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  1. I can't even use "low-sugar" canning recipes. Has anyone heard whether fruit can be safely canned using either stevia or erthyritol? If not, then I am thinking just dehydrating fruit is the best route.
  2. As I read through the posts here my heart was touched because so many yearn for a relationship with our Lord and with other believers. The Bible says we need to encourage one another and even more so as the end draws near. I am finding that I really need encouragement during the times we live in. With other believers, whether they grasp the magnitude of what we face or not, they believe in Christ and desire to know Him better and walk the walk. They look forward to when Christ returns and have their hearts in the right place. I agree with those here saying to pray hard about this, but I will also say that sometimes God allows us to travel in a wilderness of sorts just looking a long time for a Biblically solid church. That happened with me. We visited many, many churches for 12 years before finally walking in the door of one that truly feels like home. The teaching is Biblical and many of the people express genuine love and care for one another. I don't know why God allowed us to be without this for as long as we were, but we drew close to God as best we could during those years and we also did still get together with Christians we knew who attended other churches. We tried to stay connected with those strong in the faith, but it is only in a church that we can use any gift God has given us and strengthen the body and allow it to strengthen us. I think we know that the days are growing darker and it is really important we discern whether any church we visit is Biblically grounded or not. Sadly, "church" has become a money-making business in some quarters and we have to be discerning. What some have described here with people falling on the floor and screaming sounds similar to Brian McLaren's stuff. You can google him and learn more. I believe it is Satanic in origin.
  3. Sorry, I was in a hurry reading your post and now have looked at the neat links you shared. Thanks. It sounds like in those that the solidified fat is removed.
  4. Do you skim the solidifed fat off the top before using? I just noticed in the link I shared that they say to do that, yet I've read other places saying to leave it. Also, do you just drink your broth as is? Or use it in a soup recipe? Mine is beef broth.
  5. For centuries women took the meat their husbands brought in, cooked it and then put all the bones in a pot to simmer 24/7. Those with woodstoves just left the pot going all the time as they heated their homes. They did not skim the fat off the top, but left it because it adds nutritious elements to the bone broth. Has anyone here made their own bone broth before? Do you have any good soup recipes you've used with your broth? I'm looking for good recipes and ideas. In the past I've always refrigerated broths and then skimmed the fat off the top, but I'm leaving it in now. It's an acquired taste though, so hard for me to get used to. Bone Broth Benefits http://bodyecology.com/articles/bone-broth#.UJ0xKnZM488
  6. A warm thanks to each one of you! It never occurred to me to make the kraut in smaller batches, but that's a very good idea. By the time everyone weighed in I had already used my food processor to shred about 20 pounds worth so I'll see how it goes. I know you're supposed to keep an eye on the kraut every day and skim off any scum on the top. Can anyone here tell me what the scum is supposed to look like? I'm asking because I'm seeing clusters of bubbles in spots and the overall brine looks cloudy, but I'm not sure I'm seeing anything scummy yet. I hope I don't see this!
  7. I want to make homemade sauerkraut because it's a good probiotic full of vitamin C. I'm ready to go with a recipe and large jar, but I'll be shredding 20 pounds of cabbage per the Ball Canning Book instructions. First of all, has anyone here made their own homemade sauerkraut before and if so, what is the best tool to use for shredding it finely and evenly without using electricity? If you use a mandolin, please suggest a good one for me because when I search online I find the less expensive ones have poor reviews, whereas the high cost ones ($400) have rave reviews. I can't afford to pay that much. Thanks for your help.
  8. Great idea and here's a video about it: The creativity on their blog is amazing. http://www.waldeneffect.org/
  9. Very well thought out post, CGA. That's a keeper. I like your idea about taking money to buy food that you can distribute later. It could help to include gospel tracts too so people connect the giving with God's mercy. I also like your idea to separate food you plan to give from food for your own family. You are so right that people will use children to elicit sympathy. Someone told me they saw a street person using a child to beg the other day. People will always give more if a child is there. Here's the problem. The head of a shelter told me to never, ever give to people begging on the street because they all know where the shelter is along with the food. He told me they all know where the shelters and food are, so begging is not necessary. He told me they use beggar money for drugs and alcohol. I volunteered for a food pantry once. The kitchen supervisor told us workers not to be too disappointed if we heard complaints from the people receiving the free food. She said there would always be complaints on how the food didn't taste just right. I was so surprised to hear that because not only was the food free, but I was part of a team of people volunteering my time free. Over time I've come to believe that scot-free charity is not good for most people. There just seems to be a lazy streak that comes out strong once the freebies begin. It's too easy for people to develop an entitlement attitude. For this reason I think it works best to always give someone something in exchange for something in return. I think many of our food pantries today would do better to put people to work rather than just ring the dinner bell when it's time to eat. Some like the Salvation Army do give people jobs to do which is good. Canned tuna won't go far, so learning the how-to part of growing food, mending, and repairing stuff is critical. The last Depression lasted 10 years. I think community gardens are the way to go.
  10. Sounds like many of you are already "living the life ahead" and in good practice - good for you! MartianChick, I'm really touched by your empathy for that mom you met in the restaurant. Mother said, "The well is only about ten feet from the corner of the house." That's real good! I'd like to dig a well closer to our house. Regarding dental care, my dentist tells me that if he had to choose between flossing and brushing, he'd choose flossing so I'm buying floss when it's on sale. Thanks for your ideas on lighting as that's an area I need to explore further. Another item that could be life saving is to get a safety harness like the kind roofers use. You never know what kind of weather might knock shingles off and if you have a high roof, you might want that on hand. Check Falltech for that. Mother, I'm glad you mentioned books. I am collecting certain books to help keep sanity when things get harder. Maybe we ought to start a thread on good fiction or Biblical books to encourage if the lights go out and we're reading by oil lamp light. I love Streams in the Desert and any of Joel Rosenberg's fiction works. Regarding paper, last August I found notebooks on sale for 15 cents each at Walmart. That time of year school sales abound which is nice. Keep in mind you can use a certain thickness of books to provide protection from fallout too. Has anyone figured a good way to do wash without bending over much? I see those galvanized tubs on stands at 33" high and that's just low enough to force me to bend over. I guess I could rig them higher. In the cold winter months do you just wash everything indoors? I guess so. This is one place in my mind I've haven't visited much yet. Here's a video showing how one woman does it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IT_UrFxkaO0 CGA, I'm like you, looking for an old typewriter! Let us know if you find something that works well. Your idea to buy lots of Bibles is really thoughtful. Wow. It's hard to imagine, but a day may come when they are not as easily obtained as they are right now and giving one away to someone needing encouragement could be the best gift in the world. So Annarchy, are you recommending writing ink and pens with nibs as opposed to writing pens because the latter can dry out? That's something good I had not thought of. Thanks everyone for sharing such great ideas! Keep'um coming!
  11. Now you've got me thinking more. And that's about washing. Bending is tough for me, so here's what I'm thinking. Let me know if you have other ideas that might work better. I plan to use two 5 gallon buckets and cut a hole to run a hose out for draining. I'll use one for washing and the other for rinsing. I'll put them both on a table near my bath sink and use a plunger to get the action going. I checked Lehman's and their washers are expensive. Does anyone have better ideas?
  12. If the grid went down for an extended period of time, have you considered what your carpet would turn into without a vacuum to run? (Think really gross with ground-in dirt.) If you ran out of toilet tissue, what would you use instead? If your septic tank got full and you could no longer use your toilets, do you know how to build an outhouse with materials already on hand? What will you use for menstruating women in your home when the tampons run out? All these thoughts came to me recently and I'd like to hear ideas outside my own. In a grid-down scenario I'm thinking of purchasing thick plastic to tape over the carpets until the day hopefully comes when the electricity returns. To promote longevity of use with the septic tank, why not get in the habit now of using those plastic grocery store bags to throw away tissues used after urinating, rather than flush them down the toilet? Just empty the trash often. As for menstruating women, there is a handy gadget called the Keeper which helps solve that dilemma. http://www.keeper.com/ I have no idea how to build an outhouse, but may print material out now so I'll know just in case I ever need it. Do you have other questions we can ponder here? Or do you have other ideas?
  13. Harris Teeter is the grocery store featuring a week every now and then offering Super Doubles on your coupons. Check out www.southernsavers.com and click Harris Teeter to see savings listed. Occasionally, they even offer Triple Coupon weeks. A 75 cents coupon will get you $2.25 off your item and if it's already on sale, so much the better. Another good site which I have not yet tried is called www.thegrocerygame.com. You can sign up free for one month and try it, if you like. There are videos explaining how it works. I'm glad so many are sharing great ideas here! Signed: Cheap Skate Teaberry
  14. Violet, I've done what you have too and yes, Tattler is expensive. I have not seen the Tattlers before. I thought the entire lid system was reusable, but from what you're saying it sounds like it's not. Is that right? This comes down to figuring how many lids I'll need for a year's worth of eating. I'd have to figure how many cans of green beans, etc. we'd use. Complex. I have wondered if it might help regular lids last longer if they were vacuum sealed in Food Saver bags. This way the rubberized part would not be exposed to air. Has anyone heard of doing this before?
  15. Scrubbie Lady, I love your idea to use the lid water to top off the canner if necessary. Sometimes I feel like so "duuuh" when I'm doing this, but I'm the type who is visual and if I see it done, then I've got it. I love YouTube for this reason. Okay, I'm trying to visualize this. Quote: "When I empty the jars, I empty half of them back into the canner and the water level stays fairly well. You can empty the others into another pot or tea kettle or the dishpan for washing up and not waste the water. " I'm sorry, but I don't understand. Are you saying you empty the water out of the jars and let them all just sit together while you fill each one with the food? Then you put them one by one back into the canner? I guess that's about all I can do too. I thought it's best to keep the jars hot in the water until right before filling and fill them only one at a time, but this is challenging with just 4 burners. I'm going to try jam soon and from what I understand those jars need to be sterilized.
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