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Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by MountainMamaHST, Mar 10, 2013.

  1. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    I was just in Houston (the woodlands) and it rained more than once, but not like we get here. Still it was cold and over cast. Not what I expected.
     
  2. jerrey

    jerrey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    your place sounds wonderful I have a nice size garden and fruit trees 17 chickens that will be 2yr. old July have15 baby's coming Monday build other chicken house I love being out side God give so many things for us to enjoy I do make my on laundry soap and face soap and body soap I always pressure cook all the things out of the garden my pressure cooker is the one my husband mother had I asked how old it was he said as long as he could remember my husband is 78 so it is old it is American pressure cooker and I did odder some new pieces they still make that same bran nice taking to you.
     
  3. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Chicken Obsessed

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    Well it's raining here. Again!

    Went to t farmer market and bought another Rhubarb plant. And some black tomato plants.

    Looked at my Red currant bushes two survived. One looks to be loaded with berries. I've surrounded it with chicken wire to protect it from the chickens.

    I've one in the woods behind a big tree to dig out. Anyone know if it's okay to dig it out now? It's doing nice but gets no berries. Perhaps to shaded by the tree. I'd like to replace one of the two that died.

    The chickens got into the garden and ate the tops of my garlic. I hope it comes back like last year. I really have to work on gates for my rustic fencing. I just don't have the skill to make gates.

    I won't be doing any jams or jellies as I have plenty. I did buy a couple of cooks books at a flea market/antique store. Some of the old "church cook books" have some good recipes. Though it can be fun to try to figure out the ingredients or measures of yesteryear. Plus if you're short on space they're usually booklet type and don't take up a lot of room.

    One thing I'd like to see is a book on how to COOK food again. The real farm chicken, grown vegetables and stuff like that. Sometimes what we buy/start with in recipes is things that have been processed to stage two, then added.

    I still haven't seen much on drying beans and a bean dryer set up.
     
  4. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have thought many times that we need to get out there & grab this information while its still there. I look around my church/family/etc and see the last generation of people who know how to do all this stuff.

    If somme of us don't learn, we are going to be SOL.
     
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  5. RichnSteph

    RichnSteph Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the truth. We're fortunate in that my wife was taught how to can and preserve things by her great grandmother and grandmother and I was taught how to hunt and process game by my grandfather. our daughter will be taught all these skills by us as she grows. I read somewhere that teaching your children to grow, catch and process their own food is one of the greatest gifts you can give them in this day and age.
     
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  6. sepaditty1

    sepaditty1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They'll eat for a lifetime.
     
  7. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are just starting our hunting journey this fall, and we traded some mechanical work for salmon from a friend, when he gets that I plan on canning it so I don't have to buy anymore of that and maybe next year we will get to go fishing ourselves. Wish we had a boat so we could go salmon fishing, but it is really hard to fish from the rocks. Maybe if everything starts to go the way we would like, we might be able to make a weekend trip to the coast and go oyster hunting for the first time, we really like clam chowder. My mom got me a canning book for Christmas last year and I just came across fish and clam canning recipes.
     
  8. RTFchickens

    RTFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that REAL cooking is becoming a thing if the past. When pressure cookers are viewed as a bomb making device rather then a method of preserving tomatoes and such, it's a sad sad day. After the Boston bombing we could not buy a new pressure cooker for a while. Stores were pulling them off of the shelves.
    Teaching our kids to cook is a wonderful thing! I cannot tell you how many "recipes" I've found for food that contains fake food. For example: I found a pizza recipe that looked awesome! Recipe? One can refrigerated pizza dough, cheese, tomato sauce, etc etc etc... To me the recipe should include the making of the pizza dough! People do actually still make pizza dough... It took me off guard when I read that recipe. But then again, I don't think I've ever purchased pizza dough...
     
  9. RTFchickens

    RTFchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was asked the other day by a co worker "how to the chicken eggs get fertilized?" Does the rooster fertilize it after the hen lays it? While I was trying so hard not to laugh at that question, she honestly didnt know! She was never told... Her parents never raised animals etc. so, I explained it to her. My 8 year old knows how it happens, but its because she sees the chickens "doing the baby dance" to be honest, I had to look it up before we got into farming.
    On a side note, I came home from work yesterday to 4 new fuzzy butts! My first broody hatched her first clutch!!![​IMG]
     
  10. Raech

    Raech Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They so cute!! That is why I really want to have a "farm" on my 7 acres, so that my son knows where stuff comes from. My husband was saying how he doesn't like pig, only bacon and spam(does that count?) well my son piped up and said "But Dad, bacon is pig, and so is sausage, I like pig!" I almost died laughing, he said it so matter of fact that my husband could only agree.
     
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