In Response to Re: Doing things ahead.:
In Response to Re: Doing things ahead. : Lori what an awesome gift. I wish someone would have given me a gift like that. Spices can be so expensive. And to have fresh spices can make a difference in a recipe. Even the little jars of spices can be a lot to have on hand, it would be nice to be able to share spices and not feel bad about tossing out a jar that is almost full because it has not been used but a few times over the course of a year. What is your recipe for your hot cocoa mix? Been trying to come up with one that my grandson likes and it is difficult.
Posted by nikki p
My daughter had made the same comment about how expensive spices are and I thought I could easily put together a good collection for her. Add some specially made ones like a Greek mix, Hungarian, Poultry…so on. I buy the large restaurant sizes containers and bulk bags from a farm market in my area for some of my spices so it’s easy to create some of those specialty spices like apple or pumpkin pie spice. I have a nice herb garden too, I like to use fresh sage and parsley, I freeze them in a bag for winter. Fresh parsley is so great, dried makes a dish look good but really you can’t compare the flavor to fresh. Spices are expensive and for spices like cardamom, it takes for ever to use it all. I just bought an attachment to my FoodSaver…I hope I will be able to seal my canning jars and keep some of my spices/mixes fresher longer.
The cocoa recipe is as follows:
1 ½ Cups Cocoa
2 Cups Granulated Sugar
4 ½ Cups Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
I mix this in my processor just until mixed. The recipe calls to pace it in a Ziploc type bag and mix. I keep mine in jars, the recipe calls to keep it in the bag.
½ Cup Mix
1 Cup boiling Water - divided
¼ Cup hot Milk (optional)
Shake the bag of mix to incorporate the ingredients. Measure out ½ cup mix into pot, add ½ cup boiled water, stir until smooth. Stir in remaining water and add ¼ cup hot milk if desired.
I also make homemade marshmallows to go with the hot cocoa. They are easy to make and can be made in many flavors. I have a recipe if you want it.
Hope your grandson likes it!