Good morning. Here is some information about using shallots that I thought might be useful.
The Latin name for shallot is Allium Ascalonicum. The name refers to
Ascalon , an ancient Palestinian city where the shallot is thought to
The flavor is a pungent blend of onion and garlic. Their color can vary
from pale brown to rose, and the flesh is off-white and barely tinged
with green or purple.
Shallots burn easily because of their high sugar content. For this
reason, saute briefly over low to medium heat. When using raw minced
shallots in salad dressings, lessen their pungency by reducing the
juice; wrap the minced shallots in a clean kitchen towel and squeeze
the shallots so the cloth absorbs some of their juices, then add the
shallots to the recipe as directed.
Shallots will keep for approximately six months if stored in a
cool, dry location.
I came across this natural dye information and thought it would make a fun project for Rylie and I to do together. I'm just going to pick up some white cotton tee shirts and we'll have some fun making natural dye one evening. Maybe we could even get Samantha to join us.
Native Americans used plant materials to make beautiful, soft colors to dye wool, cotton, and other fibers. They made almost every color, though shades of yellow were the easiest to produce.
Making Natural Dyes From Plants
Gathering plant material for dyeing: Blossoms should be in full bloom, berries ripe and nuts mature. Remember, never gather more than 2/3 of a stand of anything in the wild when gathering plant stuff for dying.
To make the dye solution: Chop plant material into small pieces and place in a pot. Double the amount of water to plant material. Bring to a boil, then simmer for about an hour. Strain. Now you can add your fabric to be dyed. For a stronger shade, allow material to soak in the dye overnight.
Getting the fabric ready for the dye bath: You will have to soak the fabric in a color fixative before the dye process. This will make the color set in the fabric.
Salt Fixative (for berry dyes) 1/2 cup salt to 8 cups cold water
Plant Fixatives (for plant dyes) 4 parts cold water to 1 part vinegar
Add fabric to the fixative and simmer for an hour. Rinse the material and squeeze out excess. Rinse in cool water until water runs clear.
Dye Bath: Place wet fabric in dye bath. Simmer together until desired color is obtained. The color of the fabric will be lighter when its dry. Also note that all dyed fabric should be laundered in cold water and separately.
Muslin, silk, cotton and wool work best for natural dyes and the lighter the fabric in color, the better. White or pastel colors work the best. Cottons will produce lighter colors while wool fabric will have a more intense color using the same dye.
NOTE: It's best to use an old large pot as your dye vessel. Wear rubber gloves to handle the fabric that has been dyed, the dye can stain your hands. It's also important to note, some plant dyes may be toxic, check with the Poison Control Center if unsure. 1-800-222-1222
Yesterday I had to run to Wal-Mart to get my prescription filled. That tiny, but powerful, pin-point headache that starts over my left eye and shoots out through my eyeball, would just not go away. The last time it started and lasted for 5 days. So while I was at the store I bought a bottle of Excedrin Migraine. Hallelujah! It worked on my nasty headache. I'm going to carry that little bottle of pills with me everywhere.
Oh and an even happier note...Monday morning I woke up and decided to cut my carbs. I have not eaten any bread since Sunday. No pasta, no rice, etc. I've cut my sugar intake. I was craving wildly, and did have one banana popsicle and one teeny tiny chocolate kiss. I'm drinking lots of green tea and more water. So far, I've already lost 5 pounds. Yea!
I know that carbs are my enemy. I'm really going to make an effort to stick with it this time. If I want to live a long and healthy life, I'm just going to have to adjust to living on a low carb diet...forever. More fruits and veggies. It's hard because I really enjoy baking and making treats...and eating them. LOL I'll just have to look around and try to find some low carb recipes that I can make instead.
Have a really great day.
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