Saturday, January 15, 2011

Food and Knowledge...These are a few of my favorite things...


The goodies have finally arrived.
No more onions from the BIG BOX PEOPLE,
small box delivered right to my mail box!
(My, that's a lot of boxes for one sentence)
I didn't know there were short day, intermediate and long day onions, or that some were better for storing than others, or that you leave them to dry in the garden after you pick them.
Seems I knew nothing at all about onions.

After some research I now know that in Texas, we need short day onions.
And there's a local supplier in east Texas. Brown's Omaha Plant Farms Inc.
I like to shop local when I can.
We are now the proud parents of,
TX 1015 - Y Supersweet
Red Burgandy Hamburger
My husband's choices!
The snow has melted so maybe tomorrow we can get them in the ground.
I'm still doing research to understand which ones store better. 


We subscribe to Backwoods Home Magazine and they had a few books we've been coveting.
I finally loosened the purse strings and ordered one for me and one for Steve, the third one was free.
My choice was,
Jackie Clay's canning book.
This is not your run of the mill canning book, this is the SUPREMEO CANNING BOOK!!! (I'm sure that's a word)
I have several canning manuals but not one covers the range of foods to can as this one does.
Canned cheese, meat, milk who knew?
There's tips on growing a wide range of foods, recipes and even info on raising animals.
I can't wait to put this book to use.
I love knowledge.

Steve got,
 Butchering Smoking Curing and Sausage Making.
I haven't looked at that one yet so I have no opinion to share.

The third one is,
 Recession Proof Your Pantry
It starts out listing everything you'll need in your pantry to survive for one year, just in case you can't get to the market.
You never know what will happen, flood, hurricane, snow, ????

Great info on how to store different types of foods.
It lists the requirements for most veggie, how cold, how much humidity etc.
Also gives you ideas on where to store if you don't have a root cellar. (NOT)
I haven't finished reading it yet but so far I'm learning alot.

We do ok in respect to canning but I feel that we need to take it to the next level.
In addition to what you grow why not take advantage of the market sales, buy it on sale, can for later use.
That's one of the goals I have for 2011
Self reliance is a good thing!!
 Till next time,


Lavender Chick said...

Yes - self reliance is a GOOD thing! Wow - canning cheese and milk. That never crossed my mind. Enjoy your onions!

Terry M Scott (AKA Terry Mann) said...

Thanks Deb, I plan on using these books or at least 1 & 3, I don't see myself butchering meat anytime soon. Perhaps sausage making though.

brendie said...

wheres the awesome button to tick?

Nancy said...

How exciting! I love a good self-reliance book or two. So much to learn. We'll be looking forward to seeing some of your new skills. :)