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  1. Gardening and Agriculture
    Guess what today is, strawberry jam making day, I pick this much about every 3-4 days of ripe strawberries, in the pot, add sugar and pectin. Then can and enjoy the rest of the year. Mixed berry next, with raspberries, blackberries and boysenberries, the berry rows are coming up like weeds this...
  2. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Does anyone know of a sealer spray or was for eggs that keep them longer and fresh? You don't have to refrigerate them. I read about it about a year ago and I told my daughter about it and forgot about it. Now she is asking me about it again and I don't remember where I read about it.
  3. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    anyone ever try fish jerky or no somone that make it.
  4. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I was so looking forward to canning all my excess squash this summer. Last time I was into canning this is how I did it. Love just draining the liquid out and pouring it over my sauteed onion and cooking it down. Now they are not recommending that you can summer squash :( . I have to admit...
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    I haven't read it yet, but this book came highly reccomended by the good folks at GRIT magazine The Beginner's Guide to Preserving Food at Home: Easy Techniques for the Freshest Flavors in Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Relishes, Salsas, Sauces, and Frozen and Dried Fruits and Vegetables (Paperback)...
  6. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I was raised in a traditional foods family. My parents still make bread and butter pickles, sauerkraut, pickled peppers...heck pickled ANYTHING. I never was much interested in it growing up, but now I am. Since I love pickles, I'd like to do a batch of brine pickles this year instead of fresh...
  7. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    This is my first time in years to have a garden and put things up. I am sure I will be shamed by what some of you have preserved so far this year, but here is my list to date 37 pints of tomato quarters canned, another quart in the freezer 6 pints Lime Pickles - used the recipe from the Mrs...
  8. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    If you could grow or otherwise have access to a large amount of fresh produce, how do you go about deciding how to preserve it? For example, if storage space is limited or if you have to evacuate, drying would be your best option for the sake of saving bulk and weight. But if you do not have...
  9. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Does anyone know if you can make tomato sauce from dehydrated tomatoes? Also, would I need to do anything to keep tomatoes from sticking to the plastic trays of a tabletop food dehydrator?
  10. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I have just a basis 4-5 tier dehydrator. When i try to dehydrate banana's or strawberry's even if i cut them large they shrivel to nothing. the banana's turn mostly dark brown/blackened. It seems to do apples, oranges, pineapples okay. any suggestions on how to do better at banana's? my...
  11. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I was wondering what food can I purchase at the grocery store that lasts the longest if I was to store it?
  12. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I have a food dehydrator and was wonder if I could effectively dehydrate venison/beef burger? We've done jerky before but I was wondering about burger. Cook it first? Season it? How long will it keep? Our jerky didn't keep as long as I thought it would. Once dehydrated soaking it in water then...
  13. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I searched and didn't find anything about pickling as a food preservation method, and my Google search didn't really have a lot of recipes, just rather vague info about the process. I'm growing Jalapeño peppers this year and I'd like to pickle them, but I want to do it right. Also, I think it...
  14. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Get your mushrooms together and ready to go. Mushrooms fresh from the field often require a good cleaning as you can see with this batch of chanterelles below. Clean and slice. When cleaning its best to wipe away all the dirt rather than rinse them off, as excess water will cause the...
  15. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    I just picked me up a vacuum sealer this weekend, and am loving it! My question is, has anyone experimented with putting together home-made "Mountain House" style meals? Mixing up the ingredients in dry form, and maybe canning the sauces, or something in order to put it together? If you have...
  16. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Are you supposed to cook meat before canning it?
  17. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Besides the 'Cool, Dry Place' to preserve potatoes, you can also add an apple or two in a dish set on top of the crop. (so as the apple rots, it doesn't drip into the potatoes) This will accelerate decay of almost all other types of produce, But the gasses given off by a decomposing apple will...
  18. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    What kind of things can be canned? If I can stew like I can buy at the store will this go bad really fast or is there some way I can make it stay fresh longer?
  19. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    So beans and rice provide a pretty balanced, but bland diet. Canned meats, veggies, and fruits will last a while and give you at least some change. What else can you larder for SHTF situations that is long lasting? What else do you guys have stored away?
  20. General Food and Foraging Discussion
    Can persimmon pulp be canned? If so, I assume water bath canning? How long? Any other advice?
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