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Dry foods

Eat Insects and Remain Healthy


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Is dry food or wet food better for your pet?

 

Does your dog or cat come running when they hear the can opening? Watch this episode to find out if food from the bag or the can is better. Special thanks to the Animal Medical Center of Southern California

Is dry pet  food good?

Watch the video below

 

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Dehydrated Food , A comprehensive Guide

Dehydration is a process in which food is preserved by removing moisture from the food through evaporation. A lot of people use this method instead of freezing the fruits and vegetables or canning them. It is one of the oldest methods of food preservation. Dehydration is a suitable method if you have an excess fruits and vegetables and you don’t have the equipment for canning. There are a few advantages of this method which are, that it is inexpensive and it takes up less storage space than canned food.

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Preparation of Dehydration

  1. Pick the finest produce: This process requires the best fruits and vegetables so choose the ones which are ripe and are not bruised. They should be at peak-eating quality.
  2. Prepare the foods as they will be served: Cut the fruits and vegetables as you would like to eat or serve them. An example of this is cutting them into rings, pureeing for the purpose of fruit leather or slicing them.
  3. Maintain uniformity in size and thickness: All the pieces of fruit or vegetables should have the same size and thickness. This ensures an even drying process. Thinner pieces will dry quicker than thicker pieces.
  4. Various foods should be washed before drying: Berries, herbs and seedless grapes should just be washed with water before the dehydration process
  5. Prevention of browning: There are a few ways to prevent browning of fruits and vegetables. This can be done by treating it with Sodium Bisulfite , steaming or coating light-colored foods with citric acid or ascorbic acid

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Drying

  1. Selecting the right method and equipment:Different methods and equipments are used for dehydration and times vary according to the method and food chosen. Some methods are using a commercial dehydrator, using a conventional oven or drying in the sun
  2. Maintain 130F to 140F with circulating air:A temperature of between 130F to 140F allows the moisture to be removed with it affecting the color, nutritional value, texture or taste of the food. Air circulation plays a vital role in this process. If air circulation is lacking or the temperature is low, the food may suffer unwanted microbiological changes. If humidity is too low or the temperature is too high, a loss of nutrients can occur. These conditions can also cause moisture to be removed from the outer surface which stops the moisture on the inside from escaping.
  3. Knowing when the food is dry:Let the food cool to check if it has dried sufficiently as some foods are more flexible when cooled. Dehydrated food should be leathery and flexible, or hard and breakable. At this point, only 10 percent of moisture should remain.

Post-Drying (Fruits Only)

  1. Allow the fruit time to “condition”: Conditioning is a process which is used to distribute equal moisture throughout the fruits. Let the dried fruit condition for 4 to 10 days before packaging. The moisture content will increase from 10 percent to 20 percent. This decreases the chance of mold growth.
  2. Conditioning the fruit: Place the cooled, dried fruit in glass or plastic jars.
  3. Seal the containers for 7 to 10 days: The drier pieces will absorb the extra moisture from other pieces.
  4. Shake the jars daily: Separate the pieces daily. If there is condensation in the jar, put the fruit in the dehydrator once more.

Packaging

  1. Sealing: Contamination of insects and re-absorption of moisture are common problems if the food is not packaged properly. Mold can grow in warm food that is why the dehydrated food should be completely cooled.
  2. Choosing containers: Dehydrated foods should be stored in air-tight containers, sanitized glass jars or metal cans with tight lids.
  3. Sulfured fruits should not touch metal: Fruits treated with Sodium Bisulfite should be placed in a plastic bag before storing it in a metal can. Sulfur and metal can react and cause color changes in the fruit.
  4. Pack in specific amounts: Whenever the package is opened, the food is exposed to air and moisture which decreases the quality. So a wise thing to do would be to pack in small amounts or according to specific recipes.

Storage

 

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  1. Store in a cool, dry and dark place: Dehydrated food is affected by heat. The storage temperature and length of storage are inversely proportional. Dried fruits can be stored at 60F for 1 year or at 80F for 6 months. Vegetables have half the shelf-life of fruits. Dehydrated foods should be used within 6 months to 1 year.
  2. Check dried foods frequently: Some foods may seem completely dry at the time of packaging but they can reabsorb moisture which causes spoilage. Glass jars are suitable as any moisture collected inside can be seen outside.

If you want to check Dehydrated food vs Freeze Dried

COCONUT FLOUR COOKIES

Coconut Flour Cookies Recipes

Coconut flour has become widely popular these days as more people learn the many benefits of coconut flour nutrition, in addition to its many uses as a delicious, gluten-free, and healthy alternative to other flours.

Coconut flour is high in protein, fiber and healthy fats. It doesn’t contain wheat and other grains.
Coconut flour is popular amongst people on paleo diets, people who eat gluten free including those with Celiac Disease or gluten sensitivity, those with digestive problems, those who have diabetes or a nut allergy and vegetarians, according to draxe.com.

Coconut flour cookies are all the rage these days so I went searching for a great coconut flour cookie. It was time consuming but I found two that I would love to share with you guys! I found these on thecoconutmama.com and blog.paleohacks.com, respectively.

Coconut Flour Cookies Recipe 1

Ingredients:
 3 Tbs. of coconut flour
 2 Tbs. of cold buttern 1 Tbs. of raw honey
 Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 365 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Pulse all ingredients together in a food processor or blend with a pastry blender.
3. The dough will be soft and slightly sticky.
4. Divide into 8 small balls and flatten slightly on the baking sheet.
5. Bake until the edges are light golden, about 9 minutes.
6. These over bake quickly, so keep an eye on them.
7. Let the cookies cool completely before removing from the baking sheet or they will crumble.

These are a great alternative to cookies with regular flour but if you want something chocolaty and cannot leave your chocolate chip cookies, the next recipe is for you guys!

Coconut Flour Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe 2

Ingredients:
 1/3 cup of coconut flour
 1/3 of dark chocolate chip cookies
 2 whole eggs
 1/4 cup of raw honey
 1 tsp. of vanilla extract
 Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2. Grease a baking tray or line it with baking paper.
3. Mix the coconut flour, salt, eggs, coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract together thoroughly with a whisk.
4. Continue whisking and you’ll notice the mixture change consistency from runny to slightly thicker as the coconut flour begins to soak up the moisture from the wet ingredients.
5. If the mixture remains runny then you might want to add a small amount of extra coconut flour until the right consistency is achieved.
6. Add in your chocolate chips and make sure they’re evenly distributed throughout the cookie dough.
7. Use a tablespoon or dessert spoon to portion out the cookie dough onto your baking tray. Around a dozen cookies should do the trick.
8. Pat down your scrummy cookie globules with your hands to form them into the shape you desire.
9. Place your cookies into the center of the oven and bake for around 10-15 minutes, depending on the texture you want. If this is your first time baking with coconut flour then aim for around 12 minutes and check to make sure the outsides of your cookies have turned an inviting golden brown color.
10. Remove from the oven, fill your lungs with sweet, warm, cookie goodness, and leave them to cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes if you have one.

These are amazing alternatives to regular cookies and these are only two recipes of many out there! I would love to know what you think!

And here comes the bonus treat for you

Do you know how to open a coconut? 

How To Open A Coconut—-Any Suggestions?

Coconuts are classified as a superfood for their numerous health benefits. It is an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-parasite and anti-fungal. It improves digestion, provides a source of quick energy and promotes weight loss. It also helps to protect the body from cancer, helps with heart health, helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infection and keeps the skin looking youthful. The benefits are numerous but the problem we usually face concerning coconuts is how to open one. How are we supposed to reap all the benefits if we can’t even get to the good stuff? Well, have no worry, I’m here to tell you all about it!

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How To Open A Coconut, Learn It Now

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Method 1  Easy way to open a coconut

  1. Place the coconut on a flat, hard surface. Use something that can’t be damaged easily. A wooden cutting board will do.
  2. There is something called the soft eye of the coconut. It is soft enough to put a screwdriver or metal skewer through it. Find that and puncture it. It will puncture easily.
  3. Drain the coconut water into a bowl or glass. Do not throw the coconut water away as this is full of electrolytes and has many health benefits!
  4. Hold the coconut in the palm of your hand over another large bowl as this will catch any excess coconut water.
  5. Take a meat cleaver or chef knife and use the blunt edge, not the blade for the next step.
  6. Note the seam of the coconut. Follow this seam and keep tapping the coconut with the cleaver and rotating the coconut in your hand. It will easily split in two.

Method 2: How Do You Open A Coconut  Doesn’T Matter But Do Try The Following Way Too

  1. Take a screwdriver and puncture the eyes of the coconut. There are three and one of them is the softest which will be the easiest to puncture.
  2. Put the coconut over a glass or bowl to drain the coconut water.
  3. After the water has drained, put the coconut in a plastic bag and place it on a concrete surface.
  4. Hit the coconut with a hammer. Take it out of the plastic bag once it cracks. Enjoy!

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Coconuts are not as hard to open as they seem. It all depends on the method. These are just two of many methods. It just takes a little bit of dedication to get to the delicious and extremely healthy coconut meat!

And if you like do check the following video too to effortlessly learn  about opening a coconut

I am sure you all will are going to love these Coconut Flour Cookies