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Preserving Meat and Fish

Preserving food is an art that is as old as mankind.  In the last 150 years since the advent of canning, many new methods of preserving foods have been developed.  Today we have many choices that were not available to our ancestors.

Today I want to talk about the various methods that are available for preserving meat and fish.  I have broken down the various methods into six different categories.

Freezing of fish and meat.  If you live in the right climate, you may be able to use nature to freeze your food in the winter.  Other than using nature, freezing requires the use of electricity. …

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It is Time to Preserve the Fruits and Vegetables From Your Garden

Our dehydrator is running full time these days.  My wife is drying a large variety of foods.  In the last few days, she has dried tomatoes, beets, beet greens, zucchini, yellow squash, green onions and hot peppers.  During the summer, we dry a large amount of food, some to use this coming winter, some for our storage.

If it is to be used in the near future, we place the food in plastic bags and store it in plastic food grade buckets with gamma lids or in glass jars.  For long term, we place the plastic bags inside Mylar bags with an oxygen absorber. …

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Canning for Summer, are You Ready

The time is near where you will be using all the kitchen implements again for canning, dehydrating, juicing or your pressure cooker.  Now is the time to check for worn and cracked lids or pots that may not seal tight. Everything should be checked and cleaned and ready for the new season.  I stuffed most of mine in the garage and I know they will need washing and I need to check the pressure cooker valve, also.

And of course all the little items that go with them, so you can find them faster. For canning, you have the jar holder, funnels, stick to push the food down in the jars and of course, the magnetic stick for the lids you take out of the hot water. …

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An Easy to Make Drying Rack

About two years ago I build my wife a drying rack, she had been wanting.  She uses it to dry fruit, vegetables outdoors.  Most things will dry in a day if they are cut thin and if you have a hot dry sunny day.

With the beginning of summer she is getting ready to start drying fruits and vegetables.  Between this rack and her Excalibur she dries an amazing amount of product every year.

The rack was easy to make and once I had the materials took less than an hour.  The one I built measures 3 X 5 feet.  The materials list is shown below.…

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Scrounge Free Food

My wife is a scrounge she finds free foods all over the place.  I think she knows where every fruit tree within 10 miles is located and who owns it (slight exaggeration).  However, she does have a whole network of friends who give her fruits and vegetables all the time and she happily preserves them.  A lot of them are people she has met through church, who have similar interests.

They watch for food growing in people’s yards that are not picked and will stop by and talk to them.  Often the people are either busy or older and are happy to have someone gather their fruit for a share.…

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Preserving Food

Preserving food is a never-ending process

My wife is out of town for several days and I have to fill in for her.  This has been a bit of an eye opening experience.  She normally takes care of rotating and organizing the food.  She has things well organized and can lay her hands on anything right away.  Me, I am having trouble finding things.

Things she can do quickly take me much longer.  I have been drying pears and some figs while she has been gone.  The process is going ok just takes longer.  Where we live there is a lot of free or inexpensive fruit and vegetables available all summer.  …

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Making a Food Drying Rack

Yesterday, I build my wife a drying rack, she has been wanting.  She intends to start drying fruit, vegetables and maybe meat outdoors.  A friend who dries fruit and vegetables on a similar rack says he can dry most things in one day if they are cut thin.

The rack was easy to make and once I had the materials took less than an hour.  The one I built measures 3 X 5 feet.  The materials list is shown below.

  • 2 – 5ft. lengths of ¾” PVC
  • 6 – 3ft. lengths of ¾” PVC
  • 4 – ¾ to ½ in male adapters
  • 4 – ¾” 90 degree side outlet elbows, to take ½” male adapter.
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The Best Book on Preserving Food

I have a copy of the book “So Easy to Preserve” published by the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.  This is the best book I have found on the subject of preserving food. This book contains the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture recommendations for safe food preservation. So Easy To Preserve is a 375-page book containing 185 tested recipes. Sections include Preserving Food, Canning, Pickling, Jams and Jellies, Freezing and Drying.

The canning section covers processing meat, soups, fish, vegetables and fruits.  The section on pickling includes pickles, vegetables, peppers, sauerkraut, fruits, relishes, and eggs.  Jams and jellies are covered in detail. …

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