Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Disturbing Reports Of Fake Food In U.K. Grocery Stores


Food shortages are being felt around the world. The United Kingdom is feeling the effects with Brexit. The grocery store shelves are being lined with fake food. Check out my video above.       

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Homemaker's Tip's For The Home While USA Food Prices Surge

 As most us have seen food prices have gone up. You carry out less  and less food while paying more. A easy way to combat this dilemma is to shop smart. Look for sales, coupons, deals and in season fruits/vegetables. This will help with your bottom line. 

Now, most will not like to hear this. Cooking at home will save you money. Going out to eat cost's more than buying groceries that can be spread out for several days. It's important to be smart during these uncertain times. 

                               I can feel the eye rolls and sighs,lol. 

Many of us are stressed, over worked, and literally burnt out by the days end. We have to push ourselves for the betterment of our families. Cooking at home will save you money and believe or not bring your family closer together. Keeping simple meals to 5 ingredients or less. Crock pots are a great cooking tool. When you get home the dinner is ready for the family. Cooking larger batches of rice, soups, breads, beans etc. That you incorporate into other meals will save you time. 

Cook with purpose and re-use left overs. Go online for recipes ( or cook books at home. Write down the meals you especially enjoyed with your family so you dont forget. Keep them in a note book, box, or folder for easy reference. 

These difficult times are pushing more families to cook at home. Embrace it and enjoy the journey. Involve your children and sit down together for meals. Talk about your day or things to come. It's a by gone tradition for many families. Lets take on this challenge for cooking at home and enjoy the new connections that you will make with your family. 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

20 Ingredient Substitutions A Must Have

I found this information on Food Network By Leah Brickle. Here is the link below:

Baking Powder (double-acting): For 1 teaspoon, combine 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda. The two combined will produce carbon dioxide gas which will make baked goods rise and puff as they bake.

Baking Soda: For 1 teaspoon, use 3 teaspoons baking powder. Baking powder will give a similar lift to baked goods — though it won’t neutralize acidic ingredients (cocoa powder, brown sugar) like baking soda does so the taste may be slightly different.

Breadcrumbs: Crushed crackers, crushed pretzels or crushed potato chips work nicely. Alternatively, for 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, grind 1 slice of bread in a food processor.

Brown Sugar (light and dark): Try turbinado or muscovado sugar, which are both less refined than granulated sugar (muscovado also has some natural molasses just like brown sugar). Alternatively, for 1 cup, combine 1 cup granulated sugar with 2 to 3 tablespoons molasses. The resulting baked goods may be crunchier and sweeter.

Chicken Broth: Vegetable or beef broth. Or try water seasoned with a little soy sauce, bouillon cubes or bouillon granules — or even water by itself, if the recipe requires a cup or less. Water is amazing: it provides the same moisture and volume as broth and can be easily seasoned to taste.

Half-and-Half: For 1 cup, combine a scant cup of whole milk and 1 tablespoon melted butter. Alternatively, combine 3/4 cup whole milk and 1/4 cup heavy cream.

Heavy Whipping Cream: You can only make these substitutes if you're not actually whipping the cream. Try Half-and-half or, for 1 cup, combine 3/4 cup milk and 4 tablespoons melted butter.

Herbs: For 1 tablespoon fresh herbs, use 1 teaspoon dry herbs. This applies to both woody (rosemary, thyme) and tender herbs (parsley, basil).

Honey: Maple syrup, light or dark corn syrup. All have about the same consistency (though maple syrup is thinner), but the flavor of your finished recipe will vary.

Kosher Salt: For 1/2 teaspoon, use 1/4 teaspoon iodized (table) salt. The granules of iodized salt are smaller than kosher salt so they can’t be evenly exchanged — 1/2 teaspoon of iodized salt is saltier than 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt.

Lemon Juice: Orange juice or lime juice. All citrus adds acid and a little bit of sweetness.

Milk: Yogurt or sour cream thinned with water to a pourable consistency.

Nuts: Most nuts can be exchanged for each other especially in baking recipes like quick breads and muffins. If the flavor of a nut is important to a recipe — like with pecan pie — then it may be better to wait and get the nuts you need.

Sour Cream: Plain yogurt, Greek yogurt or creme fraiche. All 4 of these are fermented dairy products that will provide a similar tang and creaminess.

Soy Sauce: For small amounts: Worcestershire sauce. For larger amounts (like for a dipping sauce): Tamari, coconut aminos or liquid amino acids. While all of these are fermented sauces, Worcestershire sauce has such a distinct flavor that, if replacing a large amount of soy sauce, will be too distinct. The others will all meld and won’t overpower.

Tomato Paste: For 1 tablespoon, simmer 3 tablespoons tomato sauce or pureed tomatoes until very thick, then cool.

Vanilla Extract: Maple syrup, bourbon, brandy or rum. Pure vanilla extract is made by soaking vanilla beans in ethyl alcohol (vanilla essence or imitation vanilla also contains alcohol). All the suggested substitutions will help enhance the other flavors in a recipe — just like vanilla.

Vegetable Oil: Canola oil, olive oil, avocado oil, melted and cooled coconut oil or ghee. All of these have a similar smoke point: the temperature at which a fat will stop shimmering and start to smoke. Butter has a very low smoke point (which means it will burn quicker) so is not a good substitute for sauteing or frying. However, melted butter can be substituted for oil in quick breads and muffins.

Vinegar: Lemon juice or most other vinegars. Every vinegar will take on the flavors of what it was originally fermented from (white wine, red wine, raspberries). Keep those subtle flavor differences in mind though balsamic vinegar is a tad sweeter and more distinct than most.

White Wine (dry): Broth or stock. Alternatively, water with a squeeze of lemon or a splash of vinegar.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

USA Food Shortages Rolling Black Outs and Increased Energy Costs Basics

Food shortages are the new norm for the USA. Many still walk around in a daze of misbelief. For many that have stood in mile long lines for a free bag of groceries understand the reality clearly. It will knock on every Americans door. 

Now, we are facing shortages of not only food but clothes, electronics, vehicle car parts, home goods, shoes, toys, and medicine. Top that off with different forms of energy (oil, gas, electric, natural gas) with sky rocketing costs. These costs will determine if a family gets groceries for the week or not.

I felt it was important to remind everyone of the basics and what will come in handy with shortages, rolling black outs, and high living expenses that most are not prepared for. In the USA we have a few states that experience rolling black outs these events do not allow you to keep foods cold in a refrigerator safely. You need to change your way of thinking. Shelf Stable goods will be your go to items! Before we go any further Water is a Must Have!!!!

!!!!!Have Water!!!!!Have Water!!!!Have Water!!!!Have Water!!!!!

when it gets bad water becomes priceless. Look at the different weather events where the electricity was gone and water went from 

$4.00/$6.00 a case to $40-70.00 a case Cash Only

!!!!Have Cash!!!!Have Cash!!!!Have Cash!!!!Have Cash!!!!

When the electricity is gone no one will be able to do a purchase unless you have cash in small bills. Don't expect to get money back.

Here are a few of my articles that maybe helpful:

Food: canned good are your best choices!! They require no rehydration (water) shorter cooking periods and no refrigeration. Some foods are ready to eat ( chicken, chilis, fruit, corn, and many more). 

Canned Goods List:

Canned meats: tune/chicken/ham/vienna sausages/jerky/fish


Shelf Stable Milk- regular/evaporated canned

Protein or Granola Bars


Dried Fruit of any kind/Canned Pickles/Beets/Apple Sauces/Fruit Cups

Peanut Butter/Smaller Jam Jars that can safely used with a few days time

Snacks (Chips/Crackers/Cookies/breakfast bars)

Pre-packaged meals like Hormel that are already cooked. 

Home Canned Meals/Meats

Canned Soups 

Canned Beans

Jarred Ghee (butter)

Canned Cheese (Bega)

Save fats from meals example meats/bacon to use again. If I have missed anything please leave a comment below.

The next article we will discuss keeping warm or cool. Looking at what is happening in the world and how people are coping around the world.