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Adventures in Cheese

by Lisa Linderman on May 11, 2011

in cheese,food preservation,pioneer home skills

One of the things I’ve been meaning to do for a long time is learn to make cheese.  It seems mysterious, but I know people who do it, and it didn’t seem so much hard as a wee bit complicated.  So when the Clark County Goat Association held a cheesemaking class for a mere $15, [...]

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Right now, I’m taking courses through the WSU Extension office to become a Certified Master Food Preserver.  Basically, it amounts to 40 hours of training and lots of reading, at the end of which I will owe a minimum of 80 hours of volunteer work passing on the information I have learned.  The purpose is [...]

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Well, not millions.   Last year we planted a Frost Peach tree near our garden, and waited to see what it would do.  This spring it had lots of beautiful pink blossoms, which our honeybees seemed to like.   And then it set lots and lots of small peaches.  Neat! Yesteraday, we spotted one on the ground, [...]

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I mentioned a couple of posts back that I had decided to dry my beans. Why? Well, I’d originally planted them to eat them green, but after only a couple of times of that, I just fell behind and ended up with plants full of fat green beans at the end of the season. Once [...]

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A few tips and preservation techniques I thought I’d pass along. Seems like the appropriate time of year, when people are hauling in the last of their crops! * Beans to be dried for later use in soups or bean dishes can usually be left to dry on the plant. When they rattle in the [...]

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Seems appropriate…wasn’t that an apple falling on Chicken Little’s head which set the whole thing off? Two things I have a lot of around here right now: chickens and apples. The three new chickens are still skittish, but getting settled. The one missing a large patch of her back feathers will launch herself at me [...]

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What a crock.

by Lisa Linderman on August 5, 2009

in food crops,food preservation,pioneer home skills,recipe

No seriously, it’s a crock! I was at the local Wilco Farm Store yesterday looking for canning jars and generally poking about in the canning section while my daughter was amusing herself riding the pint-sized tractor. I was about finished with my selections when I happened to glance down to the bottom shelf and realized [...]

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Pick a Peck of Pickles

by Lisa Linderman on August 2, 2009

in food crops,food preservation,garden,recipe

One of the spaces in my garden this year went to pickling cucumbers. I bought a pack of seeds for around $3.00, and started them in the greenhouse. I’m not sure every single seed came up, but it was pretty darn close. And once I moved them to the garden, even though it was late [...]

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I saw that sign on a local Burgerville…”Asparagus – The Pointiest Vegetable”. At the time it made me giggle, but lately I’ve been a little overly excited about asparagus, so I thought I’d share. A few years ago, someone in my family asked me to pickle some asparagus spears. Okay, I said, bring me some [...]

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