Cooking

Breaking Canning Jars

When I took the lid off the pressure canner after the pressure dropped, one of the jars was leaning to the side and there appeared to be beef broth in the once clean canning water. I took all the good jars out and this is what I found. The bottom …

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Canning Stew Beef

I have been packing up the house to move to the new homestead and I decided I should tackle the freezer today. A lot of the food looked awful and was full of frost. I don’t generally have good luck with freezing for any long periods of time. I also …

Cooking

Solar Cooker Sweet Potatoes and Garbanzo Beans

This is my solar cooker all set up.  I have two sweet potatoes in this makeshift pan cooking.  Notice it is a black pan in order to help absorb heat.  It is actually two round black pans, one being used as a lid to help increase the heat.  Once you …

Building

Solar Cooker Building

My solar cooker was easy enough to build, that is, if I did it right.  All there is to my new cooker is two cardboard boxes plus scrap cardboard, tin foil, duct tape, glass or plastic, and newspaper. You take the first (smaller) box and cover it inside and out …

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Bok Choy Soup

When you have this: Make this:   Ingredients: 3 cups chopped bok choy 1 red bell pepper 1 medium zucchini 1 1/2 cups onion 3/4 cup cilantro 1/3 cup basil 3 cups vegetable broth 2 cups coconut milk 6 cloves garlic 1 tsp ginger 1 cayenne pepper 1 tsp sea …

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Making Kombucha

One of my goals for the year is to learn more about fermentation and try a few different things.  I have successfully made mead many times and had very good luck with that.  Now I want to try something new.  Fermented tea.  Kombucha to be specific.  It seems to be …