RFWH39: Moving to New Zealand, A Journey to Real Food and Health, Essential Oils and Clean Living, The #changeonething Challenge with Guest, Robin Konie

Episode 39

In this episode, we’re visiting with guest, Robin Konie, about her family’s move to New Zealand (with some funny travel stories along the way), her journey to real food (with tips on how to do it yourself), all about essential oils for non-toxic living and our #changeonething challenge!

From this episode:
Website: Robin’s website, Thank Your Body
Article: Hey, Why Not Move to New Zealand?
Article: The Movement and Nature Essential Element
Podcast: RFWH28: Travel Tuesdays- Bellingham Washington, Stunning Drive to Mt. Baker, Whale Watching in Anacortes, Coastal Towns, Whidbey Island and Vancouver BC
Connect: Follow our #realfoodroadtrip on Instagram
Podcast: RFWH27: Get Free From Cluttered Chaos, Nourishing Minimalism, How Clutter Affects Your Health and Wellbeing and the Journey from Chaos to Calm with Six Kids with Guest, Rachel Jones
Book: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Sightseeing: Bay of Plenty
Product: Nutiva Coconut Oil
Product:Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
Podcast: RFWH13: The Expat Life and Living Well, Real Food and Living in Spain, Following Your Dream, Overcoming Difficult Times with Guest, Ariana Mullins
Article: Adventures in New Zealand: Our epic first meal.
Article: A Guide to Choosing Healthy Fats
Article: Our Health Philosophy- The Essential Elements of Whole Health
Article: Non-Toxic Lifestyle Element
Product: Essential Oils, including Thieves and Valor
Resource: Skin Deep Database
Recipe: How to Make a Non-Toxic All-Purpose Cleaner
Article: Skip the Cookies and Candles, Use Essential Oils to Sell Your Home
Challenge: Change ONE thing and let us know what you changed on social media using #changeonething
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Connect: Robin’s Facebook Page

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How To Make Your Own Homemade Ricotta Cheese

How To Make Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade Ricotta Cheese
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health

Ingredients:
1 gallon organic whole milk (not ultrapasteurized/UHT)
¼ cup organic heavy cream
½ cup organic white vinegar (or lemon juice, see notes)
Unrefined sea salt, optional

Directions:
Slowly and gently heat your whole milk over low heat until it reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir often to make sure it doesn’t boil or scald. It should take about 20-25 minutes to reach 180 F– If you rush, it can affect your end product.

Once the milk has reached temperature, gently stir in the vinegar (or lemon juice), using a figure 8 stirring pattern and being careful not to over stir.

Remove from heat and let sit for about 10-15 minutes. You should see the curds separating from the whey.

With a slotted spoon, transfer the curds into a colander lined with a thin weave cotton kitchen towel (also called a floursack towel)
Try to keep the curds intact as much as possible.

Drain 45-60 minutes for a more moist ricotta, or put the colander over and bowl and move to the fridge to drain for up 4-8 hours more for a drier ricotta.

You can salt the cheese to your liking, if you prefer. I usually skip this step when I am using the ricotta for sweet applications, like cheesecake.

You can now store the cheese for up to a week, or use right away. We like to use homemade ricotta in gluten free lasagna, on top of pizzas or pasta dishes, in ricotta gnocchi or my favorite- lemon ricotta cheesecake. I even made a chocolate ricotta pudding once. Honestly, it’s delicious with just salt and pepper, too!

Notes:
How do you know when to choose vinegar or lemon juice? You can use either one you’d like for any application, but typically I choose vinegar for more savory uses (like lasagna) and lemon juice for sweeter uses (like my ricotta cheesecake).

Remember not to use ultrapasteurized or UHT milk as it may not result in the desired outcome. We like to start with raw, grassfed, non homogenized milk. It doesn’t stay raw, because you heat the milk, but I feel like it’s a more gentle process. Either way, organic whole milk that isn’t UHT will work.

What to do with the whey? Since it’s not active whey (it’s been heated too high), you can’t save it for making pickles or other ferments. It’s a great addition to creamy soups or stews and makes great pig or chicken feed. You can also use it in place of water for homemade chicken broth, or as a marinade along with herbs and spices for meats.

RFWH38: Travel Tuesdays, Our Big Yellowstone National Park Adventure, Exploring the Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Episode 38

In this Travel Tuesdays episode, join us on an epic adventure through Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming as we explore geysers, hot springs, mountains, lakes, get up close with bison, elk and other wildlife and find real food along the way!

From this episode:
Gallatin National Forest
Gardiner, MT
Map of Yellowstone National Park
Mammoth Hotel Dining Room
Old Faithful Webcam
Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces
Sheepeater Cliff
Obisidian Cliff
Roaring Mountain
Norris Geyser Basin
Porcelain Basin Trail
Artist Paintpots
Firehole Falls
Lower Geyser Basin/Fountain Paint Pot see Celestine Pool, paintpots, fumaroles, geysers
Mid Geyser Basin
Grand Prismatic Spring
Upper Geyser Basin
Biscuit Basin
Black Sand Basin
Old Faithful
Dinner at Old Faithful Inn Dining
Craig Pass, crosses Continental Divide
Lewis Falls
South Entrance to Yellowstone
Headwaters Lodge at Flagg Ranch
Grand Tetons National Park
Map of Grand Tetons National Park
Jackson Lake
Signal Mountain Summit Road
Jackson Lake Lodge
Jenny Lake
Moose Junction
National Elk Refuge
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Square and shopping downtown
Moo’s Gourmet Ice Cream, Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole/Snake River KOA Cabins
Local Co, Jackson Hole WY
Jackson Whole Grocer, Jackson Hole WY
Cafe Genevieve, Jackson Hole WY
West Thumb Geyser Basin
Yellowstone Lake
Mud Volcano and Dragon’s Mouth
Sulphur Caldron
Bison in Hayden Valley
“Grand Canyon” of Yellowstone– Upper Falls, Lower Falls, Artists Point and Inspiration Point
Canyon Lodge Cafeteria
Dunraven Pass and Mount Washburn
Tower Fall Hike
Calcite Springs– amazing rock formations
Montana Ale Works, Bozeman MT

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RFWH37: Home Cured Olives and Talking Cultured Foods, An RN’s Take on the Dramatic US Health Shift, Her Real Food Journey, Changing Your Health and Staying on Budget

Episode 37

In this episode, learn about home curing olives and making cultured and fermented food. Also, a 20- year registered nurse shares the dramatic health shift she has witnessed and we talk about steps you can take to improve your health and stay on budget.

From this episode:

Website: Optimal Health Kitchen on Facebook
Article: A Guide to Healthy Cultured and Fermented Foods
Recipe: How to Make Kombucha
Recipe: How to Make Sauerkraut
Website: UC Davis Home Cured Olives Info
Product: Himalayan Pink Salt
Product: Fido Jars (for fermenting)
Product: Pickl-It Jar Kit (for airlock fermenting in Mason jars)
Recipe: Moroccon Preserved Lemons
Recipe: How To Make Kimchi
Podcast: RFWH 23: Natural Remedies at Home, Transitioning from Vegan to Real Food Omnivore, Stocking Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and Recovering From Toxic Mold with Guest, Emily Sunwell-Vidaurri
Recipe: Elderberry syrup
Podcast: RFWH31: All About Kombucha- That Why’s, What’s and How’s of Kombucha and How To Make Your Own, Caring For Your Gut Health and Bacteria Buddies with Guest, Hannah Crum
Resource: Kombucha Kamp
Recipe: VIDEO: Making Water Kefir
Recipe: Jenny’s Home Cured Olives
Website: Aveda
Recipe: How To Make Homemade Bone Broth  and How To Make Bone Broth In An Instant Pot
Product: Oscillococcinum homeopathic
Podcast: RFWH35: A Career in Nutrition and Natural Health, A Personal Health Journey with Thyroid and Autoimmune Issues, Being Your Own Health Advocate, Cutting Out Information Overload, Valuing Progress Over Perfection with Guest, Jessica Bischof
Resource: Nutritional Therapy Association (NTA)
Podcast: RFWH 22: Travel Tuesdays, Portland Oregon- The Food Scene, Waterfalls, Hood River and Oregon Coast from Astoria to Cannon Beach
Article: The Essential Elements Series: Real Food Diet
Article: A Guide to Choosing Healthy Fats
Article: The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy
Article: A Guide to Choosing Healthy Meats
Resource: Local Harvest
Resource: Eat Wild
Resource: US Wellness Meats – order grassfed beef, pastured chicken, and more online
Article: A Guide to Choosing Healthy Dairy Products
Article:A Guide to Choosing Healthy Eggs
Article: The practice of spraying glyphosate on wheat pre-harvest
Recipe: Homemade Ketchup
Product: Organic Ketchup
Article: A Guide to Choosing Healthy Grains
Book: The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body
Product: Epsom salts
Book: Square Foot Gardening
Resource: Permaculture website
Book: Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon
Resource: Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Guide from EWG
Product: Instant Pot– we BOTH love ours!!
Resource: How to find real (raw) milk
Article: Coffee and gluten cross reactivity
Article: Why Vegetable Oils are Dangerous to Your Health
Article: In Search of 100% Olive Oil
Store: Costco
Store: Whole Foods
Store: Trader Joe’s
Connect: Follow our #realfoodroadtrip on Instagram
Product: Berkey Water Filter
Resource: Find a Spring  to locate spring water all over the country
Article:Optimal Hydration- Are You Drinking Enough Water?
Product: Whole House Water Filter
Product: Unrefined Sea Salt- Celtic Sea Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt and Real Salt

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How To Use Soap Nuts for Natural, Non-Toxic Laundry Care

How To Use Soap Nuts For Natural Laundry Care

Soap nuts are a super affordable, natural, non-toxic and sustainable laundry soap option.

They don’t really have any scent or irritants and once used up, the shells can be composted, leaving no waste.

Soap nuts are natural nuts found mostly in India and Nepal. They produce saponin, which is a natural detergent.

In the washer, the shell of the nut absorbs water, and releases saponin. This circulates around in the water and cleans your clothes.

To Use:
*Simply place a few (3-5) soap nuts in a reusable muslin bag (sold together in this soap nut kit) and toss in your washer with your clothes.

*If you will be using cold water, you may find that you get better results if you soak your bag of soap nuts in about a quart of warm water for a few minutes to activate the nuts, and then add the bag and the soaking water to your washer. I keep a quart Mason jar on top of the washer for this purpose.

*Wash your laundry as usual and then remove the bag containing the soap nuts when you move your clothes to the dryer. Don’t put the soap nuts in the dryer.
I like to use white wool dryer balls in light loads and dark wool dryer balls in dark loads to reduce dry time and static and naturally soften my clothes. (Tip- scent with essential oils for safe scenting!)

*Let the soap nut bag dry out (with nuts inside) and then use again in another load.

*When the soap nut shells soften and look sort of gray, just compost the remains and add new soap nuts to your bag.

It’s so easy, free of toxins and very affordable since the soap nuts can be used multiple times!