Thursday, June 9, 2016

Cheap Recipes (Can't Beat the Price) #4 And Grocery Store Veggie Codes

Maple Flavored Syrup

I have not tried this recipe recently, but I did make it a few times when the kids were little.

2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon maple extract

Place sugar and water in a saucepan and heat on low until the sugar melts  Remove from heat and add maple extract.  Refrigerate

Sports Drink that begins with a G
4 cups cold water
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup lemon juice

Gentle Deodorant
6 tablespoons coconut oil
4 tablespoons corn starch
Any essential oil
Empty deodorant container

Mix coconut oil and corn starch in a bowl until well blended.(I used a spoon)  Add essential oil of your choice.  Spoon into an empty container and let sit.  This will solidify.  I use this every day.

No aluminum or other foreign ingredients.  This may not provide odor protection for those who do heavy work all day.

Fruit and Veggie Codes

Four digits beginning with 3 or 4 - conventionally grown
Five digits beginning with 9 - organically grown
Five digits beginning with 8 - GMO  (genetically modified) grown


  1. As a gentle deodorant I like best a nice smelling talcum powder.
    I have used Felce azzura by Paglieri/Italy for years. Inexpensive
    and good. But yours is also an interesting recipe.

    1. Talcum is a good product to use. However, in this country, powder is seldom talcum any more. There's a big movement towards natural items because we are discovering that unnatural (chemicals)have replaced the natural things that used to be used. We've been tricked for at least a generation. Many of us are saying 'No more!' Since manufacturers are loosing money, they are beginning to go back to using the more expensive and natural items in their products.

  2. My mom always made our pancake syrup that way, except she always used brown sugar. I've heard of people using the "dreaded" corn syrup with a bit of maple extract also. I prefer my moms. Ranee (MN)

    1. Your mom's recipe does sound more appetizing, for sure. The only reason corn syrup has a bad rep these days is because most of it is from GMO corn.

  3. How interesting to make your own syrup . I love your recipes as they are quite unusual . Thanks again x

  4. Thank you for sharing! I've been making the homemade syrup for years now, so much cheaper and better for you.