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Split Pea Soup with Ham Hocks -Homestyled cooking & a hearty meal!

Ham Hocks and Split Pea Soup

Here’s a cool weather soup that hits the spot. I grew up with pork and beans, and split pea soup, so I created my own recipe using a combination of both flavors to make this soup. It’s thick, delicious and filling and will serve 4-6 bowls of soup, depending on the size of your soup bowl.

Even better it reheats wonderfully and like most soups or stews, the flavors will infuse overnight making the next day’s serving better than the first! I like this alone, with just some bread. There are a couple of variations that I’ve tried depending on my cravings that day.

When you find a basic combination that you like, enjoy experimenting with the dish by adding in different flavors that change the texture and enhance the flavors...

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Super Simple Kosher Homemade Applesauce: Made Easy With No Special Equipment or Complicated Procedures

Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is a favorite among children and adults alike. Some homemade applesauce recipes require special equipment, complicated and time consuming procedures and seem to be more of a hassle then it is worth. However, fresh homemade applesauce can be made very easily in small batches with no special equipment and in less than half an hour. And the best part? It’s Super Simple and Kosher Too!

There are many benefits to making your own applesauce. You can have fresh applesauce any time of the year; however it is best when apples are in season. Applesauce can be made with any apple variety as each variety has its own unique flavor. Making fresh applesauce ensures a fresh product without any unnecessary additives. Important nutrients are retained due to the minimal processing required.

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Water Bath Canning

water bath canning

Water bath canning is the process of killing potentially harmful microorganisms through boiling. This method is also referred to as boiling water method, it is said to be the simplest and easiest method for preserving high acid foods. It destroys any active bacteria and microorganisms in your food that makes it safe for use at a later time. High acid fruits and vegetables are suitable for water bath canning because most of the present microorganisms in high acid foods are killed even through boiling only. In this process a temperature of 100 degree Celsius must be maintained to kill these microorganisms.

Most canned foods like jellies, jams, relishes, pickles, conserves, preserves, marmalades and acidified tomatoes are processed under water bath canning...

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The Best Soy Yogurt is Homemade: How To Make Nutritious Yogurt At Home

homemade soy yogurt

Soy yogurt is a wonderful food, providing a nice balance of protein and carbohydrates, as well as a dose of calcium. Soy yogurt, when not heat-treated, is also a good source of probiotics, or the beneficial bacteria that encourage digestive health. This easy, healthful food can be made at home with little trouble and thus enjoyed without the sugar and other additives found in most store bought yogurt. Try preparing the recipe below and serve homemade soy yogurt with fruit, jam, honey or maple syrup for a delicious and healthy snack.

Recipe for Homemade Soy Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons unflavored live, active culture yogurt (or yogurt starter, as directed on the package)
  • 1 Quart of soy milk

Instructions:

  1. Bring the milk to the boiling point and cool to 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix th...
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Cinnamon, an Overlooked Health Booster

cinnamon

One of the most popularly-used herbs in the western world is also massively underrated for it’s health benefits. This particular herb is a powerful tool for fighting viruses, easing symptoms of arthritis, and lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Bonus points, it’s a delicious addition to a wide variety of recipes, and a kitchen staple; $10 says you’ve already got cinnamon on the spice-rack!

That’s right- you can feel just a little less guilty about everyone’s favorite mall-food: there is at least some redeeming quality to that giant cinnamon roll. (I’m completely rationalizing this for my own benefit.)
The herb cinnamon is derived from the inner bark of several trees in the genus Cinnamomum. Most publicly-sold cinnamon- what you’re probably buying at the supermarket- is called Cassia

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Health Benefits of Dandelions

Every spring, we hear it- the communal groan as the first dandelions start bursting through neatly manicured lawns. No matter what weed-spray we try, we just can’t seem to get rid of them. But when those pesky little yellow flowers start popping up in your yard- whether you like it or not- fret not! Though dandelions are considered a bother by many, they are actually an herb with numerous health benefits. And the best bit- they’re readily available in almost any climate, for free!

Dandelion is a rich source of beta-carotene- which we convert into vitamin A- as well as fiber, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and phosphorus. Include dandelion in your diet for immune-boosting vitamin C, fatigue-fighting iron, and non-dairy calcium...

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Harvest Dandelions and how to store them

Dandelions are a rich- and abundant- source of many vitamins and nutrients, and can be used to treat a number of health conditions, including UTIs, jaundice, and menopause symptoms. One of the reasons we’re so fond of these little weeds is that you can get their numerous health benefits in your own backyard- literally!

If you’re planning on harvesting your own dandelions- why not, they’re pretty much everywhere- take notes! The aerial part of the plant (the part growing above ground) should be harvested when the plant is relatively small- the taste is less bitter at this stage. This portion of the plant should also be frozen, rather than dried, to retain more of the medicinal properties and nutrients...

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