Q and A: canning ground venison, storing apples, and homestead advice — 5 Comments

  1. hello from australia where its summer right now. i love your blog , im learning so much from you and i love to hear about your farm.
    cheers for now

  2. I got a couple of seed catalogs in the mail last week. What really caught my eye, was the ability to grow nine stalks of corn in a 24 inch pot, on the porch. It may not be heirloom, but if you live in a condo or apartment, just think, nine stalks of corn, with 2 to 3 ears per stalk, if the magazine is correct. That’s 18 to 27 ears of corn in the smallest plot of land I can think of. I want to buy some, just for the conversation it will cause, as much as the idea of sweet summer corn coming my way.

  3. Ruth Ann,

    I use Tattler re-usable canning lids and they work every bit as well as do the Kerr and Ball two piece single-use lids. What a great idea!!!


  4. Kathleen, you are for sure not alone in your concerns and struggles. My vehicle stays at home as much as possible – Jackie once wrote that every mile you drive brings you a mile closer to an expensive repair. If you are living in your own home, make it super energy efficient with insulation and caulk. I don’t have animals but I do have land to grow food. Where I live a tiny 8 to 10 ounce bag of frozen organic fruit or vegetables costs $4-5. My freezer has bags and bags of my home grown organic vegetables and fruit. If you have any land at all, grow food. Even in a tiny space you can harvest onions, potatoes, garlic, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, peppers and strawberries. Many crops can grow up if you don’t have enough ground space. If you have a lawn, dig it up and plant food. A rhubarb plant with leeks or onions around it in clumps is just as attractive in a landscape as an ornamental bush. If you are in an apartment find your local community garden and rent a space, or look for an elderly neighbor who can no longer garden but who would let you use their land for a share of the food. Your church might be a good place to start looking for someone like that. And your church might have land where gardens could be started, but no one ever thought of it. Make everything you can – a tiny loaf of good organic bread is over $5 where I live. Check out Artisan Bread in 10 Minutes a Day on the Internet and also all the homemade mixes that Backwoods Home has published. I use Linda Gabris’ biscuit mix for a lot more than biscuits. Beans and brown rice and vegetables with cheese melted on top make a really satisfying dinner or lunch, especially if you grew the vegetables. Find a used cookbook from the Depression days or from WWII when everything was rationed – there are so many ways to provide healthful satisfying meals that we’ve forgotten or never knew. Dorothy Ainsworth wrote an article for Backwoods Home on eating on a budget, and she pointed out that eggs are a super inexpensive source of protein. Backwoods Home has so much useful information for you! Jackie really nailed it when she said that saving is one of the best ways to earn extra cash. This is sure the time for extra thought about mindful living.

  5. We are also concerned about our economy and other things that are happening in our country and I think it is a good idea to get prepared for some hard times. It is better to be prepared than not and wished you were. I also garden and can but not enough to be independent. I am expanding my garden this summer. I am in a “I don’t want to can mood” but I need to get out of it and get canning again. I’s rather knit this time of year. I have learned a lot from your book on canning and your blog. What is your recommendation about the reusable tatter lids – have you found them to work as well as the non reusable ones?