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General Homesteading Topics • Birch syrup

March 2, 2017 tamtbell 0

Hey all,
I can’t recall if I can or cannot do this but I have a blog up about making your own birch syrup out of your own tapped birch trees.
http://tamsgarden-howdoesourgardengrow.blogspot.com/2017/03/foraging-from-nature-birch-syrup.html#.WLheyPnL9SM

We’re trying something new this year! We’re starting to slowly pull more and more off the grid, off the food supply, stay local.
We now produce our own meat, fruits, veggies, honey, BIRCH syrup, and so on.

Statistics: Posted by tamtbell — Thu Mar 02, 2017 1:10 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Storeing Oil / Lard

February 26, 2017 Murby 0
jean11 wrote:
I’ve been saving my bacon grease in the refrig until I have enough to pressure can a number of pints. My first batch of bacon grease I filled to within 1 inch of the top of the pint jar – and I learned that was a mistake. The boiling grease splattered the rim of the pint jar during processing, and those jars did not seal. I now fill the jars 2 to 2 1/2 inches from the top and no longer have the problem. My next canning project is to can 8 pounds of butter. I canned butter one other time and the processing turned out fine. I learned a lesson here as well. The butter I bought was salted, and the end product was enough to make my hair stand up. This time I’m doing a mix of salted and unsalted which is what the recipe suggested in the first place.

The reason your grease boiled and splattered is the same reason your canned grease is probably going to go bad… Water!!

I would also comment that storing grease with meat in a fridge for more than a week will probably result in a spoiled product.

But I’m no expert..

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Storeing Oil / Lard

February 24, 2017 jean11 0

I’ve been saving my bacon grease in the refrig until I have enough to pressure can a number of pints. My first batch of bacon grease I filled to within 1 inch of the top of the pint jar – and I learned that was a mistake. The boiling grease splattered the rim of the pint jar during processing, and those jars did not seal. I now fill the jars 2 to 2 1/2 inches from the top and no longer have the problem. My next canning project is to can 8 pounds of butter. I canned butter one other time and the processing turned out fine. I learned a lesson here as well. The butter I bought was salted, and the end product was enough to make my hair stand up. This time I’m doing a mix of salted and unsalted which is what the recipe suggested in the first place.

Statistics: Posted by jean11 — Fri Feb 24, 2017 12:55 am


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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Off Grid Living

January 15, 2017 Cin 0

Reading is cool – hit the yard sales and start picking up books. One summer, we said the B-word, and my Dad challenged us to read the entire Encyclopedia set we had. 2 of us 7 kids finished A-Z before school started again in the fall. The others took longer.

The Girl Scout HandBook has a whole section on indoor and outdoor games that are free and fun to play.

Depending on their age, pretending to be Mommy always fun – with their own little sink an stove, play food, etc. (Boys like it as much as girls, BTW).

We spent hours in the dirt with Tonka trucks, especially the ones with the shovels…skip loader? And the dump truck. Moving parts are fun. We made roads in the dirt, lined with rocks and would earth move all day.

I grew up in the Mojave Desert of SC – we spent hours running all over the desert, catching lizards and horned toads, the occasional scorpion (none of us ever got stung…), and once in a while, a ground squirrel (Mom never let us keep them). We made swords and weapons out of sticks, and would hollow out the larger mesquite bushes and play.

When we went on “adventures” planning to be out all day…we’d fill the canteens, and pack a bag lunch. The dump was a mile away, and back before waste management, we were allowed in, if we asked politely, to go through scrap piles for treasures. We’d get home before the heat of the day, usually around 1-2 PM.

We also had a pool, but we weren’t allowed in it without adult supervision upon pain of death (seriously). This is IMPORTANT – if you have a large pool and it’s not heated, do not allow anyone to swim during the heat of the day. If there is a 30 degree difference between outside air and the water, especially children are prone to hypothermia.

However, many a summer evening – my Dad would make a pot of chili and cornbread, we’d play in the pool for hours in the evening, get out, eat some chili, and then go to bed to sleep soundly.

If you don’t want to spend a lot on a pool and you want it to last – buy an 8 foot round, 2 foot high stock tank (ours was $100 8 years ago). Then buy a propane, tankless hot water heater that hooks up to a hose. Run the regular waterhose until the stock tank is about 18 inches deep, then run the rest of the water through the hot water heater.

Advantages – fun size pool for average kids. Disadvantages – even with a cover, the pool got dirty fast, we emptied it about every 3-4 days – but then again, some 10 or so people were using it. The garden was well watered, though. :)

Oh, and the kids next door built an underground fort (that neither their parents or ours knew about). They dug a couple deep holes, with a tunnel, propped scrap plywood and 2 X 4s as a roof, covered it in dirt, and we’d crawl in there with flashlights and play Army men. It eventually collapsed, and a few months later, the Dad found it and had a freak-out…

When I think of all the stuff we did when I was a kid, it’s wonder we all survived to adulthood. The times I’m talking about – youngest kid was 5, oldest was 11 and we did all this running around the desert for a good 5 years. As all of us hit our teens, we didn’t do it any more.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Off Grid Living

January 14, 2017 kenjabroni 0

if they are old enough give them marbles and jacks. those can be hour killers. I loved playing both when I had the opportunity. Chinese checkers, Uno, Skip-Bo were some other games I really enjoyed. If it was nice outside though I was out running around doing stuff. If you have any sort of livestock or anything involve them with that. I ask my kids if they like our chickens and they tell me they wish theyd of had them when they were little.

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General Homesteading Topics • Re: Off Grid Living

January 14, 2017 Mountain mama 0

When ever my kids said they were bored growing up, I would make them take the wheel Barrow and manure rake and pick up horse poop out of the field for the garden. Whenever their friends would come over, none of them ever said they were bored either! Kids will always find things to do and make toys out of anything. Mine used to love to make forts out of boxes and sheets. The bunk bed was a covered wagon with a couple of stick horses tucked into the front. Little House on the Prairie was a big hit.

Statistics: Posted by Mountain mama — Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:31 pm


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General Homesteading Topics • Off Grid Living

January 14, 2017 UnseenEye 0

I currently live in very rural area of Texas, with very little access to internet at dial-up speeds. I’m trying to find a cheap way to provide some entertainment for my younger kids. If anyone one has ideas I would love any suggestions.

Thanks

Statistics: Posted by UnseenEye — Sat Jan 14, 2017 12:30 am


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General Homesteading Topics • Keeping Families Entertained

January 13, 2017 UnseenEye 0

I have launched a website ( http://www.mediadrives.weebly.com ) to provide cheap and easy entertainment.

A little about these drives:

· All free content, 100 percent legal

· Plug and play on most TVs with a usb port, retrofit on website to make these drives work on any TV

· No internet connection need, so no more burning through data

· Movies at less than 10 cents each (99 percent in 720p or 1080p resolution)

· TV series for less than 5 dollars a series (80 percent in 720p resolution)

All the cost of the drives go to buying the drive, setup, and mailing. The rest of the profit goes to paying for my son’s medical bills. He was born in November, with a rare syndrome that causes intestinal and hearing problems. Additionally, he is also going to start being tested for autism.

Please see the website for more information.

Thanks

Statistics: Posted by UnseenEye — Fri Jan 13, 2017 4:59 am