Archived entries for drinks

Tomato Juice

Not only is homemade tomato juice awesome and delicious, its a great way to get rid of ulgy damaged tomatoes.  I usually make this last, after processing my whole tomatoes and marinara, so I can use any excess juice or scraps from the other tomatoes.  Nothing makes for an amazing spontaneous brunch party then a quick bloody mary with your own juice.  Let’s get juicy.

Tomato Juice

  • Tomatoes, juiced
  • optional: salt

Core tomatoes and remove any bruised or damaged bits.  Place tomatoes in a pot and simmer on the stove top for about 20-30 minutes to soften up and allow for easy juicing.  Pour into a food mill to remove skin and seeds. If you are lucky enough to have a juicer, you can just use that and skip the simmering step.  However, I would still suggest running the pulp waste through a food mill to get as much juice as you can out of the tomatoes.

Bring tomato juice back up to a boil.  If its a bit watery, you can cook it down until you get the flavor you want.  Salt to taste.

Wash enough glass canning jars needed for tomato juice.  Temper by dipping in the boiling water of your canning pot.  Sterilize canning lids in boiling water.

Pour tomato juice into hot jars Wipe edges of jar to remove any materials which might impede lids from sealing.  Top with sterilized canning lid and ring

Process in boiling water canner 15 minutes for pints and quarts.  Beginning timing when water in canner comes back to a rolling boil.  When time is up, remove from water and allow to cool on counter top.  Do not jostle jars as it can impede a proper seal.

Once jars are cooled and sealed, mark with contents and date.  Put in your pantry and feel good about a job well done!

Good For Your Uterus, Good For You: Rasberry Leaf Tea

We all want healthy female reproductive systems, right?  I know I do.

A steeping mug of raspberry leaf tea.

Raspberry leaf tea is said to help tone  the uterus, improve contractions during birthing and decreases constipation.  Well this all sounds good to me.  While used primarily during pregnancy, it can also be effective to help women looking to get pregnant.

Drying raspberry leaves on a tower of baking sheets saves space in the kitchen. Leaves need to dry for a few weeks before storing in a sealed container, to keep them from getting moldy.

I drank A LOT of raspberry leaf tea while pregnant with my first baby, and was able to have a non-complicated natural birth.  I’m not sure if it directly helped, but I’m willing to try again on this pregnancy. Fall is the perfect time to harvest the raspberry leaves, so I took advantage of the bushes growing at my parents house to harvest some.  My mother-in-law Janice was also willing to furnish me with a couple of jars as well, so I sh0uld be well supplied.

A jar of dried crushed raspberry leaves ready to make into tea.

Making this tea is as simple as picking the leaves, drying them, and then steeping them in boiling water. So if you are pregnant or wanting to get pregnant and have access to any raspberry bushes, I highly suggest making some of your own!

Cure Your Nausea with Fresh Ginger Mint Tea

I haven’t been posting much lately and its not just because I’ve been wrestling with making yogurt or anything else. My absence is both exciting and sort of annoying. We’re happy to announce that the Forkable family will be gaining an exciting addition around February 9thish. Yup, I’m pregnant again!

The past 2 months, however, have been a bit difficult, as I’ve been dealing with a lot of early pregnancy nausea. I haven’t been wanting to eat much, so I haven’t been cooking, so…I don’t have anything to blog about. But I have been making a lot of ginger tea which is a decent natural way of reducing nausea. So I CAN blog about that.

Ginger has been used for hundreds of years to help with many ailments including reducing nausea. Although this won’t necessarily erase it, it does help tame the raging stomach beasts. Perhaps its a placebo, but I’ve made sure to always have a jar in the fridge for immediate use when I’m at my worst. So here it is.

Fresh Ginger Mint Tea

  • For every cup of water:
  • 6-8 slices of fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1/4 c. fresh mint leaves

Bring water to a boil. Turn off heat. Place ginger and mint in boiling water and allow to steep for 10-15 minutes, until a nice dark color. Drain and remove ginger. You can remove mint leaves, or leave them in if you like a more minty flavor. In summer, chill and drink cold. In winter, drink warm with honey.

Quick Mango Lassi

No trip to an Indian restaurant is complete without a delicious mango lassi. So, why not bring this delicious treat home? Lets!

I always think mangoes seem like such a luxury. They can be a bit expensive to buy individually and take a bit of time to process, when you have to work around the big pit. I pride myself on doing everything from scratch, but purchasing canned mango pulp from our local Lebanese market is one short cuts I always allow myself. With a can of mango pulp, a mango lassi is but 5 minutes away!

Quick Mango Lassi

  • 1 30 oz. can of Mango Pulp -or- 3 c. mango pulp
  • 1 12 oz. can of coconut milk
  • 2 c. yougurt
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1 Tbs honey

In a blender, mix all ingredients and blend.  This is a thick drink, so you can dilute with more milk, or ice chips if you want to chill it a bit.

Drink up and enjoy!

Time For a Toddy

A large gust of wind came and replaced our Indian summer with a winter dress rehearsal. I’ve got a sore throat, and I’m pissed. So, I had to dig back in the archives for a cure. I need a hot toddy!

This drink has it all, the comfort of hot steamy tea, the curative numbing power of whiskey, set off with the tart lemon which goes down smooth as can be thanks to the sweet honey. This drink coats your throat, warms your tummy and takes away all your aches and pains. What are we waiting for?

Hot Toddy

  • 1 cup of tea (whatever kind you prefer)
  • whiskey
  • 1-2 slices of lemon
  • 1-2 Tbs honey

Make a pot of tea. I always make a pot because one toddy is never enough. You can make your tea if one is enough. Because this was early afternoon, I used a black tea for the caffeine. Before bed, I always go for an herbal tea like chamomile.

Fill your mug 2/3 the way full with tea. You have to save room for the whiskey!

Add 1 shot of whiskey. You can add more or less depending on your preference for strength. I usually err on the side of more is better.

Add honey. I add one Tbs, stir and taste. I never hesitate to add more if I need it.

Add lemon slices. Breathe in the lemony steam. If I wasn’t too stuffed up to smell, I know I would be enjoying this part the best.

Now drink up and feel better!

*Not a suggested drink before work.

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