Category Archives: preserving

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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follow ups

After nearly 3 weeks, today took the fermenting lid off the sauerkraut, and it tastes, just like sauerkraut.  so into the fridge it went. and for lunch, reconstituted one of the “squash leather”.  Tore up it up smaller than in the … Continue reading

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squash leather

  roasted 3 good sized butternut squash in the solar oven, removed the guts, mashed, and spread out on sheets to dry.  They came out a little dryer than a fruit leather, but not so dry that they could be … Continue reading

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sauerkraut, I hope

Made one batch of sauerkraut awhile back and it came out great.  FINALLY got around to making another and it instantly went moldy and a weird color.  Thought it might have been because I used fresh (farmer’s market) cabbage, and … Continue reading

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Tuna harvest has begun

Tuna is the name for the fruit of the pickly pear cactus!! Prickly pear (Opuntia) grows almost all over the United States, even in the snow belts.  We had a plant where we lived in New Jersey.  As the climate … Continue reading

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