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Tag Archives: Harvest

  • Daily Prep
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    Getting Ready for Sugaring Season

    A resource for learning the process of making maple syrup
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 11:39 PM

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    Learn about the steps and equipment involved in making maple syrup.  Even if you have just a couple of trees, you can tap them and enjoy the sweet bounty. 

    http://www.tapmytrees.com/

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  • What Should I Do?
    Solar Dehydrator Heat Collector

    Building a Solar Dehydrator

    A DIY food preservation project
    by harmonyguy

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 8:13 PM

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    This is a story of one of the steps my family has taken towards increased resiliency, including actions taken to build a more sustainable lifestyle and invest in our food security.  My family lives on mostly a vegetarian diet. We currently grow a large garden and plan to grow most of our food for the full year. Growing a year's worth of food brings up many questions, but the most critical one is how do we preserve the bounty of our garden?  Of methods that I know of, one can dry, ferment, can, or use cold storage. Canning heats the food and takes away some of the nutrients. Not all foods can be stored in cold storage (but I am working on this, as well). We have an Excalibur dryer but find it takes forever to dry things and the electricity to match.

    So I decided to build a solar dehydrator. After researching different design ideas, I went with a design that I could use some recycled materials and materials left over from other projects, plus some new. I also wanted a high-capacity design that could dry a lot of food at once. This design has a heat collector and a tower.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Sliced tomato for saving seed

    How to Harvest and Save Tomato Seeds

    Simple steps for getting seeds for the future
    by threemealsfarm

    Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2:50 AM

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    With the waning of the blistering summer heat comes the end of the life cycle for many of the summer crops planted in the garden and produce available at the farmers market. This means it is time for harvesting seeds for the next growing season and saving the promise of delicious produce for years to come.

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  • What Should I Do?
    Tomato Harvest

    Five Ways to Store Tomatoes

    Methods for preserving the harvest
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 5:48 PM

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    With bumper crops and unpredictable weather conditions, figuring out what to do with your pile of tomatoes can sometimes be a challenge. Being creative and having a variety of methods to put away and store the value of that wonderful fruit will give you months' (if not years') worth of enjoyment from your Summer and Fall harvests. Here are five ways to store your tomatoes for future use and to ease you through the cold winter months with tomato goodness.

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  • Daily Prep
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    5 Tasty Ways to Eat Your Tomato Harvest All Year

    Get the most out of your tomato harvest
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Saturday, August 18, 2012, 4:14 PM

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    A nice set of recipes and ideas for using those tomatoes from the garden.  Or pick up some extras or new varieties from the local farmers market and put up some stored food for later.  Build and replenish that deep pantry.

    http://www.treehugger.com/easy-vegetarian-recipes/5-tasty-ways-eat-tomatoes-all-year.html

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  • Daily Prep

    How to Can Apple Sauce from Tree to Jar

    A video showing the equipment and steps to canning apple sau
    by Jason Wiskerchen

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 11:05 PM

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    Learn how to can with the water bath canning method. This video demonstrates how to prepare apple sauce from tree to jar:

    http://youtu.be/f-MR44PHkSE

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