I bought myself a solar oven for my birthday! I just made red pepper kale frittata for breakfast. Took 1hr and 25m in the solar oven. So cool.
I just put dinner in the solar oven. Black bean chili! Can’t wait! Will take 4-6 hrs. Solar oven cooks like your slow cooker but only cooler. No electricity, no propane only need the warmth of the sun = Free!
Well at the The Community Closet Thrift Store there was this huge wheatgrass grower machine. I remember seeing it for sale for $10. I thought of buying it but I figured parts were missing. A bit later I saw it was put in our free bins so I took it home to see what info I could find on it.
Wow! I checked it out and it was a EasyGreen Automatic sprouter. eBay had it for almost $200! Looks like I had everything except an outlet timer that starts and shuts down the water mister. I found one online for $13.
Yesterday the timer came in. Sweet! I cleaned the machine up and filled all 5 trays with sprouts; clover, fenugreek, buckwheat, alfalfa & broccoli. I set the timer to mist 15m every 6 hours. Filled the water reservoir and plugged it in. YES THE MISTER WORKS!
24hrs later you can already see tails on a few of the seed trays. Below is a picture at 4pm 9/11/13 & another at 4pm 9/12/13.
DAY #2. Look at those tails!
DAY #4: I started to add a very little amount of food grade hydrogen peroxide and some minerals to the water. I also decided to try some new timer setting I found for Dry Weather . . . they worked well for MT.
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DAY #6: Harvested some Clover Sprouts this morning for sandwiches! Tasted great!
DAY#7: the alfalfa & broccoli sprouts are ready! There are already tails growing on the 2nd batch of clover & fenugreek seeds.
Didn’t work well growing with just water. The cool thing about the EasyGreen Sprouter is you can use soil in the trays too! Will try in soil next time.
Same as the buckwheat sprouts, didn’t turn out very well with just water, but more grew than I thought. Will try in soil next time.
The alfalfa sprouts took 7-8 days to grow. They turned out great though!
So I would have to say this machine ROCKS! I’m glad I didn’t have to pay $200 but if you have a busy life like mine and love to sprout this Sprouter is so worth the money!
When you juice your greens, fruits & veggies, SAVE THE PULP!!
After you are done juicing dump all your pulp onto dehydrating trays. Set the dehydrator to 145 degrees for 1 hour, then turn down to 95 degrees & dehydrate until dried. Depending how much pulp you have this could take 8-16hrs. Once dried store in a glass jar. Grind to a powder with a juicer mincing screen or a clean coffee grinder. I love using the powder in my RAW food creations for RAW Fiber, smoothies & when baking to add a little more health power.
When I was 20 I bought my very first item off of a TV infomercial – A FOOD SAVER! I was so nervous talking to the lady taking my order on the other end of the phone. Was this stupid, waste of money – so much went thru my head. It arrived and I opened it & reviewed the manual and tested it out. I used it a lot & liked it. Then I moved, packed away & never got it back out. I didn’t come to really appreciate it until about a year ago at 32.
When I decided to try the RAW Lifestyle, I stumbled across the Kristen’s Raw books. While reading she mentioned using a FoodSaver to seal your Raw food in glass mason jars to keep the life of your creation an extra 3-7 days! So that’s what that round attachment was for! I found my old FoodSaver, cleaned it off & started using it again, many many years later. Now I can’t think of not having one. Kristen was right, my food did last longer. I have so many mason jars of all sizes now & seal everything in them – grain & bean flours, nuts, seeds, beans, herbs, veggies etc. If you are a Raw Foodist this is a must have tool! If you are not it is great for left-overs, plus you can seal pictures & other important stuff in their special bags. I still have the old white FoodSaver. When my old one crashes I want the new chrome & black trimmed one. It looks nice & has more functions.