10/21/14

0 In-Home Freeze Dryer? A Cool Kitchen Tool! (and Giveaway!)





Do you have a food storage?

Do you bottle or can?

Do you dehydrate some foods?

How about freezing your foods?

Have you tasted freeze-dried foods?

If you have answered 'yes' to these questions, have you ever considered Freeze Drying your own foods?

Now you can freeze dry your own foods. In your own home.  Heck, you can even WIN this In-Home Freeze Dryer from Harvest Right!

First, let's talk about WHY you would want to add a freeze dryer as a cool kitchen tool.

 ~ Freeze dried food is 2-3 times lighter than dehydrated food, as nearly 100% of the water is removed.

~ Freeze dried food retains nearly ALL its original flavor AND nutritional value because the water comes off while the food is COLD.  (unlike dehydrating, where foods are heated to high temps and liquids evaporate.  Heat changes the flavor and color of food.)

~ An In-Home freeze dryer costs much less than a commercial one and is now available!

Are you ready for the even MORE amazing news?

Harvest Right is giving away one of these babies during October.  Yep, you heard me right!

What do you need to do?

Click on this LINK and follow the directions.  That's it.  Easy peasy.You know, name, email and so forth. Oh, and invite some of your friends to enter, too!

But hurry!  It ends on October 31, 2014!

Visit Harvest Right to learn more about freeze drying.
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They even have a Harvest Right YouTube channel to watch how this cool machine works!

Disclosure:
I was not compensated in any way to write this post. I simply want to share this Cool Kitchen Tool with you and hopefully have the opportunity to try it out! Opinions expressed are 100% my own. Giveaway is through Harvest Right and ends Oct. 31, 2014






9/23/14

0 Kitchen Tip: Soften Brown Sugar in a HURRY!



I live in a dessert.  Occasionally, I will have rock hard sugar, but I love using a Brown Sugar Bear keeper to keep my brown sugar soft.  

However, the brown sugar you see above is DARK brown sugar, and I only use it occasionally for when certain recipes call for it.  When I dumped it out of the bag, it came out in four large chunks.

Thunk.  Thunk.  Thunk. Thunk.

Now, I can either put a piece of apple or a slice of bread in this container with the brown sugar and let it soften the brown sugar over a couple of days, but what if I need the brown sugar NOW?

If you have a wet paper towel, and a microwave, you can soften these large chunks of brown sugar in minutes...not hours.


Cover with a lid and microwave for 20 seconds.  Give it a stir. If you can.

This photo is after about 3- 20 second bursts.  You can see that some of the brown sugar is melting. Not to worry, stir it back in and reduce the microwave bursts to 15 seconds.


This is after about 5 or so total bursts in the microwave.  It is now soft and crumbly, ready to use in my recipe!



Happy Baking!


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