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All Seasons Homestead Helpers is participating in the International Home & Housewares Show for the second year in a row this weekend, featuring, of course, our Squeezo Strainer. The event begins Saturday and lasts for 5 days.
Last year was the first time we were there to introduce the Squeezo. This time, we return with something new. As I point out again and again (as a matter of fact, I think I just did that a couple of days ago), time-honored design requires little, if any, improvement, but that does not mean one cannot be playful and trendy.
This year, then, The Squeezo Gets Trendy! We are introducing 3 NEW COLORS for a choice of complimentary accents to today’s modern kitchen: Green, Red and Textured Black (my personal favorite).
It is not surprising that, century after century, in spite of innovations and modern activities that take our attention in a multitude of directions at once, the kitchen remains the hub of our lives. It is the place to which we migrate early in the day to get sustenance and it is the place where we join others, family and friends, share stories and learn the time-honored skills that perpetuate our love for food and good company through the ages.
The kitchen is the most often renovated and redecorated room in homes across America. What this says is simple: we long to give it personality so that we may recognize that we are home the moment we step in.
Professional decorators agree: a touch of color in the right place can alter the mood in an instant. Since cooking is a playful and joyful activity that already honors color, it goes without saying that expanding the notion to the tools and appliances we use the most can only add to our pleasure.
At the time of this writing, only 9 days remain before Valentine’s Day. One of the ways some people choose to acknowledge their sweetheart on this occasion is to create a sweet treat for them. Of course, there is always chocolate. You cannot go wrong with chocolate, but I have a belief that going a few extra steps makes that special person know that even they are sweeter than chocolate in your mind and heart.
Before we go any further, and in case you are new to this Squeezo segment, the customary reminder is in order: No matter how you intend to serve it, when making applesauce, try using two or three varieties of apples for a richer flavor.
Here are some helpful guidelines: McIntosh for pink color, Northern Spike for aroma, Delicious for mild flavor, Russet for juice and sugar, Cortland for sweetness, Gravenstein for richness, Rome for fragrance or Winesap for tartness.
Not everyone is a great chef and who says only complex recipes are worthy of our time and love. It is often the simple things that matter most, like a simple dessert you can easily duplicate over time on those special occasions when you want to remember a special moment. Shall we begin? Gather your ingredients. This will make a generous portion for two, with leftovers to indulge a second time if you wish.
2 cups granola
1 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp cinnamon
Place alternate layers of granola and applesauce into a buttered baking dish, ending with granola. Dot with butter and sprinkle with brown sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Serve with whipped cream…
… Better yet, skip the whipped cream and decorate with semi-sweet chocolate shavings and fresh sliced apple, or serve in a bowl atop a saucer and add a few random candy hearts or chocolate kisses around the bowl. Enjoy!
Click HERE for the Basic Apple Sauce
Click HERE to view all entries for The Squeezo Booklet.
Click HERE if you would like the Squeezo Booklet in print.
Click HERE for Squeezo history, assembly, cleaning and use instructions.
Let’s do a bit of shuffling. It is cold. I thought it might keep us warm!
Visitors go out of their way to stop by and find information and inspiration (hopefully) here. For this reason, I think it is important to keep this blog dynamic. I’ve decided to revamp a bit and bring questions and answers that were initially on a page of their own to the front of the blog instead. This way, more visitors will see them and may be inspired to ask questions of their own.
This, I find, is a good way to learn from each other, since as you know a question is also an answer sometimes. Even when we are not seeking an answer, questions can spark the imagination, influence how we proceed with a project and shed light on a conversation or idea.
Spring approaches… well alright, here in New England it seems to be at least eons away, if not more. Nevertheless, gardening is on our minds and with gardening come many fresh delights for the table. It makes sense, then. to begin with our star product, the Squeezo Strainer.
We’ll call this segment “How, Where & Why.”
Do I have to take my Squeezo apart every time I wash it?
Yes. Cleaning your Squeezo properly is very important. However, DO NOT put it in the dishwasher. Also make sure you dry it thoroughly before storing. Give meticulous attention to the end of the screen, where the nylon bushing is located. Seeds and skin may get lodged there.
Remove the rubber gasket from the larger end of the screen to clean it and to clean the screen thoroughly. Make sure you dry the gasket and screen completely to avoid trapping moisture.
Once your Squeezo is clean and dry, you may coat the screens with vegetable oil or product such as PAM. This will keep your Squeezo running smoothly. Store them in a container, to protect your shelves, but without a cover.
Will parts available currently fit my 30-year-old Squeezo?
First, determine that your Squeezo is the same “generation” as the current ones. A simple measurement will tell you. Stand your screen on end with the wide end up. Measure across the inside diameter of the hole in the screen. If it measures 2 ¼”, all current parts will fit your Squeezo.
The gasket comes in a Screen Repair Kit (gasket, nylon bushing and snap ring). These parts wear out about the same time so it is a good idea to replace them as a unit.
If you have to stop and clean out your screen frequently while processing, the nylon bushing is wearing out. This bushing keeps the metal of the scroll from wearing on the metal of the screen. It is normal for this to wear down after repeated use. Many people are unaware it is there so they never check it. The Screen Repair Kit is a quick and simple way to improve your processing.
There you have it. Two important Squeezo questions answered.