Top 7 Reasons Why Sunflower Oil Is One of the Most Popular Ingredients

Sunflower Oil is used so often that most people can’t live without it. It is also very popular amongst restaurants and various food establishments. What makes this oil so special and popular that cooks and chefs prefer it so often?

  1. Sunflower oil is largely popular because it is an affordable cooking oil that can be used on a daily basis. The more you buy the cheaper it is and this is a benefit that restaurants enjoy. It comes in various container sizes including a 375 ml bottle, 500 ml bottle, 750 bottle, 2 litre bottle, 5 litre bottle, 20 litre jerry can, 200 litre drum, 1000 litre flow bin or flexi tank and a 36000 litre or a 32 litre tanker load. Generally restaurants and food establishments order it in bulk in order to pass on the savings to their patrons.
  2. When you use this ingredient daily the last thing you want is a cooking oil that foams too much. Sunflower oil includes an antifoam agent that prevents this excessive foaming from occurring during the cooking or frying process.
  3. Pure sunflower oil contains no cholesterol. It is high in poly unsaturated fats and is low in saturated fats. Therefore it is preferred by many people as it is a healthier solution.
  4. It has multiple uses. It can be used for frying foods such as chips, fish, and chicken, amongst others. You can use it to bake various cakes, muffins, scones, etcetera. It is ideal for roasting potatoes, chicken and vegetables in the oven because it gives a beautiful golden glow. Furthermore, it can be used in salads as a salad dressing.
  5. This type of oil has long shelf life when stored in the correct conditions because it contains antioxidants that enhances the lifespan of the oil.
  6. It is an unadulterated cooking oil that is free from mineral and added extraneous organic acids because it is triple refined and extracted from the sunflower seed. In addition it is additive and allergen free. Certain sunflower oils undergo a strict quality control process to ensure that it is acceptable for consumption.
  7. Certain sunflower oils are so beneficial for health that they are approved by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Make sure that you check the label for this approval.

After reviewing the seven aforementioned points it is clear to see why sunflower oil is such a popular and preferred ingredient in many households, restaurants and food establishments.

Comfort Food Recipes From Granny

Sausage gravy

This is very popular for breakfast in many southern states, but has spread to almost the entire country. The trick is to getting a very flavorful gravy is to cook the flour and sausage together for a while before adding the milk, totally leaving open for how much browning your prefer. What could be better than to add homemade biscuits for your gravy. They are really easy to make adding a great touch to your meal.

Grandma’s Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

2 1/2 Cup all Purpose Flour (plus a little more for dusting pans)
2 Tbsp Baking Powder
1 Tsp Sugar
1 Tsp Salt
8 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Buttermilk
2 Tbsp Butter melted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir all ingredients together then transfer to a food processor. Cut the butter into cubes and add to flour, pulse 6 to 7 times until mixture resembles course crumbs. Or, cut butter into flour in the mixing bowl, add buttermilk and stir with a fork until it forms a course ball, don’t worry if it a bit sticky. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and roll it into rectangle, about 1 inch thick. Fold it over and gently roll it down again. Repeat 6 times. Gently roll out the dough some more, so it forms a rectangle. Cut dough into biscuits using a floured glass or biscuit cutter. Do not twist cutter when cutting, this will crimp the edges of the biscuit causing it to not rise. If you have scraps, form a new rectangle and cut more biscuits. Place biscuits on baking sheet and place in oven. Bake until golden brown, around 10 to 15 minutes. Brush melted butter on top and enjoy. Serves 6 to 8.

French Toast Casserole

5 Cups Bread Cubes
4 Eggs
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/4 Cups Sugar (divided)
1/4 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Vanilla
1 Tbsp Butter (softened)
1 Tsp Cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly butter an 8×8 inch baking pan. Line bottom of pan bread cubes. In a large bowl, beat together eggs, milk, 1 Tbsp. sugar, salt and vanilla. Pour egg mixture over the bread cubes. Dot with butter and let stand for 10 minutes to allow egg mixture to soak into the bread cubes. Combine remaining sugar with cinnamon and sprinkle over top of bread mixture. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until top is golden. Serves 4.

The Perfect Homemade Focaccia

You might be thinking of the round pizza that goes well with cheese topping, but traditional Italian Focaccia is slightly different to how it’s made in the restaurants. The base might have the same ingredients but the preparation is what makes this bread so delicious.

Before starting, you need to have all the ingredients in front of you so that the preparation will be easy. To make the homemade Focaccia, you will need the following ingredients:

  • 500 grams of plain flour,
  • 300 millilitres of warm water,
  • one sachet of yeast,
  • a teaspoon of salt and
  • a teaspoon of sugar.
  1. Start off by sifting the flour and making a hole in the centre using the tips of your hands. Add the yeast, sugar and salt and then add the warm water. The warm water allows the yeast to react thus creating the perfect pizza dough.
  2. You will need to use your hands to mix all the ingredients together quickly so that the yeast does not prematurely start to react with the warm water. Once the dough has been kneed and is now a smooth looking ball, leave it to rise for about an hour or until the dough is soft enough to mould in a rectangular oven tray.
  3. Brush the bottom of the tray with a generous amount of sunflower oil. The sunflower oil will give the Focaccia a more prominent taste and will prevent it from sticking to the tray when baking.
  4. Now spread the dough in a singular rectangular tray. This bread will be quite thick and will need about twenty minutes to cook properly. A regular pizza would take twelve minutes for the base and an extra five minutes for the cheese to melt.
  5. Before putting the tray into the oven, use your fingers to create small, shallow indentations along the surface. You can put rosemary and salt on the surface as well as some more of the sunflower oil.
  6. Whilst waiting for the Focaccia bread to bake, prepare any ingredients that you would like to put in the centre of the still-hot bread. Many people choose slices of the cheese, deli meats, tapenade, or spread some more sunflower oil for a plain yet delicious snack.

To get the cheese to melt, make sure that you cut the Focaccia piece in half and quickly add the slices of cheese. With the combination of rosemary, salt, sunflower oil and cheese, you will have a sandwich that is worthy to be the meal of the day at a restaurant.

The Incredible Sweet Potato and Yams

What is the difference between a sweet potato and a yam? The definition of a yam is; the edible starchy tuber of a climbing plant that is widely grown in tropical and subtropical countries. So, you see the many so-called yams you been eating all these years is actually a sweet potato. Compared to potatoes, yams are starchier and drier. They became the member of the Morning Glory family. The colors can vary from white to yellow, red, purple, brown to orange. They are also are a good source of fiber and vitamin A.

Sweet potatoes are versatile and can be substituted in the place of more fattening foods. You can use them to thicken your stews or a casserole naturally without adding high fat creams. Most consider the potato just another side dish at Thanksgiving but, they can be roasted, baked fried and used in pies. Showing how versatile the potato is we’ll share some of those recipes.

Fried Sweet Potatoes

They can be ready in just 30 minutes. The ingredients are simple.

3-4 Sweet potatoes

1/4 Cup Vegetable oil

1/2 Tsp Salt

Cut potatoes in round wheels about 1/2- inch- thick and immediately immerse in water to not discolor. Drain and pat dry with a paper towel. Fry on low heat until golden brown and until tender in the middle. Place on a paper towel and salt immediately. Serve and enjoy with fish or pork.

Classic Sweet potato Casserole

3 cups mashed sweet potatoes, cooled

1 1/2 cups brown sugar, (packed, divided)

2 large eggs slightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup milk

3/4 cup butter, melted (divided)

1/3 cup flour

4 ounces chopped pecans (1 cup)

Heat the oven to 350 F (180C/Gas4)

Butter a 2-quart casserole or baking dish

In a large bowl combine the mashed potatoes with 1 cup of the brown sugar, the egg vanilla extract, milk, and 1/2 cup of melted butter. Blend thoroughly; spoon the mixture into prepared baking dish.

In another bowl combine the remaining 1/2 cup brown sugar, the flour, the remaining 1/4 cup of melted butter, and the chopped pecan; blend thoroughly.

Sprinkle the pecan topping mixture over the top of the sweet potato casserole.

Bake the casserole for 35 to 40 minutes, until the filling is hot, and topping is browned.

Peel 3 large potatoes; cut them into 1-inch slices and put them in a saucepan. Cover with water, bring to a boil; and lower the heat to medium-low. Cover the pan and cook for about 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are very tender. Drain, mash, and let them cool slightly before using in the recipe.

Delicious Drinks That Are Made With Ice

We all have our favourite drinks that we enjoy at parties. Here are a few delicious drinks and mocktails that are made with ice.

  • Frozen Coconut Pineapple Margarita. This mocktail is made from a frozen pina colada concentrate mix, pineapple juice, lime, ice and salt.
  • Espresso Frozen Mocktail. This is one for coffee lovers because it contains cold espresso with ice and lots of vanilla ice cream.
  • Strawberry Slushies. Strawberry lovers will enjoy this mocktail which contains sugar, strawberries and lemon juice. The strawberries are crushed with ice then mixed with the sugar and lemon juice. This is quite a refreshing drink.
  • Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate. This drink is a contender for the brave who want to have their taste buds tingled. It is made of chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, cream, full cream milk, cinnamon and ice. Cayenne pepper is added for a bit of a bite.
  • Frozen Butter Mocktail. This may sound like an unusual drink but give it a chance. This mocktail is best served in an ale glass. It is made of cream soda, butterscotch essence, ice and cream.
  • Frozen Coconut Banana Faux Daiquiri. This interesting mocktail is made of banana with coconut milk, orange juice and ice.
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake Faux Daiquiri. This is a fun mocktail that is made with frozen pineapple chunks and strawberries. It contains coconut sparkling water, ice, whipped cream and pineapple juice.
  • Sparkling Pear Punch. This drink is made with whole slices of pear, pear juice, lemon juice, sugar and ginger ale. Served with ice cubes.
  • Margarita Mocktails. This is fun non-alcoholic option that is made of honey, lime juice, grapefruit juice, almond extract, orange extract, cup of ice, flake salt and chilli powder.
  • Nojito Mocktail. This is the non-alcoholic Mojito alternative. It contains club soda, brown sugar, and rum extract not rum.
  • Paloma Fizz Mocktail. This unusual drink is served with rosemary and a grapefruit slice. It is made of grapefruit juice, rosemary syrup, seltzer water and crushed ice.
  • Sparkling Mint Lime Iced Tea. This refreshing drink is enjoyed with crushed ice. It is made with water, mint tea bags, lime juice, honey and sparkling water.
  • Basil Lemonade Punch. Try something different with this basil based drink which includes sugar, lemonade, water, lemon and crushed ice.
  • Raspberry Frost Sodas. This is a fun party drink for all to enjoy. It is simply made with cranberry juice cocktail, raspberry sherbet and ginger ale. Add crushed ice for extra chill.

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Maine Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin bread is very delicious food. There are many types of pumpkin bread. Five pumpkin bread receives are included here.

Maine Pumpkin Bread
1 can pumpkin, 4 eggs, 1 cup vegetable oil, water, sugar, flour, soda etc. are needed to make it. First, take a large bowl and mix pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water, and sugar. In the other bowl, make another mix of soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, flour, cloves, and ginger. Then dry the mixture and then blended it with the pumpkin. Lastly, pour it into a pan. Then bake it about 50 minutes and it will be ready to eat.

Delicious Pumpkin Bread
To make that delicious pumpkin bread, some ingredients are needed, they are flour, sugar, soda, salt, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, water, oil, eggs, and walnuts. Take a preheated (350 degrees f) pan. Then take flour, sugar, soda, salt into a large bowl. After blending them, pumpkin, water, vegetable oil, eggs, and nuts have to be added. Then they have to be heated and pour it into a prepared pan. After baking one hour, it will be ready to eat.

Coconut Bread
The main ingredients of pumpkin coconut bread are sugar, grounds cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, vegetable oil, 4 eggs, 1 can pumpkin, soda, salt etc. First mix the sugars, oil, eggs. Then add pumpkin. After adding pumpkin, add salt, soda, spices and then water. Stir them until moistened. Then stir in coconut and nuts. Then pour all of them into a preheated pan and bake it for 60 minutes.

Tea Bread
The main ingredients are margarine, sugar, 2 eggs, 1 cup pumpkin, orange zest, orange juice, flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, walnuts dates etc. First, take a large bowl and cream the butter, sugar and an egg. Beat the second egg until smooth. Then mix the pumpkin, orange juice, and rind. In another bowl, take flour, baking powder, soda, salt, cinnamon, nuts, cloves, and dates. Pour all of them into a bowl and stir. After baking 1 hour, it will be ready.

Pie Bread
To make pumpkin pie bread, flour, soda, powder, pumpkin pie slices, sugar, oil, 4 eggs, pumpkin puree and water are needed. Take flour, soda, baking powder, salt and pumpkin slices into a pan. In another bowl, mix the sugar, eggs, and pumpkin. Then water is to be mixed. Then bake them for 60-70 minutes. Then the pumpkin pie bread will be made for eating.

5 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes

Don’t have much time cooking for dinner? Get your hectic day a little less stressful by following these quick and easy cooking recipes without breaking the bank.

Pasta with Shrimp, Spinach, and Leek

Pasta with Shrimp, Spinach, and Leek is a recipe rich in vegetables and protein. This will make your meal both light and full of nutrition in just 20 minutes. Make sure to wash everything before cooking. Here is how to prepare it.

Ingredients: Short Pasta, Unsalted Butter, Leeks, Salt, Black Pepper, Shrimps, Lemon, Cream, Spinach.

Preparation:

  • First, cook the pasta. Always follow the package directions. After they are cooked, drain the water.
  • Heat the unsalted butter over a medium heat pan. Add the leeks, salt, and the pepper. Stir them occasionally.
  • Now, add the shrimps and the lemon. Cook it until the shrimp is opaque.
  • Add the cream and salt to the pasta in the pot and cook them together. Add the shrimp mixture and the spinach too. Stir to combine.

Tofu Stir FryIngredients: Teriyaki Sauce, Tofu, Garlic Cloves, Peanut Oil, Stir-Fry Vegetables.

Preparation:

  • Cut the tofu into pieces.
  • Combine teriyaki and garlic together.
  • Marinate the teriyaki and garlic for about 12 hours and place them in the refrigerator.
  • Add the peanut oil. Keep the heat in a medium.
  • Cook the tofu. Flip it until become cooked for few minutes. Remove the tofu if it is already cooked and set aside.
  • This time, add the veggies and stir-fry until they become tender.
  • Put the tofu and the marinade into the pot. Cook them for about 2 minutes more. Stir and serve.

Hamburger SkilletIngredients: Ground Beef, Ramen Noodles, Water, Vegetables.

Preparation:

  • First, cook the beef in a skillet. Make sure there’s no pinker on it.
  • Add noodles, its seasoning and water.
  • Boil them until noodles are tender. Usually, in a few minutes, they will reach the required tenderness.
  • Put the veggies and cook until the vegetables become tender.

Pork and NoodlesIngredients: Pork Loin, Low Sodium Beef Broth, Egg Noodles, Pepper, Salt.

Preparation:

  • Get the salt and pepper and sprinkle them on all sides of the pork.
  • Spray cooking oil in the pot. Place the pork and cook at low to high temperature.
  • On the point of boiling water, bring the can of broth and add the noodles. Cook them based on the package directions.
  • Remove the pork loin from the pot, while waiting for the noodles to fully cook.
  • Add the pork to the pot of noodles when done. Reheat and add more salt and pepper, based on your preferences.
  • Serve.

Penne Pasta with Chicken & BroccoliIngredients: Penne Pasta, Sauce, Shredded Cheese, Broccoli, Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.

Preparation:

  • Start by greasing the pan.
  • Mix the pasta, broccoli, chicken, sauce, and cheese in a bowl and stir them all together. Then, put them into a baking pan.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheese on the top.
  • Bake for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Wrap UpHaving a bad day at work shouldn’t stop you from eating a delicious meal. These quick and easy recipes can be prepared in a few minutes with just a few ingredients. Try them and you will be surprised how easy and delicious they are.

How to Make Potato Chips at Home

We always love homemade dishes. When mom serves us food, it makes us pretty excited to taste those. It would be awesome if we make our one of the favorite snacks at home. Yeah, I am talking about potato chips. This is so delicious, crispy and great as a quick snack.

We can buy packets of potato chips of various flavor from any market. But it has preservatives which might be hazardous to our health if we take it so much. As we like to lead a healthy life, we should avoid such food ingredients. Okay, I cannot live without taking this snack because I am very fond of this snack. Of course, you are also! I discussed with my mom about this issue and she asked me not to worry anymore. Surprisingly she came back with a bowl of potato chips made by her! It tasted pretty nice and crispy.

Isn’t it good to share with you such a fantastic and easy recipe for you all? Yeah, through this article, I am going to share with you how you can make this snack quickly at home.

First of all, you have to arrange for these ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • Four potatoes.
  • Salt.
  • Cotton cloth.
  • Oil.
  • Water.

Now let’s get started.

Procedure:

  • Pick four potatoes of medium size.
  • Make round-shape thin slices of each potato. But those potatoes should have no peel. Be careful when you do peeling of the potatoes and make slices with a knife.
  • Put all of those slices into a bowl. Pour the bowl with water. Add four teaspoon salt and stir that with a spoon. Throw away the water and have potatoes slices only in the bowl. Leave this alone for 20-30 minutes.
  • It is an interesting part! You need a piece of cotton cloth. Fill up the cloth with the potato slices and press it hard. It will soak up the water.
  • On your stove place a curved frying pan and pour oil. Now it is time to fry our chips!
  • Let’s serve these crispy potato chips nicely in a bowl! You may add a little bit of salt to make it tastier.

Let’s sit and watch a movie with these crispy potato chips or enjoy with afternoon and evening snacks.