Kaylee's Strawberry

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Screw the Lids On, Loosely...

Reading my Ball canning book, there was so much stress on not heating the screw rings, not leaving them on....I guess I thought they were there for transport.

We are eating the stuff anyway, and it's color is amazing.  No food coloring, but so bright.

I just finished reading Sandor Elixor Katz book, Wild Fermentation.  I was moved by his perspective, and really inspired.  I especially liked his discussion of death, because it is not at all unlike my own views.  This is an area that our culture needs healing on, and needs to come to grips with.

So, August is almost over, and I made a semi-canned batch of strawberries....but I will try to get some saurkraut made (or started, anyway) before 8/31!

Oh, and I tested and stored the herbs I dried in my window.  Will try cooking with them at intervals over the fall and winter, to see how they handle it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

HELP!!!! Canning fail!

I tried strawberry jam.  Not as daring as the canning challene, which wanted me to make my own recipe, but since I've never canned before, it seemed a good start.
All looked good, following Ball's recipe, until I placed my jam into the water.  While waiting for it to boil, I saw that all the lids had floated off.  Since it was 10:30 pm, and I had to work in the morning, I placed them in the sink to cool.
This morning, I was ready to toss them, but it looks like only the top half inch was penetrated by the water.  So I stuck 'em in the fridge, for now.
Do I :
1. Toss them
2. Refrigerate/or freeze and eat them in an appropriate amount of time?
3. Reprocessing them?

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Urban Farm Handbook Challenge

A year late, but I'm diving in.  I haven't even read this book, but when I looked at the challenges, they seemed "doable" to me.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

I Am A Failure

I am a failure.

I read the famous "Your Money Or Your Life" by Joe Domiguez and Ricky Robin, early in our marriage, circa 1994.  We are currently a two income family, with each kid having a device.  We eat out at lease 2 x per week, mostly fast food.

I had my first child at home, the subsequent two in the hospital.

I am lucky if we eat a home cooked meal once a week.  My efforts over the years to reduce sugar or increase fiber have met with wars, only.

And I have decided....there are legitimate reasons for each decision we have made.

That I need to address those legitimate reasons if I will ever transition to the lifestyle I want to live, sustainable, home centered, psychologically and physically whole.

I can start again.

I won't apologize.

I won't feel guilty.