I recently bought an Instant Pot (thank you, Black Friday sale!) and have been experimenting like crazy. So far, I have only mastered one meal in the Instant Pot, but it's great for doing "unusual" things like boiling (ok, they're really steamed, not boiled) fresh eggs and this - CAJUN BOILED PEANUTS! Yum! Let's cut the nonsense and just get right to the recipe, shall we?
Cajun Boiled Peanuts (2 pounds)
2lbs raw peanuts, in the shell
6+ Jalepeno Peppers (green or wait until they turn red, as I did)
6+ Cayenne Peppers (I used the ones I dried from the garden this past Summer)
2TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2c Pink Himalayan Salt (or other salt of your choice)
2 Bay Leaves
1TBS Minced Garlic
Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot and secure the lid. Move the steam release to the "steaming" setting. Use the MANUAL setting for HIGH pressure and set the time for 60 minutes. When time is up, let the steam release naturally. Voila!
You may want to add more peppers if you're looking for a super hot version. This was surprisingly pretty mild, even with 12 hot peppers.
The cold temps are here and keeping the animals warm and the water in liquid state is top priority. Here are 3 simple ingredients that can be added to your water tanks to help keep them warm in icy Winter weather.
It was by acident that I discovered this little gem to help keep the water in liquid, or at least slushie, form. While nursing a sick pig and trying to get him to drink more water while providing him with a bit of iron at the same time, I put a decent amount of molasses in his water bucket. The next morning, which was the first freeze for the season, the main water tank for the goats had an inch thick sheet of ice on top, but the pig water was still perfectly drinkable, and only a little slushie. Ding, ding, ding! This became the first and most important ingredient in what evolved into the Keep Them Warm forumla.
The next time I was mixing my molasses mixture, I caught myself thinking about different things I could add that would be beneficial to the animals in the cold weather and I automatically thought of Cayenne. People had mentioned giving Cayenne to their chickens in winter to keep them warm and help keep egg production up, so I thought it made sense to add it here. Cayenne also has the benefits of being a vermifuge against intestinal parasites, a tonic herb that boosts the immune system, and a catalyst herb that boosts the efficacy of other herbs and supplements. This one is a definite winner!
Apple Cider Vinegar
To round out the formula, I naturally turned to apple cider vinegar (ACV), as it is not only known for being a great probiotic, but it has many more benefits as well. It provides energy for working dogs while repelling fleas and ticks and conditioning their coats. ACV may also improve digestion, provide relief from arthritis and inflammation, help adapt to colder temperatures, and help prevent urinary tract infections and urinary calculi. It also disrupts the development of bacterial and viral infections. Every animal can benefit from these attributes!
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1/2 to 1 cup Molasses
1 tsp Cayenne
2 TBS Raw, Unfiltered ACV
Very warm water (not hot or you risk destroying the live part of the ACV)
Add first 3 ingredients to a quart-size Mason jar. Top with very warm water and secure the lid. Shake until the molasses is completely mixed. Pour this mixture into a 2.5 gallon chicken waterer and top with water as usual, or adjust quantity of ingredients and add to the size water tank of your choice. I give this formula to all my animals - chickens, guineas, goats, pigs, dogs, and cats.
Keep them warm! :)
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