April 30, 2012 at 1:12 AM (Almost Free, Baking, Fast, Health, How To, Make It Yourself, Real Food Snacks, Recipes, Simple, Under $1.00)
Tags: Bake, baking, bread, Cook, cooking, crackers, DIY, easy, Easy Recipes, food, GMO, housekeeping, kitchen, Phytic acid, real food, recipe, Recipes, soaking grains, Wheat Thins
I am still playing around with cracker recipes! I have never eaten so many crackers in my life. But we all know that I am an absolute cheese-oholic. And what better to place under my cheese, then a nice crispy cracker. Why bother making them yourself you ask? This is the ingredient list from a regular box of plain Wheat Thins:
- Enriched Whole Wheat Flour- enriched because they strip and extrude the grain at extremely high temperature and pressure, killing every vitamin and mineral naturally found in wheat. So synthetic vitamins are added back in to try and fool you. I personally doubt that we absorb much, if any, of these synthetic vitamins.
- Soybean Oil- from GMO soybeans. Don’t even get me started
- Cornstarch-from GMO corn
- Malt Syrup-sweetener made from GMO corn
- Sugar- made from GMO sugar beets
- BHT- added to the packaging to “preserve freshness” This is a fancy way of saying, “you are eating a rancid food and we added a deodorizer to the box so it doesn’t stink when you open it.
Sound appetizing? These crackers are really very easy to make. And the soaking step is ridiculously simple. I hate to shop, so for me this is actually a much easier option than going to a store and buying a box of premade crackers. Ha!
Homemade Wheat Thin Crackers (soaked)
1 1/4 cup organic wheat flour (freshly ground if you can)
1/4 cup water + 2Tbsp
4 Tbsp butter (unsalted)
1 1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt (plus more for salting before baking)
- Combine flour, sugar, salt, and paprika.
- Cut in the butter. I used a food processor, but you don’t have to.
- Add water and stir to combine.
Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and place in a very warm location. Mine took a nice long nap over night on top of the fridge. The ideal temperature would be between 110 and 130 degrees. Maybe the oven with the pilot light? And ideas? Between baking and letting it sit out for 8-24 hours you are breaking down a very large portion of the phytic acid and pre-digesting the gluten. I also like soaking because it breaks your recipes up into two seperate days, which to me feels like less work for some reason….If you don’t care about soaking, then carry on with the baking right now!
Flour your counter top and roll out the dough. You want the crackers to be very thin, so they will be crispy. Transfer the dough to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Score the crackers deeply with a sharp knife. I make mine exactly the size of my mouth Sprinkle with a small amount of extra salt. I over did it the first time and they were too salty, so beware.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 5-10 minutes. Check them after 5 and remove the crackers that are smaller or thinner and are browning too fast. You’ll know the ones….cool. break. eat.
For the sake of the experiment I actually “borrowed” some wheat thins from a co-worker and brang them home. I ate a real wheat thin and a homemade wheat thin and they tasted EXACTLY THE SAME. I made Rob test them both with his eyes closed and he couldn’t tell the difference. Success!
For the absolute best nutritional value, grind your flour fresh. I have not squeezed the grain mill into my budget yet, but I am almost there. I can’t wait!
P.S If you have a Kitchen Aid Mixer, you can buy a very inexpensive attachment for it that will grind fresh grain! I wish I had one…..but I am still using a good old fashioned wooden spoon
April 27, 2012 at 1:57 AM (Health, Your Journey to Health)
Tags: dangers of soy, food, Genetically modified food, Genetically modified organism, GMO, Health, Nutrition, real food, Soybean
Yesterday I rambled about how evil soy is and why. Today we need to figure out how to avoid it. I told you I was going to turn you into a diligent label reader didn’t I?
Some sources of soy will be easy to spot like:
- Bean Curd
- Soybean oil
- Soy Lecithin
- Soy flour
- Soy Sauce
Others are a little more tricky:
- Non-dairy creamer
- Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
- Hydrolized vegetable protein (HVP)
- Some sausage, hot dogs and deli meats
- Canned meats
- Bacon bits
- Salad Dressings
- Worcstershire, Steak and BBQ Sauces
- Canned tuna and salmon
- Canned soup
- Frozen entrees
- Granola bars
- Potato chips
- ANY PRODUCT FROM AN ANIMAL THAT WAS FED SOY
Yes that’s right, the meat you buy from the grocery store is not even beef/chicken/lamb anymore. If you leave a cow to go completely wild and just eat whatever it wants, what will it eat? I know for a fact that it will not stand in a GMO soybean field and eat nothing but soy beans for it’s entire life. It will wander around eating many different varieties of grasses and green growing plants.
Dude this resort sucks. They told us there would be fresh, growing grass to our hearts content. So far all they're feeding us is some really bitter crunchy stuff that makes me bloated and cranky.
My point is, livestock producers like to use corn and soy as a base for their animal feed, because these protein-rich grains fatten up their animals, and because they’re incredibly cheap as a result of the government subsidies. Livestock consumes 47% of the soy and 60% of the corn produced in the US. These meat products contain lower Omega 3 fatty acids than pasture-raised meat. The also have 5 times less Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA-the cancer fighter) than pasture-raised meat.
An organic cage-free egg from the store versus our free-range soy-free eggs.
And because 85% of soybeans are Genetically Modified, the meat you’re buying at the grocery store most likely contains GMO ingredients. GMO soy and corn are bred in a lab with built in pesticides and herbicides, which bio-accumulate in the fatty tissues of the animal. This chemical nightmare is then passed on to you, the consumer, when you eat that meat. Along with all of the arsenic, antibiotics, diseased animal tissue, plastic filler, chicken waste, dead animals, bones, pus, hides and scrap tissue that they are feeding factory farmed animals these days.
OMG you guys, I'm so excited! After we get our ears scratched the farmer promised a nice walk down by the pond and then as much grass as we can possibly eat. Race you!
My suggestion? Buy whole, raw one-ingredient foods. Grow your own. Go to www.eatwild.com or www.localharvest.org and find a farmer near your home. Ask questions, farmers love to tell you how they are raising their animals and what they are feeding them. They really won’t be offended by the question, in fact I have never met a farmer that won’t try to talk your ear off about that very subject. It is their lifes passion you know!
Rob's chickens eat whatever they find in the fields. He has a big chicken feeder full of organic soy-free food that they can eat at will. They much prefer to go find food on their own.
Make your opinions known. Every local grocery store in my area has heard from me. I make it a point to track down the managers and let them know the reason my cart is full of organic produce and non-GMO foods. I let them know the reason I refuse to buy ‘meat’ from their business. I write letters to the corporations or franchises that own those stores, I talk to my congressman and I regularly annoy the governor’s office. And you should too! Be a pest, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. And I for one would love to see this fake, poison junk they are trying to pass off as meat, milk, cheese and eggs disappear. Wouldn’t you?
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April 17, 2012 at 8:24 AM (Health, Video)
Tags: activism, GMO, government, Health, Michigan, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Nutrition, politics, real food
This issue is making me crazy! I urge everyone to get involved. Michigan is the first state to go through this, but trust me it won't be the last! Anyone raising their own farm animals had better stand up right now and make your opinions known. First it's an imaginary invasive pig. Next it will be "invasive chickens"....
April 1, 2012 at 9:59 AM (Health, Herbal Medicine, Non Toxic, Video)
Tags: baby food, cooking, GMO, Health, monsanto, organic, politics, real food, safety
Thank you for a great post Mike! As usual this information is crucial and we need to help spread the word! I must reblog this!
March 1, 2012 at 6:04 AM (Health)
Tags: Genetic engineering, Genetically modified food, Genetically modified organism, GMO
What is a GMO?
A GMO (genetically modified organism) is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans. Because this involves the transfer of genes, GMOs are also known as “transgenic” organisms.
This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.
What does this mean for you?
Genetically modified foods have been linked to toxic and allergic reactions, sick, sterile, and dead livestock, and damage to virtually every organ studied in lab animals. The effects on humans of consuming these new combinations of proteins produced in GMOs are unknown and have not been studied. Yet GMO ingredients are found in thousands of foods that you and I are eating every day! Currently on the market are GM soy, cotton, canola, corn, papaya, zucchini, squash, tobacco and sugar beets.
Products derived from the above GM foods , include several different vegetable oils, soy protein, soy lecithin, cornstarch, corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup among others. Also:
- meat, eggs, and dairy products from animals that have eaten GM feed (and the majority of the GM corn and soy is used for feed);
- dairy products from cows injected with rbGH (a GM hormone);
- food additives, enzymes, flavorings, and processing agents, including the sweetener aspartame (NutraSweet®) and rennet used to make hard cheeses; and
- honey and bee pollen that may have GM sources of pollen.
What is really interesting to me is that various feeding studies in animals have resulted in potentially pre-cancerous cell growth, damaged immune systems, smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy or increased density of the liver, odd-shaped cell nuclei and other unexplained anomalies, false pregnancies and higher death rates. Because of political pressure from large GM companies like Monsanto, human food studies have never been conducted.
What can you do?
In my house we have placed a ban on all Genetically Engineered foods and ingredients. It has taken a huge adjustment because those darn things are everywhere! The good news for us as consumers is that the current Certified Organic label does not allow GMO ingredients. Buy Organic, grow your own, buy from a local farmer, vote with your grocery dollars!
For detailed information and to take action visit The Institute for Responsible Technology
I would also highly recommend The Organic Consumers Association
I have watched several amazing documentaries about the devastation this industry has had on thousands of small American farmers. This is a partial list of my favorites:
Future of Food
Seeds of Deception
Do your part. Information is power!