Posts Tagged ‘Experimentation’

So this is a question I posed to myself about 6 months ago. I don’t like regular prepackaged salsa and the salsa you buy in the store always tastes… not so fresh.

I’m known for my salsa. Well its not mine. I will explain where I got my amazing recipe, even though I will not share it here (I’ll give it to you if you email me) My friend Inez made it for me, all the time, Whenever we had a get together. One year for my birthday, she brought a grocery bag with the ingredients in it, rather than the salsa and she proceeded to show me how to make it, for my present. :)

Inez learned how to make it from her ex-husbands mother (from central Mexico) her son loved it so much that she wanted  to make sure her son could have it all the time, so she taught Inez. Yay for me… right?

I’ve since tweaked the recipe – made it my own.  Not that I didn’t love Inez’s salsa, I just like more garlic,  and a little more cilantro is all.

So now, whenever we have a game night, or a BBQ, or any get together I make salsa. When I don’t I am asked why I didn’t. I normally make a big batch and keep it in the fridge.

Sometimes I am busy though. tomatoes are better late spring/early summer. What if I didn’t have all the fresh ingredients I needed. And now, I worry about the shit hitting the fan….I refuse to store prepackaged salsa, like I said before, its gross and over cooked to me.

I spent sometime online researching my question. I found a few recipes, but the salsa was so heavily cooked it almost ended up being pasta sauce instead of salsa, and to me, that’s just not what I think of when I think of good salsa. I like the fresh taste.

So D recommended that I speak to one of is friends about it and he said that with the amount of acid from the tomatoes and the lemon juice you can just heat the salsa just to the point of boiling, pack it, and place in the water bath for 12-15 minutes and there ya go.

So I tried it out. It IS a little different from my fresh salsa – but FAR superior to any prepackaged salsa I’ve ever had. You should consider canning your own salsa…. If you haven’t made your own salsa, its not as hard as you might think and fresh is fabulous!!!

So I tried to sprouting before, sort of. I  talked about it before “Oregano Sprouts” But they died.

I bought this sprout pack and seeds like 3 months ago I think. Never used it because I just hadn’t had time. Till now.

So here is my adventure in sprouting, that actually worked! “I didn’t kill them!!!” (I have such a black thumb)

So here’s what we start with.

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Because of the work that D does, there are a lot of his customers who store food, know about storing food, wish they were storing food, or atleast understand storing food.

D’s work is from home. His workshop is partially in the garage and partially in the basement. So if he wants to show someone something or they are hanging out while D works on their stuff they go down to the basement which is where my food strage space is. Its not hiding away. Where we live and what my D does means that we dont worry what people see, since most people already know what they should be doing. Also the ones who would be welcome here if the SHTF already know that they would be welcome, just bring your gear along with them.

Anyhow my point was that 2 of his associate/ customers have given me some really amazing tips in the last few days. The alarm system guy who did the alarm/camera system in our house had a chat with me about seeding in Arizona. I was talking about how I wanted to purchase a collection of seeds from http://www.arkinstitut.com and he said that he had actually, not only done that but planted a lot of them but, because we are in arizona it is not the best place to grow all of the vegtables but there are a bunch of amazing veggies that grow really well here that they don’t offer here. So J mentioned another website that I should look at……http://www.rareseeds.com.  I haven’t checked it out yet but I have a lot of faith in it. Also its made me think a lot about looking for a book about gardening specifically in Arizona. I think that might be a good idea for any state you live in, when I buy it, I will let you know what book I find, and if I find any useful information. He also mentioned a local Arizona norsery called Baker Creek nursery for seedlings and seeds. I gotta check them out too.

Also I was talking to another friend/customer of my man’s today and he mentioned Honeyville Farms, He said it was near the 10 east of the 10 actually, he said that it was on Chandler… (note to self more than anything***) He said it was a place like a mormon store house for food storage but more stuff and although a bit more expensive it really was reasonably priced and ALOT in number 10 cans.

So that had nothing to do with my actual post but I honestly think that these insights from locals AND people who have some experience means a lot.

Because of a recent death in our family, I havent been able to even try out my bread maker let alone experiment with it. :/….. But today I prepared a bunch of potatos for dehydrating and then I started in on the bread. my first loaf of a basic white french loaf. I thought it was lacking a little in the salt department even though I actually followed the recipe to a T…. But with a little butter on the warm bread it was amazing, my kids all had some, D’s dad had some, so did our roommate and they all liked it a lot.

I am now baking another loaf “basic white” I would have started with that but I didnt have any “Open” dry milk, I didnt really want to break out a 5 gallon bucket for bread…. not for this. So D’s father picked some up for me at the store and that is actually running right now. Tomorrow morning I am going to make some cinnomon raison swirl bread and we will go from there. I really wanted to try some basics before I stepped into experimentation. I purchased a book on bread machine recipes and I will expound upon different recipes once I have tried the basics and try newer different things from there.

I am rambling. But I really am excited about this step and am glad i have finally had the opportunity to make a few loafs of bread in my new bread maker! YAY!