are neither dehydrated nor ground into flour.

It looks like this: the cook puts raw nuts, salt and water into a bowl in the evening. In the morning she rinses them off in a colander; and they are now ready to use! That’s it. We call this, “soaked and wet.” There is almost no labor, less than 5 minutes. And the nuts are much healthier than store-bought butters or flours.

As I mentioned above, this method also yields a great texture in baked goods. That’s because the batter is moist, and it stays moist after being baked. In EAT BEAUTIFUL: Grain-free, Sugar-free and Loving It I share recipes for every kind of baked good utilizing this technique. Moist muffins are made quickly: just pop the wet nuts in the blender with eggs, butter or coconut oil, honey and a few other ingredients and you have a wonderfully easy, delicious baked goods!

Do you avoid baked grain free goods because they don't come near your old favorites? That's no longer a problem with this technique! These grain free chocolate chip cake bars will have you satisfied as fast as you can whip up a batch :)

Here’s the chocolate chip cake bar recipe I hope you love. I hope it comes in handy for all those summer events when you want a homemade treat but you don’t want to hang out in the kitchen for hours to get it.

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Chocolate Chip Cake Bars
 
Recipe type: Desserts and Sweets
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Grease a 9-inch square pan with coconut oil or sustainably sourced lard.
  3. In a food processor or high-powered blender, combine the first 5 ingredients: cashews, coconut oil, sweetener, eggs and sea salt.
  4. Puree until smooth, stopping the motor once or twice to scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl.
  5. In a separate small bowl, sift together the coconut flour and baking soda.
  6. Sprinkle the sifted mixture and the shaved chocolate over the top of the wet ingredients, and process briefly but thoroughly once more, being careful not to over-mix.
  7. Pour the batter into the greased pan and bake until the center is puffed, the edges are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with tiny small crumbs adhering.
  8. Allow it to cool on a drying rack before slicing into squares and removing with an offset spatula.
Notes
*Soaking and Sprouting Nuts

For every 4 cups raw seeds or nuts, cover by two inches with room-temperature filtered water and 2 teaspoons sea salt. Stir well to dissolve the salt. Leave uncovered at room temperature overnight, then drain and rinse well in the morning. They are now ready to be used in their wet form.

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Apple Valley Natural Soap Giveaway!

We’re having an awesome giveaway of high-quality, luxurious, natural skin care products from Apple Valley Natural Soap! See our post this week with details about the giveaway of their wonderful products (that Stephanie has written rave reviews about in the past!) as well as a special 15% discount just for KOTH readers (as well as FREEBIES!)! The giveaway ends next Wednesday, so be sure to check it out soon!

Links for this week:

this is the day @ This Life I Live

Sold Into Sex Slavery: The Plight Of African Women Migrating To Europe @ NPR

Pan-Fried Thai Chicken with Carrot and Ginger Salad @ The Nourishing Gourmet

when you want to find hidden graces in the dark places @ A Holy Experience

Keeping Phil’s Promise @ Shaun Groves

25 Fermented Fruit & Chutney Recipes @ GNOWFGLINS

Let Go. Say No. Be Awestruck. @ Be More With Less

Life lessons from a covered wagon @ The Art of Simple

We’re halfway through the year! How’s 2015 going for you?

Giveaway: Win 1 of 3 $50 Gift Certificates to Apple Valley Natural Soaps!

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Stephanie’s note: Today’s giveaway is from Apple Valley Natural Soap, whose soaps and skin care products I’ve been using myself for years. And let me tell you… whoever wins these gift certificates is in for a treat, but even if you don’t win, check out their site anyways! You will be hard pressed to find more pure, natural or luxurious soaps. Since Natalie is the genius soap maker behind it all, I’m going to let her tell you all about these lovelies and why they fit in so well with the standards that I know KOTH readers have for what they put onto their family’s skin.

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(Don’t wait to see if you’ll win—do some guilt-free shopping all week long and take 15% off every single soap in the shop PLUS get LOTS of free samples! I’ll tell you how at the end!)

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1. Your Family Needs CLEAN Skin

Soap is our specialty with over 50 kinds to choose from. (And did you know you can get FREE bars? Find out how HERE!)

Shampoo Bars

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Our #1 selling bar is the MAN 2.0 shampoo, shaving, and body bar. Other favorites include Peppermint Tea Tree, Coconut Milk and Citrus, Green Tea and Nettles, Marshmallow and Aloe, the new Cowboy Bar – and for girls and boys, we’ve got Princess Buttermilk and Lil Man. Check them all out HERE!

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We sell individual sample sizes of all of our bar soaps as well as sampler packs of our Shampoo Bars and Face & Body Bars.

I love your soaps! I’ve been experimenting with several different companies shampoo bars/soaps and I’ll have to say every single one of those other companies’ soaps dried my hair and flaked my skin. But not yours. It baffles me because the ingredients are so similar. I don’t know what you guys do to make your shampoo/soaps so good and different from the other companies, but I’m glad to have discovered them. I really love the intoxicating aroma of your Rhassoul Avocado shampoo bar. Today after I shampooed my hair with it, I thought I would use it on my body too because it smelled so good! I’ve been using the Calendula Castile bar for my face and I am really liking the results. It’s great for my mature skin. Thanks again for such fantastic products.

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Salt Bars for Your Sinks

These are mammoth sized, rock solid bars made to last forever by your kitchen or bathroom sink. Rub a scrub sponge on them to make a lather and wash your dishes. We’ve got four kinds to choose from: Pink Himalayan, Lime Spa, Lavender Lemon, and Kitchen Spice (removes garlic, onion, and fish odor!)

Pink Himalayan Salt Bar by Apple Valley Naturals Soap

I will keep this bar stocked in my kitchen as long as AVNS keeps making it. It works great on getting all those icky scents off your fingers after you’ve been chopping onions or mincing garlic. The scent is amazing and it is even more moisturizing to my hands than I expected it to be.

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Organic Coconut Bars

Our Organic Coconut Bars make terrific body, facial, and hand bars because they are uber moisturizing, full of lather, hard, long lasting, and made with 100% pure, organic coconut oil.

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Choose Unscented, Rosemary Lavender, Wildflowers, Spearmint, or Lemon Verbena.

This coconut oil soap is amazing! I hadn’t intended to purchase it, but when I saw the other great reviews I knew I had to try it. Boy am I glad I did. It is so luxurious – great lather, moisturizing, and smells amazing (I purchased the wildflowers scent). I honestly don’t think I can bring myself to use any other soap. The best part is I never feel like I need to use any kind of lotion after using it. My skin is so soft!

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Facial and Body Bars

Need something to fight acne, detox your facial skin, or boost the moisture and antioxidant quotient? Our best selling Acne Battle Bar packs a powerful punch when alleviating symptoms of acne prone skin. For more mature skin, try our Antioxidant Beauty Bar or our Honey Carrot and Tangerine Facial Bar.

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I’ve never taken the time to write a review on anything before but I love the Acne Battle Bar so much I had to! My face has cleared up so much since using this bar! I had tried many things to stop my skin from breaking out including creams and medications from dermatologists and this bar by far works better than anything else I’ve tried! It also makes me feel so much better to know that I’m using all natural products and saving money!

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Try an exfoliating soap like Grapefruit Peppermint Luffa and Lemon Blueberry. We’ve also got deliciously divine sugar scrubs for your body that will not only exfoliate dead skin cells, but they’ll leave your skin moisturized and softly scented as you exit the shower. Try Sweet Rosehips, Vanilla Sugar, Matcha Mint, and Citrus Sugar.

Organic Moroccan Argan Oil by Apple Valley Natural Soap

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I have always had hair that wasn’t quite curly, or straight, or anything. Just there. With frizz. This argan oil is amazing. My hair actually looks fantastic. Gorgeous curls, just a rub in and shake head. Neat straight coif, comb through. Not oily, not clumpy, doesn’t look wet all day. FANTASTIC! Thank you for finally making me happy with my own hair.

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3. Your Family Needs SAFE Skin

So many of the products we use on our skin every day, like deodorant, bug repellent, topical medications, and perfume, have dangerous ingredients in them. Here are some natural alternatives that are effective, yet safe for your skin to absorb:

Natural Deodorant Creme by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Our all natural deodorant creme really works, and we’ve got loads of raving customer reviews on our website to prove it.

Let me tell you, this stuff works! I’ve survived entire days of warmer weather and moderate outdoor activity, with little to no stink. I was hesitant to use the cream as opposed to the stick form, but I like that you can control the amount, and it absorbs very well without leaving residue. The combination of essential oils also smells great without being too obtrusive. With this awesomeness, it may be a while before I go back to making my own deodorant again. :)

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All Natural Bug Repellent by Apple Valley Natural Soap

Our Natural Bug Repellent is available during the summer months. Made with alcohol-free witch hazel and essential oils bugs hate, this spray will keep your skin safe from bugs and toxins all summer.

But if you do get a bug bite, bee sting, burn, or scratch, we’ve got a multi-purpose Organic Herbal Salve chock full of eight organic herbs historically used for pain relief and healing.

Organic Herbal Salve by Apple Valley Natural Soap

BEST PRODUCT EVER! Been using it for over 8 years I think. Started using it for bleeding diaper rash on a baby. We now keep one on each house level, in each car, a small one in my purse – any skin “condition” my family knows to immediately ask for the salve.

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All Natural Perfume Oil by Apple Valley Natural Soap

If you love to wear a scent but hate fake fragrances, you’ll want to try our natural perfume oils made with costly plant absolutes. You can buy full sized bottles HERE and samples HERE.

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Now it’s time to shop, because I’ve only scratched the surface of what we’ve got for your family. I didn’t mention our hair rinses, dry shampoo, organic lip balms, and therapeutic salt soaks. Plus I’ve got free gifts just for KOTH readers who place an order this week!

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We always tuck in a free sliver sample of a soap with every single order, BUT if you place any size order this week during the giveaway, and make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter, I’ll give you TWO free sliver samples! Just let me know you found us through KOTH when you check out.

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If you place an order of $30 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied) I will ALSO give you a sample of our Pineapple Strawberry Yogurt Facial Scrub OR a sample of our Coconut Milk and Honey Facial Masque! You pick and let me know when you check out!

And if your order comes to $50 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied) you’ll also get a free sample of our best selling, rich, organic Moroccan Argan oil.

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If you place an order of $75 or greater (before shipping and after any coupon codes have been applied), you’ll also get to pick your choice of organic lip balm. Three kinds to choose from! FREE ($4.00 value)! Again – be sure to let me know what you want when you check out!

All you need to do to get all of these free items is make sure your order qualifies, you’ve signed up for our newsletter, and you’ve let me know in the “instructions to seller” portion of the check out page that you saw this offer on KOTH. I can’t wait to help you make it Christmas in July!

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