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Using Freeze-Dried Foods – Orange Jigglers

I am often asked how I use the freeze-dried foods that we create. So in our freeze-drying journey, I am documenting everything that I create. I love buying in bulk and storing it for later! The best part about freeze-dried foods is that you can create virtually anything that you can create with fresh (Only exception that I have found…

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Freeze Dried – Citrus

Wait? You can freeze-dry citrus fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges? Yes, you sure can! Now, what would you use them for? You can use them in slices or ground up. You can rehydrate or use the powders. Berlyn and I created a video for you below. Check it out! You can also visit our youtube channel at www.DiscoveringEducation.us I…

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Roasting Chestnuts

I love the taste of chestnuts, but since they are not common where I live, they are hard to come across. We were lucky enough to find some fresh ones at one of our local grocery stores at the end of December. So here we are. Roasting them on top of our woodstove. Most of my children do not like…

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Low Carb Muffins

For most holidays on our homestead, we walk to Nana and Poppie’s house across the acreage for breakfast. Nana is classic for having pastries or other food from the “dark side”. LOL Now that I am watching everything that I eat to get down these 100 pounds(60 pounds gone so far), everything with carbs is from the dark side! Trystan…

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Freeze Dried – Chili, Spinach and Bananas

I was curious about how chili freeze-dried and reconstituted. Yes, I know that most chili is already canned and shelf-stable… But our personal homemade chili isn’t and I don’t can it. So we could make a batch and have for either food storage or for lunches for Griffen, Larry, Shelby or Michael and not have to worry about refrigeration. So,…

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Tuscan Chicken in the Crockpot – Low Carb / Keto

My kids not only asked for seconds, but some even helped themselves to thirds. You can double or triple the recipe (make sure that you have a large enough crockpot! Watch that your sauce isn’t too thin if you double. This recipe tastes great as a stand-alone, but you can also serve over rice, noodles, zucchini noodles or even cauliflower…

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Gordon Ramsay’s Beer Bread

This has to be one of my favorite recipes for beer bread and I love using the mini loaf pans for this. I do double this recipe for my crew. We recently made this recipe to go along with our cooking from the past recipe of Hot Collops.

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Back to the basics – Hand Crank Kitchen tools.

Making life simpler We have added all of the items that we listed below on our Amazon Shopping cart as well. https://www.amazon.com/shop/krismazy Kitchen tips and tricks Can you imagine living in a world with no or limited power? I can see a future with no power or a limited time/amount of power that each family can use. What are some of…

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Zuppa Toscana Soup – Keto, Low Carb Version

Soup is a winter staple in our house. We love using our ninja cooker for this recipe because we can cook the meat on a stovetop setting. And then change it to a low cook. I have no trouble getting my crew to eat their spinach either. This tastes GREAT with a fresh piece of beer bread. (I love the…

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Keto No Bean Chili

I absolutely LOVE chili in the wintertime. Our family makes this at least one time a week. We double the recipe and have it for lunch throughout the week as well. So if you have an instant pot or a pressure cooker, this is the chili for you. You can create this one on the stovetop, it just takes longer…

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Lemon Keto Cookies

I love playing with and creating recipes to make them my own. Ever since I started watching my carbs, I have been researching and creating a whole new type of dessert for myself. This has been a great journey because my son Trystan who is gluten intolerant can also eat everything that I create on my “keto” menu. These cookies…

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Breakfast Egg biscuits

Try something new for breakfast. In our home, we like to make a whole breakfast wrapped up into one “sandwich”.  Once made the kids can grab and go. They will also stay good in the fridge and can be reheated in the oven or microwave (We don’t have a microwave, so I don’t know how long to put them in for.)…

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Turkey Eggrolls using left-overs

I love that I can gather ingredients and make something completely new with the items that I have already cooked.  And I love having leftovers after the holidays.  We love our air-fryer and like to make items in it for a quick lunch. PB&J gets old when you homeschool. But PB&J egg rolls are fun and different. The best part…

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Cheese Ball Bites

Every year for Thanksgiving, our family loves to try and find new foods to go along with our classic regulars like Turkey, stuffing, and spinach dip. Several weeks ago, we made these bite-sized cheese balls. They were such a hit with the kids that it has quickly become a regular for our family gatherings. Eat these with crackers, veggies or…

Freeze Dried Orange Juice
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Freeze Dried Orange Juice

In the 2-1/2 years that we have had our freeze dryer, I have never tried to dry orange juice (or any other drinks for that matter) We ended up with a case of Tropicana Orange juice and using our new Modular Moulds from https://www.frozenright.com/products.html Check out this video of both freeze-drying and reconstituting orange juice. There were even a few…

Cauliflower Soup
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Instant Pot Faux Potato Cauliflower Cheese Soup (Keto, Low Carb)

Since February of 2019, we have adjusted our eating habits a bit more. (Kids still eat bread and pasta.) However, I (Kris) have been eating Keto / Low Carb and so far am down about 60 pounds. I have 60 to go for my goal. I can do it! 🙂 This recipe is one of my go-to for cold weather….

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Chicken Noodle Soup

I love soups! I have always loved soups. Especially with a larger family… Want to make it bigger for more people, just add a few more things into the pot! We double and even triple this recipe – You will need a HUGE cooking pot to do this with. We are going to be freeze-drying a batch of this as…

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Freeze-Dried Candy

Skittles, Werthers Caramel Chews, Marshmallows. What a fun experiment! We have been busy with the beginning of our holiday fun. November 1st is tomorrow! So, here we go. I have been watching the Facebook message boards for freeze-drying for a long time. We have mostly been saving foods like fruits and vegetables and many different types of meat. Our initial…

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Freeze-Dry Cheat Sheet

I have searched high and low online for a copy of the freeze-dry cheat sheet. And I couldn’t find a print copy. So here is one that our family will add to as we gather and research more. Come back often to see if it has been updated! – (Last updated 10/29/2019)

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Freeze Dried Offals, Shrimp, Shredded Chicken, and Grapes

Did you have any idea that you could make healthy dog treats and food in your freeze dryer? I am here to tell you! Yes, you can!! We like to make our dogs healthy and “raw” treats and food when we can. Over the last few years, I have been collecting offals (hearts, livers, etc) from many of the animals…

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Freeze Dried Peas, Guacamole, Caramel Apples, Mangoes & Onions

Welcome to another video using freeze-dried foods from our Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. Here is a summary of what we thought of this batch: Frozen Peas – rehydrated in boiling water – taste just like frozen peas. Mangoes – eaten dried – kids gave 2 thumbs up as a fruit snack. Caramel Apples – Caramel was bubbly from the sugar….