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Growing My Way to Freedom #44: Hopi Blue Dent Corn

01-29-2014 05:15 PM by Radicalfarmergal | 9 comments »

In 2013, I grew Hopi Blue Dent corn. I ordered one package from a small company in Maine, Pinetree Seeds. I planted the corn in the garden area at the top of sunny southern slope, in the piece of land where my sons had grown potatoes last year. At the end of the season, we had covered the ground in cardboard and a thick layer of goat hay bedding mulch. Given the thick covering we had created, I thought that starting them indoors and transplanting them outside would be a good idea. The on...

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Preserving Foods #41: Pressure canning MEATLOAF

10-17-2013 06:17 AM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

Oct. 17/13 Hamburg is on special this week and I got enough to do a batch of meatloaf. This is the first time canning MEATLOAF. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. THE RECIPE 11 lbs of hamburg 3 tsp garlic salt 3 tsp paprika 2 tsp pepper 2 tsp onion powder *.1 tsp turmeric (I added this, as I am adding to all dishes now, if I think it is appropriate) 11 eggs (1 per pound of meat) 1.5 cups ketchup No flour or crackers as they supposedly don’t do well in pr...

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Garden Journey 2013 #8: Tomato Harvest

10-03-2013 10:57 AM by justjoel | 6 comments »

My tomatoes are finally coming in fairly steadily, but then again the cold weather is starting in on us a little early too. I’ve been covering them here and there, watching the forecasts and checking the actual temperature each night. I’ve re-used plastic table cloths from a work event to cover them, coupled with some utility lights underneath to provide a little extra heat. The cold has all but killed some of the more delicate flowers and my cucumbers, squash & melons, bu...

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Preserving Foods #40: 2013 - using the new camp stove

09-28-2013 02:20 PM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

Sept 28/13 Although I was done canning grapes, the abundance still on the vines and my grandson’s need to devour them (with not so pleasant results in the pants, if you know what I mean) ... enticed me to get out the canning supplies and do up the last of the grapes. My new Camp Chef Camp Stove had arrived last week and the weather was perfect for working outside…. so we set up the stove, gathered all the equipment and carried all the water and my day of canning began. ...

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Saving the Bounty #2: Pear Sauce

09-24-2013 08:32 AM by justjoel | 3 comments »

Well I finally did something with all those pears my trees produce, though it is nothing in comparison to how many fall from the tree. If I were retired or home all of the time I’d be able to capitalize on them much better, but alas I must work still. Unlike MsDeb I was did not find inner tranquility whilst pealing the pears, but mine were largely wind-fall, so I had to dodge the bruises and bugs here and there, so likely pealed twice as many as she did to get the same amount of usab...

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Preserving Foods #38: 2013 - Grape Juice

09-17-2013 07:45 AM by MsDebbieP | 0 comments »

Sept 17/13 19 quarts. And how many more grape vines did I plant?? !!!

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Preserving Foods #37: Pickled Beets - 2013

09-16-2013 12:03 PM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

Sept 16/13 Not many of my beets came up this year but I guess it was enough. I just let them grow and this morning before my grandson arrived I made some pickled beets. 1. cook the beets; let cool and slip the skin off. 2. bring to boil the following 5 cups vinegar 5 cups sugar 1.5 cups water 1 tsp pickling salt 3. slice up the beets and put into sterilized jars4. fill the jars with the boiling liquid5. add the lids and you are done. The above liquid does 5 quarts. ... and ...

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Preserving Foods #36: Pepper Jelly

09-15-2013 03:46 PM by MsDebbieP | 0 comments »

Sept 15/13 After making my pickled peppers and coleslaw I still had some peppers left. So I got to do some pepper jelly. Last spring I attended a house party and got to taste test some hot pepper jelly that was delicious—not too hot and plenty of yummy. I couldn’t wait to see if I could make something similar. So … the recipeCombine 4 large peppers chopped (I should have chopped them finer) 1/2 c jalapeno peppers (or, I used 3 of my “little blue” pep...

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Preserving Foods #35: Coleslaw and Peppers

09-15-2013 03:26 PM by MsDebbieP | 0 comments »

Sept 15/13 When I got the peppers for my “pickled peppers” (see yesterday's blog) I also picked up a couple very large cabbages so I could make some canned coleslaw. I’d never tried this before nor had my mom or aunt. So this was new to me! Today was canning day. After canning them I had some left over for a taste test. Oh my, yummy. Not sure if I’ll try draining it and adding the mayonnaise as suggested. It’s pretty delicious “as is” –...

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Preserving Foods #34: Pickled Peppers

09-14-2013 03:27 PM by MsDebbieP | 2 comments »

Sept 14/13 ”Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers” and MsDebbieP canned them .. all 7 quarts of them. I’ve never canned up peppers before; I’ve always put them in the freezer (which is so easy).I have also never really eaten pickled peppers before other than whatever they got tossed into. This spring, however, one of the farmers gave Rick a jar of his pickled peppers and I gave them a try. They were nice, not hot and not too pickle-y. And I used them i...

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