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Using Sea Salts in Pickling Brines

Using Sea Salts in Pickling Brines

Replace Pickling Salt with Sea Salt in your pickling brine.
Sea Salt has more health benefits than processed salts. The concept behind pickling salt is that they are finely ground to allow them to completely dissolve into the brine. Accomplish this by purchasing a finely ground sea salt, or grinding your coarse salt with a mortar & pestle or electric spice grinder before use. An electric kitchen coffee grinder is great for grinding spices. Regardless of the salt and your method, simmer your brine until your salt is well dissolved.

For the brine, a solution of 5% salt is necessary if you are canning for shelf storage, you can decrease the salt if you are making refrigerator pickles. For shelf storage make sure you follow the necessary steps for proper home canning. I use the “USDA National Center for Home Food Preservation” site for all my home canning and freezing questions. http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/cucumber_pick.html

Here is a basic brine recipe:
12 cups water
4 cups white vinegar
2/3 cups pickling salt
Bring the brine to a rapid boil.

Tumeric as a Tooth Whitener

I’m serious about trying this turmeric toothpaste suggestion for whitening teeth. I followed the recipe suggestions and used: 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon turmeric root powder, and 2 drops of peppermint oil.
Day Two – Okay, I’ve used the turmeric toothpaste three times. I can report a very clean feeling, and maybe even some whitening. Beware, while it doesn’t stain your teeth it does stain fingernails. I’ll report on the whitening again next week.
Day Five – I said I would report back on the Turmeric Toothpaste blend (coconut oil, turmeric root powder, & salt) so here is what I learned: I feel there was some degree of whitening but ones teeth can only get so white and I am not a young puppy. However, a word of caution, I have two crowns, I am not sure what they are made of, probably porcelain or ceramic, they got really white so now they are whiter than my other teeth. This of course made me curious so I tried it on my tea cups and it was amazing at removing tea stains. Even more curious, I thought maybe it was just the coconut oil, but that did not work. Then, I tried it on my counter top but it left a yellow stain that I had to scrub out with a spray cleaner, don’t do that! And, remember, it stains fingernails. In the end, I do think it has value as a tooth whitener, and there should be some other good benefits beyond whitening. 2016-02-24 10.54.00

Retrievable Spices & Herbs

Add Ground Pepper toward the end of the cooking time. Ground pepper looses its favor in long cooking times. An alternative is to put peppercorns in a muslin bag or cheese cloth that can be submerged during cooking then removed from the dish.

Bay Leaf is another retrievable spice. Add dried bay leaf to your soups and roasts during cooking then remove before serving because the leaf is bitter and hard to chew. Crush bay leaf for added flavor; again put them in a muslin bag that can be retrieved before serving.

A Tea Infuser works well for adding spices that you want to remove at the end of cooking. This allows you to add the flavor of the spice/herb without actually adding the texture.

Holiday Spice Tips

Replace all or part of the white sugar in your Pumpkin Pie recipe with brown sugar.  The pumpkin flavor is more pronounced, the sweetness more subdued.

Most cinnamon is 2-2.5% oil content, I sell 5% oil content cinnamon. The taste is superb.

Wheat Bread Stuffing

Just in time for your Thanksgiving dinner. This stuffing is excellent baked in the bird or in a pan. This is my own receipe; my family loves it. You’ll love the compliments!

Wheat Bread Stuffing

1 loaf of wheat bread

1 stick of butter

3 eggs

1 large onion

3-4 large stalks of celery

1 tsp. poultry seasoning

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Cube bread in small squares (this is easiest done when the bread is frozen). Dice celery and

onions, toss into bread cubes, along with spices. Melt butter, mix into bread mixture. Mix eggs in a separate bowl then mix into bread mixture. Stuff into turkey or bake alone in a covered baking pan at 350º, 40-45 minutes, until golden brown.

 

 

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