Tuesday, March 31, 2009

April Blog Topic: Gardening

The topic for this month is Gardening. We thought this would be the perfect time to plan out a garden and prepare the soil. Even if you do not have much space for a garden, I think you will benefit from the class. The date of the class will be announced in the next few days. If you have any specific questions or successful gardening tips you would like to share, please feel free to add your comments.

If you have not yet had an opportunity to can meats, we would like to extend that experience into April. Please contact Tammy if you would like to get some real "hands-on" experienc canning meats.

Please note the new format for the blog. On the left hand side you will see that I have added a link for Food Storage handouts from our previous classes. Simply click on the links and you will see an outline of handouts that are available. I have also added a link for other Food Storage blogs. There is some great information being shared by a group of women just like us - click on the link and check it out.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Meal Planning with Canned Meats

I hope everyone finds the courage and the time to learn how to can meats this month. If you just give it a try, you will see how easy it is and how good it tastes. This is a great way to include meat in your food storage.

I would like to invite anyone who has a good recipe with canned meat to share it in the comments this month. I am experiementing with Wendy Dewitt's recipes and converting them into Bag Meal ideas. I'll add the bag meal ideas to the comments as I find the ones that taste good. If you are interested in the written packet of information from Wendy DeWitt, you will find it on the following link: http://theideadoor.com/Preparedness/Food%20Storage/Wendy%20DeWitt/EVERYTHING%20UNDER%20THE%20SUN%202008%20Final.pdf

There is some great information in this packet. Thanks to Wendy for making this available to everyone! Does anyone know of a source for dehydrated potato cubes that could be put in a beef stew?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March Blog Topic: Pressure Canning with a Friend

There is a high interest in Pressure Canning of Meat and Bean products for Food Storage. In order to promote the best educational opportuntiy for everyone, we will take a different approach to our March class. We would like to encourage small groups to work in different kitchens to learn how to pressure can. This will give you a real "hands on" experience and you will walk away with greater confidence in pressure canning. Please e-mail Tammy if you would like to teach Pressure canning in your kitchen or if you would like to be paired up with someone who will teach you.

Pressure canning Meats and Beans has been the EASIEST Pressure canning that I have done. And the meat is SO TENDER. This is a great way to store meats on the shelf and create wonderful meals with your food storage. Meats can be raw packed into the jars, and beans need only to be soaked over night. Fruits and vegetables require alot more preparation. I have included recipes in the comments sections.

It is recommended to have the pressure guage checked on your Pressure canner at the County Extension office before canning. The Extension will also give you the most accurate information on processing times and pressure for home canning.