Homemade Pies: Tips From The Ranch

From cartoons to your neighborhood bakery, nothing draws in a crowd like fresh-baked pies! At Amadio, we have always taken special care to bake the best pies we can make. We got together with our chefs for some tips and tricks for baking and are excited to share them with you. A homemade pie is a religious experience, and that’s why we’re writing this blog.

Today we’re going to talk all about homemade pies and what makes them unique. We’re also going to break down some tips on how you can make the best pies around. And finally, we will tell you all about the pies we sell every week and how you can get your hands on one of our fresh baked desserts. We love everything about pie and were excited to talk about it with you. So let’s get started by talking about making pies from scratch.

Why Try Homemade Pie

Baking pie is no easy task. Depending on your needs, filling, or how complicated your top is, the whole process could take all day if you want to make it perfect. Of course, you can save time by buying pre-made ingredients, but you’ll lose the ability to add a personal touch to your creation. Similarly, the perfect pie crust requires some finesse to create, and while some brands are better than other, frozen crust rarely matches up.

While the flavor is one of the main reasons people prefer baking on their own, people also find it enjoyable. Between cubing butter, using your hands to knead the dough, and smelling a pie cooling, there are many things about baking that can be satisfying. But if the process is too involved, never fear; Amadio is always here to provide you with a homemade pie cooked with our local produce! We have several locations where you can come and find Amadio products for sale! But if you are interested in baking a pie, we have some tips for you.

Pie Baking Tips and Tricks

Baking a pie seems more complicated than it typically is. People can be Nervous about over kneading or too wet of a filling, but with a few essential tips, you will always end up with the perfect pie. At the ranch, pies have been a staple of our business from the very beginning. So you can be sure we know a thing or two about how to make a great one! 

Keep reading to learn tricks for every part of the pie, from a gooey filling to a flakey crust.

The first step to making a good pie is ensuring that you’re keeping the ingredients cold. The perfect pie crust is flakey and golden brown, ensuring butter remains frozen and no water is weeping into the four will help preserve this fluffy crust. If your dough gets too warm and water infects your crust, the result will be chewy and more breadlike. While the key to crust is temperature, the perfect pie filling is all about time. 

Making sure your pie comes out perfect is all about nailing the ideal cooking time. For the first section, many recipes will call for a short high-temperature bake to set everything. Similarly, fruit and custard-based pies need vastly different cooking times. Make sure that you’ve thoroughly read the recipe and strictly adhere to the cooking times.

Amadio vs. The Rest

Not every pie is made equal. If you’re looking for the best and freshest pies you can find in Arizona, Amadio Ranch is the place to be. We offer traditional favorites like apple, cherry, peach, and specialty pies like strawberry rhubarb or caramel apples! Our pies are made fresh, and we never ship out a pie that doesn’t meet our quality standards. Amadio knows that to ensure your dessert is the best possible, we have to be careful with shipping. So the ranch only sends out pies Monday to Wednesday to ensure freshness. 

Our competitors will often bake and store pies for long, which requires additional preservatives or gives the pie a chance to deteriorate. We only sell fresh pastry at the ranch, so you know it will be a hit at any party or event. If you decide to buy a pie, you won’t find a better shop than us.

Homemade Pies

Freshly baked pies are one of our favorite things in the world. And making a pie is a central part of the Amadio Ranch. Today we talked about pie, different baking tips, and why our pies stand out from the competition. The Amadio team has been making pies since day one, so we were excited to talk about the different things we’ve learned along the way. But of course, we started by talking about what makes a homemade pie special. But we didn’t stop there. We also told you two of our favorite baking tips. Amadio is proud to have provided Arizona with fresh homemade pies for many years to come. But you don’t have to take our word for it, check out the Kallen media company spotlight on Amadio for one of our partners’ perspectives. Head over to the Amadio shop today if you’re curious about trying a delicious dessert made with local ingredients.

Urban Farming

There are a lot of popular food terms that you have probably heard. Such as natural, organic, or allergen-free. A term you may not have heard of is Urban Farming. This is a term that you need to learn. Almost 70% of the world’s population is predicted to live in urban areas by 2050.

Due to the increase of the population moving to urban areas. There needs to be a better way to provide these areas with fresh produce. So today we are going to discuss:

  • What are Urban Farms
  • Urban Farms Community Engagement
  • Urban Farms Innovations
Amadio Ranch Farm
A photo of the Amadio Ranch farm. Located not far from Phoenix, Arizona.

Urban Farms – What are They

Urban farming is also known as urban agriculture or urban gardening. They produce and sell local farm produce to urban areas. These farms can be located directly in an urban area, such as a rooftop garden. They can also be located right outside of an urban area. Like we are here, at Amadio Ranch. Even though we are not directly in an urban area, we provide food for urban areas.

The goal of urban farms is to provide those that are living in an urban area with fresh produce. Even though the community may be far from any farming communities.

Amadio Ranch Peach Truck with Product.
Amadio Ranch’s Peach Truck. Travels to local urban areas to sell farm-fresh produce.

Urban Farms – Community Engagement

Not only do urban farms provide farm-fresh produce to the local urban residence. They also provide community benefits such as job creation, easy access to food the farm sells, and food education.

Job Creation

Jobs are important to any community. To maintain a working farm you need employees. Based on the size of the urban farm and if they have a store set-up. There are numerous jobs that are created for the local community. As well as other needs by the business such as marketing, or retail space that will also help local businesses.

Easy Access for Businesses

Being in close proximity to restaurants and grocery stores. Businesses that work with urban farms, do not have to worry about produce shipments arriving late due to shipping issues. Since the farm is nearby. Businesses may also save money, cutting out the middle man in purchasing directly from the farm.

Easy Access for Consumers

Many of these farms sell directly to consumers. This makes it easier and more affordable for those in the community to buy direct from the farm. This reduces the consumer’s need to buy so many processed foods. Since there are healthy options available at a comparable price.

Food Education

Since the urban farms are community-based this gives them outreach potential in the community. Here at Amadio Ranch and many other urban farms. The goal is to educate those on what they are eating. Knowing for example what fruits and vegetables grow during each season.

Eating fruits and vegetables that are in season are fresher and more nutritious than food consumed that are out of season. In addition, produce that is transported, due to transportation time, loses nutrients. Whereas buying direct you can purchase closer to the picking date. Therefore benefiting from the more nutrient-rich produce.

example of a hydroponics vertical growing wall.
Example of hydroponics.

Urban Farms – Innovation

With many located in urban areas which means not a lot of lands available. There have been many innovative solutions that have come out of this farming method. In order to be able to start-up and evolve their farm. Some of these innovations include hydroponics. Which in layman’s terms is growing produce without soil and can be grown inside.

Many of these innovations have trickled over and are starting to be used by other people or industries that do not own a farm. For example, there are now even smaller hydroponic set-ups available. For those who want to grow things like herbs in the comfort of their apartment.

Since these farms are there to supply produce for the local community. Innovation also has to occur to allow for those in the community to shop. For example, due to the coronavirus and the need for social distance at Amadio Ranch, we added a contactless shopping and checkout at our Ranch. Which is located outside of Phoenix, Arizona. Also, have online shopping available.

Additional Information

If starting an urban farm in your community is of interest to you. There are numerous resources available to help with your business planning. And at the end of the day, all the work will be worth it for providing such a great resource for your community.

To learn more about Amadion Ranch and our urban farm. Our website provides a lot of information including commonly asked questions. If you are social media savvy, follow us on our Facebook page. For updates about the ranch and interactive videos to show you how to cook up your local produce.

Different Kinds of Pickles: Our Pickling Process

At Amadio, we are proud to offer our customers a chance to shake up their daily routine. We will always offer fan favorites, but we also enjoy creating new and incredible things with our local produce. Ever since we opened, we have been pickling different things on the ranch. Over time our customers have told us what they like, and now we have a range of delicious pickled veggies. Today, we’re going to talk about our pickling process and the different kinds of pickles.

Traditionally all you need to make a pickle is herbs, spices, brine, and cucumbers. Once you’ve created pickling liquid by heating the brine and add-ons, you pack, store, and wait. This recipe may sound simple, but little changes in the process can produce dramatically different results. Some pickles are more popular than others, but almost any combination of brine, flavorings, and vegetables can be pickled. The most common kinds of pickles are dill or bread and butter, so we’ll start with those.

Dill vs. Bread and Butter Pickles

Dill pickles have a classic sweet and sour flavor profile and a juicy and crunchy texture that people love. Bread and butter pickles tend to be less acidic and saltier than the dill variety. While both come in chips, you can also find whole cucumber or wedge pickles. They are very similar but have distinct differences. The primary additive in bread and butter pickles is sugar, while unsurprisingly, dill pickles’ main addition is dill! 

Jalapeno Dill Pickles

These two kinds of pickles are the average pickle you will get with a sandwich or from most grocery stores. Most fast-food restaurants put dill pickle wedges on sandwiches, and bread and butter pickles are an everyday BBQ staple. Dill and sweet are two classic pickle flavors that have a refreshing and tangy taste. And although these pickles dominate the market, they are not the only options available. There are all kinds of different flavored pickles.

Variety Pickles

There are so many twists on traditional pickles that it can be hard to know where to start! You can change pickles by adding different spices to the brine beforehand, changing the brine, or changing the vegetable itself. one classic example of these changes is kosher dill pickles made with garlic to add a more robust flavor. Spicy pepper can add a hot kick to a dish. Kimchi’s distinct crunch brings a layer of unique texture to Korean barbecue. When you start to think about it, here are almost infinite uses for pickles!

Garlic Dill Pickles

At the ranch, our favorite twist on traditional pickles is swapping out vegetables. The pickling liquid is a natural preservative, and pickling dramatically extends the shelf life of vegetables. So if you ever grow too much of something, you can always pickle some for later. Similarly, the pickling process can help break down and soften tougher root vegetables. Pickling is a long process, but the results make it worthwhile no matter what veggies you decide to use. But what if you want a professionally made jar?

Amadio’s Pickles

We understand that canning and pickling aren’t for everyone. But you can still have delicious pickled vegetables if you want! We sell a range of different pickles so that you can try them for yourself! If you are curious about traditional pickles, Amadio has you covered. We always stock some traditional dill pickles and our bread and butter sweet pickles. But we don’t stop with our classics; we also sell specialty pickles!

Bread and Butter Sweet Pickles

Beyond traditional flavors, we have a range of unique pickles. We offer things like jalapeno dill pickles that bring a kick to the conventional dill profile. And as we have discussed, pickling doesn’t stop with sweet and sour cucumbers! With patience and the right spices, vegetables produce a succulent and tasty pickle. 

Different Kinds of Pickles

Amadio Ranch knows that our customers enjoy their favorites but also want to shake things up. And our pickles are a perfect example of that philosophy. Pickles come in every shape and size, and they have an extensive range of flavors. But some varieties are more popular than others. The traditional pickle comes in dill or bread and butter, the main difference being the dill and sugar content. But there are all kinds of different pickles out there. 

There are many pickled vegetables canned and eaten every day, from spicy kosher dill pickles to kimchi. But if the process of pickling sounds too involved for you, we are here to help. At Amadio, we offer the classic varieties of products you love, like dill and bread and butter. But over the years, we have refined our pickling process, and we’ve expanded to make different kinds of pickles. We offer varieties for every customer, from hot pickles to pickled okra. Head over to our canned products shop to see what pickles we have in stock and try some local Arizona pickles today!

Home Made Mesquite Raw Honey

Too often, people overlook mesquite when trying to give a dish an earthy and smokey flavor. And when paired with a similarly earthy but sweet partner, mesquite can develop a unique umami flavor. That’s why the team at Amadio thinks mesquite raw honey is the perfect complement to so many dishes! To prove it to you today, we will talk about five ways to use mesquite raw honey in your daily cooking. We’re going to give you tips to improve everything from lunch salads to your secret BBQ recipe! But first, let’s talk about the honey itself. 

March in Arizona is a special time for beekeepers because mesquite trees bloom! The bees who collect pollen from these beautiful flowering trees create a honey that is high in wax content and richly infused with the mesquite nectar. Once gathered, the product spreads like butter and has an intensely complex flavor profile. Because of its sweet but smokey notes, it has a ton of exciting uses.

Salad Dressings

Spring salads often include bright ingredients like radishes and peas to celebrate the return of the growing season. But your go-to salad dressing might not pair well with this increase in seasonal flavors. A mesquite honey dressing is a perfect complement to the seasonal spring vegetables and can help you balance spring’s bright flavors with a sweet undertone. But mesquite honey isn’t just good in march!

The earthy and slightly smokey mesquite flavor means it’s a perfect complement to any nutty or fatty flavor. This profile means it’s the ideal sweetener for tahini or avocado salad dressing. If you’re sick of the typical maple flavors associated with fall, mesquite might be the substitute you’ve been looking for. Mesquite honey is a sweetener at its core, and that means it’s useful for a wide range of sugar substitutions!

Sugar Substitutions

Honey is a time-honored sugar swap, but mesquite honey adds its unique flavor when you switch it out with sugar. As long as you’re using more than a cup, you can do a 1:1 substitution for honey as long as you reduce the liquid appropriately. At the ranch, we’ve had success with swapping sugar and mesquite honey in a wide range of recipes. one of our favorites was medenjaci, a Croatian gingerbread honey cookie. The cookies have become a holiday stable in some of the staffs’ homes. Because honey is a liquid, the raw mesquite honey can complement the caramelization process. 

Our mesquite honey has a bold and unique flavor that can enhance any caramelized dish. We’ve found the smokey honey flavor is delicious if you put a little bit in your onions or carrots seasoning before cooking. The mesquite honey flavor is beneficial when caramelizing because you can develop that rich, toasted flavor faster. Our mesquite honey natural flavor profile complements other kinds of the slow cooking process too.

Mesquite Honey BBQ

A honey-glazed ham is a perfect place to start if you’re wondering where mesquite honey could help you barbecue. But our product is versatile and has multiple bbq uses. Because mesquite honey has a richer flavor, it can add a profoundly complex umami flavor to any wet bbq rub. a mesquite honey wash will give any cut of meat a unique taste that will have you coming back for more! 

Honey glazed barbeque fish is also an excellent use for our honey. Mesquite smoked salmon is a labor-intensive process that generates a lot of excess smoke. But our mesquite honey can impart a similar flavor without setting off the smoke alarms.

Baking and Bread

Mesquite honey has a sweet and distinctive flavor that can develop in incredible ways throughout the proofing process of bread baking. A simple thing like a sough dough bread can produce a flavor combination that pairs great with any spread or sandwich. Our honey is perfect for baking because a natural high wax content makes it easy to cook with. Adding mesquite honey to a recipe will ensure your next baking project is one for the books.

Medicinal Uses

Raw local honey is a treasure for a lot of people. Ever since beekeepers started harvesting honey, people have recognized the many health benefits it offers. Do you suffer from allergies? Local honey can help expose you to pollens that are causing you problems in a safe environment. are you interested in better hair, skin, and nails? Raw honey can be a soothing additive in skincare treatments. If you think raw honey could help you, we’ve got a jar with your name on it!

Five Ways to Use Mesquite Raw Honey

Every year at Amadio Ranch, our bees get to enjoy a mesquite bloom, and later we get tasty mesquite, honey. And while some people overlook this sweetener, we can’t get enough of it! Today we gave you five ways to use mesquite raw honey and a few specific ideas for how you can cook with this unique product. We covered everything from Croatian cookies to honey glazed hams, but we also want to hear what you’re cooking. Buy a jar of our mesquite raw honey today and let us know what you decide to use it for!