Category: Food Storage

SELF-RELIANCE / PREPAREDNESS GIFT IDEAS

There are lots of ideas for gifts to give family or friends who are “into” Emergency Preparedness or Self-Reliance. For those that aren’t but you wish would be more prepared, giving a gift of this nature can encourage someone to take more steps to… Continue Reading “SELF-RELIANCE / PREPAREDNESS GIFT IDEAS”

ORDER! ORDER ON THE SHELF!

This weekend we added three of the shelves from the shelving unit purchased last week to an existing shelving unit, converting it from a 5-shelf unit to an 8-shelf unit. This is going to work so much better. As you can see, the sweet… Continue Reading “ORDER! ORDER ON THE SHELF!”

I MIGHT HAVE DONE A THING

So, I picked up something today. Yep, I’m the proud owner of 50 pounds of sweet potatoes! What am I going to do with so many sweet potatoes? Well, besides the occasional baked potato (topped with butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon), apparently, I’m about… Continue Reading “I MIGHT HAVE DONE A THING”

THINGS I LEARNED – PART 2

Continuing my discussion about the new tools and techniques I used when I processed applesauce recently… PEELING The best new tool I tried while process applesauce came about after this year’s weeks of peach peeling. My hands hurt so much from peeling so many… Continue Reading “THINGS I LEARNED – PART 2”

THINGS I LEARNED – PART 1

Making applesauce is super easy. You peel, core, and slice some apples, cook them until they are soft, and mash them. Just like that, you have applesauce. As I processed applesauce this year, I tried some different techniques and tools than I’ve used in… Continue Reading “THINGS I LEARNED – PART 1”

BACK TO WORK

My travels are complete and it’s time to get back to work so today I purchased what I need for my next project. I bought Golden Delicious and Granny Smith apples from my favorite apple supplier, Millstone Creek Orchards. This year, I’m planning to… Continue Reading “BACK TO WORK”

PRESSURE CANNING INSTRUCTIONS – NESCO SMARTCANNER

As I worked on canning the green bean harvest this weekend, I encountered a problem I have had before with my Smartcanner. It’s not the Smartcanner’s fault. When I flip back and forth between water bath and pressure canning, I get confused between the… Continue Reading “PRESSURE CANNING INSTRUCTIONS – NESCO SMARTCANNER”

CANNING HAMBURGER

My favorite thing to can is chicken. My second favorite meat to can is hamburger. Both are super easy to do and a great way to put shelf-stable meat in your pantry. Recently, I cooked up four pounds of hamburger. For the inquiring mind,… Continue Reading “CANNING HAMBURGER”

CANNING THE BEANS

As you’ll recall, when I went to the farmer’s market last Saturday, I brought home a mess of green beans. It has been a busy, and tiring, week so I only got to them today. I was concerned that they were past their prime… Continue Reading “CANNING THE BEANS”

STINKY!

One of the several food-related projects I did this past weekend was to fill the dehydrator. I loaded 1-3/4 trays with tomatoes and finished the second tray with gypsy peppers (sweet). I didn’t get much of a harvest from the gypsy peppers. Two trays… Continue Reading “STINKY!”