Freeze cherries easily?

The Bing cherry owes its development to the Ch...Are you freezing cherries to eat this winter? They taste so good now, they’ll taste even better later.

Cherries contribute a good supply of  anti-oxidants. They help reduce inflammation, help  prevent heart disease and cancer and the list just goes on and on. You need all the antioxidants and all the nutrients you can consume if you have any health problems or want to help prevent them. What can taste better than cherries?

Cherries are rather  expensive!

You can buy cherries and freeze your own for much less than the cost of already frozen cherries.

Talk with the Produce Manager at your grocery store. Ask if he can buy seconds for you. You want the ones that are too large, not a typical shape, twins. They are as tasty and good as the usual ones.  Just because they do not look perfect they cost less.

Can you buy cherries from him by the box (case) for less?

Pick your own. It makes a great family trip and the children will know they helped prepare food for winter.

Grow your own. It may be several years before you have enough.

When you get your cherries, collect the cookie sheets, wax paper, several bowls, a cake pan, a small sharp knife and your cherry pitter.

Yes there are some hand pitters. One type pits 4 cherries at once but you place each cherry.  Another is like a pair of pliers and pits one cherry at a time.  Some people use a knitting needle to push the seed out. The latest I saw was someone using a toothpick to loosen the cherry meat from around the seed. All are extremely time consuming!

If you plan on freezing cherries every year you may want to get a NorPro Cherry Pitter  available from for around $18. After about 10 years of use and many, many boxes of cherries the spring broke on my pitter last year right at the end of the season. A call to NorPro and the replacement spring was sent out immediately. The service was great.

We set out the cookie sheets and wax paper. Then we set up the pitter with a cake pan to catch the  cherries. We plan on 2 or 3 layers of cherries per cookie sheet with wax paper between each layer.

OK, if you are ready, lets rinse the cherries and pull out the stems. Place a handful of cherries in the hopper and push the plunger. The cherry is pitted and rolls down into the pan and the seed goes into the little cup under the pitter.

If someone washes and removes the stems, the whole process goes much faster.

Pour the pitted cherries on the cookie sheet one layer deep. Top with a sheet of wax paper and cover the 2nd sheet with cherries.. You can usually get a third row balanced too.

When they are frozen pick up the 4 corners of wax paper and fill your container (ziploc bags, plastic containers or canning jars) with delicious frozen cherries!

You can probably find a different way to eat your cherries every day. Here are a few ideas –     –  Just eat cherries, frozen or thawed with or without cream or whipped cream

–  Use as fruit in Smoothies

– Make cherry preserves

– Eat Cherry Berry pie

– Make Cherry Vanilla ice cream

– In, on or under vanilla or chocolate pudding

– In bread pudding

– Made into a sauce

– In a fruit salad

You have food in your freezer that tastes delicious. It will be so easy to enjoy this winter simply because you took the time and put in the effort this summer to freeze cherries while they were in season.

This winter you will be glad you found an easier way to process your cherries that provides you with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory nutrients and tastes like summer.











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Healing with Coconut Macaroons

If you have psoriasis you may be very interested in coconut oil. There are a fair number of people who have greatly improved their psoriasis with coconut oil. You never know what will work for you. It is just trial and error!  In fact there are people for whom nothing seems to work. If you keep trying something may eventually help.

On the other hand there are people for whom coconut oil does make a change for the better!

It seems if it is going to be helpful two (two) macaroons a day will do the job. You can make your own macaroons every day or make a recipe full Whenof them.

There is nothing to consuming the necessary macaroons. All you have to do is to consume two each day and wait.  When it works you will be so excited you will  have to tell someone!

We will be waiting!




A Few Ideas for a Limited Budget

As the cost of everything seems too be  going up a bit in price right along, are you wondering how you can plan on taking care of your family? I can go back and try to figure out how my parents planned for their family when Dad had just graduated from college and they were beginning to set up their family as the Great Depression began.                                                                                                            Here are a few of the ideas they used –

1. Soak some oatmeal over night and cook it quickly in the morning. Takes at most 10 minutes to cook the oatmeal. It is more nutritious and is easier to digest than boxed cereal.

2. Buy butter, not margarine. If it is too expensive, buy lard. Use lard, it is not man made.

3. Make hearty soups and stews with meat, broth, onion, carrots and potatoes. Good broth can stretch the meat and it is delicious.  It is great on a cold, cold evening.

4. If you do not grow garden ask your store manager if you can buy a box of onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes at less cost. Some stores will sell for less if you ask. Find a store!

5. Save all bones for broth. Gather same kinds together. They are well sterilized after simmering for 8 to 24 hours. You need water, 1/4 c vinegar, carrot, celery, onion and bones when finished.

6. Save half to three -quarters of the cost of buying bread by learning to making your own bread. Try different kinds.

7. Buy cases canned tomatoes on sale for 6 months cooking. Store in garage. Set on 2 by 4 pieces

8. Buy food in season or on sale, or both!










9. Learn to stitch up pillow cases

10. Learn to repair sheets

9.Take snacks with you when gone most of the day

10. If you own a dehydrator dry fruit and vegetables. Learn to use dried fruit and vegetables.



I Need White Flour!

I need to spend a couple of hours baking and the recipe calls for white flour! I notice there are a couple kinds. The flour made from white wheat would be the healthiest but it might not be the texture you want!  The flour you chose probably depends on what you are baking!

So… what are you planning on baking and do you know what gluten is?

Ah!… Gluten is the protein part of the of grain and is the reason bread can rise. The yeast grows and gives off some  gas. As it grows in the dough it stretches the dough. Your bread is rising! Gluten is found in sufficient quantity to allow the dough to rise in hard wheat! Hard wheat  makes a delicious wheat breads!

You can make cookies, muffins, pancakes, quick breads with hard wheat! They are alright but the quality isn’t quite as good as they will be with soft wheat flour.

Soft wheat has less gluten and makes a poor loaf of bread but you can make good delicious cookies, cakes, pies, muffins, pancakes and waffles and baking powder biscuits.

There are often several kinds of flour. So if you are making bread use a hard grain whole wheat flour. This provides you with a good texture healthy bread.  Or, you might want to try a bread made from half whole wheat gluten flour and the other half one of the white flours.  You can use all white flour for a loaf.

You can make rye bread by using a third to a half the required flour and stir well. Then add the other half of the rest of the flour.  You can try different amounts of the different flours.  Over a period of time you will learn how to feel the dough consistency and know when you have the right amount of flour and how long to knead it!

The white whole wheat flour is decidedly healthier than the other flours which is whole wheat with the germ and other dark parts removed.

Next time we will chat a bit about what and how to use your bread dough.  Do you like cinnamon rolls?





















Prepare Your Food


Mary Jane came in  today to stock up on the herbs she uses most frequently. She said she likes to have everything she needs when she starts to prepare a recipe so she buys extra to have on hand!

I asked her if she bought in bulk. She said no, but  wondered if it really saved to buy in bulk. It turns out if she can save at least 10% it would be worth it to her. She can save more than 10 %! Then she wondered how much she would have to order at once.  Most grains, nuts and beans come in 25 pound bags. Nuts also come in 5 pound bags. They are not quite as inexpensive as 25 pounds but they are less then by the pound. Canned or bottled foods are usually in cases of 12… or sometimes 6.  Since she is used to having extra food around the house the quantities seemed very doable.

Mary Jane can buy anything from the Produce Department if she wishes.  Talk with the produce manager.  This summer fruit has been very plentiful with many good buys. It helps them plan their buying if you ask ahead of time or at least let them know you are interested.

I am always amazed how much fruit is available during the winter months – like pineapple and mangoes.

Produce can be used fresh, canned, frozen or dehydrated for later use!

When the potatoes,  sweet potatoes and onions are ready this fall I will buy a box of each and keep them in the garage all winter. I usually throw an old blanket on top of the boxes.

Mary Jane can save even more if she buys when the items she wants are on sale and  twice a year the store has a Member Appreciation Day and the prices are good!

Ask the “front end” folks at the store if you need help finding what you want in the catalogs.

So there are really ways to buy your food for less. It means some work on your part the first time you order, but I venture to say no worse than chasing to the store every time you are out of something!

Yes, you did it! You have what you need at home and you saved money doing it!