Creating Your Own Unprocessed Food Faves!

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It is so easy for any of us to go to the grocery store and pick up a bag of tater tots, french fries, or sweet potato fries for that matter.  We have gotten used to everything being so convenient but at what cost to our health?  You can make your own unprocessed foods even your faves with minimal effort.  Actually the most difficult part of making these sweet potato fries was peeling them which took about 5 minutes to peel about 5….isn’t your health worth that small investment of time?  We all know eating french fries from your local fast food restaurant is not a wise decision – see this blog article.

I absolutely love sweet potato fries!  I can almost hear me sing…..”Oh how I love thee….let me count the ways”….now sweet potato fries do not have to bring on the guilt and they are delicious and local in terms that I bought them in our home state of North Carolina.  Every year when we go up to the mountains my husband “The Viking in My Life” load up on what I call our staples….apples, beans, squash, pumpkins, and yes the versatile sweet potato!

One of the best investments… one of my tools of the trade is this old fashioned potato fry slicer which my husband bargain hunted for us at one of his favorite treasure shops.  He purchased our slicer for all of $5.00 a booth around the corner had the same exact slicer for $20.00.  You do have to use your strength to use this gadget but you don’t need electricity.  You can also slice up regular fries you could even try other produce to see if it will work with one of these slicers.

If you already make a lot of your staples unprocessed please share some of your favorites. We have always eaten very few frozen types of food but I have made exceptions for pizza and sweet potato fries but no more!

Wishing you a lovely Super Bowl Sunday!


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18 thoughts on “Creating Your Own Unprocessed Food Faves!

    1. I know exactly what you mean I have some treasures and I am just going to cry if they ever give out. We even have my husband’s grandmother’s manual coffee grinder. Those items are not easily replaced. Thanks for popping in 🙂

  1. I have been trying to get closer to the food I serve my family too. I would even make our bread but I am terribe at it. Maybe one day 🙂 I keep trying but it’s always a disaster and wasted. I wish I had one of those cutters! Mine is just a rectangular piece with wire stretching across in both directions. So hard to use I usually find myself just spending a few extra minutes slicing with a good knife.

    1. Christina I so know what you mean about bread baking my friend Lisa is so much better at baking bread than I am but you know what I am not going to give up….maybe I will bake some bread for a post too and you and I can inspire each other to do better in this area! Thanks so much for stopping in!

    2. I have a no fail recipe if you have a stand mixer.

      4tsp of yeast
      2tsp salt
      1/3 cup coconut oil
      1./3 cup honey (or other liquidish sweetener)
      2 eggs
      2 cups warm (not hot or cold) water

      Mix for a minute
      add 3 cups flour and mix for ten minutes
      add 3 more cups flour and mix for another ten minutes (be sure the locking mechanism is down because it can get a little crazy)
      add up to 1/2 cup flour if needed. (The dough should clean the sides of the mixer as it goes around)

      rise until doubled in a greased bowl (30-45 minutes) In a warm area of the house, or warm car on a sunny day
      poke and divide in half and raise again in greased bread pans.
      Make at 350 for 30 minutes until golden brown. Coat top in butter when hot, then take out of the pans promptly after to cool, otherwise you get soggy bottomed loaves.

      I have yet to mess this up and I mess up EVERY other bread recipe. Super light good for you loaves.

    1. Jackie the slicey tool does take some muscle but I have used it and can do it just fine…….a lot less expensive than a food processor too…although I do have one I just love the way this one cuts up fries! Thanks for stopping over here 🙂

      1. We have made french fries from potatoes the same way, and I have a cutter just like yours! I don’t see the sense in buying fries – even the ones at the store that you toss in the oven – when we have so many potatoes from our garden. They taste better too – like potatoes!

        Another thing that is easy to make, healthier if you make good choices, and saves a lot of money is granola. I am always shocked when I see the price of it in stores.

        1. Laura I agree I actually have a blog post on granola but if you have a recipe you would like to share I am always looking for new ones! I was buying sweet potato fries to the tune of 6.99 for a 2lb. bag but no more….now 2lbs of sweet potatos cost us about 45 cents as we buy them in bulk and they are fresher and no chemicals! I agree…..and isn’t granola outrageous at the store? Thanks for stopping in!

  2. I’ve seen a couple other people mention sweet potato fries, but I’ve never tried them. I tried growing them last summer, but we had a horrible growing season. I think I might have to try them again, so I can try making fries.

  3. I LOVE sweet potato fries! I live in North Carolina and just this past fall a friend and I were lucky enough to glean a farmer’s field for as many sweet potatoes as we wanted. The commercial company had already gone through and picked what they wanted. The farmer believes in giving back so by word of mouth we found out and headed on out. I got five 5 gallon buckets loaded! Among the items made, you guessed it! Sweet potato fries! I have a couple of gallon bags filled in my deep freezer. I could so use a device like you have! Those suckers are hard to cut and about broke my meat slicer and the hubby said NO to using the food processor as it was half broken then. I will be on the lookout for one! Thanks for the post!

    1. Jessica you are right those potatoes are so hurt and they can hurt you if they are not careful. Years ago I had a farmer that let me glean his field for sweet potatoes they were huge but the machine just missed them. Good for you that you were able to do that! Anytime you can score a free healthy food supply its a big deal! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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