Homemade InstaPot Pear Butter – Dirty KETO Version

We were gifted some pears from a neighbor, so we racked our brains to try and figure out the best way to process them. Google led me to an article that said to put your pairs in boiling water for 15 – 30 seconds, then place in an ice bath. The skins would simply come off with rubbing!

We tried this and….. yeah No. Didn’t work at all. I tried a few says later, hoping the pears just weren’t ripe enough. Still didn’t work. So, we broke out the Pampered Chef Apple Corer. Peeling the pears was a cinch after that!

Ingredients:

  • 12 medium sized pears – peeled, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup allulose
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/4 cup water

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to the instant pot.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 30 minutes.
  3. When done, quick release the pressure. Open lid when safe.
  4. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce and simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture until smooth.
  6. Simmer the sauce for another 20 minutes or until the mix is thick and when pushed with a spoon the mixture keeps the ripple from the spoon without filling back in.

Enjoy! I served mine on SOLA Bread – with only 4 net carbs, I can occasionally enjoy!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Note: Not recommended for HE Washers.

Making homemade laundry detergent is incredible simple and will save you money and help avoid some harsh chemicals. So – here is how to make homemade laundry detergent!

laundry detergent in a mason jar

Ingredients:

  • Castile Soap (e.g. Dr. Bronner’s or Kirks)
  • Washing Soda
  • Borax

Step 1: Grind your soap. You can use a food processor, a cheese grater, a hammer and rage; whatever you chose to get your soap into even sized bits.

Step 2: Mix your ingredients. Ratios are 1 cup of washing soda: 1 cup of borax : 1 bar of soap.

Directions for use: Use 2 teaspoons to 1/4 cup of detergent per load, depending on load size.

Total Cost# of loadscost per load
Home Made$2.2520$0.12
Tide Power Pods$21.4448$0.45
Persil Discs$17.9762$0.29
Xtra Liquid Passion$8.13210$0.04
(prices pulled from walmart.com)
cost# of ozcost per oz/barweightcost per portion
Borax$4.4765$0.066 oz$0.41
Kirk’s Soap$4.4416$1.111 bar$1.11
Washing Soda$4.1255$.079.8 oz$0.73
Total:$2.25

Voila! That’s it!

Easiest Keto Meal Ever

I have an announcement. I am in love with this little guy!

Two words ya’ll. FRIED CHEESE. <Drool Emoji>

This is one of my favorite keto meals, and heckin’ delicious!

Fried cheese is SUPER simple too.

  • Open the cheese.
  • Cut the cheese <tehe>
  • Fry the cheese for about 5 min in a deep fryer at 350F.
  • Fry the cheese in an air fryer for 5 min, shake or flip, and cook for another 5.

That’s literally it. Add your favorite toppings! Here I’ve used – L to R – queso, hot sauce, hummus, tomato sauce, lemon juice & zest, and pepper jelly.

queso, hot sauce, hummus, tomato sauce, lemon juice & zest, and pepper jelly

Extract Guide


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Almond Extract (3-4 months)

• 1 cup skinless almonds OR 1/2 cup apricot/cherry/peach/nectarine/plum pits, roasted and cracked (roasted is VERY important)
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

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Blueberry Extract (4 months)

  • 1 cup dehydrated blueberries
  • 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

Note: If using fresh blueberries, more vodka needs to be added as the moisture in fresh fruit will lower the proof of the alcohol. There is a chance of the pectin being activated at this point of adding more alcohol and making a fruit extract sludge. Therefore, most extractors will tell you to use dehydrated fruit.

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Chocolate Extract (3 months)

• 1 cup raw cacao beans
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof

Note: No need to roast the cocao nibs – roasting removes top notes from the flavor.

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Cinnamon Extract (3 months)

• 1 cup Cinnamon Sticks
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

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Coconut Extract (5 weeks)

• 3/4 cup toasted coconut
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

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Coffee Extract (1-2 weeks max, or will become bitter)

• 1/2 cup organic (preferable) coffee beans; cracked
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

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Gingerbread Extract (6 months)

• Ginger (sliced thin), cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, whole nutmeg, whole cloves, peppercorns
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

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Holiday Extract (6 months)

• Orange Peels, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, whole star anise, whole nutmeg, peppercorns
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

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Lemon / Lime Extract (3 months)

• 1 cup citrus peels (remove the pith)
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

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Maple Extract (1 month)

  • 1 cup Fenugreek seeds
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)
  1. Place the fenugreek seeds in a non-reactive frying pan. Stir and toss regularly for even heating. Do not let the seeds brown, or the resulting extract will take on a acidic flavor.
  2. Put the seeds into an herb grinder while they are still warm. This helps release essential oils in the seeds that provide more flavor! You want a consistency similar to drop coffee grounds.
  3. Warm the vodka with the vanilla bean. Use the lowest setting on your stove to avoid boiling. Put the seeds into a glass jar, then add the liquid so that it covered the ground seeds completely. Place lid on container.
  4. Put the closed bottle in an area that remains cool and dark. Shake daily for three to four weeks. Strain. Return the clarified extract to the bottle. Use as desired.

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Mint Extract (steep leaves for 2 days at a time, strain, replace)

• 1 cup mint leaves
• 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

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Vanilla Extract (3 months)

  • 1 ounce of vanilla beans (6-8 beans)
  • 8 oz vodka / rum (at least 40% or 80 proof)

Note: Vanilla extract will be ready in at least 3 months. You can keep the beans and alcohol mixture indefinitely – just continue to add more beans and vodka on occasion.

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Black Walnut Benefits, Uses and Nutrition Facts - Dr. Axe
Black Walnut

Walnut (Black) Extract (2 months)

  • 1/2 cup shelled black walnuts
  • 1/2 cup vodka (at least 40% or 80 proof)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the black walnuts and toast until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Place walnuts in a clean jar.
  2. Pour the vodka and bourbon into the jar. Cover, store in a cool dark place. Shake the jar occasionally.
  3. After 2 months, strain the walnuts from the liquid. Walnuts can be discarded or used in baking.

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