Monday, September 19, 2011

Potato Starch and Pedialyte

Intrigued?  You should be.  Since I no longer have to dedicate my brain cells to school work I have been dedicating them to things like napping, reading, and organizing drawers and shelves that have gotten away with being messy for four years.  Annnnnd when that eventually gets boring, I do things like learn how to make my own Pedialyte and attempt to make gluten free cookies from scratch. Yummy, right? 

I hear gluten free cookies can be yummy.  I like gluten free bread, crackers, and muffins so why not cookies?  Why?  Well, maybe I had a bad recipe, but my cookies basically tasted like poop and that's an understatement.  All I did was substitute flour with potato starch.  My only advice to you is don't do it!  Don't put potato starch in your cookies!

The finished product was weird and crumbly.  In fact, if I had written the recipe I would have stated, place tablespoon blobs of dough on the cookie sheet, with some kind of equal spacing, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until weird and crumbly.  Instead the instructions said something like, place rounded spoonfuls of cookie dough, two inches apart, on cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until light golden brown and Martha Stewart-y.  Okay, so I added the Martha Stewart-y part for added snark value, but you get the point. 

I bake.  I love to bake and have been good at it since I was very young.  I spent summer vacations and winter breaks from school baking cakes and cookies and pies and feeding my masterpieces to my brothers and the neighborhood boys.  I loved creating new recipes and altering my favorite recipes from my mom's cookbooks.  As an adult, I eat super healthy and try to limit, if not completely do away with, my intake of sugars, preservatives, fats, etc. so I thought I could combine my love of baking with my love of healthy ingredients.  This is what I learned this week:

Only eat "healthy" desserts if someone smarter than me can use healthy ingredients and actually make them taste good OR just eat the sugar, butter, shortening and gluten loaded goodies as is.  It's dessert for goodness sake!

I am now also making my own Pedialyte.  Since I am plagued with frequent episodes of migraine induced vomiting (I hope you aren't eating any desserts right now, gluten free or otherwise) I keep Pedialyte on hand, always, so that I don't die from dehydration and so that I can find enough strength the morning after to crawl around and get ready for work.  $5.00 a liter plus a girl who pukes at least bi-weekly = lots o'money.  I googled "homemade pedialyte" and I now have pre-made baggies full of dry Pedialyte which I can add to water, when needed, and remain hydrated and alive. Each baggie of dry contents costs around $.60 cents versus $5.00.  Boo-yah!

There are tons of homemade pedialyte recipes out there, but I prefer the recipes found on this site:

http://www.ourlittlemonkeys.net/2010/01/26/homemade-pedialyte/

I am going to have to channel my extra time toward something besides baking experiments and electrolyte remedies soon, but for now, this is fun!

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