Wednesday, November 8, 2017

APPLE HONEY DAY


Apple Honey
I started with 6 good-sized apples.  This is about the size of all of the apples that I used.  
Apple Honey
I peeled the apples and put the peels, seeds and all, into a medium-sized roaster on top of my stove burner.  The natural pectin in the peels and seeds will help thicken the honey. I then added about 4 cups of water. Then I put on the lid and slowly cooked them (on low heat) until soft and smushy. 
Apple Honey
I then chopped up the apples and added them to another saucepan and made some homemade applesauce with them.  It's so easy; I added about 1/2 cup water, cooked them until soft, smooshed them with a fork really well and there you have it! Homemade chunky applesauce! 

Apple Honey
After the pan of peelings and seeds/cores was all soft and cooked through, I ladled the mixture into a cheesecloth-lined Pyrex measuring bowl. 


Apple Honey
After letting the juice drip into the bowl, I then took a spatula and pressed the cheesecloth against my bowl to make sure that I got every last drop of juice from those peelings! The amount of liquid that I got was exactly 3 cups.
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Apple Honey
I returned the juice to my original pan and heated it over medium heat until it boiled vigorously.  Since I started with 3 cups of juice that I got from my peelings, I added 1.5 cups of sugar.* (I used organic Fair Trade brown sugar that I had on hand. I knew it would make my apple honey a bit darker but I like the color of it.)  If desired, you can also add 1/2 tsp of lemon juice. It is optional and up to you.  Boil mixture down rapidly until it achieves the consistency of honey. 

 This took about 20 minutes for me but it will depend on how large of a pan you use.  A larger surface area will allow for quicker evaporation.  I did use a candy thermometer to get my temp to around 215F.  Then I started checking the mixture by dropping a little bit in cold water to check the consistency. I used this web page as my guide:  Crafty Baking



Apple Honey
The finished product!  It has the consistency of honey and is just lovely!  The flavor is like honey with a hint of apple. Delish!



Apple Honey
The jar is a bit messy here, but you can see the color better.  It is darker because of the light brown sugar that I used.  If you use regular sugar, your apple honey will be lighter.  :)



*A good rule of thumb is add the sugar at the rate of one-half as much sugar as juice.

Friday, October 13, 2017

SOLID DEODORANT USING ESSENTIAL OILS

SOLID DEODORANT WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Did you know that it is so easy to make your own natural, skin-nourishing deodorant??  It is True! You Can!!

When I came across this recipe in Andrea Butje's book, "Essential Living: Aromatherapy Recipes for Health & Home," I was really excited.  I have been looking for an all-natural solid deodorant that uses only minimal ingredients (with no baking soda!) plus essential oils and with this recipe, I have found a winner!

This makes about 6-8 .35 oz deodorant tubes (depending on how much you fill)

.5 oz beeswax
.5 oz jojoba oil
 1 oz coconut oil

Woodsy Aroma
10 drops Cypress essential oil
 5 drops distilled Lime essential oil

Floral Aroma
10 drops Geranium essential oil
 5 drops Orange essential oil

Take a wide soup pan (3 quart or bigger) and a 16oz Pyrex measuring cup. You want the Pyrex to fit inside the pot.  Fill the pan about 1/4 full of water, put the Pyrex cup in that pan, and use these as a double boiler.  Once the water boils, lower it to a simmer and add the beeswax and the jojoba, stirring frequently.  Once these have melted, add in the coconut oil.  Leave on the heat only until melted.

Once melted, add the essential oils listed above (either the Woodsy Aroma essential oil OR the Floral Aroma essential oils).  

Immediately pour the liquid into the deodorant tubes and cover.  Wait a few minutes before applying. 

**You can create your own aromas, just use no more than 15 total drops.  You also want to make sure that you use only skin-nourishing oils.