Q and A: Storing homemade pasta, canning pickled eggs, and a day in the life of Jackie — 7 Comments

  1. Mr. Wright,

    Sorry but you can’t “can” in Seal-A-Meals. I know that glass canning jars aren’t the handiest in a camping situation but food canned in them is safe and lasts for decades. You might consider dehydrating a bunch of food to use in place of MREs. You can do veggies, fruit, jerky and other meats making them lightweight and easy to re-hydrate.
    Sure you can stop by. Just e-mail me through the magazine ( and I’ll e-mail you our phone number so we can make arrangements to be sure we’ll be home.

  2. Good morning!! As I am not on the internet too often anymore, I miss a lot of good things from Jackie and crew… so when I do get a chance, I hurry onto “Ask Jackie” to check up on everyone :) I really hope you are feeling better!! How timely to find Deb’s post about To Do lists. I’ve been frustrated with my lists too, due to a combination of lack of funds (deer fencing?? Deck?? Gravel for the driveway?? (OK, I do know which of these is a priority)) and lack of time/energy (there are only so many rocks one can pick out of the garden each day!). But I am having fun on my little farm, and am REALLY looking forward to seeing everyone at the seminar in August. And every day, I look at the poster I made of a picture from last year’s Homesteading Seminar and ask “WWJD?” (Translation: What Would Jackie Do??) and that sets the tone for the coming day. I can hardly wait until August.

  3. Hi Jackie;

    LOVE your writing; you remind me of my neighbor when I was growing up. She was quite the cook, homemaker and farm wife!

    I would like your opinion on the ‘Seal-A-Meal’ vacuum sealed bags and ‘canning’ them. As ex-military I like the idea of homemade MREs and this way they are not fragile like Glass is.

    I own some land in ‘Permit County’, um I mean Lake County, not too far from you, and was wondering if I might stop by sometime when I am up north.

    Thanks for all the great ideas and stimulating writing.


  4. Cindy,
    I’m glad to hear you’re making the adjustment of not having help around the homestead this year. I know it’s hard. We never get all we want to do in a day. In the summer we get longer days but we also lengthen our lists!!! You just need to take that list less seriously and when you finish one thing, congratulate yourself. When you don’t get all done, laugh and tell yourself your list was just too long.

    The beavers have quit snickering and are back to business. When my knee gets a bit better, I’ll go have a chat with them and see what they say about this summer.

  5. I too make ‘to do’ lists each morning that has enough chores on it to last a week! Am trying to be more realistic about that. What helps me out more than anything is to take that master list and break it down into mini lists. As in, anything that needs done outside, I make that mini list in an order that I can just make a round and get it all done. No back-tracking. Makes life much easier, no forgetting what I wanted to do, then remembering it later and have to go back out to finish up. For me it’s time to slow down. Am 58 and farmed all my life. It’s a hard job that is very rewarding. Am looking forward to a slower pace and doing some things I enjoy. The comment before says she does some of those things each day and maybe even FIRST!! Gonna give that a try. lol Bless all the readers out there as they make their way in this hectic world. As Abraham Lincoln said ‘it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years’. For me there’s nothing that compares to the country life.

  6. Thank you Deborah and Jackie for addressing the issue of not finishing our to do lists. My husband has had a big change in his health this year so we are “missing” one person to do many things on our place. It is a HUGE adjustment. But I am learning that you can make the list but don’t expect it to get done in a day. It is there to guide me in what needs doing not to live by. Jackie, your book “Starting Over” is also an encouragement to me during this time of “adjustment”. My goal is to downsize and pick out what we really need to have on our homestead. Food is always first and firewood etc. Thank you again for your encouraging words. By the way, did those beavers ever stop laughing and finally appear in the world again after the long winter? They aren’t telling us heat and drought again like last summer I hope!! (chuckle)

  7. My to do list is always way too long, but one thing I have learned is that some of my “must get dones” are self imposed and that I can choose not to do them. Another important thing I have learned about myself is that I am much happier in life if I do at least some of my “want to do” tasks even if they aren’t the most critical. Sometimes I even do them first, like eating dessert first.