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Save money on raisins using them effectively when baking.  Coat your raisins with flour before you add them to baked goods.  That will keep them from all falling to the bottom. Use less raisins, and produce a tastier, thrift friendly product.


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Here are a few frugal recipes to enjoy those raisins.


Raisin Bread


1/2 cup canola oil
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups of milk with 1/4 cup of lemon juice
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
4 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp  salt
1 cup walnuts
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup flaxseed
1 cup raisins


Measure out the milk and add the 1/4 cup lemon juice. Set aside. Measure the remaining ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
Add the milk. Using an electric mixer, stir on slow speed for 2 minutes and then on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add chopped walnuts, sunflower seeds, flaxseed and raisins. Stir on low speed until nuts and raisins are blended in.
Divide the batter between 2 regular-sized greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes. Allow nut bread to cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pans.  


Carrot Raisin Salad


5 cups grated carrots
3/4 cups raisins
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced celery
1/3 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip

Mix all the ingredients and refrigerate.  Serve cold.


Applesauce Cookies


2 cups whole wheat flour; or a combination of wheat and white flour.
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp soda
1/2 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup nuts

Sift the dry ingredients together, twice.  Cream the sugar and the butter.  Add the egg, and beat well. 

Mix the dry ingredients and the applesauce into the sugar, butter and eggs.  Do it slowly, alternating the dry ingredients and applesauce, and beating well after each addition.

Add raisins and nuts.  Batter is done, but if it looks too thin, add a little more flour.

Drop by teaspoon on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. 








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