So I’m (Denise) having a tough time with the corn being an actual allergy thing. Because it’s in everything. And that’s annoying. And I might actually have to learn to can stuff so I can have tomato sauce and hot sauce again. Which is annoying. So I bought Hot Sauce!: Techniques for Making Signature Hot Sauces, with 32 Recipes to Get You Started, which looked pretty good. I can’t use the distilled white vinegar because a lot of it is corn derived and they don’t have to tell you where it came from, but I’ll try them by subbing it out for cider vinegar and red wine vinegar and see how it goes.
I also bought the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, which actually had a lot of stuff I can do, even though I can’t use commercial pectin or ClearJel (both have corn ingredients). And if I were so inclined, I found a recipe to make your own pectin at home. But there’s probably enough pectin and ClearJel free jams and jellies that I will be able to try before going that deep in.
I also found an advertisement for gluten free and corn free makeup, which also looked to have minimal coconut (carnauba wax may be cross reactive for some people). It’s called Bellaphoria and it’s organic and cruelty free. I plan to check it out when I run through my current open stuff. If you’ve tried it let me know what you thought.
This has nothing to do with allergies, but sometimes, don’t we all need a break from allergies? Here’s yours for today.
Kristina at spabettie has a round-up of her favorite summertime treats — even if you just go for the pictures, it’s worth stopping by.
And last, but not least, check out Crunchy Betty’s gardener’s hand salve. Even if you can’t or don’t garden, this might be good for you.
Happy Flag Day, everyone.