Making Homemade Hummus

When you make your own hummus, it just tastes better!

For starters, you need garbanzo beans. They are the base ingredient in hummus.

If you are starting with dry beans, you need to measure out 2 cups. Put them in a bowl, and make sure there is room in the bowl for them to expand. Cover them with water, and let sit for 24-48hrs. If you let them sit for 48hrs, you want to drain off the water and refill it after the first 24hrs. (If you buy canned garbanzo beans, skip this process, and just use two cans, as they are precooked)

Once they have finished the soak, drain and rinse them. Put them on to boil in a stock pot until they are soft. This usually takes about 3-3 1/2hrs.

After they are done boiling, rinse them again. If you like a more creamy textured hummus, take of the little peel around each bean. This is pretty easy, but it is tedious and does take awhile. If you don’t mind a nuttier texture, you can leave the peels on.

After you are done, put your beans in your food processor, and process them until crumbly in texture. While your processor is running, add in the water, olive oil, and tahini. (We like the tahini imported from Israel, Simple Truth Organic) Process until it has that hummus texture.

Pour your hummus into a bowl, and add in the salt, and lemon juice; stir until well mixed.

Top with paprika, and any other seasonings of your choice. You can also add more olive oil to the top if you like.

Enjoy!

Not All Things Kosher are “Kosher”

When you start eating clean, it is tempting to eat kosher and forget about eating healthy. After all, Coca-Cola, M&M’s, and other unhealthy foods have Kosher Symbols on them. So, doesn’t that make them clean and healthy to eat?

Even though we all like those things sometimes, being Kosher, still doesn’t make them healthy. Sorry.

Many Kosher foods contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, white sugar, hydrogenated oils, and other ingredients that are harmful to our bodies.

What makes them Kosher is that they do not contain the ingredients or the combinations of foods that the Rabbi’s consider not Kosher.

Yehoshua taught us that, if we love Him, we will obey what He commands. John 14:15

John tells us, He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:6

You can find Yehovah’s clean eating instructions in Leviticus Chapter 11

We choose to follow what our Messiah did and eat clean, and to stay away from foods that although they might be “Kosher”, aren’t good for our bodies. While at the same time, eating things like lasagna that have milk and meat together because although that is not “Kosher”, it is clean. Abraham, the Father of our faith, led by example and when he was visited by Yehovah, fed Him milk and meat together. If it’s good enough for the Father, it is good for us! (Genesis 18)

We want to follow Yehovah, not men’s laws.

Below you will find a list of ingredients that can be dangerous to your health, even though you may find them on a product label that is Kosher.

Sodium Nitrate/Nitrite,

Preservatives used to prevent bacterial growth and maintain the pinkish color of meats and fish. They are in cured, canned, and packaged meats. Sodium nitrite and nitrate react with amino acids to form cancer-causing chemicals called nitrosamines.

For an article and research on these harmful substances, click here: Sodium Nitrate Dangers You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Hydrogenated Oils, These are oils made by forcing hydrogen gas into vegetable fats under extremely high pressure, it creates trans fatty acids. Food processors like this fat because of its low cost and long shelf life. It is found in margarine, pastries, frozen foods, peanut butter, cakes, cookies, crackers, canned soups, fast food items, and flavored coffee creamers. These man made fats are a leading cause of clogged arteries.

BHA/BHT, Butylated hydroxytoluene and butylated hydroxyanisole are petroleum-derived antioxidants used to preserve fats and oils.

To read an article on the effect of these chemicals, click here.

Artificial Colors, (Like, Yellow #5 & #6, Blue #1 & #2) These dyes have been linked to cancer, tumors, allergies, and hyperactivity.

See study on this related to hyperactivity here.

See Study on this linked to cancer here.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG, Accent)

This is commonly found in foods as a ‘flavor enhancer’.

Studies have shown that MSG increases the likelihood of weight gain, high blood pressure, asthma attacks, metabolic syndrome. Symptoms of sensitivity include; headache, flushing, tingling, weakness, and stomach ache.

MSG is the ingredient found in the ‘spice’ Accent. It’s commonly found in potato chips, fast food, ice tea mixes, packaged seasonings, sports drinks, canned soups and broth, bouillon cubes, and salad dressings.

It is best to avoid processed packaged foods and eat a whole foods diet instead. This alone will help you avoid many of these dangerous food additives.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), is derived from corn starch. Starch itself is a chain of glucose (a simple sugar) molecules joined together. When corn starch is broken down into individual glucose molecules, the end product is corn syrup, which is essentially 100% glucose.To make HFCS, enzymes are added to corn syrup in order to convert some of the glucose to another simple sugar called fructose.

This food additive is very dangerous and is a leading cause of Fatty Liver Disease and Obesity. Heptobiliary Surgery and Nutrition has a study on the NCIB website titled ” Carbohydrate intake and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: fructose as a weapon of mass destruction” explaining the dangers of HFCS.

Aspartame

Aspartame is an artificial sweetener, also referred to as Acesulfame potassium (K), AminoSweet®, Neotame®, Equal®, NutraSweet®, Blue Zero Calorie Sweetener Packets™, Advantame®, NutraSweet New Pink, Canderel®, Pal Sweet Diet® and AminoSweet®.

It’s used in a variety of food and wellness products like diet soda, gum, ice cream, jello, packaged yogurt, candy and vitamins. Anythings that says “Sugar Free”, “Zero Sugar”, “Light/Lite” or “Diet” usually contains Aspartame or another artificial sweetener.

Note in the picture above the aspartame in the ingredient list with an asterisk talking about this frozen yogurt containing phenylalanine. According to Mayo Clinic this can cause intellectual disabilities, brain damage, seizures and other problems.

Aspartame’s other potential dangers include cancer, induced or worsened diabetes, increased heart disease risk, nervous system and brain disorders and much more.

Here is a link to an in depth article on Aspartame, complete with numerous studies and information.

Genetically Modified Foods (GMO’s)

According to the Non-GMO Project “Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Most GMOs have been engineered to withstand the direct application of herbicide and/or to produce an insecticide. However, new technologies are now being used to artificially develop other traits in plants, such as a resistance to browning in apples, and to create new organisms using synthetic biology. Despite biotech industry promises, there is no evidence that any of the GMOs currently on the market offer increased yield, drought tolerance, enhanced nutrition, or any other consumer benefit.

More than 80% of all genetically modified crops grown worldwide have been engineered for herbicide tolerance.7 As a result, the use of toxic herbicides, such as Roundup®, has increased fifteenfold since GMOs were first introduced.8 In March 2015, the World Health Organization determined that the herbicide glyphosate (the key ingredient in Roundup®) is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”

Genetically modified crops also are responsible for the emergence of “superweeds” and “superbugs,” which can only be killed with ever more toxic poisons such as 2,4-D (a major ingredient in Agent Orange).9,10

Most GMOs are a direct extension of chemical agriculture and are developed and sold by the world’s largest chemical companies. The longterm impacts of these GMOs are unknown. Once released into the environment, these novel organisms cannot be recalled.”

Potassium Bromate, is used mainly is dough processing in breads and other processed foods like crackers, egg rolls, pizza crusts, and cookies.

In 1999 the International Agency for Research on Cancer determined that potassium bromate is a possible human carcinogen.

You can learn more on the EWG’s website. They have information about toxic chemicals in our food, as well as in farming, personal care products, and household products like laundry soap. They offer a grading system, and make the Clean 15/Dirty Dozen Shopper’s Guide that helps you know what has the least and most pesticides residue on fruits and veggies.

As always, we encourage you to do your own research.

*Podcast* Which Animals Does The Bible Say Are Clean and Unclean For Food? Part 2

Today, In Part 2, we are going to look at the answer to the question, “Which Animals Does The Bible Say Are Clean and Unclean For Food?” And “Do the dietary laws still apply to us today, or are they done away with?” *Clean animal list to come!*

Click here for part one: Clean/Unclean for Food Animals Pt. 1

Listen here:

Pickled Beets

When you pickle beets, you do not pressure can them. It is a good alternative for those who like to water bath their canned goods. The vinegar acidifies the beets, so they can be water bathed.

You’ll need:

A water bath canner, quart size jars, lids, and rings, sugar, cinnamon sticks, whole allspice, real salt, white vinegar, and water. A canning funnel is a handy tool as well.

Preparing Beets 

  • Wash beets, keeping taproot and 2” of stem. 
  • Boil the beets until tender, about 25–35 minutes. 
  • Transfer beets into very cold water. 
  • Remove skins, stems, and taproots.  
  • Slice or chop beets to desired size. Keep hot.  

Prepare Brine  

  • Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and seasonings in a saucepan. 
  • Bring brine to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. 
  • Remove cinnamon stick.
  • Keep brine hot.

Canning Procedure 

  • Warm you jars in the oven. Start you water warming in your canner, but not boiling.
  • Heat your lids in boiling water.
  • Pack your beets into hot jars and cover with the hot brine. Leaving 1/2″ headspace.
  • Remove air bubbles with a knife, wipe rim, and put on lid and ring
  • Put into canner, start your timer when the water is at a full boil. Keep covered.
  • Boil quarts for 35min., pints for 30min.
  • Remove from canner, put on towel on counter and let sit for 12 hours.
  • Check jars for a seal
  • Put in storage.

Unclean Food Additives and Ingredient

Many store bought, processed, and packaged foods contain additives and ingredients that can be unclean. They often times are listed on the label as those words you aren’t sure how to pronounce and have no idea what they are.

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” 2 Corinthians 2:11

The Enemy is crafty and we aren’t to be ignorant of his schemes.

So, we’ve made a list of Common Unclean Food Additives and Ingredients. Please click on the picture below to read and open up the printable pdf version.

Clean and Kosher Cheese

Our family had thought we were eating clean for a couple years. Then we learned that pork, shellfish, and other unclean animals are hidden in different kinds of foods and supplements.

Here we’ll discuss what we learned about cheese, but first we’ll discuss why we eat dairy and meat together i.e. cheeseburgers, lasagna, etc.

“Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.” Ex.34:26

Jewish Rabbi’s say that this scripture means that you cannot eat meat and milk together. That is not what Yehovah is saying here.

Some cheese is not labeled “kosher”, for this reason.

He is telling us not to cook a kid (kid, lamb,or calf) in their mother’s milk, because the milk from their mother is what would give them life. It’s not that we can’t eat these two things together, but that it is cruel to cook a kid in what would be it’s life source, and Yehovah say’s not to do it. It is that simple.

“And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.” Genesis 18:8

We can see where Abraham, the Father of our Faith, when he was visited by Yehovah, fed him both milk and meat at the same meal.

Although we eat milk and meat together, we are not going to invite someone over for supper who doesn’t and make them a cheeseburger. Then argue with them about why they won’t eat it. Because Scripture says:

But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Messiah Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend. 1 Corinthains 8:12-13

OUR PRINTABLE PDF CHEESE LIST

This two page list will help you when you are grocery shopping. You can print if off to take it with you to the store. If a cheese is on our list, it is clean, kosher, or both.

There are some companies that use pork rennet as their enzymes, which would make them unclean. While other companies use lamb or calf rennet, so those cheeses would be clean,although not be labeled as kosher.

What is rennet? Rennet is the enzyme used to coagulate the milk (separate the curd from the whey), in order to make cheese from the curds. There are different kinds of rennet, some are animal derived and others are microbial-based (derived from mushrooms, mold or yeast).

Some companies use animal based enzymes and others microbial or vegetable based enzymes.

The link below is to a website that lists vegetarian cheeses, which would make them clean.

https://vegetatio.com/content/joyous-living-full-vegetarian-cheese-list

Another website listed below is a kosher certification company, where you can search different products, by brand name, to see if it is kosher.

https://oukosher.org/product-search/

Keep in mind things can change, so it is best to keep informed on what changes companies may be making.