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MAKING LIGHT BODIED APPLE WINE AT HOME

MAKING LIGHT BODIED APPLE WINE AT HOME

When we speak of wine, generally we think of grape wine. However, we can make wine with so many other fruits. Apples are a delightful option besides grapes. Here is a simple wine recipe made with apples. Ingredients: Apples of mixed variety 6 lbs Golden raisins ½ lb Sugar ( granulated) 3 lb Lemon 1 no ( juice taken out and zest preserved) Pectic enzyme ½ tsp Yeast and nutrient Instructions: 1. Wash the apples an…

Homemade Chai Ka Masala (Tea Spice)

Homemade Chai Ka Masala (Tea Spice)

This year for the first time I made Tea Masala at home luckily I had all the ingredients required in hand. A dash of Tea Masala can be used in cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pie, trifles or pumpkin cake, instead of opening different jars of spices it is always easy to add a teaspoon of Tea Masala. Ingredients: 2 Tbsp ginger powder 2 Tbsp green cardamom 1 Tsp nutmeg, grated 1 Tsp cloves 1 1/2 Tsp black peppercorns 1 Tbsp gr…

Homemade Basil Pesto

Homemade Basil Pesto

If you love Italian food, you have to love the magic sauce that can take even the most mundane pasta to the level of a sublime dish. Every Italian family has their own secret recipe of Pesto, which is been passed on from generation to another as a legacy. The one rule for making this magic green sauce is that there are no rules, use your creative skills to prepare a batch with ingredients of your choice like –…

Red Harissa

Red Harissa

Harissa is a hot and explosive Moroccan Dip made of loads of variety of chilies and pepper, commonly served in Mediterranean restaurants. Harissa has its roots in Tunisia and slowly it’s popularity reached Libya, Algeria and now Morocco. Ingredients: 1 red bell pepper, whole 10-15 dried long red chilies 4 – 5 small red chilies 3 – 4 cloves garlic Salt, as per taste 1 tsp cumin seeds, roa…

Apple Cinnamon Spread

Apple Cinnamon Spread

For this Apple Cinnamon spread I chopped the apple but apples can be grated also, the texture of the spread should remain coarse and not very smooth, paste like. I have powdered cinnamon with me so I used that but while cooking apples whole cinnamon sticks can also be added and you can discard them later or can preserve your spread along with cinnamon sticks. Ingredients: 500 Gm Apples, preferably Golden Del…

How to make candied orange peel

How to make candied orange peel

I used to love those candy orange slices you could get in the Brach’s candy section of most grocery stores (what ever happened to the Brach’s candy section?). You know the ones I’m talking about – the neon orange, sticky sweet, rolled in sugar, orange-segment shaped, jelly-like candies? Well, this is like the grown-up version of that – huge orange flavor, sweet and stick…

How to make Homemade Almond Butter (Recipes & Variations)

How to make Homemade Almond Butter (Recipes & Variations)

Making your own nut butters is really so fun and easy, I don’t know why I ever buy the storebought stuff.  Make your own, then you can eat it, and use it in other recipes!  And there are tons of ways to mix it up, too… read on. Here’s a recipe from Chockohlawtay on how to make your own. Click through to get the recipe: Raw Almond Butter! Quote: So let’s calculate how much cha-ching! …

How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

How to Make Coconut Whipped Cream

Did you know you can make whipped cream out of coconut milk? This is such a neat idea for berries and cream or anything else that you’d like a tropical feeling whipped cream out of. Plus great if you have vegan or lactose intolerant friends. I found a couple of different techniques online, but mostly they are the same, just refrigerate the can of coconut milk (full fat) so that the cream separates, and th…

How to pit cherries without a cherry pitter

How to pit cherries without a cherry pitter

A cherry pitter is one item that I don’t have, that I always wish I had that one time I want to make a pie or treat that requires fresh cherries.  But it’s (as Alton would say) a single tasker.  I spotted this via @craft magazine – a tutorial at Food52 on how to pit your cherries with tools you have on hand, like a chopstick and a beer bottle!  How clever!  Go get the instructions… HACK…

How to Freeze Greens

How to Freeze Greens

Welcome again to Jennifer Locklin of Jane Deere!  For the second in her “Techniques” series, she brings us all the info we’d need to freeze greens for future use.  This swiss chard she’s working with here is just lovely.. she’s lucky enough to have grown her own, but you could of course use greens from your local farmers market or CSA box, if you’re thumb isn’t quite so green…

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