Will made his last trip over the creek; it’s flowing under the ice bridge — 5 Comments

  1. That’s a nice big pile of wood. It’s all dry and ready for next winter. Except for the splitting and stacking. It’s also nice to see someone else still using a splitting maul. I bust my wood every year by hand and if I get a tough one I pull out the wedge and if that doesn’t work I fire up my 290 Stihl Farm Boss and it will finish even the toughest jobs. I’m happy for you guys having all your wood cut for next winter.

  2. One other thing with “food grade” buckets… It is my understanding that the color makes it non-food grade. That said, the biggest issue with a bucket being food-grade or not is the potential for bacterial contamination. Mostly, that is an issue with liquids or wet foods. The reason those bakery buckets are sold so cheaply is because plastic buckets are only food grade for the first use. As soon as the food is added and removed, there is no way to ensure a scratch-free surface. Scratches cannot be cleaned safely enough for a manufacturer to reuse the bucket, hence you get a great deal for storing dry ingredients which is perfectly safe.

  3. Nothing says spring like bright green shoots poking themselves up out of soil…..Those are some happy looking pepper plants !

    Looks like Will will be chopping wood for quite a while…..

  4. RE: Canners

    When shopping for a pressure canner, make sure you know how much clearance you have over the top of your range. We borrowed a large older version from a neighbor to put up a bunch of stuff, and discovered that the microwave built onto the top of our range would interfere with the pressure gauge and handle on the canner lid, and also prevented easily removing the canner lid and handling the jars in/out of the canner.

    Plan ahead, eh? Watch those range hoods.

  5. Regarding Home Depot buckets: I called the manufacturer of the Home Depot buckets a couple years ago, and they told me they cannot recommend them for food use due to the possibility of contamination from the release agents (used so the plastic doesn’t stick to the mold when it’s formed). The situation may have changed, but I would call again before using them to put in direct contact with your food (I looked them up on the internet using the name/address on the bottom of the bucket). Now, using a sealed mylar liner eliminates any contact with the bucket, so you could go that route. Then, when you are ready to use that stored food, you could open a storage bucket, remove the sealed liner, and transfer the contents to a food-safe container.