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    Old world self-sufficiency in a new world … 

So much of our lives literally revolves around the kitchen. We eat all our meals together there, sharing the day’s challenges and successes. It served as the school room and the family room for playing games. Plans for the day and the future are discussed and solidified over food and drink. The bills get paid, records are kept and taxes figured there. Seeds are spread on the table while planning the garden and jars are sorted and filled there at harvest time. Quilts and clothes get cut and sewn on that table. Neighbors and friends are always welcome to share a cup of coffee and baked goods of the day. Wonderful memories reside in the kitchen while delightful new, little people come to add their chapters.

Dehydrated Rose Hips

Thereare many culinary uses for rose hips. They can be used fresh, dried, orpreserved. Rose hips can be used in apple sauce, soups and stews, syrups, puddings, marmalade, tarts, breads, and pie, or made into a jam or jelly.

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Homemade Bread

As I was making bread the other day, I thought about my first few batches and how difficult this brand new world seemed to be.

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Making Jerky Pt. 1

Jerky is actually the end result of the most primitive methods of meat preservation ever used by human beings, so why not give it a try? And why pay thirty bucks a pound for something you can make at home for maybe a tenth of the cost?

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Book Review

It’s been a while since I (and many other stores) was able to keep up selling books, since Amazon pretty much has the entire book market in the bag. But I wanted to share with you one of my very most favorite books.

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Pressure Canner

Pressure canning is a safe and economical method of preserving low acid foods which has been used for decades, especially by home gardeners and others interested in providing food storage for their families where quality control of the food is in one’s own hands.

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