Friday, June 26, 2015

Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Steak and "Baked" Potatoes

This is such a great idea, and I've used it many times even using chicken, that I'm sharing it again. Enjoy!

I get a lot of use from my slow cooker, mostly during the Fall and Winter.

Even when it gets really hot and humid back here in North Iowa I use my slow cooker, it doesn't heat up the house and saves my DH from the skeeters looking for a drink while he's trying to grill!

Today I am trying something totally new to me.....making 2 ingredients in one slow cooker.

Of course I saw this on Pinterest, if there is anything, anyone has ever made, tried, consumed or dreamed of, it is on this site. Pretty handy if you have an ingredient and want to change it up!!

So this is basically pork steaks, simmered in a spicy BBQ sauce, then a layer of foil and scrubbed potatoes wrapped in foil are placed on top!!!


All this meal needs is a side of veggies or salad and it's good to go!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

How To Keep Strawberries Fresh

This is the time of year when berries have exploded in the produce section of stores. 

We love eating fresh strawberries, right out of the package. It's so discouraging though, when just a few days after purchase, cause I can never buy just one container, some of the berries start to develop mold or get mushy. 

And sometimes you bring them home and there's some hidden ones that are bad. That makes me sad...

I'm sad no more, because I found the perfect solution....pun intended!

It's eco friendly, does no harm to people, animals or the environment AND this can be used on any berrie, fruit or vegetable, safely.

It's cheap, readily available.....

It's vinegar, a good 'ol white vinegar and water solution! This natural solution eliminates spores, toxins and bugs from all produce. 

Basically it's a 10-1 ratio. 10 parts water to 1 part vinegar. Place the berries in a fine strainer or colander and immerse in the solution for 2-3 minutes.

Drain thoroughly, no need to rinse-you will not taste vinegar, dry completely in the strainer or colander and then refrigerate as you would normally-uncovered. 

I just place mine on a small plate in the frig and BINGO! 

Beautiful, spore free, scrumptious berries. 

All you need is a big bowl or sink, a strainer/colander and plain white vinegar. 

Place 5 cups of cool water in a bowl and pour in 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Place your berries in this solution for 2-3 minutes. 

Pour into a strainer/ colander and allow to air dry. Then refrigerate and enjoy!

This solution is great for blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and all sort of produce!


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