Category Archives: Preserving

Root Cellar Upgrade

Over the years, we’ve had several root cellars.  We had a small refrigerator that we buried under the deck.  There was the small earth covered root cellar out by the old garden.  Then finally the root cellar in the Southeast … Continue reading

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Maple Syruping

Yesterday (3/8/14) we finished tapping.   We’ve got 45 buckets on over 50 taps.  Now we just have to wait until the weather cooperates.  Today was a perfect sap running day- sunny with temps in the 40’s, but it’s going … Continue reading

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Vinegar

With vinegar you want acetic acid bacteria and thus want an aerobic environment; so we filled a five gallon bucket with raw freshly pressed juice, covered it with row tunnel cloth (to keep the flies out), and put it in … Continue reading

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Hard Cider

After pressing apples we had to decide what to do with all the cider. We froze a bunch in ziplock bags. That didn’t work out so well as my wife did not realize they weren’t freezer bags, and they leaked … Continue reading

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Drying Time

Drying is a great option as a preservation method.  Canning is labor and energy intensive.  Freezing is energy intensive as well as a concern if the power goes out.  The downside of drying is that you don’t always get a … Continue reading

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