How to Make Ricotta Cheese from Powdered Milk

Dinners, Freeze-Dried Beef, Pasta, Powdered Milk, Powders, Recipes
I've started a new little challenge for myself. Every week I pick a new recipe from a favorite blog, cookbook, cooking magazine, etc. and try to make it completely out of items in my "home store" pantry. That means nothing from the fridge or freezer, and I have to have it on hand already. It's been pretty fun so far. I made Chicken Mozzarella Pasta, Peanut Butter Poodle Pancakes, and most recently "Calm Before the Storm" lasagna (all pics on our Facebook page). For the lasagna. Here is the recipe I was originally working off of found in my Rachel Ray cooking magazine: Most of the substitutions were pretty easy. I used Thrive Freeze-Dried Ground Beef, chopped onions, and tomato powder for the basic sauce. I used freeze dried mozzarella…
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Whole Wheat Spinach Noodles (aka HULK noodles)

Pasta, Recipes
I've been making homemade spinach whole wheat noodles for awhile now. They taste so much better to me than store bought whole wheat noodles. Store-bought whole wheat lasagna noodles tend to taste like cardboard to me. I've always made the noodles with fresh spinach until last fall I tried them with freeze-dried spinach. I was super nervous they would fail. It turns out they worked just fine and no one noticed a difference. Well last week I thought I would take these noodles to the next level. I tried them with powdered eggs. I was shocked at the results. They turned out great. My almost 2 year old ate the lasagna right up. This is the boy who would prefer candy for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Needless to say, I…
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Thrive Sauces

Pasta, Recipes
One of my favorite items from Thrive are their sauces! They make it so simple to cook with your home store without having to add in any additional ingredients from the grocery store. Who doesn't love getting to skip out on a grocery store trip? You can put together complete and delicious meals. I have tried similar sauce powders from other companies and never been completely thrilled with how they tasted but every one of these ones is delicious and super easy to use. The sauces can be used in so many recipes, and so many different ways. Here is how I have used each of the 4 sauces: Bechamel Sauce This one is my favorite, it is like a simple white sauce but rich and flavorful and thickens really…
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