This is a very good bread that is made in the bread machine, start to finish! Super easy to make and tastes just like the bread they serve at Outback!
When I first started gardening, I had an indoor herb garden. I loved growing Basil, Oregano and Thyme. It was awesome having fresh herbs for recipes and they made my house smell so good too...and they look good! The easiest way to dry herbs is by hang drying or drying on paper towels and letting time do the rest! Here is a simple step by step guide for doing that and saving yourself some money by not having to buy herbs at the store!
Drying by Hanging:
What you need:
Instructions on Hanging:
Drying by Using Paper Towels:
What you need:
What to Do With Your Dried Herbs:
This picture above is of dried Basil.
Once your herbs have dried, you can put them away to be used for recipes! Here are two ways of doing just that.
Method 1-Placing Herbs in an Airtight Container:
I like to save empty herb containers that I buy at the store to put my home garden herbs into once the herbs have dried, but you can use a simple zip lock bag too! In this description, I'm using Dried Basil used from the paper towel method. You'd do the same with your hung herbs, just take the herbs off the stem and place in your airtight container.
Step 1: Tear your dried herbs with your fingers into little bits. ( If they are leafy herbs you tear them up, if they are stem type herbs like Rosemary, just run your fingers along the stem the opposite direction of how they grow on the plant, and the herbs should just trickle off the stem and onto the counter.)
Step 2: Place your herbs into your container and store in a dry, dark place!
Method 2 - Placing Herbs in Your Freezer:
Placing your dried herbs in the freezer is super easy. No pics necessary! Just take your dried herbs, (removed from their stems ) and place in a zip lock bag, labeled and popped into your freezer! I like to keep mine on the door in my freezer to make them easier to find :).
This is the cheapest way to preserve your herbs but you can also use a dehydrator to dry your herbs faster as well as a coffee grinder to shred your herbs :) I prefer to do this by hand but to each his own!
I hope you enjoyed these frugal tips, keep on frugal-ling!!
There are a lot of recipes that I use that require Veggie broth. This is the most cost effective and easiest way to make your own veggie broth in the crock pot!
To make your broth, you first need a gallon or 2 bags of veggie scraps from your freezer. To start this bag of goodies, begin saving all of your washed veggie scraps! From onion tops and bottoms, to garlic wrappers, to skinned carrots, any veggie scrap you normally throw out that isn't rotten (those go in the compost) can go in your veggie scrap bag! You then start adding and adding and every time you add a scrap, you just simply pop back into the freezer! So easy, and so green! This bag of scraps will get frost bite but that's ok! There are still plenty of nutrients in those scraps that will add such complexity to your broth :)
Once you have filled your veggie bag, you can start your broth. In this recipe, I only used one bag of frozen veggie scraps, and still the broth came out perfect :)
The next step is to dump your scraps into your crockpot, add a few bay leaves and fill with water to cover. Turn in on high for 5 hours and let it cook!
After 5 hours, begin to strain your broth into a bowl to separate the veggies from the broth. To stretch my scraps even further, I toss them in the compost ;) Store your broth overnight, covered in plastic wrap so that it will cool.
Your broth should have a reddish brown color and smell oh so yummy!
Once the broth has cooled, start ladling it into small zip lock bags and just pop in the freezer, propped up in your freezer shelf. Each small zip lock bag measures approximately 2 cups, leave about an inch or 2 of head space when filling because the liquid will expand as it freezes :)
I put the broth into bags by using a large measuring cup and placing the opened bag into it, followed by the funnel. Then just ladle the broth into the bags!
So that's it! Now you can start saving your scraps to make this frugal broth, enjoy!!
A super easy brownie recipe that makes the most moist and delicious brownies! So good you won't be buying the box kind ever again...you're welcome :)
Personally, this is one of my favorite dishes to eat and make. It is so easy and quick to prepare and it tastes delicious! Try this recipe and you won't be dissatisfied :)
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Note: This meal goes perfect with french bread!