Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A post I shamelessly swiped from Jungle Mom...

...a missionary who knows how to use what you have. A very handy person to know!

Things I've learned ...
The following are a few recipes I have acquired over the years as I have lived in places where one could not always find certain items. These days it is much easier to get imported items over seas, but they are often very expensive. I have found many of these items to also be expensive here in the USA.

Ranch Flavoring Mix

2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. dried minced garlic
2 tsp. dried minced onion
2 tsp. parsley flakes
2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. sugar
2 tsp. paprika

Mix together. Makes 1/2 cup dry mix. Variations: 1) Add 1 T. mix to 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup sour milk for creamy salad dressing. 2) Add 1 T mix to plain yogurt for dips 3) Combine 2 T water with 1/4 cup vinegar. Stir in 2 T mix, then add 2/3 cups vegetable oil. Shake well for salad dressing.

Taco Seasoning Mix

1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cumin
1 T flour
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
Mix well. Equals one packet of seasoning, enough for 1/2 kilo meat. ( 1 lb)

Whole Milk Ricotta

2 liters whole milk
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice or white vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
Pour milk into saucepan. Heat slowly to 200* Stir in lemon, cover and turn off heat. Let stand until a solid surd forms.(3 -4 hours) Strain through cheesecloth. let drain for 30 minutes to 1 hour. The longer it drains, the firmer the curd.Turn cheese into a bowl and salt to taste. refrigerate. ( great for lasagna and recipes that call for ricotta or cottage cheese)

Blender Mayonnaise

1 egg
2 T vinegar
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup salad oil
Put 1 T of vinegar and all other ingredients EXCEPT the oil into blender. Cover and blend on low. Slowly pour 1/2 cup oil. Blend on medium. Add the second T of vinegar and the other 1/2 cup of oil into blender. Blend on high. yields: 1 cup

Homemade Mustard

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
5 T dry mustard
dash of salt
1 cup water
1 cup vinegar

Mix sugar,flour, dry mustard, and salt together in saucepan. Add water and vinegar. Cook until desired thickness mixing with wire whip. Then add the turmeric to desired color.

Sweetened Condensed Milk

1 cup hot water
1/4 cup margarine
2 cups white sugar
4 cups powdered milk
Blend until well mixed. Keep refrigerated.

Evaporated Milk
1 cup dry milk
1/3 cup boiling water
1 cup sugar
3 T melted butter Combine all ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth. Refrigerate. Yields:1 and 1/2 cups.

Teriyaki Sauce

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup water
1 tsp powdered ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup honey
Use to marinate meat overnight. Good for chicken, beef, tapir, deer, wild boar and capybera!:)

Play Dough

1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp cream of tartar
1 T cooking oil
Mix all dry ingredients together.. Add food coloring to the water. Add colored water and salt to the dry ingredients. Cook stirring constantly until mixture forms a ball. Store in air tight container and may be refrigerated for longer use. NON TOXIC!!!

Baby Wipes

2 cups hot water
1 - 2 T baby shampoo
2 T baby oil
1 roll paper towels

Remove cardboard form center of towels and cut entire roll into half. Mix water, shampoo, and oil and pour over paper towels. Store in air tight container. Use best quality of paper towel available.

And especially for missionaries!

Unleavened Bread for Communion

2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 cups shortening
6 T milk
Combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening with a fork. With fork, mix in milk. Form into ball and let rest 5 minutes. Heat oven to 180* C ( about 375* F) Roll dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Score dough into 1 inch squares without cutting completely through. Prick each square 2 or 3 times with a fork. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned


Hammer said...

Fantastic. I am going to use all of these.

The Merry Widow said...

I was just over at Jungle Mom's, should check it out, she has great stories of their life in Venezuala, among the ye'kwanna tribe, pictures, people, culture, it's great for children.
You have to appreciate someone who learns how to make do, and create your own...our kind of people!


Z said...

I wish she'd had a mustard one, too, 6 years ago! About the only place on the planet you can't find FRENCH'S mustard is FRANCE!

But, we did find an American shop called THE REAL MCCOY and that helped..Campbell's soup, Peanut butter, maple syrup, etc etc......even in a sophisticated, well stocked city like Paris, we Americans crave the AMURICUN stuff!

These are fantastic recipes to have..........good swipe, tmw!

nanc said...

you got ALL THIS from j.m.?

where have i been since i've been broken?

nanc said...

p.s. - i love j.m. i need to go back and get her dirt floor recipe - as i'm thinking about a patio for a small pool i want to put out for the summer. she's powerful awesome!

The Merry Widow said...

I like her!
I think it depends upon the kind of dirt you have. Clay needs to be handled differently than sand(which is great for pounding down for an outdoor, above ground pool. Easy to level...clay tends to crack badly when it's dry...
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!

Sand drains better after a rain, too.

Jungle Mom said...

Glad to be of help. I did not know this would generate such interest,I have a few more goodies up my sleeve, hehe. Ill try to post some other recipes and such.

nanc said...

i don't know if i could eat capybera...

The Merry Widow said...

Capybera eats fruit, though they don't have divided hooves...
JM-Please, do...these times are going to require some creativity and do it yourselfism. You are a treasure trove!


Eyes said...

Wow! That was really interesting! I'll print that out for sure!

Eyes said...

Does play dough harden? I'm trying to think of something to form a sort of funnel thing to use with my water spikes.

The Merry Widow said...

You could form then bake them...


cube said...

Oh, these are fantastic recipes. Thank you. Excuse me, I'm off to cut & paste!