How to Make Corn Syrup That’s Homemade & Healthy

How to Make Corn Syrup That’s Homemade & Healthy

I never really cared about how to make corn syrup until we started looking at all the processed foods we eat and eliminating them one by one from our diet.

 

Corn syrup is definitely one of those overly-processed foods that has ingredients I can’t pronounce, so it had to go.

 

And since most corn grown in the U.S. is a GMO (genetically modified organism) crop, you can bet store-bought corn syrup is cut from the same cloth.

However, there are recipes where corn syrup is necessary, particularly if you like to make candy, so knowing how to make a light corn syrup substitute at home is a good idea.

 

You should note that because this is a homemade corn syrup, it’s not the same as what you buy in the store, so it’s really an ingredient to use in place of corn syrup.

 

But it works well, and luckily, it’s really so simple to learn how to make a corn syrup substitute, and even a kitchen klutz like me can do it.

 

And while a homemade corn syrup version is still full of sugar, it’s still much healthier than what you’ll find on the grocery aisle.

 

(Even if you use GMO corn, this recipe will work. But if you want to avoid GMOs altogether, then learning how to make corn syrup at home is critical).

And believe me when I tell you, it tastes a hell of a lot better.

 

Think salty and sweet meets “fire-grilled on a warm summer eve” corn on the cob.

 

Honestly, that description doesn’t even cover it, but believe me, try this recipe once, and you won’t go back, especially since you can knock it out in about 30 minutes and have about 1 cup of corn syrup to cook with.

 

So without further rambling, here’s how to make corn syrup with sugar and water right in your own kitchen.

 

 

How to Make Corn Syrup from Scratch

 

So, for this recipe (printable recipe at the bottom of this page), you’re going to need ingredients you likely already have on your kitchen shelf.

 

Grab:

 

1 cup sugar

4 cups boiling water to dissolve sugar

2 additional cups lukewarm water

2 cups of soft corn kernels or 3 leftover corn cobs

 

If you have extra corn left over from dinner, or corn still on the cob that your kids took two bites out of, then this is a good way to use them up.

 

I prefer using loose kernels to make corn syrup, but if you have them, the cobs do make it easier to strain.

 

Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water by stirring water into sugar.

 

If you need more boiling water, then use it. What matters is the sugar is totally dissolved.

 

Pour into non-reactive pot once all the sugar is dissolved.

 

Add remaining 2 cups of water into the pot. (Make sure the pot is large enough to accommodate everything easily; the last thing you want is sugar water boiling over and making a sticky mess.)

 

Slowly heat, stirring to make sure the sugar stays dissolved. This is particularly important as the temperature rises, because the sugar can easily crystallize. Once everything starts to boil, I stir continuously.

 

Once boiling, add the corn kernels or cobs.

 

how to make corn syrup

 

At this point keep stirring. The water will start steaming. Effectively what you’re doing is heating the sugar so it melts, and boiling off the excess water.

 

As the mixture boils, the corn will heat, imparting it’s flavor into the syrup.

 

Keep stirring as the mixture boils. Eventually, the mixture will reduce to about half it’s size. Once the corn syrup starts to look yellow and get thick, you know you’re almost there.

 

Your homemade corn syrup is ready to remove from the heat when the top starts to bubble consistently over the entire surface of the corn syrup.

 

Remove from heat and immediately pour into a mason jar lined with a strainer to catch the corn kernels. It will be slightly runny, but that’s because it’s hot.

 

Allow to cool, placing something over the mouth of the mason jar to keep out bugs and curious children (it will be very hot) but that will still allow steam out.

 

Once cool, the corn syrup should be even thicker. You can store in your fridge, and it will keep for quite a while.

 

This looks like a lot of steps, but really, learning how to make corn syrup at home is very simple once you get started.

 

Learning how to make corn syrup is just a simple matter of using ingredients you already have on hand – and it’s not really that difficult is it?


Kiss your store-bought corn syrup good bye!

 

I’d like to hear from you!

Do you have a better idea of how to make corn syrup? Do you think you’ll try this? Leave a comment below!

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10+ Recipes That Are Perfect For The Holidays

10+ Recipes That Are Perfect For The Holidays

The holidays are coming y’all and I am so excited for the food.

I LOVE all of the delicious food that shows up around Christmas and Thanksgiving. Since the holidays can get a little bit crazy, I’ve created a collection of holiday recipes that you can use for any of your holiday recipe needs. I’ve got holiday recipes perfect for kids, office parties, family events and more!

So let’s get going! Here are some of my favorite holiday recipes.

Amish Farmhouse Sugar Cookies

These farmhouse sugar cookies are made with simple ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Seriously these cookies are to die for! What I love about these cookies are that you can customize them depending on your taste. We used raisins in ours, but if you’re not a raisin fan you can use chocolate chips, nuts, butterscotch chips, or maybe even some toffee.

Recipe here: Amish Farmhouse Sugar Cookies

Left Over Ham Pasta Salad

Having a honey baked ham is a must have for any holiday gathering. But after the holiday party you have to figure out what the heck to do with all of the leftover ham. Leftover ham pasta salad is the perfect solution. Not only is this recipe a huge hit, but it’s simple and easy to make.

You can find the recipe here: Left Over Ham Pasta Salad

Southern Style Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes And Gravy

If you’re looking to keep things simple this holiday season, this instant pot mashed potatoes and gravy recipe is for you. The gravy and the potatoes are both made in the instant pot, so you’re looking at only dirtying one pan! Heck yes. This recipe is going to be my go to for mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving

Recipe: Southern Style Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes And Gravy

Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Spice

Everyone goes crazy for anything pumpkin spice in the fall, but did you know you can make your own? I love this recipe for pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice because they’re so versatile for the holiday season. Plus, homemade pumpkin puree is everything. It tastes sooo good. You can use it to make pumpkin pie, pumpkin muffins, even pumpkin soup!

Recipe: Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Spice

puree pumpkin and spice

Pie Recipes For the Holidays

There’s nothing better than homemade pie. Literally nothing. I have so many pie recipes that I love for the holidays that I definitely couldn’t fit all of them into this blog post. But, don’t worry, I have an entire article that has all of my favorite homemade pie recipes.

Find it here: Homemade Pie Recipes for the Holidays

Here are some of my favorite pie recipes:

Maple Pecan Pie

Fresh Pumpkin Pie

Easy Key Lime Pie

Homemade Corn Syrup

If y’all didn’t know, store bought corn syrup is really processed and likely made with GMO corn. Enter my homemade corn syrup recipe. This recipe is great if you still want to make homemade Christmas candy. Because is it even Christmas if there’s not homemade candy? This recipe is a lighter corn syrup substitute that’s perfect for using with your holiday recipes.

Here’s the recipe: Homemade Corn Syrup

Christmas Morning Pancake Mix With Einkorn Flour

I love this Christmas morning pancake mix recipe made with Einkorn Flour. This is perfect if you want to provide a healthier breakfast on Christmas morning (since you’ll probably be having tons of unhealthy foods the rest of the day). Plus you can make this mix in bulk and store it so you have a quick breakfast option for busy mornings! Top these pancakes with homemade lavender syrup or strawberry jam, and you have the perfect Christmas morning breakfast!

Recipe here: Christmas Morning Pancake Mix

Want an easy but nutritious breakfast? Make this DIY pancake mix now & have quick breakfasts all week!

Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes

These small cakes are bursting with delicious citrus flavor. These cakes can be easily wrapped in a red party favor bag and gifted to friends and family. But make sure you keep some for yourself because these cakes are delicious!

Recipe: Orange Cherry Olive Oil Cakes

Sugar Free English Egg Custard

Looking for a yummy comfort food recipe for the holidays? I love making this sugar free English egg custard recipe for an afternoon treat. It’s also great to take to potlucks because the ingredients make it seem much more complicated and decadent than it actually is;)

Recipe here: Sugar Free English Egg Custard

Chocolate Cookie Mice

Aren’t these chocolate cookie mice the cutest? This recipe is perfect for a Christmas treat for the kids. You can make these mice cookies and eat them while you read a Nutcracker storybook. Your kids will love having this tasty treat while hearing about the Nutcracker and Clara fighting the Mouse King (here’s my favorite Nutcracker storybook).

Recipe: Chocolate Cookie Mice

 

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Shortbread is a traditional Scottish recipe that is perfect for the holidays. These cookies literally melt in your mouth and they are perfect for topping desserts. Since these cookies are shaped like buttons, they are absolutely perfect for topping snowman themed cakes or cookies!

Find the recipe here: Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

Easy White Bread Recipe

Think you’re no good at making bread? Trust me you can make this easy white bread. Homemade bread is perfect for the holidays. I love serving fresh homemade bread with any holiday meal.

Recipe: Easy White Bread Recipe

In this no-fail bread recipe, I walk you step-by-step so you can make your own loaves. Easy recipe that anyone can master. From FrugalChicken.

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

These cookies are perfect for a cold winter’s night. They’re the ultimate comfort food for the holidays, and your family and friends will love them! Plus this recipe makes about 60 cookies which makes it a easy recipe to gift to neighbors or take to the office potluck.

Recipe: Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies

Stacks of oatmeal peanut butter cookies

Chocolate Chili Brownies

Looking to add a little spice to your holiday dessert? This recipe has some kick. I love the combination of sweet and spicy in this chocolate chili recipe. It’s perfect for mixing things up at the office potluck or family Christmas party.

Recipe: Chocolate Chili Brownies

chocolate chili brownies

Sugar Substitutes

Looking to have a healthier holiday season? I hear ya. I could probably do with less processed sugar in my life. Here are some of my favorite options for substituting sugar:

Which of these recipes are you going to try this year?



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Delicious Homemade Ice Cream That You Can Make In A Bag!

Delicious Homemade Ice Cream That You Can Make In A Bag!

Today I’m going to share a quick homemade ice cream recipe with you that I’m sure you’ll love!

This homemade ice cream recipe is the perfect activity for kids because you make the ice cream in a bag that they get to throw around.

This was my FAVORITE thing to do as a kid! My brother and I loved making homemade ice cream in a bag because we got to play catch with our ice cream! This ice cream is SOOO fun to make and it is super simple too! You mix the ingredients together and then toss a bag around for 20 minutes. It’s great for a game of hot potato or catch and you get ice cream out of it too!

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 heaping T of instant pudding (in the flavor of your choice)
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/4 c of sugar
  • 3/4 c. cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 c rock salt
  • 4 cups ice

You’ll also need 2 quart sized Ziploc bags, 2 gallon sized Ziploc bags, duct tape, newspaper, and some plastic grocery bags.

Instructions

In one of your quart sized Ziploc bags mix together the pudding mix, vanilla, and sugar.

You can choose the pudding mix of your choice! You can even experiment and mix flavors together. I’m dying to try caramel and chocolate mixed together. If you’re doing two different flavors just do a 1 ½ teaspoons of each flavor.

Close the bag (make sure it is closed tight!) and squish the ingredients together.

Next add cream and milk into the same Ziploc bag and then squish all of the ingredients together again.

Place your quart sized bag into another quart sized bag (the extra bags are to stop the ingredients from leaking all over. If your kids are rough with this kind of stuff, add extra bags for more protection)

Place your bags inside of a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Place 2 cups of rock salt and 4 cups of ice in the gallon sized bag, and spread equally on either side of your quart sized bags.

Place this bag into another gallon sized bag and begin to wrap with newspaper. I wrap it with at least 5 layers of newspaper and then tape it all together with duct tape. Then I wrap a couple grocery bags around the outside for extra protection and tape them down with duct tape.

Then comes the fun part! Toss the bag for about 15-20 minutes. After tossing for 20 minutes your ice cream will be ready! If you unwrap it and it isn’t quite done, just wrap it up again and keep tossing it!

Before you open the last bag that has the ice cream in it, I recommend that you gently wash off the bag with cold water or a wet rag. This gets off any of the rock salt that might have been on the bag which prevents you from having salty ice cream!

I hope you enjoyed this quick and easy recipe! What flavor of ice cream are you going to try next?

Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag

Make your own delicious homemade ice cream using ziploc bags!

  • 1 heaping tbsp of instant pudding (in the flavor of your choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups rock salt
  • 4 cups ice
  1. You’ll need 2 quart sized Ziploc bags, 2 gallon sized Ziploc bags, duct tape, newspaper, and some plastic grocery bags.

  2. In one of your quart sized Ziploc bags mix together pudding mix, vanilla, and sugar. 

  3. Close the bag (make sure it is closed tight!) and squish the ingredients together.

  4. Next add cream and milk into the same ziploc bag and then squish all of the ingredients together again.

  5. Place your quart sized bag into another quart sized bag (the extra bags are to stop the ingredients from leaking all over. If your kids are rough with this kind of stuff, add extra bags and newspaper for more protection)

  6. Place bags inside of a gallon sized Ziploc bag. Place 2 cups of rock salt and 4 cups of ice in the gallon sized bag and spread equally on either side of your quart sized bags.

  7. Place this bag into another gallon sized bag and begin to wrap with newspaper. I wrap it with at least 5 layers of newspaper and then tape it all together with duct tape. Then I wrap a couple grocery bags around the outside for extra protection and tape them down with duct tape.

  8. Toss the bag around for about 15-20 minutes.

  9. Open the bags and serve the ice cream! Before opening the last bag (the one with the ice cream in it) wash the bag off with water or wipe it down with a rag. This prevents any of the rock salt from getting into your ice cream.

 

8 Genius Uses For Leftover Lemons

8 Genius Uses For Leftover Lemons

Nothing is worse than throwing out perfectly good food, or worse, watching it rot.

 

You spent effort growing the fruit, or good money buying it, so you probably want to use it, right?

 

Not sure how?

 

Well, we’ve done the thinking for you! Here’s 8 ways you can use leftover lemons (or any citrus, really) to brighten your life, your table, and your kitchen!

 

Print this article out, and keep it handy – so the next time you’re looking at a bag full of lemons and don’t have time to get creative, you have a list of ways to repurpose them!

 

8 Genius Uses For Leftover Lemons

 

Uplifting Salad Dressing

A few drops of lemon juice is a simple way to perk up a bland salad without adding calories. Simply squeeze about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice straight into salad leaves.

Want to make a zesty dressing? Mix lemon juice with an equal amount of olive oil, a chopped or crushed garlic clove, and a bit of honey to sweeten. Play with it until it’s seasoned to your personal taste.

 

Zesty Marinade For Chicken or Fish

Make a healthy and uplifting marinade for fish and chicken by combining olive oil, dried lemon peel, lemon juice, garlic, rosemary, and black pepper in a freezer bag.

Add chicken to the bag, and shake the bag a few times to coat the chicken with the marinade. Let sit for up to 2 hours before cooking.

For a whole chicken, use 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 teaspoons lemon zest, juice from 1 lemon (squeeze out juice), 1 clove chopped or grated garlic, 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, black pepper to taste.

 

Lemony Ice Cubes

Slice leftover lemons and arrange them on a baking sheet. Place in freezer until thoroughly frozen, and then transfer lemon to a freezer bag. Perfect for ice cold drinks on a hot day!

 

Dried Slices

Arrange lemon peel slices on a cooling rack, not touching, over a baking sheet so they dry evenly. Dry rinds at 150 degrees for 1-2 hours. Grind in a blender if desired. Flavor desserts, tea, marinades, or soups with the dried peels.

 

Lemon Mayonnaise

Brighten up a midday sandwich by adding both lemon zest and juice to mayonnaise. Grate dried zest and/or squeeze lemon juice into your mayo. Stir to combine, then use normally.

 

Want to take it to the next level with probiotic mayo? Here’s how!

 

Citrus Water Infusion

Trying to add more water to your diet but struggling? Use leftover lemons to flavor water!

 

Simply place lemon slices and/or the peel into a bottle of water and leave it overnight to infuse. Drink in the morning to start your day right!

 

Lemon Juice Cubes

Add fresh lemon juice an ice tray, and freeze. Once frozen solid, transfer cubes to a freezer bag. Use whenever a recipe calls for fresh lemon juice – one cube equals about 1 tablespoon of juice.

 

Don’t have enough lemon juice to fill an ice tray? Mix with water, and add frozen cubes to sodas and other drinks for an uplifting taste!

 

Household cleaner

Add lemon peel or slices to a mason jar filled with white vinegar. Allow to infuse over 7-14 days. Strain out lemons, and use the infused vinegar to clean dishes, countertops, and toilets.

 

Want to know uses for leftover eggs?

Make Lavender Syrup For Fun Desserts!

Make Lavender Syrup For Fun Desserts!

I started making lavender syrup because I got bored with regular sugar syrup and I wanted a new way to use essential oils in my life.

 

You can diffuse oils, use them on your skin, or consume them – and lavender syrup takes cuisine to the next level.

 

It takes less than 10 minutes to make, and you likely have all the ingredients at home.

 

Want a great dessert to wow company? Try lavender syrup! You already have the ingredients!

 

You can use lavender syrup in lemonade (just replace some of the sugar for equal parts syrup) for a refreshing floral flavor and on ice cream or other desserts (I’ve never tried it, but it might be interesting in baklava).

 

It’s also a great way to get the benefits of lavender essential oil! Lavender essential oil is great for healthy skin and for relaxing.

 

Be sure you only use therapeutic grade oil – I’ve done a lot of research and this is the brand I recommend and that I personally use.

 

Please don’t buy oil off Amazon, because you can’t be sure the oil will be pure. I always buy direct from the manufacturer, which is why I recommend this brand.

 

Trust me when I say that this will probably be the easiest thing you do all day, and the recipe is so simple, you’ll never forget it (and you’ll always have a go-to recipe to impress company).

 

Want a great dessert to wow company? Try lavender syrup! You already have the ingredients!

 

Making Lavender Syrup

Ingredients

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

1 drop lavender essential oil

 

In a small sauce pan, combine the water and sugar. Heat until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool for 1 minute, then add 1 drop lavender essential oil. You can play with the strength of the lavender flavoring but I’ve found that more than 1 drop is a bit overwhelming.

 

If you find 1 drop of oil overwhelming, then dip a toothpick in the oil and swirl the toothpick in the syrup. You’ll still get the flavor of lavender.

 

You can also try other essential oils; lavender pairs well with orange and lemon. Just use 1 drop each. Use in any recipe that includes sugar and that you want flavored with lavender.

 

If you’re staying away from processed sugars, use 1/2 cup organic honey instead of 1 cup of sugar. The taste will be different, but still super yummy.