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  1. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Stopped in the dollar store taday. Usually do bout ever two weeks. Was a good day, they had large cans a diced tomatoes, huge bags a egglees noodles all a buck each. Also picked up some more seasonins ta add inta the stock a supplies. So, along with everthin I dehydrated an packaged from...
  2. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I want to purchase a vacum sealer and dehydrater, knowing what each of you know now and by trial and error,which make and model of each would you recommend, not the cheapest but not the most expensive either?:scratch
  3. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Spent some a my birthday money taday. Wen't an bought a new steam canner. There similar ta a water bath canner but use lots less water an energy. Will do 7 quarts at a time. I'll post up some pics a it in action next weekend cause I'm gonna have more butter ta can.
  4. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Stumbled upon this old, but very extensive book about food preservation. It was written in 1918, by William V. Cruess and goes into pretty good detail about preserving and drying food, making vinegars, and salting and pickling. Plus it has a full section of recipes for all the preserving methods...
  5. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I have eaten the pods on red bud trees fresh all my life but am wondering if they can be pickled or canned?? Anybody have any recipes?? I always just eat them raw. I know the flowers can be used for syrup and jelly and have recipes for those but nothing for the buds. thanks!! :2thumb:
  6. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    rose hips ... they are a good source of Vitamin C also ... From Dr. Weil's website: "Rose hips have a very high vitamin C content, providing even more than citrus fruits. During World War II, when citrus imports were limited, rose hips became quite popular in Britain where they were used to...
  7. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    does anyone know how long canned biscuit last without refrigeration Thanks
  8. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Anybody ever try it? From research I got a couple a idears I wanna try out next month. Would be a inexpensive addition ta the stocks eh? Figure on pressure cannin em in pints.
  9. Recipe Share
    Feelin a bit under the weather taday, so hung round the house. Made up a batch a hard tack ta store, used: 2 Cup flour 1 Cup Water (actually more) 1 tsp salt 2 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp greek seasonin Mixed it all tagether until the dough weren't real sticky, rolled out ta 3/8 inch thick an cut...
  10. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Meat was dried-the stuff called 'jerky' from what Native Americans called it, though the practice seems to be world-wide. In sub-Saharan Africa exactly the same stuff is called 'biltong.' It was pickled. It was smoked. Those were about the only ways of preserving meat. According to DR...
  11. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Help! I forgot my jerky in the dehydrator. Instead of being pliable, it is hard as a rock!!! The taste is still good, but it makes for some hard chewing! Is there anything I can do to make it pliable again? I make this just for snacking, not LTS or for cooking, so it will not be getting...
  12. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    We recieved several boxes of chocolate candy for Christmas. Does anyone know a good way to store it? The boxes are wrapped in cello. Could I just keep them in a popcorn tin?
  13. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Can someone post some dehydration tips for foods? I aint got a clue about it, but think I might enjoy doing some this Summer.
  14. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Have any of you tried using the empty, clean paint cans available at some of the hardware stores and using oxygen absorbers to package your own bulk grains or anything else? My preps are mostly canned goods and dry goods packed in Popcorn Tins, you know, like people give for Christmas. I was...
  15. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Thought this site was interesting and thought others might like to check it out The Food Timeline: history notes--Colonial America and 17th & 18th century France there is a wealth of info I thought was appropriate for this site hope you do to.:wave:
  16. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    What's the best method for freezing puffballs? We seem to have a bumper crop here this year. I usually dry them for later use, but I'd like to try freezing some too. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
  17. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Been busy round here lately. Dehydratin some stuff an vac sealin it in jars. Top row: Old Fashioned Oats, a feller I work with get's me these fer free quite often, next: Dried Beans, #3: Dehydrated green beans. Bottom row: Maze flour, #2: Dehydrated carrots, #3: Dehydrated corn. These...
  18. Recipe Share
    Last year we had a bumper crop a grapes, what to do? Jelly! Plus, I like cannin stuff. It's always better! This is a small amount of the grapes! Some of the Jelly's. The light green ones be the grape an the dark green ones be jalepeno. If ya never tried jalepeno jelly you should. Very...
  19. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Here's one (yes I have several different ones!) of my smokers. This is a drum smoker or in the business a UDS (ugly drum smoker), they are easy to build an relativly cheap to. They are simple to use an very efficient using little (usually about 1/3rd bag) charcoal. I will be building another...
  20. Gardening and Agriculture
    We have some apricots this year. Unfortunately they are a bit pasty. I was going to can them but Im not sure how they will turn out. They taste good, just a bit pasty. Any suggestions?