Christmas Treats Through the Oven

Christmas Treats Through the Oven

Here’s some famous Christmas treats from Ceresota Christmas Cookie Recipes that will help you delight your entire family with their home made goodness.

These recipes are from an old vintage recipes book that was published by Ceresota Company in 1925. Every recipe is as good today as they were back then. These are time-honored, time-tested recipes that will live on – and on and on and on!

The images you see below are reduced in size for web viewing. If you would like a copy of the full size images, you can download a PDF file with the two original i. These have been digitally enhanced for easier viewing, but not one word of the content was altered. These were graciously shared with us via our friends over at Cybernation on Etsy.

Christmas Treats: Page One

Christmas Treats Page One

Christmas Treats: Christmas Cut Out Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1-3/4 cups unbleached flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions
Have shortening at room temperature. Cream shortening and add sugar gradually. Add egg and vanilla. Sift flour with baking owder and add to creamed mixture. The dough should be easy to handle. If not, chill for an hour or so.

Roll dough out to 1/4-inch thickness. Cut out with cookie cutters in any variety of shpaes desired. brush with white of egg and sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake 10 to 15 minutes in 375-degree oven.

Christmas Treats: Christmas Nut Thins

Ingredients
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 eggs
1 cup chopped nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Blend sugar and butter together. Add well beaten eggs. Sift in flour and salt. Add nuts. Add flavoring and mix until smooth and light. Drop onto greased baking sheet, spaced well apart. Place half nut-meat in center of each cookie. Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) about 10 minutes.

Below each image are the recipes typed out for you. The PDF is at the end of this post. Hope you enjoy one – or all – of these Christmas treats!

Christmas Treats: Page Two

Christmas Treats Page Two

Christmas Treats: Pecan Ball Cookies

Ingredients
6 tablespoons shortening
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups unbleached flour
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans

Directions
Cream shortening and butter together. Add sugar and cream until light. Add vanilla and milk. Blend well. Add non-sifted flour and nuts to creamed mixture and blend well. Roll lightly into small balls. Bake in 325 degree oven for about 30 minutes or until light brown. When cool, roll in powdered sugar.

Christmas Treats: Christmas Crescent Cookies

Ingredients
1/2 pound butter
2 cups unbleached flour
2 cups chopped pecans
5 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions
Cream butter and add sugar, vanilla and water. Sift flour and salt together and stir into mixture. Add pecans and mix thoroughly. Using portions about the size of small walnuts, roll into crescent shaped cookies. Bake in slow oven – 325 degrees – about 20 minutes. While warm, roll in powdered sugar.

Christmas Treats: Christmas Date and Nut Cookies

Ingredients
1 cup butter
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
2-1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 cup dates cut in small pieces
1 cup chopped nuts
3 eggs
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Mix and sift dry ingredients. Cream butter, add sugar and beaten eggs. Add dates and nuts mixed with dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly. No liquid used. Batter should be very stiff. Drop from spoon onto greased pan and bake in slow oven (325 degrees) 18 minutes.

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Baking With Pure Cane Sugar Syrup

Baking With Pure Cane Sugar Syrup

Pure cane sugar syrup is a clear, pure syrup made only from cane sugar. Delicious flavor, smooth richness and consistency make it ideal syrup for baking with pure cane sugar syrup or using on waffles and pancakes. It is also formulated to dissolve instantly in hot or cold beverages, for fast convenient use with a pure flavor profile and balanced sweetness level.

Pure cane sugar syrup delivers clean tasting and balanced sweetness in a liquid form that quickly dissolves into batter, teas, hot or cold coffee beverages, specialty cocktails and more. It is convenient for general cooking purposes and perfect for home made candies.

It may be a little early to be thinking about the holidays, but all three of the following recipes make great Christmas and/or New Year treats!Great brands for Pure Cane Sugar Syrup include Steen’s Pure Cane Sugar Syrup, and Monin Pure Cane Sugar Syrup.

Pure Cane Sugar Syrup Recipes

Golden Gingerbread

Golden Gingerbread Cake
Golden Gingerbread Cake

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons cold water
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup pure cane sugar syrup
1 egg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch of salt
1-1/2 cup flour

Directions:
Soften the butter and add it to the cane sugar syrup, together with the water in which the soda has been dissolved. Beat and add the egg, then sift together the flour, ginger and salt and fold these lightly into the other ingredients.

Pour into an 8-inch or 9-inch cake pan (square or round – your preference).

Bake at once in a moderate (350 degrees) oven, having the cake pan lined with greased paper, or greased and floured. Better yet, you can use a fluted cake pan liner (similar to muffin cup liners).

Frost as desired, or sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Recipe Notes

  • Cream cheese frosting goes very well as a topping on this cake, as does whipped cream.
  • If you like your gingerbread cake spicier, add 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg.

Steamed Fruit Bread

Ingredients:

Steamed Fruit Loaf
Steamed Fruit Loaf

1 cup corn meal
1 cup white flour
Pinch salt
2/3 cup cane sugar syrup
1/2 cup figs or dates
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup prunes

Directions:
Sift well together the cornmeal, flour, salt and baking powder. Place these in a bowl and add the fruit, figs or dates (chopped), the prunes stoned and cut-up and the raisins whole if Sultanas are used, or seeded and cut if large ones are preferred.

Beat the egg lightly and add this to the dry ingredients, together with the cane sugar syrup and the milk. Mix thoroughly and turn into molds or tins having closely fitting covers. Be sure that both molds and covers are well greased, and do not fill too full, but allow room for the bread to rise.

Steam three hours, and after removing from the tins place in the oven for a few minutes to dry the surface a little.


Crystal Kisses

Ingredients:
1 cup cane sugar syrup
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Directions:
Boil the cane sugar syrup and sugar together until a little dropped in cold water forms a firm ball.

Add the butter and the soda and boil one minute more. Turn onto an oiled platter to cool, and as soon as it can be handled pull until light and creamy. Cut into small kisses with scissors.

Source: Recipes adapted from a 1920 flyer put out by The American Sugar Refining Company, New York City, NY, who at that time made Domino sugar products.

Retro Pure Cane Sugar Syrup

Camper Meal Planning

Camper Meal Planning

Eating outdoors is half the fun of camping, but it takes some planning. Consider not only the weight and bulk of the food you carry but also its caloric content (hauling a pack may burn 3,200 to 3,800 calories per day, more than twice what’s needed to swing in a hammock).

Camping Tent
Camping Tent

Also consider store-ability. Among the foods that won’t spoil if left UN-refrigerated for a few days are hard cheese, hard salami, jerky, sliced carrots and celery, margarine, frozen bagels, and pita bread.

Try new camping foods at home; a campsite is a poor place to discover than an anticipated delight tastes more like sawdust.

Plan major meals in advance and pack all the ingredients in double plastic bags for extra protection. Use color codes to distinguish breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Place colored paper between the inner and outer bags or mark the bags with indelible pens.

If you are tenting, anticipate rainy days when you won’t want to cook outside. Take along a few one pot add-hot-water dinners to heat at the tent door. For cold, rainy mornings, fix a breakfast that doesn’t need cooking. Dried fruit, rich breads, cheese and smoked fish.

Camp Baking

Cherry Cupcake
Cherry Cupcake

Camper meal planning needs to include sweets, right? Indeed! An inexpensive 1-1/2 quart ring mold (for gelatin) and a camp stove can be used to bake quick breads and biscuits. Mix the dry ingredients in a plastic bag at home. Add water in camp; hold the bag shut and mix the contents by squeezing and kneading. Slit the bag slightly and squeeze the batter into the greased mold.

Set the mold on the stove, centering its hole over the burner to avoid burning the dough’s edges adjust the stove to the smallest possible blue flame. Cover with an upside down frying pan or aluminum plate.

If your stove produces only a wide spreading flame, nestle the ring mold inside another of the same size to distribute the heat more evenly. If wind keeps blowing the flame to the side, rotate the stove often.

Baking time depends on elevation but averages 80 percent of the baking time for a package mix. Longer if you remove the cover often to check progress.

See also: Cherry S’mores Recipe

Camp Cooking

camper-meal-planning
Camper Meal Planning

For the camper meal planning, know that a lightweight camp stove is faster, cleaner and easier to cook with than a fire. It also causes less wear and tear on the landscape. If you do use a fire, spread the coals out for low, easily controlled heat.

You can devise cooking pots from 1, 2 and 3 pound coffee cans that nest inside each other. Pack pliers to lift the hot cans.

Supermarkets sell many freeze dried foods at about half the prices charged by camping stores. Combine instant macaroni, noodles, or rice with instant soup mix for a satisfying camp meal. Other standbys, such as powdered fruit drinks, instant potatoes, individual oatmeal packets, spaghetti dinners, and puddings work well too.

Remember that freeze dried meat needs more cooking than other ingredients. Place the meat in cold water (20 percent more than the instructions call for) and bring to a boil; then add spices, if called for. Continue boiling for five minutes before adding other ingredients.

Because water boils at lower temperatures in high elevations (about 1 degree per 500 feet), you must boil foods longer. Experiment with cooking times.

Cooking with a stove inside a tent can cause headache, nausea, dizziness or even death from carbon monoxide. In bad weather set the stove just outside the tent door under the rain-fly overhang while cooking from inside the tent. Some tents are designed with vestibules for this purpose.

Caution: Always refuel a stove outside the tent and away from all open flames. And don’t ever throw used fuel containers in the fire.

Do also check out our Digitized Vintage Camping Recipe e-Book on Etsy!

Food Storage for Camper Meal Planning

  • Remove powdered foods from their original containers and re-package small quantities in double plastic bags. Between the two layers, slip in an identification label and the mixing instructions.
  • Transfer spices from large containers into clean prescription bottles or plastic film canisters. Label the containers and lids.
  • To protect eggs, carry them in a container filled with pancake mix or flour.
  • Snowbanks provide cool storage. Put food in secure containers and bury it deeply.
  • A stream can serve as a refrigerator. Put the food in well anchored waterproof bags.

How About Packing Up Some Healthful Gorp?

Check out all our healthy and satisfying Gorp Recipes from our sister site, BellyBytes.com.

Peach Pleasures via Sweet Peach Recipes

Peach Pleasures

Treat yourself to some sweet peach pleasures via sweet peach recipes! Peaches are sodium, fat and cholesterol free, high in vitamin A and have vitamin C.

Following are three delicious, yummy recipes for peach treats!

Peach Pleasures
Peach Pleasures Framed Fruit Photo

Peach Pleasures 1: Peach Apple Crisp

Canned peaches are available, sliced or in halves, packed either in sugar syrup or water. Apples are a good source of soluble fiber, especially pectin, which helps control insulin levels by slowing the release of sugar into your bloodstream.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

20 ounces canned sliced peaches, light-syrup pack, drained
2 medium apples, tart, peeled, sliced
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter, chilled

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 9 by 9 by 2-inch casserole dish.
  2. Combine peaches, apples, vanilla, and cinnamon in a bowl. Toss well and spread evenly in greased casserole dish.
  3. Combine flour and sugar in small bowl. Cut in margarine with two knives until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  4. Sprinkle flour mixture evenly over fruit.
  5. Bake until lightly browned and bubbly, about 20 minutes.

4 Servings, about 1⁄2 cup each, plus 4 servings for another meal

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 175
  • Total fat 5 grams
  • Saturated 1 grams
  • Cholesterol 0 milligrams
  • Sodium 57 milligrams

Freebie: Download Peach Apple Crisp Recipe in PDF


Peach Pleasures 2: Peach Cake

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients:

29 ounce can sliced peaches, light-syrup pack, drained and chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup flour
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons brown sugar, firmly packed
2 teaspoons whole milk

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease 8 by 8-inch pan.
  2. Spread peaches in baking pan. Mix remaining ingredients, except brown sugar and milk, together in mixing bowl; spread over top of peaches.
  3. Bake until toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean, about 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. For topping, combine brown sugar and milk in small bowl. Drizzle mixture on top of cake; return cake to oven, and bake 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Cut into 8 pieces.

8 Servings, about 2 by 2-inch piece each

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 205
  • Total fat 4 grams
  • Saturated 1 grams
  • Cholesterol 27 milligrams
  • Sodium 171 milligrams

Freebie: Download Peach Cake Recipe in PDF


Peach Pleasures 3: Peach Crisp

To ripen peaches, store in a brown bag at room temperature. Ripe peaches can be stored in the crisper bin of your refrigerator for up to five days. See also: Peeling Peaches

Ingredients:

4 peaches (4 cups sliced)
2 tablespoons margarine
3/4 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Slice the peaches.
  3. Spread the peach slices on the bottom of the baking pan.
  4. Melt the margarine in a saucepan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix everything but the peaches. Stir until the mix is well blended.
  6. Sprinkle the oat mix on top of the peaches.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes.

Recipe Note

Serve the peach crisp either hot or cold. To remove any peach fuzz, you can rub the washed peach gently with a paper towel.

Serving Size: Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
Recipe yields 6 servings.

Nutrition information per serving.

  • Calories 200
  • Total fat 4.5 grams
  • Saturated fat 1 gram
  • Trans fat 1 gram
  • Cholesterol 0 milligrams
  • Sodium 30 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrate 40 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 3 grams
  • Sugars 22 grams
  • Protein 3 grams

Freebie: Download Peach Crisp Recipe in PDF

School Luncheons 1905

School Luncheons 1905

Looking back in time can be both fun and fascinating! I’ve been doing a lot of that lately going through recipe booklets and cookbooks from my grandmother’s vast collection.

Being a personal passion, I couldn’t just allow these books to sit and get older and more yellowed without trying to digitize them, a project I’ve been and will continue to work on.

With that said, today I’m introducing “School Luncheons Cookbook Vintage 1905 by Armour and Company”.

School Luncheons 1905
School Luncheons 1905

A Peak Inside

The School Luncheons Problem

Excerpt from page 3…

“The school luncheon is a problem, and only the house mother can solve it by giving the subject careful attention daily.”

“Proper food must be supplied the growing boys and girls, or they will become stunted, not only physically, but mentally.”

“If it is possible a child should come home for the noonday meal. A bowl of hot broth should be in readiness, with a plate of crackers or toast, a baked apple with cream and some cookies. This makes a wholesome and satisfying lunch. The child will go back to school refreshed by the brisk walk.”

The Week-About System

Excerpt from page 6…

“If several children eat together, the luncheon may be packed in a hamper basket. It is quite an idea for one mother to prepare luncheons for one week for a neighbor’s children besides her own. This week-about system relieves the mother and gives the children variety.”

“Folding drinking cups or small tumblers should be given each child; the water question is just as important as food. It is far safer to have a small flask of pure water in the luncheon box than to allow promiscuous drinking from tin cups provided in the schools and the use of city water, unless one is absolutely sure that the water supply is pure.”

Motherly Love Notes

Excerpt from page 9…

“One mother used to occassionally put a little note like this in the luncheon box:”

“My Dear M—-:”
“Mother knows the lessons are unusually hard today, but do your best and when you come home there will be a surprise for you. Lovingly, Mother.”

“This takes only a moment, and is a source of inspiration and encouragement to the child. The ‘surprise’ may be some wished-for object, a guest invited to supper, a trip to the city or matinee tickets.”

Motherly Love Notes
Motherly Love Notes

School Luncheons: The Costs Back Then

Excerpt from page 20…

“Sufficient and nutritious luncheons can be furnished to the pupils of a large school for from three to five cents each, but from our present knowledge, it would require about a ten-cent luncheon to satisfy the taste of the American scholar.”

Ah..the good ‘ol days!

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Naturally Colored Boiled Eggs

Naturally Colored Boiled Eggs

There are two ways of achieving naturally colored boiled eggs. Boil them first, then cold-soak them in dyes. Or, boil them with the dye.

Naturally Colored Boiled Eggs

Here are some suggestions on ways you can boil your eggs using all natural foods. Try some – it’s fun!

  • Boil eggs for 30 minutes or more with lots of onion skins; they’ll turn a pale orange to light red.
  • Boil eggs with spinach leaves for pale green coloring.
  • Soak hard-boiled eggs in grape juice; they’ll turn lavender.
  • Boil eggs in tea for pale brown, in coffee for darker brown.
  • Boil eggs with beets or cranberries for lovely pinks and reds.
  • For a golden color, dissolve the spice turmeric into water and soak eggs.
  • To create patterns on boiled eggs, draw on the shells with wax crayons or wrap them in rubber bands before dyeing.

See also:

  1. Healthy Easter Recipes
  2. Whimsical Collection of Free Easter Graphics
  3. The Good Easter Egg Salad Recipe

Confetti Grain Salad

Confetti Grain Salad Recipe

Confetti grain salad is a very healthful and satisfying salad with brown rice, tangy lemon juice, green onions, parsley and your favorite vegetables.

Brown rice will only last about six months before it gets stale. When it get stale, it is very difficult to get it tender. You can cook brown rice the same as white rice, just increase the recipe listed above by 1/2 cup liquid.

Confetti Grain Salad
Confetti Grain Salad

 

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups brown rice, uncooked
3 cups water
Juice of 2 lemons
3 green onions (also called scallions)
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil, or other vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups of your favorite vegetables cut into small pieces

 

Directions:

  1. Wash rice and put into a 2-quart pot with water. Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer, and cook uncovered until all the water is absorbed. (approximately 45 minutes).
  2. Pour into medium sized bowl and allow to cool.
  3. Pour lemon juice over rice and stir. When rice is cooled to lukewarm, add vegetables, salt, pepper, and oil.
  4. Stir and chill at least 1 hour. This dish also can be served warm.

Serving Size: Serving Size: 3/4 cup
Recipe yields 6 servings.

Per serving:

  • Calories 300
  • Total fat 11 grams
  • Saturated fat 1.5 grams
  • Trans fat 0 grams
  • Cholesterol 0 milligrams
  • Sodium 230 milligrams
  • Total Carbohydrate 47 grams
  • Dietary Fiber 4 grams
  • Sugars 3 grams
  • Protein: 6 grams

Download Recipe in PDF

Confetti Grain Salad Recipe
Confetti Grain Salad Recipe

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Camping Breakfast Recipes

Camping Breakfast Recipes

Camping season is almost upon us! For die-hard campers, it never really ends. Following are some delicious recipes to fuel you up for your busy outdoor camping excursions.

Camping Breakfast Recipes

Delicious & Hearty Camping Breakfast Recipes

Campfire Eggs

On a 3-day camping trips? Save the remainder of the bacon from these camping breakfast recipes for the next day’s breakfast.

Ingredients:
8 slices bacon
1-1/2 cups frozen hash browns
Sweet onion
Salt and pepper to taste
6 eggs or 1-1/2 cup liquid egg substitute
1/3 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby cheese

Farm Fresh Eggs
Farm Fresh Eggs

Directions

  1. Cook bacon in heavy skillet until crisp. Remove and crumble bacon. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons fat.
  2. Slice as much onion as your family likes very thin. Add to the pan with the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Return to heat and fry until potatoes are lightly browned.
  4. Beat together eggs, milk, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper. Pour over browned potatoes in skillet.
  5. Cook without stirring until mixture begins to set. Using a spatula, lift and fold partially cooked eggs so uncooked egg flows underneath. Continue cooking for about 4 minutes until cooked but not dry.
  6. Arrange crumbled bacon on top, sprinkle with cheese.

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Breakfast Tortilla Wraps

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon butter
Eggs
Milk
Cheddar Cheese or American Cheese
Bacon
Large flour tortillas

Directions

  1. Beat your eggs together with a small amount of milk.
  2. Melt butter in pan or spray with cooking spray, and add eggs.
  3. In another pan fry your bacon in strips and drain.
  4. After the eggs are cooked, add a spoonful or two to each tortillas, some  cheese and a strip or two of bacon.
  5. Roll up the tortillas and eat!

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Sausage on a Stick

Ingredients:
1 12-ounce package fully cooked smoked sausage links
1 package refrigerated bread sticks

Directions

Spear sausage on stick or hotdog fork. Coil one bread stick dough around each sausage link, pinching ends. Rotate slowly until bread is browned.

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Pineapple or Apple Pancakes

Ingredients:
8 slices canned pineapple
2 large apples
Complete pancake mix (using water)
Syrup

Directions

  1. Mix up your batch of pancake mix according to the directions and prepare as usual.
  2. Place one slice pineapple slice OR sliced apples on pan or griddle.
  3. Pour 1/4 cup batter over slice. Cook on the first side until it starts to bubble on top, then flip and brown the other side.
  4. Serve with syrup or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. This is especially good when using apples.

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May all your camping days be filled with sunshine!

Home Grown Herbs

Home Grown Herbs Uses and Storage Ideas

Many home grown herbs will freeze beautifully to extend their shelf life. For best flavor, use herbs fresh out of the garden whenever possible. Always pinch back basil, thyme, oregano and chives so that you get fullest production out of the season.

Home Grown Herbs
Home Grown Herbs

Plants like rosemary need a good cutting now and then to keep them from getting too woody. If you haven’t planned a meal around your pruning, try some of these ideas to preserve your herbs.

Freezing Herbs

Wash herbs very well and gently pat dry with paper towels. Wrap leaves or sprigs in freezer paper or place in freezer proof zip-lock bags. Seal and freeze. These herbs can be chopped and thawed for use in cooking, but are not suitable for garnish. They will become limp when thawed. Flavor is best if herbs are used within a few months.

Herb Cubes

This is a very convenient way of storing herbs. Put the clean, dry herbs into the bottom of an ice cube tray. Fill the compartments with water or stock. Then when you need herbs, just pop them into soups, stews or sauces. You can mix and match to make combinations that you use in your recipes.

Drying Fresh Herbs

One thing to remember when using dried herbs as compared to fresh, is that you want to use 1/3 teaspoon powdered or 1/2 teaspoon crushed for every tablespoon of fresh.

Dried herbs for fresh herbs
Dried herbs for fresh herbs

Air drying is the simplest method requiring only rubber bands to secure the stems of herbs together.  Just hang upside down in a dark, airy area with good air circulation until dry. This method takes the longest time.

Microwave Drying Herbs

Helpful Healthy Herbs Variety
Healthy Home Grown Herbs

Try this simple microwave drying method with herbs such as parsley, basil, thyme and oregano. Wash and gently pat dry herbs picked in the morning just after the dew has dried. This is when your herbs will have the most oils in the leaves. Spread them out on a microwave safe dish in a single layer between two leaves. Spread them out on a microwave safe dish in a single layer between two paper towels. Place in microwave and cook on high for about a minute Check them. Continue cooking for about 20 seconds at a time until the herbs are just crisp.

Drying Herbs in a Conventional Oven

When drying with a conventional oven, begin by placing the clean herbs on shallow trays in the oven. Leave the oven door ajar and turn the heat to the lowest setting. This would be about 150 degrees. Allow the herbs to dry, testing after each hour. A small electric fan placed to circulate air into the oven cavity will speed the drying time.

Storing Fresh Herbs

When storing, place herbs in airtight jars, out of direct sunlight.

If you’d like more in-depth information on home grown herbs, might we suggest the book, Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener’s Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More.

This herb-helpful book by Miranda Smith will teach you everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs using safe, natural, all-organic methods!

Using Raisins in Foods

Using Raisins in Cooking and Baking

Available year round, using raisins in a wide variety of foods is easy. Cereals, breads, cookies, candies and energy snacks are just a few examples. The raisin is truly one of the world’s most versatile food ingredients.

Raisins are low in fat and sodium, but high in carbohydrates for a quick pick- me-up snack. Raisins are also high in antioxidants and cholesterol free. One-quarter cup of dried uncooked raisins provides 1 serving from the fruit group of the Food Guide Pyramid.

Raisins in Baked Goods

Raisins provide more than just flavor to the cereals and baked goods. Using raisins, bakers can reduce or even eliminate the use of preservatives. This is because of the propionic acid found in raisins. It acts as a natural preservative.

Another naturally occurring acid in raisins, tartaric acid, enhances the flavor of baked goods. Tartaric acid can also help reduce
the amount of salt needed to flavor breads, cakes, cookies, and pastries.

Chocolate Raisins

Confectionery items that use raisins include the following.Using raisins for chocolate covered raisins

  • Yogurt covered raisins.
  • Chocolate bars with raisins.
  • Chocolate covered raisins.

Barbecue and Steak Sauce

Raisins add flavor and texture to foods. Raisin juice concentrate and raisin paste are flavor enhancers. You can find them in everything from breads, cakes and cookies to barbecue and steak sauces.

Many popular barbecue and steak sauce brands combine raisin paste and raisin juice concentrate with ingredients such as tomato paste, soy sauce, and vinegar. This helps create a wide selection of bold sauces.

More Foods for Raisins

  1. Granola Bars
  2. Raisin Stuffing
  3. Bread Pudding
  4. Classic Coleslaw
  5. Celery Sticks
  6. Salads

Did you know?

Raisins should be stored in the refrigerator to keep them soft and moist.

Actually, the ways of using raisins in your cooking and baking are seemingly endless. Use your imagination! You can also get some terrific recipes from the Sun Maid web site.

Top 15 Sun Maid Recipes
Top 15 Sun Maid Recipes

Resource: Raisins and Dried Fruits Publication from Sun Maid