(Please note that unfortunately no tick preventatives work 100% and nothing beats a daily hand check of your pets everyday).
Paralysis ticks are native to Australia and their natural hosts are marsupials, principally bandicoots, but also others such as echidnas, possums and wallabies. They also infest cattle, horses, other livestock and domestic pets. Native animals are usually immune to the paralysing toxin because of their frequent exposure to tick infestation. However, they do maintain a reservoir of paralysis ticks in a particular area. Paralysis ticks tend to be associated with b..
Remember when the mason jar was actually a breakthrough in our way of life? How the revolutionary new threaded lid offered an alternative to pickling, drying and smoking as ways to preserve our precious aliments? Yes, the mason jar certainly harkens back to a simpler time, before refrigerators and artificial preservatives, and now that we take those things for granted, canning has become something of a throwback jam (cue snare)—the vessel once dedicated to keeping and storing foodstuffs is now commonly used as a drinking glass or decorative object. Not that there's anything wrong wit..
There are 2 Pickled Egg Recipes below:
1) Recipe to make just 1 Quart (12 eggs) and requires refrigeration.
2) Recipe to CAN 7 quarts (84 eggs) - This method allows unrefrigerated storage until the jar is opened.
We have used this recipe to can pickled eggs for decades. We have routinely stored our canned jars of pickled eggs for 6 months or more in our basement in a dark corner on shelves. Our basement is never warmer than 60 degrees and we have never had a problem with our canned pickled eggs.
However, please read the note of caution below before proceding to can pickled eggs in ..
The single most difficult part of raising goats in any sort of managed environment is getting goat nutrition right.
National and regional feed companies employ trained livestock nutritionists to formulate *full feed* rations. Do not try to mix feed yourself. Do not add anything to a balanced feed, because you will mess up the nutritional balance produced by the nutritionist who developed the formula. Proper nutrition is a complex matter. Most of us, this writer included, don't have the knowledge needed to formulate a quality feed ration. Do not rely on persons experienced in cattle or s..
Makes about 8 (500 ml) pints
Kids of all ages will love this delicious homemade applesauce for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Mix sweet and tart apples for a unique flavor.
You will need:
12 lbs apples, peeled, cored, quartered, treated to prevent browning* and drained (about 36 medium)
3 cups granulated sugar, optional
4 Tbsp lemon juice
8 (500ml) pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands
1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE apples with just enou..
Makes about 7 x (500ml) pints
In addition to the classic pie, this apple pie filling allows you to quickly make luscious desserts such as apple turnovers, apple crisp or apple dumplings.
You will need:
12 cups sliced peeled cored apples, treated to prevent browning* and drained (about 12 medium)
2-3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup ClearJel® (cooking starch used for preserving)
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2-1/2 cups unsweetened apple juice
1-1/4 cups cold water
1/2 cup lemon juice
7 (500ml pint glass preserving jars with lids and..
Add almonds to strawberries and blackberries to create a delightful jam using Instant Pectin.
You will need:
1-1/2 cups sugar
5 Tbsp Instant Pectin
3 cups crushed strawberries
1/2 cup crushed blackberries
1 banana, peeled and crushed
1/2 cup crushed almonds
2 tsp almond extract
5 Ball® Plastic (8 oz) Freezer Jars
1.) STIR sugar and instant pectin in a bowl until well blended.
2.) ADD strawberries, blackberries, banana, almonds and almond extract. Stir 3 minutes.
3.) LADLE jam into clean jars to fill line. Apply lids. Let stand ..
One of the most common questions we get is "Which preserving unit should I get"?
There is not a single answer to this question, but here are some questions I ask first:
1. What do you want to preserve?
2. How much and how often?
3. Do you have a preference for a stove top unit or an electric unit?
4. If you prefer a stove top unit, do you have a glass top or induction stove?
That is because you can think of preserving as being the act of preserving acidic foods only or of preserving all types of food, including meats, soups and all types of v..