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Monday, June 26, 2017

The Ways of My Household ... 6/26/2017

We were involved with Vacation Bible School this past week which left very little time until after Wednesday to do anything.  Then, I was so exhausted on Thursday that I didn’t feel like doing anything … so, it was one of those weeks were nothing much was done to build up my pantry except …

I had some tomatoes in the refrigerator that we had gotten on mark down the last time we went grocery shopping so I sliced and dehydrated them.  I made tomato powder out of them.
I also peeled and chopped some apples we had gotten on clearance during the same shopping trip.  I dehydrated the apples and started a batch of apple cider vinegar with the peelings and cores.  Learning how to make apple cider vinegar has been on my ‘to-do’ for quite some time and since I had these apple peelings and cores, now seemed like the right time.  I’m using this method to make the apple cider vinegar.  I looked at several and this one seemed to me to be the most concise and easy to understand in its directions … of the ones I looked at.  I’ll keep you updated on how this goes!  What will I do with the dehydrated chopped apples?  I’ll use them in baking and cooking, of course!  I might even grind some up into powder to go in smoothies!  Clearanced or marked-down fruit can be used to help build up our pantries … waste not, want not!  

We’ve been enjoying squash from our garden as well as giving it away.  I did fill up a couple of trays in the dehydrator with some I chopped using my handy dandy chopper and dried it.  I'll use this to drop in soups this winter.  

We harvested our first okra this week too.  It wasn't enough for a meal so I sliced it and added it to the dehydrator.  I'd like to add several jars of dehydrated okra to my pantry this year.

It was time to strain up a batch of cider fire so I got that done.  I have one more batch to strain up and then we should have enough to see us through the rest of the year.   

I noticed that 3 of my husband’s work t-shirts were getting pretty stained when doing laundry so, after they were clean I cut them up into cleaning size rags.  I plan to make a quick stitch around the outside edges and then call them done. I call this 'repurposing!'

I downloaded 4 free e-books from Amazon this week.  This one and this one were on camp cooking, one on fermenting foods and the other one is a 'just for fun' reading Amish book.  

That’s it!  A slow week considering we’re in the middle of preserving season in our area, but some is better than none!

What did you do to build up your pantry or live frugally last week?

patsi
She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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6 comments:

  1. Wow! Doesn't sound like a slow week to me! Thank you for the free book links and the cider vinegar recipe. That is something I would like to try.

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    1. Angela, you are welcome! I'm watching my cider vinegar project carefully and will report in each week with how it's going. I sure hope I can do this!

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  2. Hi Patsy, it's nice to see posts from you again❤️
    I have worked VBS many summers and it's lots of fun but also very tiring.
    I use old clothing and towels for rags too. My son bought new towels and gave me all his old ones to make into rags, a big laundry bag full 😍

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    1. Thank you Rhonda, it's good to be back to blogging. I missed it while I was away but it was necessary for me to be away for a season. You were blessed to receive that big laundry bag of 'future rags!!!' Love it!

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  3. Patsy I made Fire Cider for the first time this year and it was ready just in time for my son's first lurgy of the season now that we are in winter. My horseradish wasn't ready to use so I had to substitute with other herbs. Oops...I just got distracted while writing this as there about ten cockatoos flying around outside the window making a racket. They are very noisy.

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    1. Nanna Chel, Fire Cider has been a staple in our medicinal pantry ever since I discovered it several years ago. I hope I don't ever have to be without it! Cookatoos ... I bet they are beautiful!

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