Category Archives: preserving

harder than it seems

Like a lot of people, I’m dancing the compromise between working for a living and being more self-reliant in my daily life.  It goes in fits and starts and is hindered by many factors including the weather, my own age, … Continue reading

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making jerky!

have been making jerky for the dog for years now, both chicken and beef.  The chicken from chicken breast, the beef from both ground beef and from sliced pieces; basically, what ever’s on sale. This week, decided to try to … Continue reading

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spring planting and water

We’re beginning  drought cycle and while we’re just barely mid-April, we are not expecting any meaningful precip until sometime in July, if we are lucky. So have cut back on my veggie garden this year.  Actual time to work on … Continue reading

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dehydration again

This is cooked butternut squash.  seven servings, 140 grams total.  We all know what it takes to cut up and cook a squash.  If you only want a side serving for one, what do you do with the rest?  Spent … Continue reading

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chilly

most of the winter has been real mild here, so mild that I’ve already got seeds started in the greenhouse – although, unfortunately, none of the tomatoes or peppers have come up yet!  and just one each of my spaghetti … Continue reading

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dehydrated rice

Had tried an experiment where I dehydrated some cooked brown rice to see how it would keep long term.  We’re not fans of white rice here and sometimes you just don’t have time to cook the brown – for one … Continue reading

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dehydration experiments

  on the left is cooked dried brown rice.  Rehydrated one jar tonight for dinner, took awhile, 30-45 minutes.  but was fine. Other jar will be kept in pantry for awhile to see if it goes rancid or anything. on … Continue reading

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