What did you do to prepare today?

What did you do to prepare today?
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#351 Post by Bobble Hat » Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:27 am

Hi 8greenbeans,
We've not canned carrots, never managed to grow enough before haha! We did a couple of jars of tomatoes though this year. We get most of our recipes and other info from the John Seymour books. Mainly do jams and cordials, black and elderberrys,black currants, raspberries and plums. We know people "can" all sorts of meals and stews and we will give it a try next year! :)

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#352 Post by 8greenbeans » Mon Nov 04, 2019 12:40 pm

Busy, busy, busy...

WEDNESDAY
Inside all day so drew out what I think are the next-to-final plans for the new watering system is going to be and made a list of items we need to purchase to complete this project. I think I have the “freeze prevention” figured out but not quite sure. Baked lots of bread. Got some more onions going in the dehydrator and canned a batch of meat. Did my weekly shopping. Nearly finished the organization of the canning shelves and did more work on the sewing room. The focus has gone from organization and moving to the new room, to packing and tossing.

THURSDAY
MrBean’s half day off so we tore through most of the garage throwing out a bunch of stuff and boxing a lot of it up. He made the decision that we are going to hire a moving company to move everything. While that’s all good and fine, I’m boxing a lot of it up. I don’t want strangers knowing some of the stuff we have.

FRIDAY
Made a trip to the rental house …. Let’s just say, I’m glad I’m selling so that I never have to put up with another renter again. This “sweet lady” allowed her ADULT son and daughter to trash the place. They said it would be move in ready by the morning of November 1 as a way of apologizing for only giving a two-week notice. Well, I’m just glad I didn’t have another renter ready to move in that morning as originally planned. A broken door, a broken window, a 5-gallon plastic bucket *melted* to my living room carpet where they put hot ash, holes cut out of my kitchen linoleum, chunks out of my counter, was melted down my wall and into my carpet, they smoked in the house and the contract was no-smoking, they had a dog and the contract said no pets, they left the fridge full, trash every where, the garage is full … and that’s just the beginning.

SATURDAY
Cut down a lot of the dead trees in the pasture and put them through the wood chipper along with the stuff we’d already cut down last weekend. Got the green house filled and the rest of the chipped onto the trailer for ease of taking to the coops. Still more wood to chip and more trees to cut down to chip but we ran out of time.

GOALS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
Finish the organization of the canning shelves.
Get all the herbs moved to pantry.
Continue canning freezer meat.
Get downstairs bathroom boxed or thrown away except bare bones (TP, Soap, Towel) and scrubbed clean.
Finish leaves for bio-reactor.
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#353 Post by Tom Kleffman » Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:34 pm

As 8greenbeans said: Canning freezer meat. Trying to reduce dependence on freezers, though the whole world is becoming one quickly here. Have one new deer this year so far that I did put in the freezer, while moving extra (from last or prior year) to pressure canned jars. Prime cuts have all been eaten a while ago. Mostly shoulders and hocks which are great for potting.

Before the top layer of the ground froze, I did get in about 300 cloves of garlic, which is a better amount than last year. We eat a lot of it.

Have been shelling dry beans. I grow almost all pole beans, so harvesting is not real efficient (by hand) but with spine issues, keeps me from having to stoop down to pick. For the shelling I do not do that efficiently as well, because I select for seed, only the best developed/highest seed count pods for every variety. With the cool summer, Scarlet Runner did best, plant to production. 6 plants (yeah, wish was more) produced over a half gallon of dried seeds. Most summers it is a fraction of that because flowers abort when daytime temps get over about 80. not too many of those days this last year. Total dried bean production will end up being about 15 gallons. Just a few grocery bags of dried pods to work through.

I am going to pick up a few neighbor's paper lawn bags they have out to be picked up, to mulch beneath my own trees in my yard. I have 230 grafted apples and pears in seedling beds (just spaced 8" apart) of which 130 are going up to my orchard next spring, as well as the mature cherries and apple trees in my yard which can use the extra nutrition and insulation the leaves provide.

Coming to the end of all the things planned for. Coming up on the season where I work on plans.

Tom

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#354 Post by Basquesheepherder » Fri Nov 08, 2019 1:30 pm

On the advice of David Dubyne, Ice Age Farmer and of course myself: Bought 200 lbs. of wheat, canned 65 jars of meat, canned tomato sauce, bought 40 jars of tomato sauce/plus paste, and am now turning 20 pounds of flour into pasta that will be frozen. This is just the last 20 days and is added onto the things I have been prepping for over 10 years. I plan on storing more wheat, and oats. All of my 6 gallon buckets of grains go under my bed. There's a lot of room under a queen size bed for food storage and this keeps my apartment from looking like a warehouse. Since grain will likely rise in price (unless next year is a boom year) or become scarce, I will can more meat over the Thanksgiving holiday. People, don't forget the cheap turkey prices after Thanksgiving.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#355 Post by 8greenbeans » Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:34 am

Tom ~ so jealous of the beans. Ours simply did not do much this season. I, personally, eat tons of garlic - the fam, only when I season their food or force it down their throat when they are sick lol

Basquesheepherder, do you have a mill for your wheat as well? (I'm assuming you do!!) I began baking my bread a long time ago but this past spring I began milling my wheat for my bread baking. I have an electric Wonder Mill for my daily use but I also have a manual Wonder Mill just in case. I have a goal to make pasta to keep as well but to dehydrate rather than to freeze. After we had an upright freezer go kaput on us nearly a decade ago and we lost nearly 400 pounds of meat, we simply use the freezer as little as possible (we were able to save some of it by canning and making jerky, but not nearly fast enough before most of it was lost). This is why I go on a canning frenzy every time we get a deer, buy a cow/pig, butcher some birds (chickens, ducks, turkeys), or go fishing.

Andy, don't forget that hard candy is also good for dropping blood glucose levels. This can happen in people who are not diabetic or hypoglycemic if they start working more than they are eating, until their bodies get used to the new normal.

Most of my week was dealing with insurance companies and arranging various companies to come out to the rental to get it fixed. A big fat time suck in which I could have been doing much more valuable projects instead of driving back and forth 2 hours each way. However, in a way, this is a very valuable project since it is what will get us the land we so desperately desire... so I'll try to change my outlook.

My short list:
During my many hours sitting at the rental awaiting people, I made a list of 31 meals we really enjoy, then parceled that off into what could be canned/dehydrated ahead of time x12 to give us 12 months worth of ready-to-eat meals - for supper only that is
Continued canning freezer meats
Continued working on the greenhouse and compost areas
Made a new batch of elderberry syrup
Made up batches of switchel and ginger lemonade and hibiscus tea .... these remain in our fridge throughout the winter along with the typical sweet tea
Started a new batch of kombucha
Baked breads
Am in the middle of a home security update, which I wasn't planning on doing but Dad got the hankering so I'm dealing with it

Needless to say, the particular goals I set for this past week were not accomplished but other things were accomplished in their place so I won't call it a total loss lol

GOALS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
Celebrate the Corps' Birthday with a few hundred other area Marines
Finish organizing the canning shelves
Finish moving herbs to pantry
Continue canning freezer meat
Completely finish one bio-reactor & start on raised bed compost
Downstairs Bathroom boxed and down to bare bones (TP, Soap, Towel)
Get bedroom office transferred to downstairs office
Get upstairs catwalk cleaned and organized and boxed where possible (half our library is up there)
Get the skeleton of the new watering system moved to proper place
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#356 Post by 8greenbeans » Mon Nov 11, 2019 6:52 pm

Andy F wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:49 am
8greenbeans wrote:
Sun Nov 10, 2019 1:34 am
After we had an upright freezer go kaput on us nearly a decade ago and we lost nearly 400 pounds of meat, we simply use the freezer as little as possible (we were able to save some of it by canning and making jerky, but not nearly fast enough before most of it was lost). This is why I go on a canning frenzy every time we get a deer, buy a cow/pig, butcher some birds (chickens, ducks, turkeys), or go fishing. Probably the best educational thing that could have happened, yet expensive. After my fridge stories, I chose to go over a year without one. Partner (annoyingly) just bought a 1.1 CF mini fridge. However, I still know how to make good food without relying on fridge. I believe your experience was a good learning tool. Washing vs not washing dishes was another long term experiment, which I did not die from :mrgreen:
Not knowing how to do those things, can mean not surviving. On the flip side, do try.


Andy, don't forget that hard candy is also good for dropping blood glucose levels. This can happen in people who are not diabetic or hypoglycemic if they start working more than they are eating, until their bodies get used to the new normal. There's a valid medical reason for that type of metabolic issue.

Most of my week was dealing with insurance companies and arranging various companies to come out to the rental to get it fixed. A big fat time suck in (when doing that sort of donkeycratic mess, isn't it always?which I could have been doing much more valuable projects instead of driving back and forth 2 hours each way. However, in a way, this is a very valuable project since it is what will get us the land we so desperately desire... so I'll try to change my outlook.

My short smart list:
Am in the middle of a home security update, which I wasn't planning on doing but Dad, who is very smart & has good intuition likely based on the past, got the hankering so I'm dealing with it

Needless to say, the particular goals I set for this past week were not accomplished but other things were accomplished in their place so I won't call it a total loss lol Having dealt with long term immobility in the past, I'd see it as though you're doing just - FINE.

GOALS FOR THE COMING WEEK:
Celebrate the Corps' Birthday with a few hundred other area Marines HOOAH!

Get upstairs catwalk cleaned and organized and boxed where possible (half our library is up there)
We never thought of moving days when we carried a few thousand heavy books to the upstairs library. :D

Andy, you are soooo right on everything!
Honestly, I'm always glad when Dad gets a hankering cause hubs does not tell him he can't do anything .... me on the otherhand, he will argue with about it - doesn't necessarily win, but he argues :lol: But Dad can do anything his little heart desires and hubs just sighs :mrgreen:

Got another batch of meat done.
Partied til hubs had to come home to sleep ... nevermind that was getting up an hour and a half before him to pick up our grandson for the Veteran's Day Ceremony at his school :D Son-in-law told me this morning he didn't feel so well and that's what he got for partying with Marines :lol: :lol:
Attended two Veteran's Day Ceremonies - one with my grandson and one with my priest's middle daughter. Coincidentally, my son-in-law's own Brigadier General was the guest speaker at my grandson's Veteran's Day Ceremony.

Okay, I'm off to do some actual work today.
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#357 Post by 8greenbeans » Thu Nov 14, 2019 12:53 pm

This week has been flying by!
Ordered parts for the pressure canner so haven't been canning. Parts arrived late yesterday so meat is in the canner yet again.
Been slowly working on filling the bio-reactors.
Acquired new breeding stock for my chicken flock.
Wowed my hygienist and dentist with my lack of plaque at my 6-month cleaning. The only thing I've done differently is soak my night guards in salt water during the day and don't rinse them off before putting them in at night. I started that a couple months before my last cleaning and it was stated that I had a considerably light amount of plaque. This time around, though, I'd been doing it the whole 6 months and she had to work to find anything to scrape off. We shall see how the next cleaning goes. If it goes this well again, then I may have found a way to keep teeth healthier for longer in times of trouble.
Have been continuing to work on the home security system. It's almost complete.
Continuing to downsize and completed transferring the upstairs office to the downstairs office (when I was in really bad health, I couldn't go up and down the stairs very well, hence we set up an office area in our bedroom for me to work from - my health is greatly improved now and it was well past time to marry these two offices into one again!).
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#358 Post by 8greenbeans » Tue Nov 19, 2019 1:04 pm

Sunday
Cut down a lot more shrubs and small trees. Butchered two of the turkeys. MrBeans decided he'd like to give the tom and two hens another go at having babies next year with a new incubator (both of ours had issues this year - one is super old from the 50's while the other is only a few years old).

Monday
Thanksgiving preparations - preparing the house for 8 guests and crafty things for the back drop for the large family photos we will be taking this weekend.
Dad wasn't feeling well so we didn't complete the home security business yesterday as planned. Have discovered two minor issues that will require some adjustments though after we get the final bit up and running.

Tuesday - today
Today is shopping day. It will take up most of my day between the shopping and the putting away (not to mention the taking and picking up of Bean8 at college during the whole biz). I'll work on adding leaves to the bio-reactor until the daylight is gone when I get back, then I'll work on more crafty things after supper.
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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#359 Post by Chicknlady » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:53 pm

Hi! I'm new here, so this is only my second post.

Part of my prepping is personal health, and I just found an interesting doctor who has extensive lectures and interviews of YouTube and ITunes about joint health (Dr. John Bergman). I have several joint issues, and I just downloaded a bunch of podcasts to listen to as I drive. The gist is, the body shouldn't "wear out"... it's self-healing, and WANTS to heal... we just need to figure out how to make that happen! That's the hard part :)

Pills and procedures might be in short supply someday soon.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#360 Post by Bobble Hat » Mon Dec 02, 2019 4:51 pm

Bought 4 tins of carrots from home bargain.
Sounds boring but we've been looking in local asda and tesco and there were NONE on the past couple of shopping trips. Usually if a product is missing one week its there on the next trip, but not this time. Wondered if they are in short supply after all the wet weather?

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