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

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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The Best Easy Keto Pizza Crust

I have tried several keto pizza crust recipes, and this on is the best! It is affordable, fast and easy, and super simple to make. If you follow my suggestions, you can make a family sized pizza with one batch!

First, gather your items:

  • Silicon Rolling Mat x2 (I use one like this)
  • Baking Sheet
  • Rolling Pin
  • Two Microwave Safe Bowls
  • Large Spoon (though I prefer to use clean hands)

Then, gather your ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 & 1/3 cups Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour
  • Sauce
  • Herbs and Spices
  • Pizza Toppings

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 375f. Add 1 & 1/3 cup mozzarella, 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, and spices to your microwave safe bowl, and nuke for about 90 seconds until melted. Use your spoon to mix the melted cheese.

Step 2: In your second bowl, add 1/3 cup coconut flour and 3 eggs, mix.

Step 3: Mix cheesy bowl into the flour bowl. You want to do it this way because otherwise, your egg will cook some and make your pizza hella weird.

Step 4: Add your spices. These are up to you! I usually add an Italian mix (oregano, basil, and thyme, as well as some garlic). But get creative! You can add curry flavors and top your pizza with chicken, lots of garlic and add just cheese as a topping, and much more. (Or don’t, I’m not the flavor police 🙂 ) Mix everything thoroughly. I use clean hands, because the mix is pretty sticky at this point.

Step 5: Place your dough onto a silpat, and smush it out. Place a second silpat over the first one, and roll it out even. Pull the top silpat piece off, place the bottom silpat, with the dough attached, onto your cookie sheet. When the oven is done heating, place the cookie sheet into the oven. Cook for 10 min at 375.

Step 6: Pull your pizza dough out, add your toppings, and put back in the oven for another 7 minutes or so. Depending on your toppings you may need to add time.

Thats it! Crazy easy, and delicious!


Have pizza creation ideas? Share them with me, and I will continue to update this page with your ideas!

Reader Submitted Ideas:

Spicy Meat Lovers – Submitted by Joe M.

  • Tomato Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Pepperoni – lots!
  • Precooked Italian Sausage
  • Sliced Jalapeno
  • Fresh Parmesan

Margarita Pesto Pizza – Submitted by Brenna S.

  • Fresh Pesto
  • Sliced Tomatoes
  • Sliced Mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil
  • Bonus! Drizzle a thick Balsamic on after cooking

Shakshuka Pizza – Submitted by Jacob S.

  • Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • Cumin
  • Onions
  • Chili Peppers
  • Sausage
  • Feta Cheese
  • Dippy Egg (create a few wells, gently crack a few eggs onto the pizza, season with salt and pepper. Cook 7-10 minutes)
  • Parsley

Fun Guy Pizza – Submitted by Andi

  • Pizza Sauce
  • Mushrooms
  • Sausage
  • Onions
  • Cheese

Ravioli Pizza – Submitted by Becky K.

  • White Sauce (be sure to check the carb count on your chosen white sauce)
  • Italian Sausage
  • Ricotta

Where does this fall on the glycemic index? or What sugar can I have on Keto?

What is the glycemic index, and why should I care?

The glycemic index (GI) is a a measure of how quickly a food causes our blood sugar levels to rise. The foods are ranked on a scale from 0 to 100. Foods with a high GI should be avoided, because they cause a rapid spike in insulin. For example, jelly beans trigger a lot of sugar response in your blood. However, a food like celery, which is a carbohydrate, does not have this same effect because it is low on the GI.

What does GI have to do with keto?

Glycemic index has a lot to do with keto! Insulin allows the cells in the muscles, fat and liver to absorb glucose that is in the blood. This glucose can serve as energy to these cells, or convert to fat. If you instead avoid high GI foods and sweeteners, there is less of an insulin spike, and therefore less sugar being converted to fat.

SweetnerGITypeRecommendation
Stevia (pure liquid form)0NaturalUse
Allulose0NaturalUse
Monk Fruit0NaturalUse
Inulin0NaturalUse
Tagatos3NaturalSparingly
Yacon Syrup1NaturalSparingly
Agave10-19NaturalAvoid
Maple Syrup54NaturalAvoid
Honey58NaturalAvoid
Erythritol0NaturalUse
Xylitol7Sugar Alcohol / NaturalSparingly
Maltitol26Sugar Alcohol / NaturalAvoid
Sorbitol4Sugar Alcohol / NaturalAvoid
Sucralose (Splenda)0-80 (depending on bulking agent)Synthetic (artificial)Avoid / Limit
Aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet)0Synthetic (artificial)Avoid / Limit
Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low)VariableSynthetic (artificial)Avoid / Limit
Acesulfame potassium (Sunnett, Sweet One)0Synthetic (artificial)Avoid / Limit
Sucrose (table sugar)65ProcessedAvoid
HFCSvariesProcessedAvoid


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Keto Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Mmmmmm

The other day I made Keto Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast. It was amazing!

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices Low carb bread (I use Sola Bread)
  • 1 Egg
  • Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Berries
  • Sugar Free Syrup
  1. Dip your bread into egg like normal for french toast, both sides, add cinnamon to your liking.
  2. While french toast is cooking, toss some berries into a pan. Let them cook down. Add some cream cheese, let it mix together. Taste it with a clean spoon. Should be amazing, but if you need a little sweeter, add more berries. Note: Remember, berries have sugar, so the more berries, the less keto your meal is! I used about 1/4 cup berries, and 4 tbsp cream cheese.
  3. Layer your french toast, then cream cheese, then french toast. Cover with sugar free syrup.
  4. Grab a knife and fork and shovel the meal into your mouth. It’s okay, I won’t judge.
Est.Net CarbsFatProtein
Stuffed French Toast11.333.522.4

How to Make Lemon Extract

When life hands you lemons, add vodka and make lemon extract!


Lemon extract is SUPER simple! All you need is a clean container, lemon zest, and vodka. For extraction, be sure to use at least 35%, or 70 proof alcohol. I usually go the the liquor store and buy the cheapest vodka.

Cheapest vodka my local store had at time of purchase.

Hubs was awesome and “volunteered” to zest the lemons for me. Lemon extract only calls for 2-3 lemons on zest per 1/2 cup of vodka. I added the zest to a mason jar, and poured in my vodka. My little mason jar is holding 1 cup of vodka, and zest from 5 lemons.

Lemon extract takes about 4-8 weeks, be sure to store in a dark place, and shake daily!

How to Make Homemade Sauerkraut

Today included several projects, but one was homegrown, homemade sauerkraut! We planted the cabbage a few months ago, and considering it is our first year growing cabbage, it has done surprisingly well.

We freshly harvested the cabbage today, and rinsed the leaves. I pulled them apart and made sure to clean thoroughly between each leaf.  After cleaning the leaves, I stacked them and julienned the leaves (cut in long strips).

After cutting the cabbage, I put into a large bowl. You will want to then sprinkle in 1.5 tsp of  salt onto your cabbage. Then gently caress your cabbage leaves until the water (or brine) begins to leave the cabbage. 

My cabbage took about 10 minutes of caressing to expel a good amount of water. You will then put your cabbage into a mason jar, and let it ferment! It’s only going to take a few days for your sauerkraut to ferment and become delicious, but longer is okay! You want to keep your cabbage submerged to prevent it from spoiling. You can purchase a weight to place inside of your mason jar, however, I place a plastic bag into the mason jar, and fill it with water. This acts as a reusable weight that doesn’t require additional storage! Once the cabbage looks like sauerkraut, remove the bag, remove any funk on top, put a lid on, and stick in your fridge to enjoy with grilled bratwurst!

NOTE: I clean the plastic bag and reuse it many times!

Be sure to “burp” your fermenting items, and if your container is close to full, I recommend placing a cloth underneath of it for quick clean up in case of any spillage.

There you have it! I will be sure to update in a few days with my yummy sauerkraut!