We do most of our own butchering, so periodically we end up with a lot of bones. Bones take a long time to break down in compost but they contain a lot of useful minerals. So the questions is: would it be better to make bone char or will we lose to much of the benefits? Any one have experience with the benefits and disadvantages with bone char?
If your looking for scrape metal, especially small pieces. Check the dumpster at welding shops. Lots of shops will throw out smaller pieces that aren't worth the bother to keep on the stock shelf but are plenty big enough for home projects.
The exposed meat above the liquid won't be a problem and will keep fine, though it may be a little dry which won't matter for dog food and if using for people will likely not be noticeable after mixing it into what ever you are cooking.
We feed all the mice we trap to the dog. We also save scraps when ever we butcher game. We freeze it in 10 lbs bags and then when we need it we boil it like a stew. The dog loves it and the broth makes the dry dog food a little more exciting.
A vegetable is a plant or the portion of a plant used for food. So whether it is a legume or fruit or berry or tuber, it is a vegetable. As a child, I told mother that ment that chocolate and sugar are vegetables.
When planning the root cellar location, consider the route you will need to take to haul all you potatoes etc through the house. There is a reason many old cellars had an out side door.
If it was my house, I would want a much larger kitchen and a pantry that was at least 8x8ft. Depending how much food preservation, butchering etc you plan to do, you may want more counter space. Also, things like canner, large stock pots or a meat grinder take up a lot of storage space on a small kitchen.
To hold the veggies down below the brine for a ferment, you can use a 1/4 pint jar in the neck of a larger widemouth jar. It just fits. Press it down and then use the wide mouth to hold the small jar down.
I am looking to replace my cheap junk bread pans with something of quality that is not nonstick. Anyone have experience with cast iron or ceramic bread pans. So far my research is suggesting Tufty Ceramics Alfred bakeware. Has any one used these pans?
I use blood from animals I butcher in the compost or directly in the garden. It's a great addition to soil. A couple years ago I spilled some blood on the lawn: for the rest of the summer you could see a small patch of grass that was thicker and healthier than the surrounding lawn.
Check the shelf at the base of the chimney behind the catalytic converter. Ash or soot can pile up there or fall from further up the chimney, which blocks airflow going to the chimney. Does it burn better when you open the bypass? Also some blaze kings have air channels on the sides up high that get plugged up with ash and are hard to clean. Let the stove cool off and then take a shop vac and give it a good cleaning.
I would say about half our meat is black bear. Tasty, easy to hunt and we don't like having them hang around where the children play. The bears occasionally steal a goat or some chickens. Bears are tasty and make great lard. We like to make ham just like you would with pork.
I typically hang my moose or elk for 10-14 days. You have the right idea with hanging the meat at fridge temps. There will be a little bit of dry meat on the outside, but not much. Just be sure that it is not humid in the place you are hanging the meat or you may have problems with mold. All that being said, if you are planning to do ribs I suggest cutting those first before you hang the carcass. Because the meat around the ribs is not very thick it will dry out more.
I just piled a single layer of bricks around 3 sides of our stove.then I could pile logs between the bricks and the sides of the fireplace. That gives a good drying place for the wood, and tones down the heat from the stove.
Roy Clarke, please tell me I miss read your post. This sounds like a serious safety hazard. Wood stacked against the stove is at risk or igniting.
I compost all the left overs from butchering amd hunting. As was mentioned before, covering is key. As long as it is well covered with plant material there should be no smell. I have coyotes and bears that walk through my yard but they don't disturb the compost.
We are thinking about putting a small green house against the south side of our house (mobile home). I am thinking steel hoops and plastic cover http://www.northerngreenhouse.com/products/ OUr neighbours use this plastic and it works great.
My concern is, will this greenhouse cause humidity issues in the house? There is no window or door directly from the house to the green house, but I have been thinking of adding a door.
Nice looking green house. How is it working a year later? What kind of plastic cover did you use? Looks like you have similar weather to us and not far away. I am looking for ideas to cover the green house I will build this spring.
Something important to keep in mind when considering growing plants in the north is that to a certain extent longer days can compensate for a shorter growing season. This is more important for annuals, but will also help perenial crops. If you plants have a decent start by the time you hit the long days of June, it is amazing how fast they grow.
Looks like you have a good list of plants and ideas. Here in Fort Nelson, there are apples, pears, plums, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, blueberries, cranberries, currents, gooseberries. Depends alot on microclimate too. There is a huge difference between what you can grow in the river bottom (harsh winters and hot summers) and up on the hill 500 ft higher (much milder winters and more risk of frost in summer).
I tried using the crawl space for seedlings a couple years ago, and something ate them all. So I would second the concern about rodents. Other than that, if the temperature is good, it should work fine.
I recently moved into a mobile home in northern British Columbia. The floor is always cold because of the unheated crawl space below the building. I am thinking the build a raised bed, essentially and earth berm, around the skirting. Any thoughts, concerns or suggestions? What material would you recommend to put between the skirting and the dirt?
I would suggest wearing a warm mitten on you drawing hand that is tied to a string inside your sleeve so you can drop the mitt off your hand and shoot bare handed with out loosing the mitt in the snow. If there is a string that passes from one mitt, up the sleeve of your coat, down the other sleeve to your other mitt. You can wear the warm mitts but shed them quickly for a shot with out worrying about where the mitts end up.