A great deal of homesteading is wanting better for your family. I want to know what is in our food and where it comes from. The hard thing about changing the way we eat is we have a couple of very picky people in our family that question everything that is in the food. They do not like a variety of veggies, basically it's meat and potatoes. So, I am trying to start out little by changing a few of the ingredients in some of my recipes and then advance it from there.
Today, I am making chocolate chip cookies.
I set all the ingredients out and am thinking of ways that I could change the recipe to have more natural ingredients.
I am using the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag. It calls for sugar, all purpose flour, brown sugar, eggs, salt, vanilla, baking soda, margarine and chocolate chips.
The first thing I note is that I usually use margarine. I really want to get away from this. I've noticed butter is a little more expensive than margarine, but I plan on doing my research to find the best organic butter for my money.
The eggs: Hopefully next spring we will have our own chickens, so we will have farm fresh eggs :)
Vanilla: I have only ever used imitation vanilla flavoring. Will be looking for some real to use. Any suggestions on brands or where to buy this from?
Flour: I know there is better flour than bleached all purpose flour. I have never really experimented with flour. I know there is wheat flour and other types, but is this the same or better than regular flour? Will have to look this up.
Just with one recipe, there are so many things that I could change. Hopefully, I am on my way, but I have to do this little by little or I am pretty sure my troops will retaliate against me. We have become so accustomed to eating processed foods and going out to eat, I can't just make a complete change on them overnight, so my plan is to tweak the ingredients here and there very slowly so hopefully they won't notice too much. Wish me luck!
Oh and if you are looking at my ingredients and can think of other things I can change, by all means comment and let me know. Thanks!