Friday, February 26, 2010

Independence Days

I 've been coming across blogs posts logging their independence day activities. What is an independence day? You can read about it here : Independence Day Challengee

Here is my first Independence Day Challenge post.

Plant Something:
basil, and carnival mix sweet pepper seeds in a windowsill "greenhouse".

Harvest Something: It's all under the snow. :(

Preserve Something: - Katie and her friend Leandra helped me can mandarin oranges. We peeled and removed as much white pitch as we could from about 4lbs. oranges. They made a light simple syrup. We put orange sections in sterilized jars and I ladled the hot syrup into the jars leaving inch headroom. They poked chopsticks into the jars removing airholes. I wiped the rims with a cloth dipped into hot water. we then put lids and rings on, made sure they were tight and I put into a boiling water bath for 10 min. We made 4 pints, 1 12 oz., and 7 half pints. Some of the jars have a bit of spice such as a small piece of cinnamon, or ginger , cloves or star anise. I also put in the freezer 5 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breast bought on sale @$ 1.77/lb.


Waste Not: Saving newspaper for the garden, egg boxes to offer to someone who is selling eggs.

Want Not: I took an inventory of my "store". Now I know what I need to use up and what I should be planning on canning and acquiring

Build Community Food Systems: Although I'm not a member, I am telling others about the foodshed buying club.

Eat the Food: Fresh Baked Bread with apple butter made from windfall apples a two years ago.

I have been working on developing a "Store" ie. a storage area. In this case, its a corner of my basement where I store not only my canning supplies and jars filled with wonderful come canned goodies but filled with things I bought on sale so that we'll have most of what we need. I still have a long way to go, there are some obvious omissions but heres what I have so far.

In the Store
King Arthur Special Flour 50 lbs.
Sugar 5 lbs
Yeast 1 large bag
Rice 20lbs
Coffee 4 2lb cans, 1 -10 oz.
Green Tea 1 box
"Real Lemon" 3
Real Lime (small) 2
Vinegar 1 gal
Olive Oil 1 gal
vegetable oil 3 bottles
Popcorn 2 boxes
Cherios 2 boxes
Crushed Tomatoes 9 cans
Marinated Artichokes 11 jars
canned fruit 12 cans
Chicken or beef broth 9 cans
Black Olives 8 cans
Drink Mix 2 cans
Dish Soap 1
Pinesol Cleaner 1
Shampoo/conditioner 4 bottles each
Fells Naptha soap 1

This is not a comprehensive list, nor does this include items in my kitchen pantries or freezers.


Home Canned

Jars - 2010
Kiwi Jam 6 small jars
Mandarin Oranges 4 pints, 1 12 oz. 6 - 1/2 pints
Jerky 1 quart
Potatoes 7 quarts
Kidney Beans 4 quarts
Pinto Beans 3 quarts
Dehydrated Onions 1 pint
Dehydrated Peppers 1 pint
Dehydrated Mushrooms 1 pint

Jars - 2009
Low Sugar Strawberry Jam 5 pints, 2 - 12 oz.
Strawberry Jam 4 - 1/2 pints
Ginger Peach jam 7 - 1/2 pints
Strawberry Lemonade 5 quarts, 2 pints
Potatoes 1 quart
Chicken 3 quarts
Beef in Wine 2 quarts
Bread and Butter Pickles 6 quarts, 3 pints
Dill Pickles 1 pint
Annie's Salsa 3 pints
Honey 1 quart
Dried Mint for tea 1 gal
Dried tarragon 1 small jar
Dried Sage 1 small jar

Jars- 2008
Peach Butter 2 - 1/2 pints
Apple Butter 1 pint, 1 - 12 oz, 2 - 1/2 pints
Apple sauce 1 - 12 oz
spiced peaches 2 pints, 1 - 12 oz
Spiced peaches w/ cherries 1 pint

In the Root Cellar
Garden Garlic - lots!
Garden butternut squash - 4
Garden Pumpkin - 2
Local potatoes - 1/4 of a 50lb bag
onions - 4 lbs

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