Monday, August 29, 2016

Canned Corn Relish Recipe

Sweet corn season! Today I decided to venture deep into the corn jungle to see what I could glean. It turns out that the corn did fairly well; I harvested about a third of our field and ended up with three laundry baskets full (yes, I do quite a bit of our harvesting into the same laundry basket we use for our laundry). With my glut of corn all shucked, blanched, and cut from the cob, I quickly looked up a canning recipe to see that times. I don't know why this hadn't occured to me all day, but once I looked it up, I remembered that corn needs to be pressure canned. Oh, yeah... 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

6 Food Preservation Recipes For Garden Failures

ATTN: This is a whole long sob story, so if you have your own problems and just want the recipes, feel free to scroll past my incessant ramblings. 

This post was originally going to be called "6 Food Preservation Recipes For When Your Garden Goes to Shit", but I thought that might drive you away before you even got here. BUT WAIT! Don't let it drive you away now, let me explain. 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

12 Ways to Get Free or Cheap Food for Canning!

Autumn is just around the corner and canning season is in full swing! We've already canned several hundred quarts of meat, fruit, and vegetables and all in all I've only spent about $50 on produce. To see what we're putting up and watch our root cellar fill, check out my monthly inventory- click here to see the one for August.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Our Grocery List: How I Feed Two Adults for Less Than $50/Month!

I've just written "16 Tips to Get Your Grocery Bill Under $25/Person Each Month" in which I shared with you some of my personal guidelines for buying food on the cheap. Well, as promised, here is my actual grocery list along with the breakdown of prices for each item. You will see that, on average, I feed two very active adults for less than $50 a month. 

16 Tips to Get Your Grocery Bill Under $25 Per Person Each Month

In this day of low minimum wage and extremely large student loans, money is a much harder to obtain and to keep than in days past. We don't spend money on clothes, cell phones, etc, but we've still got to eat. Over the years, I've wittled our grocery bill down to less than $50 per month to feed two very hard working adults. Now, we could probably survive on less than this but I want to do more than just survive. For $50 we eat as much as we want, we have a very wholesome diet, and we never get sick of what we eat (and trust me, at 6'4" with a crazy metabolism and hours of physical labor a day, my beloved Zachary can eat more than anyone else I know, but I still manage to keep him well fed). Food does more than just nourish the body, it nourishes the soul, which is why I always make sure I am full and satisfied at every meal. Here are some of my guidelines for saving money and eating well.  

Friday, August 12, 2016

12 Tips to Canning Like a Pro

Canning season is here and it's time to throw all other plans out the window for several weeks! Been wondering why I haven't posted a blog post in weeks? Well, our plants have been producing probably 20 lbs of cucumbers a day, berry and mushroom season is in full swing, and I recently butchered two roosters. And on top of all that,  we went to the farmers market the other day and came home with 75 lbs of peaches, 50 lbs of tomatoes, and 20 lbs of sweet peppers! So needless to say, I've been canning every day that it isn't prohibitively hot out.  Plus, we haven't gotten our outdoor canning kitchen set up yet, so I am having to be as efficient as possible on canning days to can the most produce while producing the least amount of heat. Today it was raining so I was able to can 22 quarts of dill pickles and 7 quarts of tomatoes, yay! Yesterday we got 50 lbs of peaches canned, too, so I'm finally starting to feel a little bit caught up. But with all this rain, I'm sure I'll have enough cucumbers to fill a swimming pool in just a couple of days. 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Root Cellar Inventory- August 2016

***This is the second post in a series documenting how many canned goods we've put up month by month. To see the first post, July, click HERE***

Monday, August 1, 2016

9 Natural Ways We Protect Our Garden From Deer, Rabbits, and Insects

Here in the seemingly semi-tropical lands of West Virginia, plants and animals thrive in the heat and humidity, including our garden crops and livestock. For every crop, though, there is a wild animal or insect that that thinks it is just as absolutely delicious as we do.