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FOOD STORAGE BASICS AND BEYOND!
This blog comes to help us all deal with FS questions and to build up from a starting place & build a more complete and full FS & how to be more Self Reliant. Let us all get Prepared & ready for anything that may come our way. You never know when Mother Nature, Man Made Disaster or Money Problems may come and you would need your FS to get you through! I will talk about Emergency Preparedness also!
Food Storage, Emergency Preparedness, Other tips and Ideas. Let me help you get ready for what ever may come!
I started Food Storage over 15 years ago. I have taught many classes and been a speaker and helped many people over the years. This is a place where I can state things or address issues I want to cover.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Before whipping out the watering can, check your garden's soil moisture with that handiest of tools, your finger. Push it into the ground around your plants. You want the top 2 or 3 inches of the soil to be dry, and the soil below that to be moist. Oh, and don't forget to check your local weather forecast to see what Mother Nature has planned before turning on the hose.
Timing is everything
In warm weather, water in the morning to give plants a chance to drink up before the hot sun or strong winds evaporate the moisture. This protects plants from wilting in the afternoon heat, too. In a prolonged drought, cover more sensitive plants with a shade cloth to limit midday transpiration, suggests Cado Daily of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. If you can't water in the morning, try for late afternoon—but not too late; the foliage should have time to dry before the sun goes down so it doesn't develop fungal diseases.
Deep and infrequent
Seeds and seedlings demand moisture close to the soil's surface, but more established plants need deep watering to develop roots that will find water in the subsoil when drought strikes. Just be careful not to over water! You want soil that's damp but not soggy down to 5 to 6 inches below the surface. In waterlogged soil, roots are deprived of oxygen and may lose the ability to take up water. If your plants' foliage begins to brown at the edges and fall from the plant, you may be over watering.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
- July 9, 2013
National Sugar Cookie Day
It’s National Sugar Cookie Day! Today, we honor a cookie that
is simple and straightforward, but totally delicious. Traditional sugar
cookie recipes call for just six ingredients: sugar, flour, butter,
eggs, vanilla, and baking powder.
Although sugar cookies by themselves can be quite plain, they are incredibly versatile. Use cookie cutters to create shaped sugar cookies, and top them with frosting or sprinkles. You can also make cookie sandwiches with two sugar cookies and fillings like marshmallow, melted chocolate, or jam.
To celebrate National Sugar Cookie Day, make a batch of homemade sugar cookies to share with friends and coworkers. Provide a variety of interesting decorations and let everyone personalize their bite-sized dessert!
So use your favorite sugar cookie recipe today and bake up a few extra cookies and share with your neighbors.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Why: well we all need to hang something up, that is one reason. Another reason is you have some items to fix basic things around the house that saves time and money. Also in the event of an emergency you can fix the roof, board up a window, etc.
Really all homes should have some sort of these items for the what ever happens in life around your home.
Here are a few links I thought were neat.
Friday, July 5, 2013
Simple and easy Fried Chicken recipe
- 2-1/2 to 3 pounds of broiler-fryer chicken cut, cleaned and dried
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- vegetable oil
- brown paper or plastic bag
- black iron cast skillet or heavy bottom skillet
- paper towels
- Mix dry ingredients in brown paper or plastic bag. Drop 1 or 2 pieces of chicken into bag at a time and shake until meat is coated. Continue until all chicken is coated with your flour and seasoning mixture. Set chicken aside for cooking.
- Over high-heat, heat about 1-1/2 inch of vegetable oil in a black cast iron skillet. Skillet is ready to cook when a drop of water added to grease snaps, crack or pops. Add chicken to skillet in a single layer, don't overcrowd. Unless you have a large skillet you'll have to do to batches.
- Reduce heat to medium and cook uncovered until meat is browned on both sides. Throughout cooking turn meat using tongs to avoid burning. As a general rule, cook chicken for about 15 minutes on each side and wings and legs takes he least amount of time to cook. Before serving allow chicken to drain on paper towels.
- Select a fresh young broiler-fryer whole chicken
- Have the butcher cut chicken into 8 pieces (2 breast, 2 legs, 2 highs, and 2 wings). Or learn to cut up a chicken, it is really easy to do!
- Rinse chicken under running cold water and remove any visible fat
- Pat chicken dry with paper towels
Thursday, July 4, 2013
The Fourth of July, or Independence Day, is a federal holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of the Independence on July 4th, 1776.
"The United States is the only country with a known birthday". ~James G. Blaine
"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." ~Erma Bombeck
Enjoy your families, have a great day!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
The blueberry may be small, but it’s no youngster. Botanists estimate blueberries burst onto the scene more than 13,000 years ago!
Blueberries are indigenous to North America and have deep roots in our country’s history. When Europeans arrived on the continent, the Native Americans were already enjoying blueberries year-round. They dried blueberries in the sun and added them whole to soups, stews and meat, or crushed them into a powder rubbed into meat as a preservative. According to legend, Native Americans gave blueberries to the pilgrims to help them make it through their first winter.
Blueberry Party Mix
- 1 cup dried blueberries
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup thin pretzels, broken
- 1 cup granola or other cereal
- In a large bowl, combine the blueberries, walnuts, pretzels and granola
- Store in an airtight container
- Best if used within a week
Yield: 4 cups
Double Blueberry Pie
- 1 frozen or homemade pie shell (9 inch)
- 1 jar (10 ounces) blueberry jam or fruit spread
- ¼-teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 cups fresh blueberries
- Sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream (as needed)
- Following package or recipe directions, prebake pie shell
- In a microwaveable dish, combine blueberry jam and cinnamon
- Microwave on high until mixture liquefies, about 1minute
- Stir in fresh blueberries
- Spoon blueberry mixture into prepared shell
- Serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream
Monday, July 1, 2013
July is also National Blueberry Month... hmmm maybe some recipes for Blueberries are in order...
Well this month I will cover lots of the month ideas, come up with some news ones, add a few recipes. I will cover a value, pets, and maybe a random thought here and there. I have choose a few fun days to cover as well. Who know what this month has in store for us.
This Months goal is to Learn how to purify water. Try two or more ways to purify water. Add water to your storage, be sure to date water as it goes into your storage!