Make it from Scratch Challenge..Homemade Potato Chips

Homemade potato chips is something I’ve been wanting to give a try but just hadn’t taken the time to actually do it. So I decided today was the day.

Homemade potato chips

I had seen quite a few recipes for microwave potato chips, so I took the common elements of each recipes and made up my own technique. One of the steps included in most of the recipes I found was to cut the potatoes thin. So I made sure to use my mandolin (affiliate link) to slice them up.

Potato Slices

 

Nice and Thin Potato Slice

I also found that not only soaking the potatoes but soaking them in ice water really helped. The first two batches I just had in cold water but after I added ice to the soaking water the chips seemed to crisp up a little better.

Soaking-Potato-Slices

I also noted a few of the recipes called for spraying each batch of the chips and others recommended turning the chips half way through and then cooking on half power. I opted for the easier route of full power for 4-5 minutes and no flipping. I also oiled the pie plate I was cooking them in, instead of spraying each batch of chips. I did need to add a little more oil to the pan after a few batches but used much less oil than traditional store-bought chips I’m sure.

Yummy Crisp Potato Chips

How did they taste?

These chips were delicious. I sliced up two potatoes and cooked up about 3/4 of them in quite a few batches. That is one problem with microwave chips is you can only prepare about 8-12 at a time, so this technique isn’t really that good for a big party, but for a snack or lunch side dish it’s great.

Crispy chips from the microwave

The chips had a nice potato flavor and were very nice and crisp. So much fresher tasting than the bagged chips from the store. We will definitely be making these again. I might even try to figure out how to make a big batch in the oven, if I do I will be sure to post about it.

Want to make some for yourself? Here’s the recipe or well maybe I should say technique, I used to make our yummy crisp homemade microwaved potato chips.

Homemade Potato Chips

Cook Time: 4 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Homemade Potato Chips

These microwaved potato chips are really crisp and have a nice fresh potato flavor.

Ingredients

  • 2 Potatoes, sliced very thin
  • Salt or other Seasoning to taste
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice the potatoes very thin, I used a mandolin to slice mine.
  2. Place the sliced potatoes into a bowl of ice water and chill for about 10 minutes.
  3. Take out 8-10 slices of potato and press dry between paper towels or a clean towel.
  4. Grease a casserole dish with olive oil. I used a glass pie plate and it worked well.
  5. Place the dry potato slices into the pie plate and sprinkle with salt or other seasonings.
  6. Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes until the potatoes get crisp and slightly golden in color.
  7. Repeat the process until all the potato slices are cooked.You may need to add more olive oil after about 3-4 batches.
  8. Enjoy!
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Do you think making your own potato chips is something you will give a try?

This post is part of the Make it from Scratch Challenge hosted by Crystal of Money Saving Mom.

Make it from Scratch Challenge…Homemade Egg Noodles

My great grandma used to make the most yummy egg noodles for me when I was young. She would make a huge pot and have it simmering on the stove when we came to visit. They were so good, egg noodles are definitely a comfort food for me. Partly because of the memories and partly because of the wonderful flavor of them.

Homemade Egg Noodles

You don’t need any fancy kitchen accessories to make these egg noodles. All you need is a place to roll them out, I use my cutting board. A rolling-pin and large sharp knife or pizza cutter. They are really quite easy to make and so worth the effort.

I love this recipe because it is so simple. Just three ingredients which you probably have on hand in your kitchen, eggs, flour and salt.

Egg Noodle Ingredients

I start out making the recipe by  whisking the eggs with the salt and then stirring in the flour until most of the flour is moistened. To get the dough to come together more I kneaded it just a few times (3-5) on a well floured board. The egg dough can tend to be sticky so  be sure to use enough flour to keep it from sticking to your board.

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Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe

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Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe

I have seen this recipe posted a few different places but this is where I saw the recipe first. At the time I had lots of Scrubbing Bubbles in my stockpile so I knew it would be a while before I would get around to giving this recipe a try.

Last week I ran out of the scrubbing bubbles and I was excited to give the recipe a try. I know it doesn’t take much to get me excited does it. :)  The recipe only takes two ingredients, Dawn and vinegar. I have read that the blue Dawn works the best so that is the one I used.

You do need to heat up the vinegar when you make it but after that there is no need to reheat it each time you use it. I usually will clean my shower while I am taking my shower so having a cleaner that is made of soap and vinegar is a plus. If you have never tried cleaning the shower while you are showering you should really give it a try. It is so much easier.

When I gave this recipe a try, I was really happy with how the homemade cleaner worked. I am sure it worked just as good as my scrubbing bubbles if not better. I did find that I didn’t need to use that much to clean the shower. The first time I used it I sprayed too much on. I also have used this recipe to clean the sink, toilet and countertop. Although I do need to remember to use it more sparingly on the countertop. I ended up having to rinse quite a bit to get all the cleaner off so do use it sparingly until you get used to it.

Here’s the recipe if you want to give it a try,

Shower Cleaner

Homemade Shower Cleaner

1 part Dawn Liquid Dish Soap (I used 1/2 a cup)
1 part Vinegar (I used 1/2  a cup)
Empty Spray Bottle

Heat the vinegar until very warm. I just placed the vinegar in my liquid measuring cup and heated it in the microwave. Then I added the Dawn and poured it into a spray bottle. Gave it a gentle shake and that is it.  I just used one of my spray bottles that was empty.

To use spray on surface let sit a few minutes and wipe off with a wet rag.

If you give this recipe a try, let me know how you like it. 

MYO Garlic Cubes

 

I was over at 20 Minute Mom and she had a post about how she likes to use these garlic cubes she found. Well me being  too cheap well frugal I though why couldn’t I make these myself.

So here is what I did to have my own garlic cubes on hand to use in recipes.

First I got a great deal on garlic at Everyday Deals and crushed all these head of garlic with the side of a knife.

Then I seperated out into individual cloves.

Now for the fun (well time consuming part), removing the garlic skins. How I do it is to take the side of the knife and lay it on the clove of garlic and then give the clove a good hit. This crushes the garlic clove just a little and the skin slips right off. I did not worry when I got a little heavy handed and really smashed the garlic after all I am going to chop them all up anyway.

I just popped them all into my food processor.

Then processed them until they were nice and finely chopped. If you like the smell of garlic you will love this part.

Then I portioned the chopped garlic into my ice cube trays and froze.

Once frozen I put them into a freezer bag and now I have my own ready to go garlic when I need it.

So what do you think? Is this something you might try to make yourself?

MYO: Cream Soup Mix

We eat dairy free at our home because my kids and husband are all allergic to milk. I had a need for a replacement for cream of mushroom soup or any cream of soup. I used to make this recipe from Once a Month Mom and freeze it.

But when I bought my a copy of Dining on a Dime Cookbook I found this recipe in Dining on a Dime and adapted it to be dairy free. I use the broth powder I get from Azure Standard because it is not as salty as the ones from the store. I also get my powdered milk substitute called Vance’s Dari-Free from Azure Standard.

Ingredients Mixed

How I store mine with instructions written on top.

Dairy Free Cream Soup Mix

Ingredients

2 cups Dry Milk Substitute (like Vance’s Dari-Free)
1/4 cup Broth Powder
2 T Dried Onion Flakes
2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and store in an airtight container. I reuse the Vance’s Dari-Free container.

To Make measure 1/2 cup of mix and mix with 1 1/4 cup water in a pan. Whisk to blend well. Cook on medium heat stirring constantly until thickened. Use this in place of a can of cream of anything soup.

Variations

I also add dried mushrooms or canned mushrooms to make cream of mushroom. I add dried celery or fresh finely diced celery for cream of celery soup. For cream of chicken soup I add a little more chicken broth powder.

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Freezer Cooking: Ground Beef

Freezer Cooking

When I do Freezer cooking I do it more in a bulk cooking day than making a bunch of meals to freeze.  I find this is a great way to take advantage of great sales I find on meat.

When I find ground beef on sale I like to cook part of the ground beef up.  I will usually chop up two carrots, two celery ribs and one medium onion in my food processor.

Then add it to my electric skillet put the 2-3 pounds ground beef or ground turkey on top set it to 300.  Then put the lid on and let it cook.  As it cooks I stir occasionally to break it up.

 

Once it is cooked and no longer pink then I drain any fat and place it in a bowl to cool in the fridge.  Once cooled I place the cooked ground beef in Ziploc bags.  I usually put 1-2 cups in each bag.  Then I put all the smaller bags into a freezer gallon bag and put in my freezer for use later.

Then when I need to make spaghetti and meat sauce I just thaw one of the cooked ground beef and put it in with sauce as I am cooking it.  If I am making tacos I take a package out and add some taco seasonings and heat it.

This saves some time when I am making dinner. By cooking up a large amount it saves me time and clean up not having to take the extra step of cooking the meat each night I need some.  Having some items like cooked ground beef or chicken in the fridge helps to keep us from resorting to going out to eat.  If I have forgotten to thaw meat for dinner or don’t have everything  I need for a certain meal, I have these pre-made foods to help me out.  It is like having your own convenience foods but with out all the preservatives.  Also with the added veggies you get fiber and it is a sneaky way to get your kids to eat more veggies without them knowing it.

By the way if you don’t own an electric skillet you can use a regular skillet with a lid and cook on medium on the stove top.

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