Our Square Foot Gardens and Container Gardens in our small back yard.
We read about how to harvest grain without farm equipment and how to harvest corn the old fashioned way. Our corn is not ready yet, but I am hoping it will be before Summer is over! We are growing a Sweet Heirloom variety called Ashworth Corn, and it is only a 69 day variety, but I planted late! Truly it will be a miracle if we get corn. I thought this was an interesting quote from the book:
“From time to time the animals took mouthfuls of the tempting food they were beating out; we thought they well deserved it, and called to mind the command given to the Jews, `Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn.'”I never paid much attention to this verse before but now it makes perfect sense! The animals are doing a lot of hard work and they deserve to benefit from it as well. Without them, our work would be much harder! Another project was to set up a food storage system. We have already been working on this for a few years now and here are some of the suggested things to store:
- Commercially Canned foods (tuna, salmon, etc)
- Home canned garden produce
- Grains, beans and rice
- Dehydrated foods
- Nonfat dry milk
- Canned fish/meat
- Dried Jerky
- Salt, herbs and spices
- Vitamins and medicinal herbs
- Saved seeds
- Water bath canning - jams, jellies, fruits, pickles
- Pressure canning - veetables, low acid foods, meats
- Drying Dehydrating - fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs
- Smoking - meats and fish
- Freezing - fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs
This past month we made pickles, cherry jam, and sauerkraut, picked chokecherries, canned butter, packed food for storage, cooked a few new recipes from our food storage, and dehydrated produce!
Dehydrating cucumbers, squash and beets.
I was asked what you can do with dehydrated cucumbers. Well, you can make pickles! Dehydrate 2 Store has a recipe and a video on making pickles and pickled beats from dehydrated cucumbers and beats. This site has a lot of great info on dehydrating and was also what inspired me to start dehydrating.
You can also soak them for use in salads. The other day, I soaked them in water for a few hours and then added them to a Greek salad - very good! and crunchy!
We packed food for storage using mylar and oxygen absorbers. We worked on organizing our storage for optimal use (labeled with a rotation system) and as a family we are committed to eating regularly from our storage and maximize our efforts in this area.