Homemade Organic Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

This is a great on-the-go breakfast when placed into a wide mouth pint Mason jar secured with a lid.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a wide mouth pint Mason jar; Stir until well combined.
  2. Cover the jar with a tight fitting lid.
  3. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Enjoy!
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Homemade Organic Spicy Breakfast Sausage

I have adapted Alton Brown’s recipe to be organic and have the option use ground pork from the store or dried herbs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 2-1/2 lbs. pastured organic pork butt, diced into 1/2″ pieces (If you don’t have a meat grinder, use 3 lbs. pastured organic ground pork instead of the butt and fat.)
  • 1/2 lb. pastured organic pork fat, diced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1-1/2 tsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic sage leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic rubbed sage
  • 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic thyme leaves; OR 2/3 tsp. organic dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh organic rosemary leaves; OR 1/8 tsp. crushed dry organic rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly grated organic nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. organic red pepper flakes

Here’s How I do it:

Using a Meat Grinder:

  1. Combine the diced pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Using the fine blade of a grinder, grind the pork.
  3. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  4. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  5. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

Using Ground Pork:

  1. Combine the ground pork with all other ingredients and chill for 1 hour.
  2. Form into 1-inch rounds with your hands.
  3. Refrigerate and use within 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.
  4. For immediate use, saute patties over medium-low heat in a non-stick pan. Saute until brown and cooked through, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.

How to Freeze Sausage Patties:

  1. Roll the raw sausage into a log that is 1-1/2 ” in diameter. (Alternatively, you can roll the sausage into 1-inch rounds with your hands and freeze them individually before proceeding to the next step.)
  2. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper; Wrap again in aluminum foil.
  3. Write the date  on the foil that you made the sausage.
  4. Unwrap the packaging and slice while frozen.
  5. Cook the frozen sausage patties

Homemade Organic Smoked Bacon

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 5 pounds organic pastured pork belly, skin/rind removed (Use the skin for Homemade Organic Pork Rinds)
  • 1/2 cup Real Salt; OR Alaea Salt–omit celery seeds as this salt will also prevent botulism
  • 1/2 cup packed organic light brown sugar; OR 1 cup organic cane sugar (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly ground organic peppercorn blend
  • 1 Tbsp. organic celery seeds (this is to prevent botulism)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Cut the pork belly into uniform square blocks of equal size.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients until well blended.
  3. In a glass casserole dish, put half of the cure on one side of the pork belly; Flip it over and put the remaining half of the cure on the other side of the pork belly.  (Make sure to work the cure over all parts of the bacon.)
  4. Place the dish into a refrigerator, uncovered, in the coldest area for 7 days; Check the bacon daily, flip it over, and pour off any liquid formed from the cure.
  5. Carefully rinse off the bacon, leaving some cure behind; Dry the bacon with paper toweling. (Make sure the bacon is still damp.)
  6. Prepare your home smoker according to manufacturer’s directions, and choose the type of wood you’d like the bacon to be smoked with.
  7. Heat your home smoker to 225° Fahrenheit; Smoke the pork belly for about 3 hours, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 150° Fahrenheit.  (If you’d like, cook it to the traditional temperature of 165° Fahrenheit which will add approximately 1 more hour of smoke time.)
  8. Refrigerate the smoked bacon in a clean glass casserole dish overnight.
  9. Slice the bacon as thin or thick as desired.
  10. Freeze each piece individually on cookie sheets until completely frozen; The bacon will not be sticky to the touch.
  11. Wrap bacon into packages (I like to make them with about 8 slices each) of unbleached parchment paper, then wrap again with aluminum foil; Make sure to write the date you added them to the freezer and the type of bacon you made on the package.
  12. These can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  13. Enjoy!

 

 

Homemade Organic Hamburger Helper Classic Sloppy Joe

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef or 1 pint Homemade Organic Frozen Ground Beef Mix
  • 3 cups organic fusilli pasta
  • 2 cups Homemade Organic Beef Stock
  • 1-1/2 cups Homemade Organic Vegetable Stock
  • 1/4 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 3 Tbsp. organic tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup organic diced tomatoes
  • 3/4 cup organic diced yellow onion
  • 3/4 cup organic diced green bell pepper
  • 2-3 organic cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. organic distilled white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. organic light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. organic cane sugar
  • 2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. organic paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly ground peppercorn blend
  • 1/4 tsp. organic turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne pepper (optional)

Here’s How I do it:

  1. If using Homemade Organic Freezer Ground Beef Mix:  Pour 1/4 cup water into a deep saucepan with lid; Add the frozen beef mix, bell pepper, diced tomatoes and onions.  Simmer for 15 minutes over medium heat, covered.  Uncover; break up the frozen chunks into smaller pieces.  Add the garlic; Cover and simmer for an additional 5 minutes.  Proceed with step 4.
  2. Brown the beef in a saucepan until halfway browned.
  3. Add the onions, bell pepper, diced tomatoes and garlic and saute with the ground beef for 6 to 7 minutes until the beef is brown and the onions are clear.
  4. Add the beef stock, veggie stock, tomato paste and milk, stir well.
  5. Add the fusilli pasta, stir well.
  6. Add the paprika, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper (if using); Stir well.
  7. Slowly bring the mixture to a boil then simmer, covered, until the noodles are al-dente, approximately 16-22 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Gingerbread Syrup

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Homemade Organic Vanilla Sugar
  • 1 cup unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 1 tsp. unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tsp. organic ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. organic ground nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. Homemade Organic Vanilla Extract

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Add all of the ingredients into a chef’s saucepan.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring to mix well.
  3. Allow to boil until the mixture lightly coats a spoon.  (This will take approximately 15-20 minutes.)
  4. If you’re unsure if your syrup has cooked long enough, take it off the heat and allow it to cool.  If it needs to cook longer, boil the liquid again.
  5. Store in a glass jar with tight fitting lid in the refrigerator.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Graham Crackers

This recipe doesn’t use Graham flour, but the whole wheat flour turned out just fine.  If you’re a purist, use organic Graham flour instead of the whole wheat flour.  This is a slightly adapted version of Alton Brown’s recipe which can be found at Food Network.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/4 cup organic whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup organic non-bleached white flour
  • 1/3 cup organic light brown sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. Homemade Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/8 tsp. organic ground cinnamon
  • 6 Tbsp. organic pasture butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes and chilled
  • 1/3 cup organic blackstrap molasses
  • 3 Tbsp. organic grass-fed whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Homemade Organic Vanilla Extract

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Place both flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Add the butter and mix until the mixture resembles cornmeal.
  3. Add the molasses, milk and vanilla extract and process until the dough forms a ball, approximately 1 minute.
  4. Press the ball into a 1/2-inch thick disk, cover with a tea towel, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to 325° Fahrenheit.
  6. Take the chilled dough and place it onto a large piece of parchment paper and top with a second sheet of parchment paper.
  7. Roll the dough out until it is 1/8-inch thick.
  8. Slide the rolled dough and parchment paper onto a half sheet pan.
  9. Remove the top sheet of parchment paper.
  10. Cut the dough, using a pizza cutter, into 2-inch square pieces by making vertical and then horizontal cuts all the way across the dough.
  11. Trim off any excess.
  12. Using a fork, poke holes all over the top of the dough.
  13. Leave the crackers on the pan and bake on the middle rack of the oven for 25 minutes or until the edges just start to darken.
  14. Remove from the oven, set the sheet pan with the crackers on a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.
  15. Once completely cool, break into individual crackers.
  16. Store in an airtight glass container for up to 2 weeks.
  17. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce

I was inspired to make this sauce when my Darling said that he was interested in having Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce again.  I scoured the interwebs and found this recipe that I’ve adapted.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 7 Tbsp. organic tomato paste [half of a 7 oz. jar]
  • 1 cup organic light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic molasses
  • 1/4 cup organic pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. organic worcestershire sauce  (Annie’s is a great option, or homemade)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. organic dry yellow mustard
  • 2 tsp. organic chipotle pepper (OR 2 tsp. organic smoked paprika)
  • 1/2 tsp. organic granulated garlic
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. organic cayenne pepper  (ONLY if using smoked paprika or you want your sauce hotter, otherwise omit)
  • 1  tsp. Real Salt
  • 1/2 tsp. organic freshly ground peppercorn blend

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all the ingredients except in a medium-sized sauce pot.
  2. Bring to a boil and reduce and simmer for 20 – 30 minutes or until desired thickness is reached, stirring often.
  3. Store in the refrigerator in glass jars with tight-fitting lids.
  4. Enjoy!