The year of preservation

Our goal this year is to really focus on preserving the things we grow and not letting anything go to waste. Not that we really let much go to waste it usually gets fed to the goats and chickens but in mid winter when I’m really craving something from the garden I would like to have a version of it in the pantry that came from our garden. Instead of store bought pesto in the middle of winter I want to be able to take some from our garden out of the freezer. Thanks to an awesome gift from my sister in law I’m learning to can things.

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This is my new favorite book!

This weekend with a bunch of daikons starting to bolt I made do chua. A pickled daikon and carrot mixture.

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I also pickled some of the duck eggs that were overflowing out of the fridge.

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They look kind of silly in that big gallon jar lol next time I’ll need to do two dozen!

Unfortunately the book doesn’t have any recipes for rutabaga. Any suggestions what to do with these big boys?

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Somehow during this weekend we baked bread and made soap! I sure wish there were more hours in the weekend!!!

Confessions of a cheapskate

I’ve always been quite the cheap skate. In high school I made my clothes and my purses because I didn’t want to pay for them. I learned to cook because I wanted gourmet food but didn’t want the cost. I planted a garden and starting raising chickens because I wanted organic food without the high prices. We started making soap because it would make cool Christmas gifts but really because I wanted the nice chemical free soaps from the farmers market without having to pay so much for them. Ok I admit there is a lot of passion involved with creating things with my own hands but the bottom line probably comes down to the cheapskate in me. So when I saw a blog post about making laundry soap for pennies I got really excited and told Scott “we’re going to make laundry soap!” He laughed and said “why can’t we make something like deodorant?”

Ok this is such a source of anxiety for me! I have always been a very heavy sweater so asking me to give up my aluminum really worries me. Yah yah yah I know it’s linked to Alzheimer’s and breast cancer, both of which run in my family. But come on! We’re talking sweaty pits here!!! After a couple internet searches I found a very simple recipe that people swear by. That supposedly is strong enough for a man (I’ve been wearing guys deodorant for years.) we’ll see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.

The recipe I used is:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup coconut oil

I mixed the powders in a half pint mason jar and then poured the coconut oil over it and mixed with a chopstick.

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I’ll keep you all updated on the status of my pits 🙂