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?

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

My other blog:  She Hath Done What She Could

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