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?

#101 Post by iceagefarmer » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:03 am

Elew wrote:
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Today, I ordered a nice German made hand drill I have been waiting to get for almost a year (me and power tools don't have a great relationship).

And I am working on a new web site to sell my work on, to free myself up from venues like Etsy who can control the ebb and flow of my sales on a whim. I think it will be good.
Nice! I built a small workbench for my son, and he got a hand drill for his 5th birthday this week. Trying to give skills, not pieces of plastic..! The onslaught of plastic toys for American children is insane

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#102 Post by Elew » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:49 pm

iceagefarmer wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:03 am


Nice! I built a small workbench for my son, and he got a hand drill for his 5th birthday this week. Trying to give skills, not pieces of plastic..! The onslaught of plastic toys for American children is insane
Very cool! I love to give the kids tools and skills too...it is the best gift, that can never really break or wear out :)

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#103 Post by Elew » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:01 pm

I finished the last of the applesauce canning yesterday, so today I am re-organizing and getting all the canning stuff ready to go to the shed for the winter. Yay! Big canning pots take up alot of room in a 32' RV. It will be nice to open up the main room some.
I still need to do cranberries, but I will process them in a soup pot or something.

Yesterday I also painted the steel steps with stove black so the don't rust in the snow...

So today is organizing, filling custom orders, and winterizing some...and working. Hope you are all having productive fun days :)

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#104 Post by dirtmurphy » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:41 pm

I will always be excited about my angel eggs! Seriously, nothing is better. :D

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Baby Steps: Powdered Power Greens and Saurkraut

#105 Post by Lonnie » Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:58 am

So, my main focus on food preservation right now is dehydration and lacto fermentation. Today's happiness involved taking a couple of those plastic tubs of organic, triple-washed power greens and loading them in my cheap Nesco dehydrator. Once they are dry and brittle I put them in the food processor and turn them into a fine, green powder. I sieve out any tough stems and put the powder in a wide mouth canning jar. My understanding is that this retains nutrients and enzymes. I add this powder to smoothies, soups and individual servings of home made broth. Of course, the ultimate goal is to find an easy way to grow my own greens and process those. But, in the meantime, this keeps things from going to waste when I buy greens and we end up not eating them before they get slimey.

I've always made my own bone broth -- beef, chicken and lamb. Now I'm experimenting with dehydrating this to make my own bullion. The stuff in the store is mostly salt and, often, loaded with MSG. Yesterday's batch (my first) came out more rubbery than brittle, so I will need to keep trying. Meanwhile, I broke this stuff up as much as I could and put it in a small jelly jar. I will add it to soups or casseroles for added nutrition and flavor. I put any home dehydrated meat products like this in the freezer, including jerky. If there's a power outage it should be fine for quite a while -- unless it's in August.

I do plan on getting another laying flock going just as soon as I can figure out how to feed them more economically.

Mostly I have lacto-fermented cabbage for saurkraut and beets for kvass. Right now I'm attempting dill pickles. Unlike canned versions, these need to be refrigerated once the lacto fermentation process is well under way 3-4 days. But they have a pretty good "shelf life" compared to raw veggies. And, again, in a power outage they will still be okay for a while; just extra fermented.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#106 Post by CreoleGenius » Thu Oct 04, 2018 12:57 pm

Even in the city, there are people profiting from 'micro-greens' horticulture, sprouting and tending for a week or two, till nutrients are optimal. My friend does this, but he also has row crops and containers. It would seem that the micro-green dehydration/powdering/packing model would generate high quality you could trade or sell.

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#107 Post by CreoleGenius » Thu Oct 04, 2018 5:22 pm

FoodSaver Vacuum Sealer V2244 System has the accessory vacuum port, which, with the standard mouth and wide mouth jar adapters, can vacuum pack mason jars safely. The V2244 comes in around US $65 and the accessory kit US $15/

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#108 Post by Elew » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:23 pm

I imagine that years ago they would have preserved the dried microgreen powder mixed in lard then waxed, or wrapped in beeswax cloth...or something along those lines...

RC (my youngest) took me to see Dear Evan Hansen last night, and it was Amazing...so a little down time and fun :)

Today, it is snowing in Boulder...so well below 6000 ft. The leaves have not fallen yet, but we will see if it snows enough to matter...
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Re: Baby Steps: Powdered Power Greens and Saurkraut

#109 Post by Elew » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:29 pm

Lonnie wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:58 am

I've always made my own bone broth -- beef, chicken and lamb. Now I'm experimenting with dehydrating this to make my own bullion. The stuff in the store is mostly salt and, often, loaded with MSG. Yesterday's batch (my first) came out more rubbery than brittle, so I will need to keep trying. Meanwhile, I broke this stuff up as much as I could and put it in a small jelly jar. I will add it to soups or casseroles for added nutrition and flavor. I put any home dehydrated meat products like this in the freezer, including jerky. If there's a power outage it should be fine for quite a while -- unless it's in August.
Getting that brittle dryness is why they add so much salt, as well as to preserve. Rubbery is fine, think of it like fruit leather :) Vacuum seal that rubber broth and it should be good for a year. It the packet puffs up you know it is no good...if not it is fine. If it puffs up, then next time add more salt, until you fine the right ratio to preserve it in the leather state...

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Re: What did you do to prepare today?

#110 Post by iceagefarmer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:39 pm

Just finished canning a ton of potatoes, squash, and pickles -- was feeling accomplished, only to return to the forum to see discussion of dehydrating bone broth! Sounds delicious and like a brilliant thing to have on hand.

Did you run through a process more or less like this? http://cradlerockingmama.com/how-to-deh ... eef-broth/

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