Sometimes you find yourself with food needing to be used in a different way than you intended in able to ward off food waste. That’s just what happened with these apples.
Oh they looked great. But when we got them home we just didn’t care for them. They were not granny smith, but were firm and tart all the same.
So I set out to look for things to do with them so they wouldn’t be wasted. They didn’t taste half bad peeled. So maybe I can cook with them instead of eating them fresh. I gave these chunky apple cinnamon muffins a try.
RancherMan loves his iced tea. I love that it’s a healthier drink option for him than many other choices. And brewing our own tea means no trash. Plus it’s super cheap.
All. Good. Stuff.
But did you know it doesn’t necessarily have to be hot outside to brew tea? All you really need is sunshine. There are a couple of ways I’m able to provide RancherMan with that delicious beverage he loves. Brewed in winter or summer: No purchased energy necessary!
We’ve been dealing with quite the heatwave here in NE Texas. And much of the country is in the same grip of summer heat too.
When it’s this hot outside I try to keep the cooking heat out of our home. For me, that means I’m using my solar oven almost every day. (have I mentioned how much I love that thing??!!)
Today I’m sharing how I used my Cook-Once, Eat-Twice method of cooking to whip up two large loaves of meatloaf.
Sure, I used my solar oven to do the cooking. But my recipe below uses a conventional oven. So whichever method you choose, you’re guaranteed to get a delicious meaty comfort-food entree with plenty leftover for the freezer too for quick heat-n-eat suppers another night.
I love my solar oven. I’ve said it time & time again, I hate to fire up my electric oven during the heat & humidity of our Texas summers. Not only does it cost fuel for the stove to operate, but boiling eggs adds even more heat inside our home. That requires our air conditioning to work overtime cooling it back down, therefore costing even more money.
Several years ago I bought a solar oven and I absolutely love it! What a great item in your Emergency Preparedness toolbox! Then at a Mother Earth News Fair I attended a few years ago, a solar-cooking seminar presenter told us how easy it was to cook ‘hard-boiled’ whole eggs in the solar oven without even using water. Color me intrigued!
I bought my solar oven several years ago and I use it a lot. Living in NE Texas, the summers are hot, humid and sticky. I hate to fire up the oven in my kitchen.
So it’s the solar oven to the rescue! I’m able to keep that cooking heat outside where it belongs!
But today the temps outside are spiking and humidity is on the rise. It’s absolutely miserable outside! So I’ll be utilizing my solar oven to make my casserole. The recipe below shows regular oven instructions though. So read on, dear friends!