This is something that I wrote to somebody and it is good information for people who want to be able to afford to eat and don't want a lot of awful stuff in your food. I am posting it to give me more research time, and still give you good information to read.
There is a site that reverse engineers foods and tells you how to make
things yourself. They did Twinkies already, I believe. You can request
your favorites, but most likely it has already been done and they have
it. I don't remember or have the internet address, but you can find it
with a search engine.
Canola is one of the 4 main GMO crops. I
just found out after I bought a gallon of the sh*t. (Insert deleted
expletive here.) The other 3 are: corn, soy, and cotton. The 5 GMO
companies are: Monsanto, Bayer, Dupont, Syngenta(spelling?), and Dow.
Monsanto is the big guns here. They are trying to wipe out any seeds
they don't have a patent on or have engineered to commit suicide at the
end of the year.
If they were to succeed, I don't think things
would be too good for anybody else. Sigh. Get and save heirloom seeds!! Share them and pass them on as much as you can manage and afford, too.
plants are much more flavorful than hybrid and GMO, also more tender.
They don't ship or handle as well because of their tenderness/softness
and their yields are less predictable. I am trying for nothing but
heirloom seeds now, anyway.
I substitute oil for shortening all
the time. It does not work for making your own mixes, however. You can
just make up the rest of the mix and add the oil when you prepare the
Olive oil has a low melting point and is not so good to use
in anything with a medium to high cooking temp. Coconut oil has a very
high melting point, so it will even work for stir fry.
up some canola oil substitutes and two that I found were sunflower oil
and safflower oil. Both of those have a melting point the same as canola
and don't have saturated fats either. They seem to have additional
health benefits as well. I'm going to check prices next time I shop.
Coconut oil is pretty pricey and I want some cheaper ones, like I hope
sunflower oil and safflower oil might be.
Popcorn cooked in coconut oil is really good. Yummies!