Friday, February 11, 2011

Food Storage Friendly Friday – Recipe and Tip of the week

The tip this week is for your dishwasher. I believe it may have other applications as well. Let me know if you know of any other similar ideas. Here is the tip: Use 1 packet of lemonade flavor Kool-Aid (or any other generic brand) in place of that expensive chemical stuff to clean your dishwasher periodically. It works the same and helps to keep down the hard water deposits. You can just put it in the soap dispenser and run it on a short cycle. However, do not allow the dishwasher to dry the dishes. Change the setting to avoid running through the drying cycle or just keep an eye on it and shut it off when it gets ready to start drying. Prop the door open a bit to allow the dishes to air dry. Nice in the winter as it heats up the kitchen a bit.

If you have had very hard water you may have used a chemical such as something called “Lemi-Shine” with your detergent when you ran the dishwasher. This lemonade Kool-Aid will do the same thing so you can use 1 packet of that with your detergent every time you run it if you want. Or however often you think it is necessary. This is much cheaper and leaves the glasses sparkling with no white residue. Just use the cheap store brand with no sugar.

The reason this works so well is because of the citric acid. I have read so many good tips concerning citric acid lately. I need to study up and see what else it will do.

This week’s recipe was sent in by Camille J. from Utah. This food storage friendly recipe is for dessert. This looks like a cake my mom used to make a lot. It was my dad’s favorite. I’ll be trying this soon. The name of this one pretty much says it all. What a great food storage friendly recipe. Thanks, Camille.

WWI Eggless, Milkless, Butterless Cake
1 c. water
2 c. raisins
1 t. cinnamon
¼ t. nutmeg
½ t. cloves
1 c. brown sugar
1/3 c. shortening
¼ t. salt
2 c. flour
1 t. baking soda
½ t. baking powder
Place water, raisins, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar, shortening, nutmeg and salt in a saucepan and mix. Place on heat and bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes. Allow to cool, then sift together the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir into cooked mixture. Place in a greased loaf pan and bake at 350º for one hour. Glaze if desired.

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