Making Peanut Butter

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Hobbies | Posted on 14-02-2013

I have always wanted to make peanut butter, just to say that I have done it.  So today I am going to make some, first I have to shell the raw peanuts and then I have to roast them, when they are finally roast I can make the peanut butter.   When you use roasted peanuts, it has concentrated the oils, so that you can make the peanut butter.   Once that is all done, then I finally get to put them through a food chopper and make peanut butter.   Here is the recipe I am following; http://joythebaker.com/2009/02/how-to-make-homemade-peanut-butter/

Making Mother Of Vinegar

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Posted by kat | Posted in Cooking, Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Hobbies | Posted on 14-02-2013

So today I decided to learn something new, I am going to try my hand at making vinegar.   It’s actually pretty simple and I while I have been meaning to try it, I just hadn’t gotten around to it.   First off, I goggled how to make vinegar and found out that first I have to make mother of vinegar.  For most of those who might not know me, I don’t drink so I have to make my vinegar from juice instead of wine.   So first off from what I read, you take a splash of vinegar and add it to your juice (in my case) or wine.  The juice has to be fresh as most store bought juice has been processed in such a manner that it won’t ferment right.  The wine can be corked ( I learned what this meant today) or freshly opened, you then add either a splash of red wine vinegar, apple cider vinegar or what ever type you have on hand, you add this to the wine and or juice and let sit for 2 months, in a dark and warm location.  After the end of the two months, you check it for flotsam and jetsam, this is your mother of vinegar and you feed this for a while and do a few other steps to make vinegar.   Since I am not to this stage yet, I will write about it later.

The following are links on how to make mother of vinegar.

http://blog.makezine.com/craft/in_the_kitchen_with_jarod_make/

http://www.ehow.com/how_5752385_make-mother-vinegar.html

http://down—to—earth.blogspot.com/2007/12/good-mother-making-vinegar.html

http://www.countrysidemag.com/issues/83/83-4/Countryside_Staff.html

 

The Right To Feed My Family

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Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage, Gardening(herbs, flowers,veggies and trees) | Posted on 23-11-2012

I live out in the country and I realize that I have not had to deal with the following issue, it is one of the many reasons I am glad I live out in the country.    What issue is that you ask?   Why the right to feed my family, by raising my own food, via a garden.

Recently a friend of mine posted a link to her Facebook page, it’s for a group called Georgia Food Rights.  Their website is www.gafoodrights.org, please check it out.  Normally I shy away from anything smacking of politics, but this is one thing that I feel really strongly about.   Basically the group got it’s start when several town fined homeowners that decided to change their landscaping from the normal landscaping you would find around a house to landscaping that would feed their family.  I have done edible landscaping around my house, I have raised beds, that I have been growing my fall garden in them.  I have gotten such a better crop from what I planted and I planted less then what I normally do, because I can better utilize the space I have.    I planted one packet of radishes and I had the same good crop that I get from planting two packets of seeds, straight into the ground.   Is it the raised bed or is it the fact that due to the raised bed I had to use compost to fill the beds.  I think it is a combination of the two.  Because it’s a raised bed and you have to use compost to fill it, the nutrients are not as diluted as if you put the same amount of compost on a regular garden and then tilled it in.  Even if you didn’t till it in, when it rains the rain water washes some of the dirt away and then dilutes it in another way.    ALRIGHT, Back to the issue at hand.  I did several google searches and found several headlines about people being fined, for growing vegetables in the city.  Hear are just two of the headlines I found, and I couldn’t believe it when I read the stories.

Georgia man is facing fines of up to $5000 for growing too many vegetables on his land.
Woman threaten with jail time for having garden

HOW is it wrong to grow your own food?  Why would this bother other people, especially since in the case of the first story he gave away food to his neighbors and sold some items at a farmer’s market?  There will come a time when we might need the Victory gardens of old, the garden’s that kept people alive during the war’s and other issues that have popped up for thousands of years.   I have heard of other case’s in other countries and shook my head and felt sorry for them, and felt safe in knowing that I didn’t have to worry about it, yet here I am not starting to worry about what I might just have to deal with someday.   The following pictures if from a story I read about a guy in Canada  that is having to deal with this issue.  I am amazed at the beauty and the thoughtful way he and his wife laid out the garden.

This one is when it was first planted
Lawn and Order: The Silly War on Home Gardening Escalates

This one is with it in full production.

Couple faces fines for this vegetable garden on Richelieu Street in Drummondville.

I am again amazed at the beauty and the skill with which they laid it out.

Even if you don’t plant a garden currently, but you want to have the right to plant a garden, make sure you know your states and cities rules.

Homemade Applesauce

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Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage | Posted on 12-11-2012

I made homemade applesauce today, it was very yummy and despite what most people think, pretty easy to make.   So here is what you will need:
Food strainer( I own a back to basics model 220 and I grew up using a Squesso Straino)  The Squesso Straino used runs about $150.00 and new runs about $200.00.  I think I paid $35-$45.00 for the one I have.  The only thing I do not like about mine, is when you wash it your hands turn black.
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Apple of any type
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Cut them in half and stick in a large pot with just enough water to cover the amount of apples in pot, cook until they are mushy.

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When mushy take out and put into the strainer
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You should end up with waste looking like this coming out of one side
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Your final product should look like this

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I made enough to freeze about 4 quarts of applesauce

I always taste test my applesauce before I add sugar or cinnamon, sometimes you just don’t need it.  I also either freeze my applesauce or I hot water bath can it.

Dehydrating Mushrooms

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Posted by kat | Posted in Emergancy Prep/ Food Storage | Posted on 01-11-2012

A few days ago, Kroger’s had a 2 lb package of mushrooms on sale, I bought one to try and dehydrate them in my dehydrator.    So I sliced half of them and I chopped half of them, and it made one tray of chopped mushrooms and three trays of sliced mushrooms.   It took about 10 hour for them to be done, once done I transferred them to canning jars.  The tray of chopped mushrooms made enough to fill a half pint jar, the three trays of sliced mushrooms, made a pint and half of mushrooms.

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