Solarvore Sport Solar Oven

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!

So awesome cooking for Free! 

Tacos is what’s for dinner!

  

TACO BAR!!

• seasoned turkey/beef

• cilantro

• shredded cheese

• black bean corn salsa

• sour cream

• grilled red & yellow bell peppers

• shredded spinach

• seasoned black beans

• Spanish brown rice

I came across these cool little taco shell holders in the annex. They work pretty well!

   

 

Now it’s Time to stuff ourselves silly!

EasyGreen Sprouter!

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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.

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DAY #2. Look at those tails!

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DAY #3.

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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.

Dry weather
# of Toggles Time of day
2 7:00
1 10:00
1 1:00/13.00
2 4:00/16.00
1 7:00/19:00
1 10:00/22:00
1 2:00

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DAY #5

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DAY #6: Harvested some Clover Sprouts this morning for sandwiches! Tasted great!

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Clover Sprouts

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Fenugreek Sprouts

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DAY#7: the alfalfa & broccoli sprouts are ready! There are already tails growing on the 2nd batch of clover & fenugreek seeds.

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Buckwheat Sprouts:
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.

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Broccoli Sprouts:
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.

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Alfalfa Sprouts:
The alfalfa sprouts took 7-8 days to grow. They turned out great though!

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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!

My Dream Dehydrator Comes Today!

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I finally broke down and bought the Excalibur Dehydrator. I have been wanted this beauty for years! I can’t wait to use it. 

Specifications:

  • 9-Tray dehydrator, 15 square feet of drying space
  • Built in on/off switch
  • Includes adjustable thermostat
  • Convenient 26 hour timer, lets you sleep of leave home in peace

SAVE THE PULP – Natural Fiber!

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.

Dry Pulp for Natural Fiber!

Food Saver – Can’t Live w/o It!

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.

How to Seal Mason Jars w/ a FoodSaver:

Put lid on. Use the jar attachment.
Slide on Jar Attachment.
Push on FoodSaver to start suction. SEALED!!