Foods, Uncategorized

Homemade Marshamallows

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Vegetarian Marshmallows

(from U of Indiana)

This recipe uses agar agar, which is vegetarian, instead of gelatin. If you want to use gelatin, use 4t of gelatin for every 1 t of agar agar (2T for this recipe).

Finally, my boys can have marshmallow treats… and they’re better than store bought! Substitute vanilla with candy oils (peppermint is my favorite) and add food coloring for a nice touch. You can make whatever shapes you want: I like snowflakes for Christmas! They keep for over a week in Tupperware. The longer you have them, the crunchier they get, making them perfect for hot cocoa.

1 1/2 t. agar

1 t. pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 C sugar vegetable-oil cooking spray

2/3 C light corn syrup

1/8 t. salt corn starch

Coat a 12 x 17 inch rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray. Set aside.

Place 1/3 C cold water into bowl of electric mixer. Sprinkle with agar agar. Let mixture soften for 5 minutes.

Place sugar, corn syrup, salt and 1/3 C water in small to medium saucepan (if you use to large of a saucepan, the thermometer will not be covered by mixture). Cover. Bring to a boil. Remove lid. Cook, swirling occasionally until syrup reaches 238 degrees (soft ball stage) (~5 minutes).

With mixer on low speed, whisk agar mixture while slowly adding syrup in a steady stream down the side of the bowl. Gradually increase mixer to high. Beat until mixture is thick, white and has almost tripled in volume (~ 12 minutes). Add vanilla (or other flavoring/food coloring) and beat 30 seconds more.

Pour mixture into baking sheet and smooth with spatula sprayed with cooking oil. Let sit (uncovered) overnight.

Cut out with cookie cutters or cut with kitchen scissors, sprayed with cooking oil. Roll marshmallows in corn starch to keep them from sticking to each other. Store in air tight container, with wax paper between layers.

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Please Do Not Use Lysol Products

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Please Don’t Use Lysol!

You may find that a strange thing for a healthcare professional to say, but at this time of the year I need to remind people that if you have babies, small children, animals, that lysol products will do a lot of harm to babies, children, animals, elderly, people with inflammation/ auto-immune, chemotherapy patients, diseases, lupes, RA, MS, and cancer patients. Even if your cancer is in remission it is advisable not to use Lysol products.

Easiest way to explain it; Lysol is meant to kill live cells. Well a live cell or organism on the floor, or in the air, is the same live cells that we are made up of.

It has become the cause of many chronic respiratory problems in your children, cancer patients, puppies, small dogs, and so on.

So, Lysol kills live cells and anything living!

 

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Sweet Potato Fudge

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Sweet Potato Fudge

2 cups sweet potato, cooked and puree

1/2 cup raw, unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/2 cup coconut oil, gently melted

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla

dash of sea salt

Blend all ingredients together in a food processor.

Line an 8×8 casserole dish with parchment paper or wax paper.

Press fudge into pan.

Sprinkle shredded coconut over fudge and press into place with the back of a spoon.

Place in the fridge for 1 hour to set.

Cut into squares.

This recipe is also good with one walnut or pecan pressed into each square before it sets.

 

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