Thursday, February 11, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #38



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Sandra
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Cooking from Scratch-Making and Freezing Pasta



Homemade noodles are right up there with bread when it comes to favorite foods. I will admit, they are not on the menu very often, even after the purchase of a pasta maker.

It is much easier to pull out a bag/box of noodles, than it is to plan ahead for a batch of homemade ones.


While shopping, my daughter asked me to buy whole grain noodles at the store. I had my grocery list, and that item was not on it. I have been trying really hard to stick to a grocery budget, which means sticking to the menu, and the list. We had boxes of pasta at home, just not whole grain. I told her we could make our own.

Two days later, she reminded me! (kids are good at that)


Since we were going to have to get everything out, and make a mess of the kitchen, we might as well make a lot of noodles. 


I use a basic pasta recipe that came with our Pasta Maker  (Kitchen Aid)


Basic Egg Pasta

4 whole eggs
1 Tablespoon water (2 Tablespoons for whole wheat flour)

3 1/2  cups sifted flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1/2 teaspoon salt

Place flour and salt in bowl, add eggs and water.
Mix. 

Knead for 3-4 minutes. (If using Mixer, knead for 2 minutes-then knead by hand for 1-2 minutes)
Let dough rest for 20 minutes. 

Divide dough into 4 pieces. 


After "resting" these ended up being a little crumbly,
 we had to add a little water, when we started working with the dough.


Now you can run the dough through the pasta maker OR roll out into sheets (desired thickness) and cut into strips (desired widths)


Yields approximately 1 1/4 pounds of dough

I used whole wheat flour for two batches, and 1/2 white flour and 1/2 whole wheat for the other batches. 
-Dough should be firm and pliable. It should not stick to your fingers, but not crumble or fall apart.
-You can add water when working with the dough. I usually have to add a little bit. 



We used the pasta maker to make the noodles.
Spaghetti noodles, egg noodles, and some left in sheets for ravioli.

After cutting the pasta we laid it out on sheets of parchment paper on the table. 



You can cook the pasta right after cutting. It can also be dried or frozen. 


To dry the pasta, lay strands of pasta in a single layer on drying rack or towel. Air dry for up to an hour. Store the dried pasta in airtight container in the refrigerator.

To freeze, let the pasta air dry for no more than an hour and freeze in airtight container.(I use freezer bags)  It is not necessary to separate strands of pasta before freezing. You can dust with flour (I didn't find it necessary) and form into "nest". 


With the large amount of pasta that we made, we chose to freeze it. I would not have had enough room to dry it in a single layer.


Cooking the pasta-

Dry Pasta-7 minutes
Fresh Pasta 2-5 minutes (depends on thickness of noodles)

The recipe I use suggest adding 2 teaspoons of salt and 1 Tablespoon of oil to the water. (I never do)

Gradually add pasta to boiling water, cook at a boil until Pasta is "al dente"
Stir occasionally. 

Drain.

It has been nice having pasta in the freezer. We just used up our last bag. I will be making more. 











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Monday, February 8, 2016

2016 Lambing Begins



I am not a fan of winter lambing, so the majority of our lambs are born in March/April.

But due to the girls interest in the 4-H sheep project, we have a few ewes scheduled to lamb this month.

Delaney's ewe, Eleanor had our first lambs-twin ewe lambs. They are Tunis-Suffolk crosses.




I will admit our first lamb/lambs end up being treated like rock stars :)  The only lambs in the barn, it is to be expected. 


Lamb Selfie!


Three more ewes to go...and then back to our regularly scheduled lambing.

Any farm babies at your place?



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Friday, February 5, 2016

Pasture Happenings





The ewes were penned up in the barnyard for quite some time due to cold rains. They are much more content now that they are back in the pasture, allowed to roam.




 A few of the ewes are due this month, they are still in the barnyard with the last years ewe lambs. 



Eleanor is due any day...she is just a 'little fat". I am hoping she will have a set of twins, and not one large single.


Compared to last year, this winter has been easy.










Thursday, February 4, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #37



Welcome to the Hop!



Tracy
Sandra
Sandra at ClearwaterFarm
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Nancy 
Kathi 

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop- Co-Host
LeeAnn & Alex 






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Monday, February 1, 2016

Cooking from Scratch-Making and Freezing Bread



I am determined to keep up with a menu, and cut the grocery bill each week. One way to do that is cooking with scratch and utilizing the pantry. 

Wheat is a staple in our pantry. Grinding our own flour and making our own bread, noodles, etc. saves money. 

I love homemade bread!
It not only saves money making your own bread, but I know what is in it and it taste so much better that store bought. 

The disadvantage, baking takes time, and it makes a mess of my kitchen. So, when I bake bread, I make extra for later. It does not take that  much more time, and the kitchen is already a mess!
You can freeze the baked loaves of bread or freeze the dough. I love freshly baked bread,so I prefer to freeze the dough. 

I make several batches of bread dough (wheat and french bread). I let the bread rise once, shape the dough into loaves as if  I was going to bake it. Instead of placing in the oven, it goes into the freezer. I set it in the freezer ( on wax paper/freezer paper) until the bread is firm (1-2 hours)  I then put the loaves into freezer bags.
It is recommended to use within 2-3 months.
 


Now, when I want fresh baked bread, I take it out of the freezer, let it thaw and bake it, while I cook dinner.




It has been a couple of weeks since I have made bread, but I am still enjoying a fresh loaf out of the oven at dinner time.

A couple of my favorite bread recipes-

French Bread


Whole Wheat Bread

How do you add convenience to "cooking from scratch?"




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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop #36



Welcome to the Hop
January is coming to an end...that much closer to Spring!


Tracy
Sandra
Sandra at ClearwaterFarm
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Nancy 
Kathi 

Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop- Co-Host
LeeAnn & Alex 








homemade Neosporin


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