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  • in reply to: Countdown to Christmas Day #4 (2 days left!!) #446086

    Our Christmas must is two fold. I make an elderberry sauce for pancakes and french toast. Enough to have and freeze. I also make a mixed red berry sauce for angel food cake.

    Elderberry Sauce
    1lb elderberries cleaned and rinsed
    I bottle clear karo syrup
    1 cup unsweetened unfiltered apple juice
    Cook on medium low heat in a sauce pan. Stir regularly to avoid burning. Once it is loose and colored thru reduce to lowest heat until it reaches desired viscosity.

    Red Sauce
    1cup each
    (My mom always used fruit she froze in the summer for this. Currants are not readily available where I live now so you can add them if you are lucky enough to.)
    1 cup of castor sugar
    1-1/2 cups champagne
    1 store bought angel food cake or home prepared.

    Rinse and clean all of your berries.
    Place champagne in saucepan on med low heat. Add castor sugar. Raise heat only enough to melt the sugar. Begin adding the berries one type at a time, a few minutes between each type. (This step is slow but needed to make sure the flavor comes out in layers). Depending on how high the heat and evaporation of liquid more champagne may be added ad it cooks. Once all berries have been combined give it several minutes to simmer and several more minutes to cool before pouring over your angel food came.

    I would make fruit leathers for the kids, jerky for the hubby, and spices for homemade mixes for myself.

    in reply to: What top 5 things are a *Must Have* in your pantry? #442486

    Top 5 things in our pantry.
    1. Canned tomatoes. Diced and many varieties.

    Canned and dried beans.
    3. Rice.
    4. Pasta.

    Textured vegetable protein.
    We have a bunch of spices and home made mixes to go with everything. We try and keep it as simple as possible.

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