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Freezers

Upright Freezer In October

I keep two freezers. One is mostly for meat and the other is for fruits, vegetables, bread and other assorted foods. It may sound strange to you, but if I had to choose between owning a freezer or a refrigerator, I’d give up my refrigerator before I’d get rid of one of my freezers. To…

A Year’s Worth Of Food & Supplies

Empty Mason Jars Ready To Begin A New Caning Season

My Pantry & Household Supplies List For 2013 -2014Every June I start anew the annual cycle of putting aside a year’s worth of food and supplies. The goal is to have all the food and supplies I need in my pantry, cupboards, closets and cellar by Halloween. My practical food storage education first began in…

Plyban Cheesecloth

Plyban Lining A Colandar

I make a lot of homemade Greek yogurt. And I don’t know if you know it or not but Greek yogurt is simply regular yogurt which has been drained with cheese cloth to make it thicker. In fact if you drain yogurt overnight you’ll end up with yogurt cheese – but that’s a whole other…

How To Restore Hard Honey

Solid Honey

Raw, pure unfiltered honey will go hard or crystallize in storage – but it’s an easy fix. To return crystallized honey to its liquid form all you have to do is gently heat it. But beware. If you heat honey at too high a temperature you will change the color and the flavor of the…

How To Store Food With A Vacuum Sealer

Sealed Candy,Shortbread & Brown Sugar

A few years ago I inherited a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer from my mother-in-law. It came complete with lots of plastic bags, a couple of canisters and a funny looking cap thing called a “jar sealer”. I figured it was just another kitchen gadget that she saw on the TV and it looked like a…

How To Preserve Meat With A Crock

Ceramic Crock

There is a very old method of preserving some types of meat and fish known as “potting” or “crocking”. It is a non-electric method of meat and fish preservation that was widely prevalent before the advent of home canning. Potting or crocking meat and fish is a method that is no longer recommended by the…

How To Preserve Eggs With Water Glass

Eggs In Water Glass

Did you know that are a few different old-time ways to preserve fresh eggs for many months without electricity? It’s true. Freshly laid eggs have been successfully preserved by being kept in a “water glass” solution, in a lime water solution, by being coated with mineral oil, Vaseline or paraffin wax, and by being buried…

Storing Home Canned Foods

Home Canned Foods In A Cool Cellar

For best quality home canned food should be stored in a cool, dry location. Storage temperature should ideally be between 50°F and 70°F. Canned food needs to be protected from excessive heat, from freezing and from dampness. Heat causes canned food to rapidly lose quality. All canned food should be stored well away from direct…

2008 -2009 Pantry & Supplies List

Inventory of Home Canned Food June 2008

Sometimes when people look at my pantry & supplies list they assume that what they are seeing is a complete list of a year’s worth of food and supplies for 2 middle age adults. Not so. My pantry and supplies list is simply a glorified shopping and “to do” list. It’s a tool to tell…

2007 – 2008 Pantry & Supplies List

Clean Empty Upright freezer

One of the most important things I do every year is to take a household inventory and make a pantry and supplies list. It is one of my least favorite yearly chores because I find it to be tedious. Never the less I do it and I try to do it well. Because I strive…