Category Archives: Other Things

Quickie001 – Jalapeno Olives!

Jalapeno Olives! Monday’s Menu! This is the first episode in a series of episodes that will be under 15 minutes. They are just quick things that will not take a full episode to do. These are my jalapeno olives! This … Continue reading

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EP11008 – Homebrew Brew You Own Beer At Home!

Making Homebrew – Lager!

Monday’s Menu!
I noticed a number of years ago that store bought beer would give me headaches. This wasn’t always the case. There was a time when I could drink it. Something changed, something they used to make the beer. I then noticed I didnt have that issue when I visited England and had pints at the pub. This sent me on a mission to brew my own beer, and see if I got the headaches. I didn’t. Now I only use & drink beer I make. No headaches for Andy!

Brewing is very simple and done from a small handful of ingredients… however, it is the most fought about thing in food/brewing circles I have ever seen.
What I have done here is shown you how “I” make my beer. This is what works for me. You may find other ways to do this out there, heck you may do it differently yourself… this is what works for me.

Although I mostly cook with it, every once in a while I will enjoy an Imperial pint of Lager from the Menu From Mars brewery! Fresh, clean, and NO CHEMICALS!!!!
Homebrewers are the Gourmets of the beer world. There are so many possibilities it will make your head spin! Which makes this damn interesting!

This is fun, less expensive than most beer, and is tastes like nothing else. If you have never had a fresh homemade brew… you are really missing out!

Enjoy!

Ingredients for Lager:
**Amounts may vary depending on where you get your supplies & what you are making.
Fresh cracked grains
Brewers yeast
Malt Extract (can be done with grains as well)
Hops 2-3 different kinds (can be pellets)
Clean filtered water
Priming sugar
Ice cubes
(all of this can be provided in the correct amounts from your local homebrew supplier)

Equipment:
Two 7 gallon buckets with spout
Bottling tubing
Airlock
Bottle filler
Cheese cloth bag/Grain bag
Manual capper
24 bottles (22 ounce) & caps
Funnel
Stock pot
Strainer (with catchers)
Pan with towel
Sanitizer powder
Grain alcohol (optional)
rubber gloves
dishwasher
Rubbermaid 30 gallon tote (or kiddie pool!)

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!

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EP11009 – Homemade RAW Dog Food & Treats!

Homemade Raw Dog Food!

Monday’s Menu!
This is How we feed our dogs a nutritious, raw, healthy diet.
It does cost just a bit more than traditional dog food & treats, but not that much more. Also, when you consider that we hardly ever need to go to the vet, except for check ups, we actually save money doing this diet.

EVERY dog is different. Our puppy gets mostly raw meaty bones (drumsticks & bone in thighs), and even that meat changes depending on what is happening in the “meat market”!
We differ from Dr. Ian Billinghurt, but I recommend his books (listed below). DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH on this.

Bottom line is, if your dogs/cats were in the wild, they would never eat the processed food in a bag if they had a shot at live/raw food.

We switch up the meats we give. IE Pork, beef, chicken etc.

We also feed them offal (organ meat), recreational bones, yogurt treats, & a version of chicken jerky we make. But the puppy food and these other treats will have to be covered in a future episode.

This is easy, fairly inexpensive, and so good for your dog. Don’t be afraid to dive in, and switch your dog over. No need to phase them in, just go in cold turkey!…lol

After last Thanksgiving, we bought 10 Turkeys (25lbs) at .49 & .39 per pound! They eat the whole thing (after I chop it up into meal size proportions)
So doing this you can opportunistic! I ended up with 260lbs of turkey for around $110.00. YES, you will need a stand alone freezer!

I could go on and on here, but please do email me with any questions, and read the books, do research. This is simple, don’t be afraid!

REMEMBER, when you watch documentaries on wild dogs Wolves/Hyenas you never see them stop at the store for a bag of kibble, or drag their kill/carcass back to the den to cook at 350 in their oven.

You will also see crushed bone shards in their stool… THIS IS OKAY/NORMAL!

WARNING! WARNING! Although your dog/cat can handle most bones RAW… NEVER EVER feed them cooked pork/chicken bones. Dogs have a short digestive tract made for crushing up raw bones, cooked bones will splinter and could kill them. We have been doing this for over 12 years now, never had a dog get hurt eating raw bones, never had a dog get e coli, salmonella, or any other kind of sickness from raw food. (They eat rotten food in the wild)

Recommended books:
The Barf Diet (Raw Feeding for Dogs and Cats Using Evolutionary Principles): Dr. Ian Billinghurst
Grow Your Pups With Bones: Dr. Billinghurst

Ingredients:

Food:
Raw meats of your choice, I suggest:
Chicken thighs, skinless (Bone in or out)
Boneless skinless chicken breast
Turkey
Pork
Lamb
Beef if it is 90% and cheap enough

Jerky
90% ground beef or boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 tsp Kosher salt

Veggie cubes: (ALL RAW & UNCOOKED)
(Usually fruits & veggies in season)
Apple (less core) – never feed seeds
Pear (less core) – never feed seeds
Sweet Potato (with skin)
Carrot (with skin)
2-3 TBLs Virgin Flaxseed oil
Baby Spinach (about 2 handfuls)
Kelp (1/4 cup)
Alfalfa (1/4 cup)
Powdered Vitamin C (2TBLs – 1/4 cup)
Plain live culture yogurt (20-32 ounces)
Nzymes Bakpak Plus for pets (1/4 cup) www.Nzymes.com
2-3 whole eggs washed

(We use everything, broccoli, squash… whatever is in season or looks good)

Equipment:
Cutting Board
Very Sharp Knife
Grinder (or you can hand cut)
Olive oil for your grinder parts
Food scale
Plastic tubs
Freezer bags (Quart)
Food processor
1 gallon ziplock (or piping bag)
Dehydrator (We use Nesco)
Freezer (we have 2 stand up freezers and 1 chest)
Silicon Ice Cube trays (buy cheap after holidays at Walmart/Target)

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!

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EP11006 – Canning Made Easy!

Canning Made Easy!!

Monday’s Menu!
Here is a show about canning your sauces. When you are pressed for time, and have to choose between homemade and store bought, sometimes you end up with a lesser store bought sauce. Then whatever effort you put into the meal is wasted. This way, you can make double, triple or more batches, can/jar them, and store them on a shelf. Then the next time you want a nice homemade sauce, you just go to the closet and open a jar! Now the effort you put into making a meal is not spoiled…. it is made better by using one of your own homemade sauces!!!!

The best part about this, is it only took you the time it takes to open a jar!

Now, it is important that you follow the direction exactly to ensure safety and health for your family. You cant can/jar any sauces with meat in them. (for obvious reasons)
Follow these easy steps, and have homemade sauces any day of the week! (You can also do pickles etc…coming soon!)

Ingredients:
Your favorite sauces!

Equipment:
Canning/Stock Pot
White hand towels (nothing with dyes)
Mason Jars, rings, & NEW lids
Jar extractor (your really need this)
Canning funnel

Instructions:
Watch the video silly!


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