Lyda Eagle wrote:... Just have to make sure to have ennough salt and spices saved up. And it should be salt without idodine in it. I get khosher and sea salt in large amounts when I can saving spices now is good and especially saving seeds. I am also atttempting to grow spices indoors that are not able to take the cold where I live, like vanilla and cloves
Lyda Eagle wrote:I would also love a freeze drier. I know if the power is down then I wouldn't be able to use it ... but wondering how big a solar setup I would need to run one. Even though solar will not last forever either. Would love to live where I had a fast stream close enough to have some kind of water turbine to produce power. Wouldn't want to dam up the whole thing but I know I have seen Turbines you can just lower into the side of a fast moving stream that are suppose to work great. I think that would be a better long term solution to power or a windmill. Not one of the jumbo ones but more like they used to have on farms. We live on a farm that had one and I love going around it and watching how it worked. IF I ever get a place of my own I want to try and have something like this. ..... OF course you don't need electricity to can or even gas. It can be done on over a fire or wood stove you jut have to watch it very carefully because you don't want it to hot but mostly don't want the pressure to fall on a pressure caner you have to maintain a certain pressure or your timing must start all over again and that can cause the food to get mushy MY grandmother canned over a coal stove so that is about the same in having to watch it constantly. ... I hated all the coal dust everywhere. And I do mean everywhere. As soon as you would take a shower you would get covered by the dust within a few minutes. But it was fun to watch her cook on that old stove.
Kate Downham wrote:In Australia our main type of canning jars (Fowlers) has the option of almost-indestructible stainless steel lids.
Beth Johnson wrote:Hi! While there's no urban market in times of Covid-19, I've been trading eggs for food (thanks, Eric - your beef is delicious!), feeding some hard-boiled mashed up eggs to the ducks, giving some to neighbors, the mail carrier and all that good stuff.
Many thanks to Eric for providing a lovely home for two amorous drakes whose behavior was not conducive to the ladies' overall welfare. We had a duck ER and convalescent home in my bathroom for a week.
Thank you all