Preserving: How About A Little Gravel With Your Soup?

Backpackers often call dehydrated ground beef “gravel” because it doesn’t rehydrate well. Solve this problem by adding bread crumbs to the meat before cooking it. Bread crumbs allow more liquid to penetrate the dried meat when you rehydrate it, so it turns out tender every time. Use only lean or extra lean ground beef with […]

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Apples, Tomato’s And Corn… Oh My

I want three things from my food: I want to know what’s in it; I want rich, home-grown flavor; and I want to feel some measure of self-reliance. The global supermarket can’t give me any of these things. Home food preservation can. No factory worker can seal up the tender, sweet taste of fresh-from-the-garden corn better […]

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Gardening? Why Not Make Some Money…

A garden can be an excellent way to supplement a rural income if high quality, fresh produce can be provided on a consistent basis. Many operate out of a shed or booth at the front of the property with in-season produce picked and provided on a daily basis. Other sales methods are to sell at […]

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Shade Gardening

Did you know you can enjoy great garden harvests even if your garden area gets a lot of shade? Choosing the right crops and making a few minor adjustments are all you need. For successful growing in the shade, remove low-hanging branches from nearby trees, use raised beds and liners to discourage tree roots from […]

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The Great Potato Experiment

My love affair with potatoes dates back to my childhood. I could smell McDonald French fries a mile away. Remember when they used tallow to crisp up their fries? I digress- as an adult, potatoes seemed like the standard side dish- meat and some kind of potato dish. Imagine my surprise when my first attempt […]

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