Fermentation

Fermented Salsa

Fermented foods are excellent for your gut health.  The probiotics they offer are some of the best you can get, and for much less than buying pills at the store.  Actually, this fermented salsa recipe was nearly free with vegetables from the garden. Fermented salsa is apparently the best recipe …

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Canning Whole Tomatoes on the Rocket Stove

We have plenty of tomatoes. I don’t really have time to process and preserve them all, so I will squeeze in a quick round of un peeled canned tomatoes. And I’m using my rocket stove to do it. Get your jars ready, I’m using quart jars, by boiling them in …

Food Preservation

Harvesting and Infusing St. John’s Wort

Thursday Food (and Herb) Day! Continuing with the wildcrafting herbal remedy theme, today we will collect and infuse some St. John’s Wort.  This pretty herb grows wild all over the place on my homestead and all over the side of the road.  Plenty available for sutainable wild harvesting. St. John’s …

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Mullein: Harvest and Oil Infusion

Mullein is an herb that grows wild all around us here. It can be used as an herbal remedy for all sorts of things like respiratory problems, earache, lymphatic issues, inflammation, pain, and many more.  It can also be used to make a vanilla-ish extract.  I won’t get in to …

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Peppermint Harvesting and Drying

Thursday Food Day! My peppermint is getting out of control.  It needs to be cut back and eventually moved so it doesn’t take over my whole butterfly garden.  I don’t have time for that, but I can harvest it. I just went around and cut the tops of the plants …

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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 …

Food Preservation

Make Your Own Sauerkraut

This is our first (successful) batch of home made sauerkraut.  We may have had a giant failure the first time around, but we’ll talk about that later.  More importantly, this batch was a huge success.  It actually is very easy, as long as you pay attention to it while it …

Food Preservation

Storing Potatoes the Wrong Way

I thought that by leaving my potatoes in my dark, cool basement would do well with them.  Apparently not.  I’m not entirely sure what the problem is, but these things seem to have grown all winter.  I tend to think that the issue in my basement was that it got …

Food Preservation

Refrigerator Canning for Hot Peppers

If you have plenty of hot peppers and want to preserve them so that they stay nice and crunchy, this is something you should try.  I advise either wearing gloves or washing your hands really, really well afterwards by the way.  First cut up your peppers removing the stems and …