GRUB - Fun Food
Fruit Leather (Bear Den Meeting Activity)
Cub Scout Program Helps
It was possible to have fruit to eat when
traveling by wagon train by turning it into “leather.”
2 cups of ripe fruit (berries, cherries, plums, apricots, peaches, apples, or
a combination of these)
Table knife, blender, cookie sheet, plastic wrap, and wooden spoon
Wash the fruit and let it drain. Cut it into
small chunks. Leave the peels on—they are chewy and nutritious. Put the
fruit in the blender and blend while counting to 15 slowly. Pour the mixture
out onto a cookie sheet lined with plastic wrap. Dry it in a warm place for a
day or so.
To eat, peel the fruit off the plastic wrap. You
can also roll it in the plastic wrap and store it in a covered container.
Pioneer And Western Recipes
Circle Ten Council
2 cups buttermilk
2 tablespoons honey or molasses
2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
1 teaspoon soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
Beat eggs until light. Add
buttermilk and honey or molasses. Combine dry ingredients and stir into batter
along with melted butter. Pour into buttered dripper pan and bake at 425° F.
for about 20 minutes. Cut into squares.
2 tablespoons gelatin
1 1/4 cups cold applesauce
2 cups sugar
1 cup chopped nuts
1 tablespoon vanilla
Soak gelatin in 1/2 cup cold
applesauce for 10 minutes. Combine remaining applesauce and sugar and boil 10
minutes. Add gelatin and applesauce mixture and boil 15 minutes longer,
stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add nuts and vanilla, and pour into
slightly greased pan. Let set overnight in refrigerator. Then cut in squares
and roll in powdered sugar.
Dried Apple Rings
Santa Clara County
Start with firm, ripe apples
(as many as you like), with a strong, tart flavor. Peel and core them; then
slice them across the core into rings about ¼” thick.
Dry the apples as quickly as
possible before they spoil. String the rings on a length of twine and hang it
between any 2 hooks in a warm, dry, airy place. Drying can be done indoors or
out. If outside, be sure the weather is sunny and dry, and bring the apples
indoors if it becomes damp or rainy and during the nighttime dew. If flies or
insects try to feed on your drying apple rings, cover them with a piece of
cheesecloth. Outdoor drying during warm weather may take only a few days,
whereas it may take up to two weeks to dry the apples indoors.
For indoor drying, hand the
string of apple rings in the driest and warmest place in your house.
Depending upon the time of year, this might be in your kitchen, by a radiator
or heater, or in the attic. Don’t try to dry the rings in the oven, since
heating them too quickly causes an outside skin to form and prevents the
inside from drying.
Dried apple rings are
usually eaten as a sweet snack, but they can also be put into cereals, cakes
and other baking recipes. They can be carried and stored safely without
refrigeration, which makes them a perfect snack on hikes or long car rides.
They can be stored (for years!) in a jar with a tight lid without losing their
Double Berry Pie
Santa Clara County
- 1 jar (16 oz.) blueberry
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 9-inch frozen pie shell,
cooked & cooled
- Using a microwave safe
bowl, combine jam and cinnamon. Microwave on high for about 1 minute, until
mixture liquefies (do not overcook).
- Stir in the fresh berries
and spoon into pie shell.
- Place in refrigerator for
a hour to chill.
- Serve with vanilla ice
Crispix Ranch Mix
Santa Clara County
- 8 cups Kellogg’s Crispix
- 1½ cups bite-size cheddar
- 1 cup pretzel sticks
- 2 cups mixed nuts
- 2 tbs. vegetable oil
- 1 package (1 oz) dry ranch
Using a 2 gallon storage bag, combine the Crispix,
cheese crackers, pretzels and nuts. If any of your boys are allergic to nuts,
substitute with sunflower seeds or other snack food.
Pour oil on the mixture and toss until evenly
Add the ranch dressing and gently toss again to
Store in an airtight container until ready to