6/29/22

Freeze Dried Fruit Snack Mixes: mix and match (with links)

 



These photos are from the original post date of September 2017,  when it was really easy to find freeze dried yogurt bites for adults, freeze dried coconut milk bites, etc. 

After shortages hit our shelves during 2020+ things got a bit more difficult to find. In 2021 it was difficult to buy many freeze dried foods at all (they were all selling out immediately due to shortages) and the price was sky high if you could find them.  However, I haven't seen the yogurt bites for adults come back yet, but there are a lot of options when you search for them in the 'baby and toddler' snacks; which is the same thing and YES they are a great addition to your snack mix.  Freeze dried yogurt is just marketed towards the 'littles' right now instead of adults.
 
As of summer of 2022 most freeze dried foods are back in stock and fairly affordable again.   The previous links on this original 2017 were no longer available so I updated them to items available as of this post.
 
Since I was updating them on the original post, I thought I'd put them here on a new 2022 post for those of you looking for healthy snack mix ideas.

Just mix and match your favorites, and seal them in an air-tight container, jar or food seal them with your food vacuum sealer.  YUM!

You might be interested in some related products available to order through Amazon.  There a LOT more choices - including my favorite, freeze dried mango - but this little list of favorites will get you started on your search.

Freeze Dried Pineapple
Freeze Dried Peaches
Freeze Dried Strawberries
Freeze Dried Raspberries
Freeze Dried Blueberries
Freeze Dried Apples
Freeze Dried Grapes

 



 

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6/21/22

Home canned butter: another update taste test at almost 2 years (canned October 2020 and updated again today, June 21, 2022)

 

In October 2020 I canned butter.  I did a follow-up taste and post in May 2021 and at that time I was thrilled with it.  Absolutely thrilled.  I did another taste test in February of 2022 - at the 18 month mark, it was again... absolutely wonderful.  Just perfect, sweet cream butter.  

Here we are in June 2022... this October will be 2 years.  I haven't used much of the canned butter because it was part of my 2-3 year storage for 'hard' or 'harder' times.  I knew it was coming... and it looks like it's coming up pretty fast.

So... was my home canned butter still holding up?

Oh yes!

Tonight I opened one to use at dinner and it was just as perfect as the day it was canned. 



Once opened, I use a plastic lid on the canning jar.



Some notes from my original posts:

In October 2020 I finally canned butter in a pressure canner

I didn't know if it was going to work out or not, but I wanted to try and thanks to good sale at our local membership warehouse, my freezer food storage had some 'extra' butter I could do a trial run with and not be too upset if it didn't turn out.

I have a Presto brand, 23 quart pressure canner. This is an 'after thought' but I need to mention it because it's important... if you haven't bought a pressure canner yet and you have a GLASS TOP ELECTRIC STOVE then you need to be careful of the brand and style you buy!  Many are not recommended for glass top stoves because they will crack them.  I have a glass top stove, which I've always used for water bath canning but I had to be careful when I purchased my pressure canner.   

This also probably goes without saying if you've been doing your research on canning butter - but you never trust water bath canning for items like butter.  And even then - always use brand new, good quality lids so know you have a new seal.My butter was canned in October 2020.   I wanted to wait to do the first taste test and seal test at about 6 months.

I had to work hard to get that seal off.  That was the first good sign.
When I opened it, it smelled like... butter.   There wasn't much of a scent at all - which is good.
 
It was just... butter.  That sounds almost too simple but there you go.  It was just... spreadable, creamy, real butter.

It had good, even color.  It had a light, fresh, 'buttery' smell.  

Why did I want to can butter? 

For my readers who are thinking "Why would you can butter!?  Just buy it at the store or put some in the refrigerator or freezer!", this is why I personally wanted to. 

I do keep butter in our freezer for longer term storage.   

Butter is a food item I never want to run out of!  I use a lot of butter in our day to day meals and baking!  

I will always keep butter in the freezer as part of my well stocked kitchen/pantry, but I know first hand about storms and power outages. 

I want the ability to have butter for meals for my family in the event of an emergency of any sort or to take with when we go camping, on vacation, etc.  

You can buy canned butter.  Commercially canned butter like Red Feather brand  - currently about $250 for a case of 24 little cans.  The cans are about the size of a can of tuna.   At the time I did my first canning I bought a pound (4 sticks) of butter for about $7.42.  I spent about $16 to can 24 half pints of my own butter.  

Today (this June 2022 posting) I just checked and that same, exact butter at the same, exact membership warehouse is $13.28.  $6 more per pound than it was just a few months ago.  All the more reason to can and store.

Basically, I want to have the option of having and storing butter
without depending on electricity.

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You might be interested in some products related to this post - like pressure canners from Amazon.  They are back in stock after being almost impossible to find during Covid shortages in 2020.  I've seen pressure canners back in stock at my local retailers and various sites online but if you prefer to buy from Amazon, please consider using one of my links for your search.  Thanks much!

  

 

My particular model is the Presto 23 quart.  It was more affordable than the other really popular brand, but it was also easy to 'learn' and really easy to use.  MOST IMPORTANT?  I knew THIS STYLE/BRAND CAN BE USED ON MY GLASS TOP ELECTRIC STOVE.   This is important because some other brands are not to be used on glass top stoves.

 

   


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6/20/22

Another installment of the price comparisons in groceries from 1 year ago and 2 months ago..........

On April 23rd (just 2 months ago) I posted a grocery shopping receipt from the year before (April 2021) compared to one year later (April 2022).  I noted which items were no longer available, or what the price was.

This afternoon I was checking on a couple prices for my next grocery shopping list and was happily surprised to see that for the first time in almost 2 years, their site states that salmon burgers are available.  TWO YEARS they've been gone but apparently, at least for now, they are back!  I remembered my April post here on An American Housewife and that they weren't available then; and thought that perhaps other food items from that list had changed as well. 

I took my original list from APRIL 2021 and noted the APRIL 2022 price and availability - followed it up by looking online at their prices today JUNE 2022.  Here is a little snippet:

 

  


As you can see, butter is up $5.00 from a year ago, my 'regular' eggs haven't been available in months (I switched brands and styles), even paper towels are up from just a year ago.  Pulled Chicken may be up $5 for a little 2 lb. package but hey, apparently they have my salmon burgers back in stock!







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