In The Kitchen

Guacamole, Fresh-squeeze lemonade, and strawberries…

There are a few things I may never be able to grow and may never be able to live without entirely and avocados are one of those things.  I LOVE guacamole!

These were used to make a big batch of guacamole.  I don’t use a recipe, but the ingredients include:

lemon juice

lemon pepper

garlic powder

sea salt

diced tomatoes

and I think some onion powder

I would use cilantro if I had it on hand, but I rarely have it on hand.  I also put one of the avocado pits into the guacamole.  It’s supposed to keep the guacamole from turning brown.  I haven’t really seen the benefits, but continue to do it anyway.

I also whipped up some fresh-squeezed lemonade.  Country Time cannot compare.

Lemonade:

This makes 2 quarts.

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar (I use raw, organic) I am trying to decrease the sugar content as our taste buds adjust

2 quarts water

Stir and then chill.

Last but not least are the strawberries. 

I am not always able to buy organic.  Sometimes it’s not available and sometimes our budget just does not allow for it.  So I soak my non-organic fruits and vegetables for 30 mintes in water with a gulg or two of white vinegar and then mist with hydrogen peroxide.  This is proven more effectiven than bleach at killing Salmonella, Shigell, and E. Coli bacteria.

Or just use vinegar and water:

Fruit and vegetable wash:
Add 2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar to 1 pint water and use to wash fresh fruits and vegetables, then rinse thoroughly.  Research has shown that vinegar helps kill bacteria on fruits and vegetables.

I also use the peroxide/vinegar spray to clean the kitchen counters and bathroom.  I bought a big bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide and just attached a spray nozzle directly to the top of the bottle.  In a separate bottle I diluted it 50/50 with white vinegar and distilled water.  I added a little orange essential oil from a nice clean smell, but this is totally optional.  The trick is they have to be sprayed separately.  It doesn’t matter which order.  They just have to be in separate bottles and sprayed separately to be effective.

I TRY to buy organic according to the Dirty Dozen List.  If it is at the top of the list I try to only buy organic and at the bottom I generally go for the lesser priced commercial version.  That being said you will notice strawberries are at the top of the list.  They were dirt cheap at Sam’s, and I couldn’t walk away.  So they soaked in vinegar water and were rinsed a couple times before they became part of our strawberry shortcake.

We aren’t perfect in our little kitchen, but we do try to eliminate as much exposure to chemicals and nasty bacteria as we can in a way that fits our budget.

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