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  1. My deal of the day was a brand new Good Grips mandolin. The store price tag said 70.00. I got it for 10.00 Made my day :-)
  2. Polyface Farm Part 1 Part 2
  3. Backyard Chickens All the Rage in the Big Apple Video http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/healthscience/2011/June/Backyard-Chickens-All-the-Rage-in-the-Big-Apple/
  4. I guess my question is...Would it be a good survival food being that it is protein and amino acids and can be mixed with water if you don't have milk?
  5. I didn't know where to put this. A friend of mine mentioned that it may be a good idea to store whey protein powder. Do any of you use this? Do any of you store this?
  6. I've had one of those on my wish list for a while now. What brand did you buy? Did it work well? Did an owners manual come with it? Maybe they have other uses for it listed. I would think that broth wouldn't be an option since you have to simmer it down so long for broth.
  7. 'Dramatic' solar flare could disrupt Earth communications for the next few days. http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20110607/ts_alt_afp/usspaceweather;_ylt=AnhhxJo3vgqcFa4JMmcbRtMDW7oF;_ylu=X3oDMTJrNmJqdjF0BGFzc2V0A2FmcC8yMDExMDYwNy91c3NwYWNld2VhdGhlcgRwb3MDMgRzZWMDeW5fYXJ0aWNsZV9zdW1tYXJ5X2xpc3QEc2xrAzM5ZHJhbWF0aWMzOQ-- An unusual solar flare observed by a NASA space observatory on Tuesday could cause some disruptions to satellite communications and power on Earth over the next day or so, officials said. The potent blast from the Sun unleashed a firestorm of radiation on a level not witn
  8. I wasn't sure of where to put this since we don't have a general "Food Storage" section. It just recently dawned on me that some packaging we get from the grocery IS mylar! I just noticed that the lining of a cookie bag I bought was silver and the light bulb turned on....lol I personally only use the large 5 gal size of mylar bags to keep light from penetrating the plastic bucket, but alot of people store small individual mylat bags into buckets. Upon doing a search I found that many products come in thesse plasticized mylar type bags such as some coffees, cookies, etc. They
  9. To do a germination test, place 10 seeds in a very wet paper towel and place in a zip lock bag in a warm spot. Check in a few days to a week to see how many have sprouted. If it is 4 out of the 10, you have a 40% germination rate....7 out of 10 = 70% germination rate, etc. Our hope is for at least a 70% rate but if it is lower, you will know you need to plant alot more seeds.
  10. Which Plastics to Never Use with Food http://www.amazfacts.com/2011/06/which-plastics-to-never-use-with-food.html Although the apron-wearing, martini-bearing, housewife-in-heels with her rainbow of Tupperware may be a thing of the past, the quest for a well-organized kitchen persists. To see tidy stacks of food-filled plastic containers in the fridge and freezer is comforting in a primal kind of way. But then comes the procession of warnings about storing and cooking food in plastic, and leaching chemicals, and hormone disruption, and ACK! So here it is: The lowdown on plastic food con
  11. furbaby: I haven't used the yarrow yet, just growing it because it is medicinal. Here is a quick description of what it is good for. The roots are used in some plants so it takes a few years of growing to get enough roots to harvest. The biochemical constituents of yarrow include tannins, sterols, triterpenes, sesquiterpene lactones, eugenol, camphor, proazulene, achilleine, and a wide variety of secondary aromatic compounds. These substances—which are present in differing concentrations in the flowers, leaves, and root—account for yarrow’s medicinal properties: • Antipyreti
  12. You could always add the spices when you cook them. I like onions, and cheese on mine.. maybe a little garlic salt also.
  13. Worm Guy: Please give us a link. Thanks
  14. Bay mare: You can call Presto at 800-877-0441.
  15. Carr: Please do post some pics. I thinks it inspires others to keep at it. Until a few years ago, my husband did all of the gardening. I just processed & canned/dehydrated the food. He now has Crohn's disease and sometimes can't work the garden so I have to do it. It is so very hard on my back (need surgery) but I just do a little at a time when I have to step in. I began our herb garden 3 years ago and tend it. I am no expert, by a long shot, but just seeing what grows well here, how to harvest, collect seed, process and store the tinctures, salves etc...
  16. arby: You could order some oxygen absorbers and use them in the canning jars. They remove the excess oxygen. I use the 100CC for pint & quart jars. I use (2) 100cc's in the 1/2 gal size jars. There are some special handling requirements when using them. You have to move fast...as they begin to activate within a few minutes. I do an assembly line technique..get all my jars full , then open absorbers, put one in each then hurry & close jars. Also, once you open the bag of absorbers you need to put the unused absorbers in the smallest jar they will fit in immediately and close,
  17. awww (((martian)))) Your day is coming...by then everything here will be dying from the heat and full of bugs...
  18. Took a few picks this morning of some of the crops ready to harvest: Look at these babies ! Carrots Yarrow Stevia Oregano Lemon Balm Fennel Left to right echinacea, elecampane & yarrow Chamomile left today's pick right dried total to date about enough for 9 tea bags
  19. For a long time we had talked about adding some meat chickens (Rock-Cornish hybrids) to our small flock of egg layers. I had kind of decided against it based on all I had read about them. However someone on Craigslist in our area had 23 chicks for sale as they were moving and could not bring them. We kept 13 and a friend took 10 of them. We decided to "try them" hoping that we would be some of the very satisfied people who raise them without severe health problems. We have 5 chicken tractors that hubby built and were only using 3 so we had the space for the new additions. Here is t
  20. arby: I am betwen Baton Rouge & New Orleans, (NW of New orleans and north of the lake) so a good way from the river and at least 10 miles from the lake. We should be ok here. Thank you for your thought and prayers for all in possible harm's way.
  21. Toxin from GM crops found in human blood: Study Dinesh C. Sharma | New Delhi, May 11, 2011 | 09:30 http://indiatoday.intoday.in/site/articlePrint.jsp?aid=137728 Bt toxin is widely used in genetically modified crops. Fresh doubts have arisen about the safety of genetically modified crops, with a new study reporting presence of Bt toxin, used widely in GM crops, in human blood for the first time. Genetically modified crops include genes extracted from bacteria to make them resistant to pest attacks. These genes make crops toxic to pests but are claimed to pose no dange
  22. Roundup or Roundup-Ready Crops May Be Causing Animal Miscarriages and Infertility http://farmandranchfreedom.org/gmo-miscarriages One of the nation’s senior scientists alerted the federal government to a newly discovered organism that may have the potential to cause infertility and spontaneous abortion in farm animals, raising significant concerns about human health. Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University, believes the appearance and prevalence of the unnamed organism may be related to the nation’s over reliance on the weed killer known as Roundup and/or to somethin
  23. In the future we will have to plant more (for more people). For now that will last hubby & I a whole year because we also buy frozen fries that we bake and also stuffed frozen potatoes. We had 6 potatoes left from last year when he dug these up. I am concerned about storing them in the future if we are without power long term. Right now we store them in a refrigerator outside in the shed. We have thought of insulating our pump house with sheets of styrofoam as it is coller in there than anywhere on the property or if need be maybe store some perishables in air tight, water tight c
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