Saturday, December 15, 2012

Clementine Wine

photo by: Free Wine
1 gallon water
24 Clementines
10 Valencia oranges
1 lb extra fine granulated sugar
1 teaspoon citric acid
1 teaspoon pectic enzyme
¼ teaspoon tannin
1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
1 package Champagne wine yeast

Mix sugar and water in large pot. Bring to boil.

Peel all Clementines and Valencias and save the zest from 10 of the Clementines.

Section the fruit and remove any pith. Place zest and sections in a nylon mesh straining bag. Close bag with a tie and mash fruit in a primary fermentation container.

Pour boiling sugar water over fruit and stir. Let liquid cool until room temperature. Add citric acid, pectic enzyme, tannin, and yeast nutrient to container. Cover and let sit for 12 hours.

Remove cover, add activated Champagne wine yeast, and cover again. Stir daily for 10 days.

Remove bag from container and pour liquid into secondary fermentation container. Seal with airtight lock lid and ferment.

Skim froth, as necessary. When froth ceases to form, rack and place into bottles. Rack again every two months for one year.

Age an additional year before enjoying. 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dried Apricot Wine

6 lb. dried apricots, 

2 oranges, 

3 ½ lb. sugar, 

9 pts water, 

1 oz. Yeast, 

1 tablespoonful of freshly made tea.

Put the apricots in the fermenting vessel with the cut-up oranges and their peel. Fold the orange peel and squeeze to get as much oil out of it as you can.

Boil two pounds sugar in seven pints water for two minutes and pour over the fruits while still boiling. Allow to cool and add the yeast.

Cover as directed and ferment for ten days, crushing by hand each day and covering again at once.

After ten days, strain and wring out as dry as you can and put the strained liquor in the gallon jar. Boil the remaining sugar in the last two pints of water for two minutes and when cool add to the rest, and then add the tea.

Cover as directed or fit fermentation lock and leave until all fermentation has ceased.

Saturday, December 8, 2012



  • 2 quarts whole milk

  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt

  • Optional: 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon salt


In a large pot, bring the milk, yogurt, heavy cream (if using), vinegar, and salt to a boil. Very gently boil for one to two minutes, until the milk is curdled.

Meanwhile, line a strainer with a few layers of cheesecloth and set it over a deep bowl.

Pour the milk mixture into the strainer and let drain for 15 minutes. Gather the cheesecloth around the curds and squeeze gently to extract any excess liquid.

Storage: Homemade ricotta is best served slightly warm, although it can be refrigerated for up to three days, if desired.

Makes 2 cups.


Tips To Lower High Blood Sugar Levels

Author: Julia Hanf

Lowering elevated blood sugar levels is important in preventing
diabetes or keeping it under control if you already have it.
Depending on what you eat you can expect your blood sugar levels
to fluctuate throughout the day. Consistent high blood sugar
levels may lead to life-threatening illness such as heart
disease, circulatory problems and kidney failure. Circulatory
problems can lead to loss of limbs. Consistent high blood sugar
levels can cause blindness as well as a host of other problems.

When blood sugar levels remain high for too long severe damage
can occur to your body's organs. This is why it's vital to
monitor your blood sugar levels on a regular basis. Your doctor
may prescribe an easy to use blood sugar monitoring kit. When
checking your blood sugar levels throughout the day you can make
adjustments to your diet or take other measures necessary to
lower your blood sugar levels as soon as possible.

Eating a healthy diet can help keep your blood sugar levels
under control. Refined sugars cause the pancreas, which produces
insulin, to work too hard. Insulin's function is getting glucose
to your body's cells to fuel your body. Eating too many sweets
and drinking too many sugary drinks wreaks chaos on your system.
Eating processed, packaged foods and white breads also affect
blood sugar levels. You should mainly eat mostly fresh fruits
and vegetables, whole-grain breads and cereals and fish and
chicken. These kinds of foods are healthy choices for lowering
high blood sugar levels. Many people can avoid going on insulin
simply by eating right.

Vitamins and minerals also work to help reduce high blood sugar
levels. Studies have shown that certain nutrients are necessary
in the body for maintaining normal blood sugar levels. Chromium
has been found to be one of the most important minerals for
lowering high blood sugar levels. Decades of research on
chromium and its effect on the body suggests that too little
chromium in your system increases your chances of getting
diabetes. Americans who are over the age of 50 may have general
chromium deficiencies due to poor eating habits. Another
important mineral for keeping blood sugar levels in healthy
ranges is Magnesium. It is important to take vitamin and mineral
supplements and be sure you get chromium and magnesium in your
daily dose.

Exercise is also important for lowering high blood sugar levels.
Obesity is a major factor in developing type 2 diabetes. Eating
too much of the wrong foods will not only cause your weight to
go up, but your blood sugar to go up as well. It's important
that you get off the couch and walk your blood sugar down. A
simple 30-minute walk three to five times per week may go a long
way in lowering your weight and your blood sugar at the same

About the author:
Visit Your Diabetes Cure.