The following post was written by Anna Hess or The Walden Effect blog. Anna just had her first book published and we will be reviewing it soon.
This is the first time I’ve canned something by myself from start to finish. It took longer than I thought, but it’ll be well worth it when we are eating green beans all winter! Here is how I canned the green beans… First I put the jars and utensils in the dishwasher on a hi [...]
Good tomato sauce can make an Italian meal into an Italian feast! While some grocery store’s carry okay brands, real tomato sauce, the stuff literally boiled down from tomatoes, is a whole different ball-game. Unfortunately, I cannot share my personal recipe (family secret) but I can share with you how to make tomatoes into a [...]
A friend of mine forwarded me an email of a beer bread recipe he received. As I was looking at the recipe I noticed he, also a homebrewer, inserted his Murphy’s Ale as the beer ingredient! Not having a Murphy’s ale on hand, and not having much experience making bread with beer, I decided to use a trusty [...]
I guess I will start this article with a “disclaimer” similar to what Everett did on one of his posts a few months back… Disclaimer: This post contains words, information and pictures on killing and eating a live animal. I make no excuses nor do I feel guilty about my current omnivore diet. I have, [...]
My nephew Christian came to visit with my mom this weekend. Christian is an avid hunter and fisherman, but he won’t shoot at an animal unless he knows it is going to be a clean kill shot. So while he spent three full days hunting deer in the woods from sunup to sundown, and spent [...]
Never rely just on freezers for your meat storage. I’ve never liked the idea of canning meat, but I think we’ll be giving it a try soon. If we can manage to dry, freeze and can a little bit of everything we’ll have our bases covered when stuff like this happens… Also lost were a [...]
When you have just a little bit of a spice seed that needs to be ground, it is important to make sure you clean out the grinder first. Here we ended up with coffee-flavored fennel. It might sound good (licorice flavored coffee?) but wasn’t what the Indian dish called for.
I realize we haven’t posted much lately so I wanted to give a quick update on a few things. Company, Travel and Friends We have had a lot of company over the last couple of months, and I was out of town for work an entire week. We have really enjoyed our time spent with [...]
On Friday I made an all-grain batch of beer – Rye Pale Ale. As some of you may know when you brew an all-grain batch you can use upwards of 25 lbs. of grain before it’s all said and done. Even though the barley and rye are doing a great job to produce 10 gallons [...]