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yogurt in the dehydrator

Making yogurt in the dehydrator

My husband loves his yogurt.  He loves it so much that he makes it himself and eats nearly a quart each day at work.  Yes, a quart.  He credits it with curing his persistent toothaches and with boosting his immune system.  I’m not sure if others have similar results, but he has definitely noticed an improvement.  Today I am going to walk you through how we make raw milk yogurt in the dehydrator.  It is only one of many ways, but it works very well for us. Continue reading

processing pumpkins

Processing pumpkins – What to do with them all

Despite my not planting any, I harvested a few pumpkins this year from my volunteer garden.  Since the killing frost a few weeks ago, they have been sitting on my counter taking up space and waiting to be processed.  Today I finally got around to tackling at least some of them.  I started with three large pumpkins, two small pumpkins, and a Hubbard squash.  The three large pumpkins are now in the freezer as purée, ready to become pies. Continue reading

My Far-From-Perfect Garden

Gardening.  It is one of those things that is expected as a given for anyone interested in nutrition or sustainability.  I have to be honest, though.  I suck at gardening.  I never get the watering right.  I either drown the poor things, or they die of dehydration.  Sometimes they struggle between both states.  It is feast or famine with the water.  I don’t mean to.  I just have not figured out a good system yet.  One year I planted potatoes in a spot that turned out to be very shady, so the plants snaked across the yard to where the sun was and then grew vertically. I think that although I love the concept of gardening, I don’t like the actual gardening itself.  Maybe it has been because I have always had less than optimal conditions for gardening.  I live in the Granite State, and our prime crop is rock.  I can’t dig a hole without wrestling rocks.  And not just pebbles or small stones.  Some of these rocks are football size or larger.  Whatever the cause, gardening has been a less-than-fun experience for me. Continue reading