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Pin ItThe Damsel has a lovely bramble of a marjoram plant at her Cottage by the Mountains.   It’s  . . . well . . . large. Marjoram is one of the Damsel’s favorite herbs, so she wanted to go Old School and dry some for the dead of winter–when the marjoram bush will be […]

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how to freeze eggs

Pin ItWe freeze all sorts of things to keep them for later. Why don’t people know that we can freeze eggs too? (eggs courtesy of the Damsel’s Freerange Flightless Female Flock.) It’s okay. You can do it. It’s not illegal. The knowledge of this secret can now sweep the earth. Now, calmly realize you aren’t […]

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Pin ItDid you hear about the food poisoning outbreak in Europe? Awful! Lots of people got sick, some even died. They eventually traced the source of the e. coli bacteria to sprouts grown on an organic farm. Does this mean we should avoid organic food? Absolutely not. The fact that the sprouts were grown organically […]

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making herb vinegars

Pin ItAh! This is the Damsel’s kind of project. Easy, quick, big payoff. Making herbal vinegar is as easy as kindergarten. It’s up to you which kind of herbs to use. What herbs do you love? Start there. The Damsel loves sage, and has a boatload of it, so there you have it. Take fresh, […]

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drying tomatoes, revisted

Pin ItWay back last year, the Damsel posted about Making Your Own “Sun-Dried” Tomatoes. She’d dried tomatoes sort of half-heartedly before that, and didn’t know how much she’d use them. (Click the link for directions) A year later, she’s here to tell you she LOVES this method now. She used the dried tomatoes all year […]

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home canning–a jarful of websites

Pin It The Damsel was just sent this list of 50 websites with canning information. She found the list to be quite thorough. There’s even a website for canning squirrel, because it’s important to do it correctly. After all, you can’t take up your WHOLE freezer with squirrel, so you’ll need to can some. **wink […]

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canning apricots–chapter review

Pin ItIt is the Damsel’s wish that you know how to preserve food. It’s one of the basic skills of becoming more self-reliant. When you put stuff in glass jars and seal it, it’s called “canning” or “bottling” or “putting up.” And the easiest thing to “put up,” in the Damsel’s humble opinion, is apricots. […]

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make your own pectin

Pin ItGet ready for a SERIOUSLY old-school skill. When you make jam or jelly, you need something to make it jell. Most folks use commercial pectin–a product extracted from fruit–usually powdered (although liquid pectin is available). But. BUT. What if it was doomsday and there was no pectin in the stores? WHAT WOULD WE DO????? […]

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freezing raspberries

Pin ItFreezing raspberries is as easy as kindergarten. The Damsel would like to gently insist that you flash freeze your raspberry treasure. Do it this way: 1. Wash the berries. This means put them into a strainer and rinse well with cold water. 2. Let them drain a bit. 3. Spread them out in a […]

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making grape juice

Pin ItThere’s been a whole lotta grape pickin’ going on at the Damsel’s place. This is a funny picture, because it looks like the Damsel is tightly clutching a bunch of grapes, about to yank them off the vine. That would be a silly way to pick grapes because of smashage and droppage. Rather, she […]

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