Around the House

Chutney & Rootbeer

I have taken a step back from canning in recent years in search of less energy intensive ways to preserve my harvest. However that simple life I was looking for got a little complicated over the summer and I wound up putting an entire tree of apricots into the freezer. A couple years ago I discovered that my friends Garden Curry Spice Blend mixed into a jar of apricot jam made what was quite possibly the tastiest chutney ever.

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Dehydrating Greens

This past Tuesday I helped a friend of mine with a bit of an experiment. She harvested all of the greens from her mother’s garden and instead of freezing them she is going to try drying them to store instead. We have a lot of the same mindsets when it comes to food storage. The main one being that we would like to rely less on our deep freezes and more on our pantry’s or cold rooms.

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I bought a house!

Whew. After almost 4 years of searching and being indecisive I finally got off the pot and did it. I committed. I tied myself down. I moved all my stuff out of storage and into my very own home. The plan is to not move again until my kids are out of elementary school at least. With a move there are always projects. The things you want to do to make better, make it livable or just make it yours.…

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Apricots and Raspberries

We are still picking raspberries. My God. Still. I need a scale to weigh just how many kilos of raspberries we’ve picked. A bloody lot. Raspberries, berries in general do not travel well and by the time the bucket is full and the berries are rinsed they are pretty much mush. Which makes good fruit leather and that is what we have been making. Note to self: Wax paper is not a good substitute for a fruit leather tray in…

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Consolidation and Time Management

Sometimes I feel like I live a double life and I suppose in some respects I do. There is one side that lives with simplicity and humility in this tiny trailer, in the open air, sweating my ass off in the heat, picking, weeding, building and doing what I do largely alone. And then there is this other side that hits the road (often randomly) to discover live music, large crowds, adventure and experience at every opportunity – I still…

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Bokashi, Bran and Buckets: Finishing the Project

At this point our bokashi should be ready to dry, if you have not already done that. Remember the bokashi bran should should have a sweet fermented smell, like beer, yeast etc. If you have any blue / red mold on top, it is an indication that some air got in, during the fermenting process. Al Pasternak suggests that the blue/red/ mold can be scooped off and put into your regular compost pile. The remaining bran can be spread out…

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"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

~ Ansel Adams"

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