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Amish Man Slapped with 6 year Prison Sentence for Growing and Selling His Own Herbal Remedies

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Amish man slapped with six-year prison sentence for growing and selling his own herbal remedies

 

On the morning of June 30 2017, a federal judge sentenced an Amish man to six years in prison. His crimes: making and selling herbal health products that were not “adequately labeled”, and obstructing a federal agency.

 

According to TheDailySheeple.com, the farmer, one Samuel A. Girod of Bath County in Kentucky, was convicted last March 13 for growing, manufacturing, and selling herbal supplements without approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Moreover, Girod was also charged for threatening a person who attempted to provide relevant information regarding his illegal activities to a grand jury.

 

Although he was only recently convicted, Girod first gained the attention of the FDA in 2013. Because of the nature of his Bath County business, Girod had been ordered by a federal court in Missouri to stop distributing his products until he allowed the FDA to inspect his operations, among many other conditions. When two FDA agents attempted to inspect Girod’s family farm, however, they were barred from entering the premises by Girod and others before they were made to leave.

 

Speaking to those gathered in the Kentucky courthouse, Girod, who chose to represent himself, stated that FDA regulations were not applicable to his products because they were herbal remedies, not drugs. Girod added that, as a member of the Old Order Amish faith, requiring the approval of the FDA was a violation of his religious freedom. (Related: Amish farmer facing 68 years in federal prison for making homemade products)

 

Girod’s products include treatments for skin ailments and sinus infections. As stated in an indictment, one particular product, TO-MOR-GONE, is notable for having a corrosive, caustic effect on human skin due to it containing bloodroot extract. Another product by Girod is an extract that he claimed could help cure cancer.

 

Jurors decided that TO-MOR-GONE lacked the appropriate warnings regarding its usage, and that the dosage and manner of use that is recommended on the package is hazardous to health.

 

After serving his time of six years, Girod will be subjected to three years of supervised release, during which Girod must avoid producing and distributing his products. Additionally, Girod must pay a restitution of $14,000 and $1,300 in assessment fees.

 

Girod’s supporters, 75 of whom stood outside the courthouse in downtown Lexington, expressed their disappointment in the ruling. Speaking to Kentucky.com, Arizona native Richard Mack called it a “national disgrace and an outrage”, noting that he used Girod’s Chickweed Healing Salve without experiencing any ill effects. The former sheriff and political activist said that the judge and jury had “created a felon today out of a good, law-abiding citizen” and that Giron was “being punished for being stubborn.”

 

This stubbornness, according to U.S. district judge Danny Reeves, is what led to Girod’s conviction. The judge told Kentucky.com that Girod brought all this onto himself “because he steadfastly refused to follow the law.”

 

Michael Fox, standby attorney for Girod, said that the punishment will deeply affect Girod. “Keep in mind that Sam Girod is Amish. He does not live with electricity, phones, concrete, steel. Those are not normal; those are not natural in his life. An incarceration in a prison setting is going to be more punishment for him than [for] a normal person,” Fox stated.

 

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Dandelion Jelly

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Dandelion Jelly

Dandelions have sure gotten a bad rap lately, and many home owners are trying to combat them using pesticides that contaminate our soil and ground water. Nothing found in nature is by accident, and the dandelion is no different. Just think about it’s bright fluffy attractive flower. The dandelion is the very first food for the bees, and comes out before any other flower. Before the bees move on to the fruit blossoms, they strengthen their hives with the healing benefits of the dandelion.

 

Folks in the past understood the healing benefits of this wonderful “weed”. Dandelions come in spring, gather the heat of the sun, and cleanse the body from the toxins accumulated over winter. They have long been used by Native American, Chinese, Middle Eastern, and many European cultures to cure an array of conditions from upset stomachs to liver disease. The roots, leaves, and blossoms have all been eaten fresh, brewed into teas, and even made into a honey-like syrup. Europeans often add the fresh leaves to salads. They are delicious, and very high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and Calcium.

 

I had heard of dandelion jelly, and thought we would try our hand at putting those 222 tiny petals on each of those wonderful spring flowers to work. It has proven to be a cost-efficient substitute for raw bee honey. The flavor is a little florally with a semi sweet after taste. It does tend to crystallize, but melts nicely over hot toast or into tea.

Dandelion Jelly

Ingredients

 

3 cups of dandelion heads

3 cups of water

1 tbsp vanilla extract or 2 vanilla beans split

Lemon cut into 3-4 thick pieces

1 teaspoon cinnamon or 2 cinnamon stick

Directions

 

  1. Bring to a rolling boil, and simmer 30 minutes.

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  1. Turn off, and allow to steep 6 hours, or overnight.
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  3. Strain (using a cheesecloth set in a strainer, over a bowl) until no more liquid is dripping out. I also squeezed any extra out by hand.
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  5. Return liquid only to the pan, add 4 cups of sugar, and simmer at a low rolling boil for 2-3 hours. Stir ever 20-30 minutes to prevent burning to the bottom
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  7. Sterilize jars, and rims, and pour hot jelly into hot jars. Secure lid, and you’re done.

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  1. Store in a cool dark place for up to a year.

 

 

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Homemade Ketchup

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Homemade Ketchup

 

Ingredients:

 

1 x 12 oz. can tomato paste

1 cup water

2 tablespoons vinegar

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon curry powder

½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions:

 

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to boil on medium-high heat.

Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer while stirring frequently until flavors have blended. (Add more water for thinner ketchup, add less water for thicker)

Transfer to a glass jar and cool before serving.

 

This is a second homemade ketchup recipe we have sent out.  Do you have a favorite?  Please go ahead and post on if you do,

 

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Homemade Ketchup

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Ketchup Recipe

One 6 ounces can tomato paste

½ cup raw honey

½ cup white vinegar

¼ cup water

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ c celery salt

1/8 tsp of ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth

When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat ans simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Remove from heat and cover until cool. Chill and store in a covered container.

Makes 1 ½ cups

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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

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Exquisite Pizza Sauce

Ingredients

1 6 ounce tomato paste

6 fluid ounces warm water

3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon minced garlic

2 tablespoons honey

I teaspoon anchovy paste, optional

¾ teaspoons onion powder

¼ teaspoon dried oregano

¼ teaspoon dried marjoram

¼ teaspoon dried basil

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt to taste

Directions

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients making sure to break up any clumps of cheese especially.

Sauce should sit for 30 minutes to blend flavors, spread over pizza dough and prepare pizza as desire.

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Homemade Coconut Milk

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Coconut Milk is a wonderful alternative to pasteurized cow’s milk or to rice, soy or other processed milks. Unfortunately, the cans of most store bought versions of coconut milk are lined with BPA. New refrigerated carton varieties are somewhat better, but can be expensive and many have added sweeteners or preservatives.
Fortunately, making coconut milk at home is simple and very inexpensive. From my calculations, homemade coconut milk costs less than $1 per batch, and it can be used in smoothies, recipes, or just to drink by itself. It can also be flavored with natural vanilla, strawberries, or cocoa powder.
Coconut is packed with medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid. It has many health promoting benefits and is especially good for kids. Try this inexpensive way to make coconut milk:
Homemade Coconut Milk
Homemade coconut milk from shredded coconut for a healthy and inexpensive milk alternative.
Ingredients
· 4 cups of water
· 1.5-2 cups of unsweetened shredded coconut.
Instructions
1. Heat water, but don’t boil. It should be hot, but not scalding.
2. Put coconut in blender or Vitamix and add water. (If all water won’t fit, you can add the water in two batches.)
3. Blend on high for several minutes until thick and creamy.
4. Pour through a mesh colander first to get most of the coconut out, and then squeeze through a towel or several thicknesses of cheesecloth to get remaining pieces of coconut out.
5. If you have to split the water, put all the coconut that you strained out back in the blender, add the remaining water, and repeat.
6. Flavor options- add in after all coconut has been strained out: ½ tsp vanilla extract, ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries, 2 tsp cocoa powder + ½ tsp vanilla.
7. Drink immediately or store in the fridge. Should be used in 3-4 days after making for best flavor and texture. Since there are no preservatives or fillers, the “cream” of the coconut milk may separate on the top if stored in the fridge. Just shake or stir before using.
Ever made coconut milk before? Planning to try sometime? Offer your favorite tips below!
 
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Homemade Caesar Dressing

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Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe

 

 

 

Ingredients

One egg yolk at room temperature (very important it is not cold!)

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

⅓ cup olive oil

½ tsp mustard or mustard powder

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 garlic cloves, finely crushed

2 teaspoons Worcestershire

2 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Salt, pepper and spices to taste.

 

Instructions

Whisk egg yolk with whisk or blender on low speed.

Once creamy, add vinegar and other ingredients and blend until creamy.

Slowly add oil, stirring constantly until incorporated.

If it doesn’t incorporate well, your egg might still have been too cold!

 

Notes

This recipe is definitely best right after it is made and due to the egg, I don’t recommend storing it in the fridge.

 

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

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Homemade Natural Vanilla Extract

 

I’ve been making my own vanilla extract for years because it is not only less expensive, but the flavor is unbeatable. It is also one of the most simple recipes to make.

 

Vanilla extract could also be called vanilla tincture, as it is essentially a tincture of food grade liquor and whole vanilla beans.

 

With just a natural, non-GMO alcohol, some vanilla beans and time, you can create your own vanilla extract.

 

There are several types of vanilla beans. Any will work, but here’s the difference:

 

Madagascar Vanilla Beans: Traditional, rich flavor and aroma.

Tahitian Vanilla Beans: More floral and fruity flavor and aroma.

African or Ugandan Vanilla Beans: More smokey, bold flavor.

I personally prefer Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, which have a rich and floral flavor and aroma.

 

You’ll also need a high-quality liquor that is at least 35% alcohol to make the extract. I prefer to use spiced rum, after finding out from Mommypotamus in this post that there is a non-GMO and corn-syrup free spiced rum and Papagayo rum is another great option.  From what I’ve read, Four Roses and Wild Turkey bourbons are also non-GMO, but those are the only two I’ve been able to verify. You can also just look for an organic rum, vodka or bourbon.

 

Now that we all know about the differences in organic alcohol and vanilla bean types, here’s the super-easy recipe:

 

 

How to Make Vanilla Extract

 

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Homemade natural vanilla extract with only two ingredients is amazing and fragrant for baking, cooking or coffee.

 

Ingredients

8 ounces of organic or non-GMO Spiced Rum, Brandy, Bourbon or Vodka

7-8 Vanilla Beans

A glass jar

 

Instructions

Slice vanilla beans in half lengthwise to reveal inside of beans. Cut if needed to make them fit into your jar.

Place in glass jar.

Pour alcohol over the beans.

Cap tightly and shake gently.

Store in a cool, dark place for at least a month, shaking occasionally. I prefer to leave 2-3 months for best flavor. I also just use straight from the jar and replenish the alcohol as I go.

Notes

Note: If you need a sweeter vanilla extract for a recipe, just add a little raw honey or maple syrup for a corn-syrup and refined sugar free option.

 

 

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Homemade Ketchup

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Try making your own instead of running out to the store for it.

Ketchup Recipe

One 6 ounce can tomato paste

½ cup raw honey

½ cup white vinegar

¼ cup water

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon onion powder

1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

¼ c celery salt

1/8 tsp of ground cloves

Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk until smooth

When mixture comes to a boil, reduce heat ans simmer for 20 minutes, stirring often.

Remove from heat and cover until cool.  Chill and store in a covered container.

Makes 1 ½ cups

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Homemade Mayonnaise

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How to Make Your Own Mayo

Time to make your own mayonnaise! Making homemade mayo is bigger than saving a couple bucks. It takes minutes to whip up a batch and then you feel like you have bested the commercial industry as a whole. It proves that we can do for ourselves. Mayonnaise may be the simplest empowerment tool for the do-it-yourself Viking.

Making mayonnaise takes two minutes, one egg, and a cup of light oil. There is also a teaspoon of mustard, the juice of a lemon and a dash a salt

So why don’t we make our own mayonnaise? Hellmann’s came onto the market in 1912. Miracle Whip followed in 1933, ( which is the worse thing to use) replacing real mayo with a cheaper mayonnaise product in a base of water and soybean oil. They offered the shortcut. It whisked away our knowledge of how to make a simple spread and now we spend $2 a jar, more for the good stuff, with no idea how easy it is to make fresh.

Even Hellmann’s “real mayonnaise” has calcium disodium EDTA in it, a controversial preservative. Homemade mayo costs less, uses better ingredients and skips the preservatives, all in a few minutes.

Mayo Making Tips

It can be whisked and drizzled by hand, but that is a little like torture. My friend, Sarah, and I tortured ourselves, laughing, one holding up an arm to drizzle the olive oil slowly while the other was constantly whisking.  A test of endurance. Cuisinart to the rescue! Did you know there is a little hole in the bottom of the push top, special for this reason? Pour olive oil in the push top and it drizzles out the little hole into the mixing bowl.

Don’t have a Cuisinart? I have an idea, for those handmixing or using a blender. Use a plastic squirt bottle and prick a hole in the top with a nail. Add the cup of olive oil into the bottle for the recipe. Duct tape the bottle upside down, hole facing down, to the overhead cabinet so it will drip into your bowl hands-free while you whisk or blend.

Use light olive oil, usually a blend of olive oils, or vegetable oil. Extra Virgin olive oil can be too strong; I didn’t like my mayo until I lightened up on the olive oil. Don’t keep it too long. Remember that it’s a raw egg and no added preservatives

We can re-learn, we can do for ourselves. We can make our own mayonnaise.

A Recipe for Mayonnaise

Ingredients

  • 1 cup olive oil, vegetable oil or peanut oil • 1 room temperature whole egg, but you can also add an extra yolk or use two yolks. Experiment. • 1 tsp Dijon mustard • 2 to 3 tsp fresh lemon juice or white vinegar • Pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Put the egg, mustard and salt into the blender.
  2. Start the machine
  3. Drizzle 1 cup of light oil while the machine is running. (mild olive oil, vegetable oil, or peanut oil, coconut oil)
  4. After it’s all blended and emulsified, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice (or white vinegar)

Yield about one cup of mayonnaise.

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