Many of you may have gardens littered with fallen trees from strong winds or lightning. What are you going to do with all these fallen trees? The simple answer is: make firewood. There are certainly many alternatives to firewood in this day-and-age, such as gas and electricity. However, firewood is a very budget-friendly source of fuel in comparison to gas and oil. You may feel unsure of the how to turn fallen trees into neatly-chopped firewood. If this is the case, then this article was written especially for you!
Deer Processing and the Value of a Buck, Part II
Up here in cold country, venison in the freezer is good insurance. That not only applies for beautiful NW Montana, but for anyone who spends the short afternoons of Autumn boiling hog bodies, dragging a deer carcass or plucking feathers only to tirelessly cut, chop and/or grind up meat. If that is you, you know the value of food put up for the winter. The subject of home economics is indeed one often learned by watching others or it might be taught by the unavoidable mathematics of stores on the shelf divided by mouths to feed.
Christmas came and went this year with splendid simplicity and great memories with family and friends. Chaya and I took some time to pick up some books that are perpetually on the night stand throughout some of the busier parts of the year. One topic that has always been of interest to us here at Pantry Paratus is the subject of Home Economics, and so I was especially curious when I came across a tweet by Michael Pollan citing this Huffington Post article.
I started beekeeping with two hives, and one was very calm and docile. The other? Uh, no, turns out they were Africanized and put me into the hospital. That’s another story you can read about here. But until we actually figured it out, we were finding ourselves with stings from just “more aggressive than normal” bees. Of everything we tried to soothe our skin, our family found Yarrow to be the most effective non-drowsy option.
Eating healthy is difficult these days, mainly because it’s hard to know what “healthy food” is. There are so many fad diets and theories on the “best” diet for optimum health that it’s hard to know where to start. Add this to the fact that many “nutritional” labels can be misleading, and it’s really difficult to know whether your efforts are even effective or not. Below are some tips on making healthy food decisions for your family.
Planning Meals with the food you have on hand
Sometimes the meal ideas comes easily, sometimes it is a last-minute decision with hungry family underfoot. Planning meals out may be the ideal, but let’s face it–not all of us are consistent because we just get busy.
Fewer skills more relevant to the family with a hectic schedule than taking time to pressure-can healthful foods for last-minute meals. One jar of ground beef can create fifteen different meals in fifteen minutes or less.
We have talked about emergency preparedness a lot on our site lately. We believe in kitchen self-sufficiency and traditional skills because they are healthy, economical, environmentally friendlier than packaged foods, and…because they ensure a greater sense of security in the face of disaster. Disaster preparedness is on our minds this time of year, knowing that we are just around the corner from Tornado Season and Hurricane Season in many parts of our country.
Snow storms, grid-down situations, extreme temperatures and social unrest, there are plenty of reasons you could be forced to stay inside your home for a few days, maybe even a week. Emergencies happen all the time and there’s no reason to assume they won’t affect you at some point, even though, until now, they were things that happened to “other people”. It’s time to get ready for short-term emergencies.