Last week Julie made a homemade Sweet ‘n’ Sour Sauce using just a few basic ingredients that most people store already. You can do this with other “mixes” like taco seasoning, homemade rice-a-roni, ranch mix, etc.
Today I tried a few different things that reminded me of her post that you can make out of freeze-dried FRUITS. I have a variety of fruits in my storage (canned, frozen, freeze dried). You can choose to store fruits and vegetables (see BabyStep 8) in a variety of ways. Here’s what I tried with some freeze dried fruit. While I can some of my own strawberry jam, sometimes we run out, or I have some of the extra powder at the bottom of freeze dried fruit cans. It also works for other fruit jams that I don’t can, like blackberries, or blueberries.
Homemade Strawberry Jam
1 cup Freeze Dried Strawberries
1 T. Peach Drink Mix
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1 T. lemon juice
Combine the ingredients and let sit until the strawberries are rehydrated. Puree with a hand blender or in a regular blender or food processor. This makes a fairly thin puree. For a more jam-like consistency, reduce the water slightly or add in some of the strawberry powder that settles at the bottom of your can.
Recipe modified from Thrive Cookbook
Homemade Strawberry Syrup
1 1/2 c. freeze dried strawberries
2 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. lemon juice
Combine ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth and syrup-y. I used a Blendtec blender on the “Syrup” setting and it made it warm and oh so yummy, but any blender should work just fine!
Recipe from EverydayFoodStorage.net
So now instead of storing tons of syrups and jams of different flavors that all have a 1 or 2 year shelf life, you can store a few basic cans of different types of fruits and know that you have all those options available to you in an emergency!
-Jodi Weiss Schroeder