I learned how to vacuum seal jars over ten years ago, and I’ve done it ever since. By vacuum sealing, much of the air and thus the oxygen which encourages spoilage is pumped out. This makes it a good thing for longer term storage of grains, nuts, beans, herbs, spices, and a lot of other…

 

We use wide mouth glass canning jars every day for storing foods. We hardly ever use plastic any more. Why? Well, we find the glass jars very useful and we don’t like plastic. I’ll explain why. Glass Canning Jars These ¬†work really work for a variety of uses in our kitchen and sometimes beyond. As…

 

A few weeks ago, we ordered nine baby chicks to arrive the first week in June, via the mail. While their long journey can be a bit stressful for the babies, evidently it is less than you might think as they are shipped right after they hatch and there is a period of two or…

 

No, I don’t cook the rice in the hot tub. I call this the hot tub brown rice recipe because it allows us to get in the hot tub before dinner while rice is cooking — with no worries and no scorched rice or pans. I was cooking dinner a little while ago, and my…

 

Of course I know that conspiracies exist. I remember noticing that in seventh grade when a group of cute girls began systematically ostracizing some of us brainy types. And even a cursory glance at human history can provide you with plenty of horrendous tales where conspiracies led to a lot of very nasty stuff. But…

 

Yesterday a friend of mine had his email hacked. I knew it when I got an email from him that began “Hey check this out!” as he doesn’t write like that. (I like the feature in gmail and maybe in other email companies now, where I can see the first line of an email.) It…

 

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers–With information on building soil fertility, replacing purchased feed, and working with poultry in the garden by Harvey Ussery, is the most comprehensive book I’ve ever read on chickens. You might guess that from the title! I’ve had…

 

We finally had our first real frost. At 8,000 feet here in Colorado, our average date of the first frost is about 12 days ago. Every extra day has been precious, but this morning the outdoor thermometer said 28 and the leaves of many plants were drooping. I had done a good bit of harvesting…

 

My sewing machine wouldn’t work. Well, it would after a fashion. I could sew a straight stitch backwards. That wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I bought my Viking 6460… what, over 30 years ago? REALLY? You mean it’s an antique? What does that make ME?   All those colors you see across…