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Homemade Buttermilk Substitute

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Milk (just under one cup)
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice
1. Place a Tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup.
2. Add enough milk to bring the liquid up to the one-cup line.
3. Let stand for five minute. Then, use as much as your recipe calls for.


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Homemade Brown Sugar

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 5 minutes
What You Need:
  • Sugar
  • Molasses
Here's How:

Measure one cup of granulated sugar and one tablespoon of molasses into a mixing bowl.
Stir with a fork until completely mixed. Your brown sugar is now ready for use!

  1. To make dark brown sugar, increase the molasses to two tablespoons.


Homemade Heavy Cream

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup butter
1. Melt the butter.
2. Pour it into the milk, and stir.
3. Use in place of one cup of heavy cream.

Note: This substitute while not whip.

Tip: If you use low-fat milk, add a tablespoon of flour to the mixture to thicken.


Homemade Ciabatta Bread

What you need:

3 Cups Bread Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Sachet Activated Dry Yeast (7 grams)
2 Teaspoons Olive Oil (Extra Virgin is best)
2 - 2 1/2 Cups Warm Water

What to do:

1. Add dry ingredients to a large mixing bowl and give a good dry mix to blend ingredients.

2. Add the oil and water. Hold some of the water in reserve and add later if needed. You are aiming for a very soft sticky dough. Mix for about 10 minutes if mixing by hand, 5 minutes is plenty if using a mixer.

3. Place the dough in a large plastic container with a lid. Any container that will hold the dough is fine, you can cover with cling wrap instead of a lid if needed. Just make sure the dough has room to double in size. Dust the container very well with lots of flour. Divide the dough into 2 portions. Simply pour/scrape the dough, placing half in each side of your container. Dust the dough and shape into a rectangular form. This will help with folding later.

4. Cover the dough and let it stand (prove) for about an hour, or until it doubles in size.

5. Now uncover and dust the dough pieces. Make sure you have some flour on your hands as well for the next step. Fold the top and bottom of the dough piece into the middle. Now fold each side into the middle. Gently flatten the dough and shape into rectangular form again. Do the same for both dough pieces. Now cover, and let stand until the dough doubles in size again, about 1 hour.

6. Repeat the folding again for each dough piece, remember to use plenty of flour. Flatten, cover and let it prove one more time, until again it doubles in size.

7. Pre-heat your oven to 450 F. Grease a large baking tray. Now lift each dough piece and stretch to the length of the baking tray. Place the dough on the tray.

8. Bake in your hot oven for around 30 minutes or until golden brown and crusty.


Homemade Fresh Tomato Ketchup

Homemade Fresh Tomato Ketchup

  • 5 lbs ripe red tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 medium red onions, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, thinly sliced
  • 1 T black peppercorns
  • 1 T mustard seeds
  • 1 T allspice berries
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 tsp celery seeds
  • 1 thin slice fresh ginger
  • ½ cinnamon stick
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ c packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 2/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp coarse salt
  • Large pinch cayenne
Quarter tomatoes the evening before, place in strainer and allow to drain over night to release excess water.
Place tomatoes, onions, bell pepper and garlic in a large pot.  Bring to boil over high heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are very soft about 30 minutes.  Pass through a food mill 2 or 3 times starting with a course blade and working to the finest blade until you have a very smooth puree. Alternatively, puree in a blender until smooth and pass through a fine strainer into a large bowl.  

Place peppercorns through bay leaves on a piece of cheesecloth and tie it up to form a bag.  Add to tomato mixture along with brown sugar, paprika, vinegar, salt and cayenne.  Simmer slowly stirring frequently until ketchup is very thick, at least 2 hours.  Remove cheesecloth bag.

Store in refrigerator at all times. Lasted up to 6 months, but you can always make it in a smaller batch.


Homemade Natural Mold Buster

Tea Tree Spray:
2 teaspoons of tea tree oil
2 cups of water
Shake the solution together in a spray bottle and spritz on moldy areas. Let it sit without rinsing.

Grapefruit Seed Spray:
20 drops of grapefruit seed extract
2 cups of water
Like the Tea Tree Treasure, shake the solution together in a spray bottle and spritz on problem areas. Again, let it sit without rinsing to let it work its magic.

Vinegar Spray:
Pour white distilled vinegar straight into a spray bottle without diluting with water. Spritz offending spots and let it sit without rinsing. It’ll smell strong but will dissipate in a few hours time—along with the mold!


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