Equipment for the home cheesemaker. Pepper gets weaned this month and I’m excited at the prospect of having enough milk on hand to make cheese again. Even then though I doubt I’ll be able to do any more than dabble as I have in the past. I’m enjoying this series a good deal, but the set up and organization she shares on this post is amazing and I look forward to learning more.
A little garden inspiration… a wall of green beans & zinnias.
Is Pressure Cooking Healthy? The short answer is a resounding, “Yes!” I’m so glad because I have been seriously considering investing in a pressure cooker and learning to can with it. (See pantry envy above.) Coincidentally, I saw this article pinned minutes after I pinned Cook’s Illustrated top two picks for pressure cookers, this Fissler is “Highly Recommended” followed by this less expensive Fagor. I’m thinking that even if I purchased the more expensive one, our annual dining budget that I am desperate to reduce to $0 would pay for the cooker alone, not to mention the benefits to our health.
Embossing Canning Lids…. beautiful!
Herbs for colds & flu… anti-viral & immune herbs, teas, gargles, steams, throat sprays, and rubs. Looks like there is some really great remedies to try here.
Wooden Spoon carving tutorial & video– Repurpose fallen tree limbs into functional kitchen tools is such an appealing idea. Frankly the wooden “spoons” (they’re more like stirrers than spoons anyway) are junk and ours always break or splinter. I imagine something hand carved to be much more solid & durable.
Dreaming of a pastured rabbit addition to the ole’ homestead…
Organic Gardener’s Composting by Steve Solomon
A free ebook on Project Gutenberg… I’ve yet to read it, but I expect it to be full of wisdom.
The Dust Bowl Documentary by Ken Burns
Free to watch on Youtube…. probably for a limited time. I’ve heard of it, of course, but knew very little about this part of our American history and I’m glad for that. I don’t think that I would have viewed this at all the same before as I did now. I kept thinking over and over of a quote I wrote down this summer after hearing Doug Phillips give a lecture from the Reformation of Food & Family Conference,
We need more Christian farmers who are epistomalogically, self-consciously trying to proclaim the Lordship of Jesus Christ over their cattle, over their land, over the biosphere that God has given them for which they have to be stewards.
If the Depression era farmers had cared for their land, stubbornly refusing to cave into greed and societies pressure & demands for the industrialization of agriculture, what a difference they could have made and an example they could have set! What a shame that we haven’t learned from the lesson they teach!
When we care about Him, we care about taking care of what He has given us: our bodies, our health and our lives. In practical terms, though, what does that look like?
So next time you hear the debate start to rage, next time you start to hyperventilate at the thought of upcoming standardized tests, next time that friend or relative starts to express his concerns about your priorities, take a deep breath and remind yourself of what is most important. True education. It’s too often misunderstood.
How Walmart is Devouring the Food System (Infographic)
Farmers are getting less. With fewer processors and retailers bidding on their products, farmers are struggling to get a fair price. Their share of consumer food has plummeted…. Consumers are paying more.
10 Great Uses for Beeswax… including some I’ll bet you’ve never heard of…