Tuesday, February 17, 2015

This is Why! part 6

Previous entries can be found HERE.

Thus far we’ve talked about how I use leftovers to help stock my pantry, how I shop to fill my pantry and how I use the great outdoors to help keep my pantry filled.  In this issue we’re heading into the kitchen and talk about how I fill my pantry through food preservation.

51.  I re-can store bought #10 cans of food.  I’ve re-canned tomato sauce, bbq sauce, hominy, and black olives, etc with great success.  I’ve found that prices are much cheaper when buying in #10 cans as opposed to smaller containers.

52.  I use a dehydrator and dry fruits, vegetables and herbs.

53.  I use a food chopper to grind dehydrated vegetables into vegetable powders.

54.  I use a food chopper to grind dehydrated fruits into fruit powders.

55.  I vacuum seal and fill my freezer with things such as fruits, vegetables, and meats to name a few.

56.  I pressure can meats, vegetables and nuts.

57.  I use the water bath method for fruits.

58.  I use a vacuum sealing machine to vacuum seal things for the freezer as well as some items that are shelf stable.

59.  I use a vacuum sealing machine along with jar attachments to preserve things such as tea bags, candy, some cereals, etc.

60.  I oven can lots of different things.  

61.  I dry can (pressure can) nutmeats.

61. I make sour kraut by using the method of fermenting.

62.  I make jams and jellies.

63. I make my own beef broth and pressure can it.

64.  I also make my own chicken broth and pressure can it.

65. I render lard using my crockpot.

66. I use a roaster to cook down sauces before canning.

Okay, I’ve shared with you how I use the different methods of food preservation to help fill my pantry, how about you?  What food preservation methods/tools do you use to preserve your food?

Your comments are what will make this series more helpful so please share your wisdom.

To see how I incorporate all these ways in my daily life, join me at A Working Pantry.

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Q & A: How Do You Earn Swagbucks?

 I’ve been asked by several people lately, who know that I earn Swagbucks to help buy groceries, how I do it.  So I thought I would pull together some tips and things that I do that help me meet my Swagbucks goal every day.  Yes, I have a Swagbucks goal and it is determined by what I want to earn each month.  I am by no means an expert so if you know of something not listed below please share.

I have SBTV Mobile on my phone … you can earn up to 36 points daily.  Make sure you’re phone is using wi-fi though.

Daily Poll … you can earn one point daily plus I take advantage of offers that pop up after answering the poll question. 

NOSO … you can earn 2 points daily on this.

Under the ‘Play’ tab I play a game called Swag Jump. It is very simple and doesn’t take a lot of time.  You can earn 2 points for every two times you play.  You can earn up to 10 points daily.

Under the ‘Watch’ tab you’ll find Swagbucks TV and for every 10 videos you watch you earn 3 Swagbucks.

I earn Swagbucks by referrals.  Every time someone joins Swagbucks through my link and earns their own Swagbucks, I earn a small percentage.  (A great big thank you to all who have done this!)

I print off coupons through Swagbucks and earn points when I use them.

I take survey’s.

I signed up for the Swagbucks mobile phone alert so I could get bonus swag codes.  They are time sensitive.

These are the things that I’m currently doing.  I’ve never used their ‘shop and earn’ feature and would be interested in hearing from anyone who has and what their experience has been. 

Anyone who can add anything to this list, please do so in the comments below!

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3/16/15 Update: 

Here are a five quick tips that have helped me with swagbucks:
(1) I set a purpose/goal for every dollar I earn in both swagbucks.  I literally go to Amazon and pick out an item I am working toward being able to buy and put it in my cart. Knowing what I'm working towards helps keep me motivated to keep on keeping on. My last swagbucks paid for purchase was a $30 jar of whey protein. My next swagbucks purchase I'm working toward is essential oils.
(2) Routine is crucial for me. I try to do the bulk of my swagbucks in the mornings before my day gets to hopping.
(3) If I'm having trouble meeting my goal I call in reinforcements ... my husband.
(4) Swagbucks sets a goal for me but I also have a goal I set for myself that depends on how fast I want to earn the points needed for the gift cards I'm wanting and ...
(5) I have to have the right mindset and realize that it’s work!
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