Sunday, October 25, 2015

Pantry Challenge #43 ... 2015

I can sum up this week in two words:  sweet potatoes!  We gleaned approximately 25 bushels this week from neighboring fields.  Some were for us and some were for friends and neighbors. It’s okay with me if I don’t glean any more this year!!!!

So, did I get anything done in my pantry?

Let’s see …

My to-do list from last week:

Can sweet potatoes … Didn’t get done!

Plant garlic … I got this half done … can you believe it????  I planted 1 huge tractor tire raised bed full of garlic … I planted 67 cloves in this one bed!  I have one more tractor tire raised bed to plant then I can officially say I’m done planting garlic for the year!!!

Start canning pinto beans … Yep, I finally got started!  I added 14 quarts of pinto beans to my pantry.

In addition:

We gleaned sweet  potatoes 2 days this week.   I will be canning some as soon as they are cured, storing some for use over the next couple of months and giving the rest away.

I harvested cilantro from my herb tower and set it to dry on a window seal.

I made a quart of garlic oil.  This is so simple … simply fill a jar 1/4 full with peeled garlic cloves then fill jar up to neck with olive oil.  Keep it in the refrigerator and begin using it after a couple of weeks.  I use this in cooking and for treating earaches.

I took some leftover soap slivers, grated them up, put them in a jar and added boiling water.  I stirred them up really well and watched as the soap melted.   I will continue to add soap slivers as they become available and add water as needed.  This will give me an ongoing supply of liquid soap without having to buy it!

I used the Amazon gift cards I earned through Swagbucks to help pay for A Cabin Full of Food by Marie Beausoleil (affiliate link)  … it made it affordable for me.

I have to tell you that I am really enjoying my homemade thrift store tablecloth turned hand towels.  They are so absorbent!  The next time I make some, and I will, I’ll make some, but not all, a bit larger than I did this time to use for those larger drying jobs.

My husband wrenched his back this week so I whipped out my castor oil pack along with the heating pad and applied it to his back.  After a couple of sessions doing this, his back was better.   The next morning, we continued the treatment and by mid afternoon he was much better and the ‘wrench’ was out of his back.   He was sore from the pain he had been experiencing and everything having been out of alignment but the pain was gone!  I am a firm believer in castor oil packs!

I ran out of turmeric capsules and had to make some more this week.

Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:

Start canning sweet potatoes
Plant garlic
Continue canning pinto beans

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

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