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13 Ways To Use Frozen Cantaloupe (Plus Recipes)

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A couple years ago, I showed you how I freeze cantaloupe for long-term storage. While much of it was thawed in bowls and eaten with breakfast or lunch, we did enjoy it some other ways.

If you’re wondering what you too can do with cantaloupe after you’ve frozen it, then you’re in the right place.  Here are 13 ideas to try with your frozen cantaloupe to get you started.  (If you’re unsure how to go about preparing them, I’ve also included links to help you out.)

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How To Make Candied Grapefruit Peels

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Thanks to the citrus that goes on sale this time of year, we were able to preserve a lot of curd, marmalades, juices and fruits recently.  One thing I always try to do is reduce the waste if I can.

When it comes to the peels, this means I preserve a lot of the zest for future use, and that we make some candied grapefruit peels with a bit of it as well.  These aren’t the kind of candy you’d want to eat every day, but once a year they are a wonderful treat.

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Homemade Cranberry Dinner Rolls

I love when fall comes around and cranberries are plentiful!  We use as many fresh berries as we can, then dehydrate and make cranberry concentrate with the rest.  One recipe you’ll see over and over at our house this time of year is our recipe for this delicious cranberry dinner roll.

Don’t grow cranberries?  That’s okay–Did you know that close to the holidays you can peruse Facebook until you find a $1.00 off of cranberries coupon?  Wait until cranberries go on sale for $1.00, and then get free cranberries.  Does it get any better?

We make these cranberry dinner rolls in our home from about November through January.  We have them at least weekly.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Mastering Basic Cheesemaking: Get Started In One Hour

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If our family had to pay for every grocery item we bought instead of making/producing/growing our own, dairy would be one of our biggest expenses. It would be safe to say that we go through a gallon of milk and a pound of cheese nearly every day.  That doesn’t even cover the butter, sour cream, yogurt, and other dairy products we use.

As you can imagine, a family like ours benefits greatly from being able to make our own cheeses, buttermilk, sour cream, yogurts, etc.  Likewise, many families could not only cut their grocery budgets by making their own, but also create beautiful memories with their kids as they enjoy the cheese-making process with their family.

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How To Make Raspberry Sorbet

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We’re getting low on our frozen cantaloupe stash that I’ve been using to make cantaloupe sorbet, but…there are raspberries now.  So I thought we’d try raspberry sorbet too.  (You’ll also notice that I’m doubling the size of my batch now that I know we like it.)  I think frozen raspberries would work just fine for this as well.

I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I turned once again to my treasured Vitamix instead. With a little mixing power, I was able to whip up a batch pretty quick.

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How To Make Cantaloupe Sorbet

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We have absolutely been loving all the cantaloupe we froze last year.  Most of it we have eaten just as it is after thawing, but this week I also made some cantaloupe sorbet after one of my children asked me if you can make cantaloupe ice cream.  It was such a great idea, I thought I’d try it out.

I don’t have an ice cream maker, so I turned to my treasured Vitamix instead. With a little mixing power, I was able to whip up a batch pretty quick.

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Easy Almond Joy Granola

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Our family loves granola.  It’s easy to make and we eat it up pretty fast.  I used to make a day’s worth of it at a time, but as my family has grown larger and consumed more, my recipe just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Here’s our version of almond-joy flavored granola.  It just may be the easiest granola recipe you try.

Feel free to cut down the recipe when you make it for your family.

 

You will need:

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Make Your Own Multipurpose Baking Mix

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I have never been a fan of pancake mix in a box.  In fact, even when I lived in a big city, I loved to make everything from scratch.  But if there is one thing about moving out to the middle of nowhere that I’ve learned, it’s that I don’t have as much time to do everything I used to.

This is just what the self-sufficient life means–you are going to work your tail off, and choose your “free-time” activities a bit differently.

For me, that meant I couldn’t spend an hour (or more) cooking every breakfast, every lunch, and every dinner anymore.

I needed a dry baking mix that could be made up in bulk.  It had to be flexible enough to use for different menus.  It had to sit on a shelf for long periods of time.

Here’s what I’ve found that works best for me, what and how I cook with it, and how I’ve altered it with the ingredients I have on hand.

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Grocery Shopping Twice A Year: How We Do It

Shopping is 60 miles away.  I have a large family.  When we go shopping, it takes all day—sun up to sun down.  Oh, and one more thing—neither the Farmer nor I has ever particularly liked shopping.

So what’s a family to do when town is so far away?

As my regular readers know, we live in a homesteaded community.  Most of the families who live here are the original families who homesteaded this land over 150 years ago.  Most of them are in the same situation as we are.

I’ll tell you what we don’t do:  we don’t shop that often.

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9 Ways To Get Back To Your Roots

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Are you a homesteader?  Working on it?  Dreaming of being there one day?

It’s a different journey for all of us.  Some of us are born living off the land (like my husband).  Some of us jump right in (like I did when I got married).  Others make dreams, set goals, and work away as they make a way for themselves.

And some people just dream.  Perhaps they like the fantasy, but don’t believe in themselves.  Perhaps they just don’t know where to start.

If you’re one of those people making plans, setting goals, or even that person who’s lost and doesn’t know where to start, here are 9 areas to work into your goals, and resources to help you get there.  I suggest taking notes on areas of interest.

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