A pilgrimage to resource efficiency 

Canning

The Blogging Pilgrim

    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.

Emergency Canning Jars

You’ve just filled a dozen jars with your beautiful apricot preserves. You have still have a quart of the glowing gooey golden goodness but no jars to put it in. What do you do?

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Canning Apples

For years I used the same apple peeler/corer. My kids loved trying to get the entire apple to peel so they could eat just the peel. Sometimes, for a treat after peeling hundreds of apples we would sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar over a plate of apple peelings to be enjoyed as “apple spaghetti”.

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First Post in a New World

A reflection on history tells us doing more to meet our own basic needs ourselves makes survival of tough economic times easier. Oddly enough, this can also be a time of togetherness and an increase in bonding and healthy dependence on one another. Of course I pick one of the busiest times of the year to try to figure out this whole blogging thing. There is so

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The Fall Home Garden

I snapped this picture earlier of a White-tail doe standing suspiciously close to my garden. While I would like to believe that her intentions were harmless, years of experience have taught me better than that

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Canning Jars

As I’ve been working through my harvest this year, I noticed the great variety of canning jars I posses. I’ve always been more of a practical canner than a specialty canner, though I have a few standbys to wow people with. Looking back this doesn’t come as a surprise to me since my vision was always resource efficiency.

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