Category Archive: Food

On Your Side of the Fence

There is no argument to say a well-manicured lawn is something Americans strive for. Riding lawnmowers, an arsenal of RoundUp chemicals, fertilizers and lawn ‘food’ line garage shelves everwhere, and the ranks of good solid men toil under the sun keeping it mowed, watered, weeded and primped because THAT, folks, is what we do. Unless …

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Supply and Demand.

harvesting food

Like most people concerned with preparedness, I am conscious of the steadily rising prices of certain goods and the decline in quality of grocery store goods.  I learned about meat processing, slaughterhouse conditions, and the pros and cons of raising your own as opposed to forking over to someone else in charge; big decisions made …

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Drying Herbs The Simple Way

Super quick post.  Just wanted to show we don’t need to invest in a damn thing, and we don’t need to make these skills harder than they need to be. Drying herbs, borage in this photo, can be as simple as harvesting it and letting it dry out on anything that allows for air circulation …

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Can it.

I am a big fan of canning. Been doing it for years, and each year, I think I get a little more adventurous and learn new things. This past year, I rolled up my sleeves and vowed to step out of the safe zone of peach jam and pear preserves. I bought a pressure cooker …

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Why Do We Name Our Food?

Recently, a silly little youtube video made the Facebook rounds.  Unsuspecting shoppers tried and loved the sausage samples they got at the supermarket.  Aiming to please the instant gratification wishes, the deli guy runs the world’s cutest piglet through a machine that spits out ready-made sausage instantly.  Each shopper is horrified. One spits out her …

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The Humane Harvest

There is no shortage of gruesome and unsettling images on the internet.  When researching a topic such as the humane harvest of livestock, what can be found is pretty disturbing.  This is an area I have been learning more about this winter.  I didn’t initially know if it would be something I would get into …

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All Dried Out.

I will be the first to admit to not using the food dehydrator as much as I should be.  If I were more religious about it, it is likely that I’d have a storehouse full of everything from dried fruits to jerky and sun-dried tomatoes to put on my pizzas at will.  As it is, …

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Dehydrated.

Having a food dehydrator is a great luxury. It makes it practically a no-brainer to slice up fruit or vegetables, season them slightly before popping them in, and returning half a day later to retrieve them.  But in the same way that people have been drying herbs, flowers and stalks for as long as there …

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Wanted: Chicken.

Even though I have 3 opinionated hens in our chicken coop out back, I’ve decided it is time to expand.  They produce about one egg a day, between the three of them.  I’ve concluded that they conspire about whose turn it is and which one gets a day off. Then they all offer matronly support in …

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