Browsing category: How To’s & General Information

Dehydrating Fruits

Pretreating fruits with citric acid or lemon juice solutions before drying helps to keep light-colored fruits from darkening and serves as an antimicrobial treatment for all fruits.


Equivalent Measurements For Herbs & Spices

This chart is for equivalent measurements for herbs and spices… fresh and dried herbs, fresh garlic, garlic powder and garlic salt, fresh ginger, parsley, and fresh and dried sage.


Equivalent Measurements For Beans & Nuts

This chart is for equivalent measurements for beans and nuts… barley, kidney beans, lentils, navy beans, pinto beans, split peas, turtle beans, white beans, almonds, pine nuts, and walnuts.


All About Allspice

Did you think that allspice was a blend of several other spices? If so, you’re not alone… but you ARE wrong! Allspice is actually the dried berries of a small evergreen shrub called Pimenta Dioica.


All About Peppercorns

Peppercorns are berries from an evergreen climbing vine called the Piper nigrum that grows in India, Indonesia, and Malaysia. Black, green, and white peppercorns all come the same plant… the difference in taste and color comes from the different ways they are harvested.


All About Salt

Table salt comes from salt mines. It is fine-grained and usually contains calcium silicate or some other anti-caking agent to help it flow freely. Some table salt also contains iodine. Table salt is 99% sodium chloride.


Equivalent Measurements For Meat & Dairy

This chart lists equivalent measurements for meat and dairy products… bacon, beef, chicken, ham, cheese, and yogurt.


Equivalent Measurements For Miscellaneous

This chart lists equivalent measurements for bread (crumbs, croutons, and cubes), eggs, all-purpose and whole wheat flour, macaroni, noodles, popcorn, vanilla beans, wheat berries, and yeast.


How To Make Rose Petal Beads

I have seen rose petal beads only once. The beads were on display in a museum, and the idea that such a lovely necklace could be made solely from rose petals has always intrigued me. I took the free copy of the instructions they had available…


Are Your Hands Clean Enough?

The recent staph infection scare hits pretty close to home for me because this happened to our family.