Homemade Organic Creamy Italian Parmesan Dressing

This recipe was adapted from Mr. Food.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 3/4 cup Homemade Organic Thick Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. organic sunflower oil
  • 1/4 cup organic white vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. organic 100% lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded organic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 tsp. organic cane sugar
  • 2-3 organic garlic cloves, minced (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp. organic Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. Real Salt

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Place all ingredients into a large-mouth pint Mason jar.
  2. Use an immersion blender to combine all ingredients until smooth.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Copycat Ortega Smoky Chipotle Taco Sauce

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1-1/2 cups unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 1 cup organic crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup raw local honey
  • 2 Tbsp. organic distilled white vinegar; OR 2 Tbsp. Homemade Organic Pickled Jalapeno brine (for more heat, optional)
  • 1 tsp. homemade hickory liquid smoke
  • 1 Tbsp. organic arrowroot powder
  • 1 tsp. organic chipotle pepper
  • 1 tsp. organic ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. organic granulated onion

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a small sauce pot and stir until well combined.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.
  3. Simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Basic Yellow Mustard

This recipe has been adapted from Haute Dogs.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/2 cup organic dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup organic distilled white vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp. unchlorinated and unfluoridated water
  • 2 tsp. organic unbleached white flour
  • 2 tsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. organic cane sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. organic granulated garlic

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pour all ingredients into a heavy-bottomed stainless-steel saucepan; Mix until well blended.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil, then immediately remove from heat.
  3. Allow mixture to cool, then store in glass Mason jars with tight-fitting lids.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Lime Poppy Seed Dressing

I have adapted this recipe from Better Homes and Gardens’ book, “So Good With Fruit“; This is also very delicious on taco salads or with spicy foods, not just canned or fresh fruit.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1/3 cup organic distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup organic lime juice (100% juice)
  • 1/2 cup organic cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. Real Salt
  • 1 tsp. organic dry mustard
  • 1 tsp. organic poppy seed
  • 1 tsp. organic ground paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. organic granulated onion
  • 1 cup organic olive oil

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat vinegar and lime juice until boiling.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together, and place in a pint-and-a-half Mason jar.
  3. Pour the hot liquid over the dry ingredients and stir until well combined.
  4. Pour the olive oil over the mixture and allow to cool for 30 – 45 minutes.
  5. Using an immersion blender on low speed, blend until slightly thickened; Chill.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Buttermilk Substitute

This is thicker than traditional buttermilk that is made as a byproduct of butter.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • just under 1 cup grass-fed organic whole milk
  • 1 Tbsp. organic distilled white vinegar

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Pour the vinegar into the cup measure.
  2. Fill to one cup.
  3. Use as you would buttermilk.
  4. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Ricotta Cheese and Sweet Whey

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • 1 gallon grass-fed organic whole milk with cream-on-top (or add grass-fed organic heavy cream)
  • 1/4 cup organic distilled white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup organic champagne vinegar (or add 1/4 cup organic distilled white vinegar to make 1/2 cup)
  • 1 Tbsp. Real Salt

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Heat the milk over medium heat until it reaches 180° Fahrenheit, this takes approximately 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.  (I recommend doing other kitchen tasks while waiting on the milk to heat.)
  2. Take the milk off of the heat, then add the vinegar; Allow it to stand for 1 minute to curdle.
  3. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth lined sieve for about 1 hour, longer if you want your cheese drier.
  4. Do NOT toss the liquid, that’s sweet whey!  This recipe makes approximately 14 cups of whey and 3 cups of ricotta cheese.
  5. Both the cheese and whey can be frozen.  I chose to freeze the ricotta in three 1-cup glass Mason jars and the whey in pint glass Mason jars, both with tight-fitting lids.
  6. Enjoy!

Homemade Organic Copycat McDonald’s Sweet and Sour Sauce

I found the original recipe here and I’ve adapted it to make it organic and remove the corn syrup along with the synthetic chemicals.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Here’s How I do it:

  1. Put all of the ingredients into a medium-size sauce pot and whisk until everything is smooth and combined.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil over a medium heat, whisking constantly.
  3. Lower heat to a slow boil or simmer and cook this mixture anywhere from 3-5 minutes, whisking constantly.
  4. The sauce will thicken as it cooks.
  5. Remove from heat and it can be served immediately. Refrigerate any leftovers in a glass jar with tight-fitting lid.
  6. If you’d like to reheat the sauce, add it to a sauce pot with a little bit of water and warm over medium heat.
  7. This recipe yields approximately a cup-and-a-half of dipping sauce.
  8. Enjoy!