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Homemade Vanilla Extract & Sugar

Jennifer Burcke from 1840 Farm shares with us her homemade vanilla extract and sugar recipes.

Making your own vanilla extract puts you in complete control of the final product. You can choose the quality of the ingredients and determine the strength of your homemade extract. Making your own extract can also be a real money saver. For the price of a small bottle of premium extract from the store, you can create a steady supply of your own extract to use in your family’s favorite recipes. Read more

strawberry fruit roll-ups

Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

Aren’t fruit roll-ups such a fun snack? I hate that the store-bought variety often contains more processed ingredients and preservatives than actual fruit. I’m going to show you how you can make your own, though, for a family-friendly treat that’s all-natural.

For this recipe, I used strawberries and raspberries, but you can play around with any fruit combination you’d like.

Fruit Roll-ups Ingredients:

  • 8 oz strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 3 tablespoons stevia
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint
  • Fresh juice of half a lime

To Make the Fruit Roll-ups:

  1. Preheat the oven to 275˚ Fahrenheit.

2. Trim the stems off the strawberries and chop the mint.

3. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

4. Add the puree to a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until thick and jammy.

5. Spread onto a parchment-lined backing sheet.

6. Place in the oven and dehydrate for 3-4 hours.

7. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.

8. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into strips using a pizza cutter.

9. Roll them up and enjoy.

You can watch the recipe in action here.

laundry herb sachets

Herb-Scented Sachets

Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh laundry right out of the dryer? There’s a way to have it without using commercial dryer sheets that are chock full of harmful chemicals. I’m going to show you a natural alternative using herbs. These sachets are not only easy to make but also cost-effective. Read more