Sustainably Preserving the Harvest: Dehydrating, Off-Grid

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Whether living off-grid, growing your own, frequenting the farmer’s market, or hitting the supermarket; preserving the harvest is paramount to eating well and eating frugally. When we lived on-grid we had a small garden, made friends with plenty of great farmers, and picked peaches and various types of berries to fill our larder.

Now we’re the ones growing the food, slowly at least. We’re not growing enough to meet our needs year round yet but every once in a while a crop comes in from our own garden or from the gardens of our generous neighbors that needs preserving.

I’ve water bath canned tomatoes and fruit, frozen oodles of berries and vegetables, and even pressure canned green beans and a few whole (or half) animals. After all of that, though, I still come back to fermenting and dehydrating our produce for the health benefits as well as the sustainability.

Living off-grid with minimal solar power, I can’t run a big dehydrator. Thankfully, we’ve found another option that gets the job done and looks pretty cool hanging up in our kitchen. It’s called the Hanging Food Pantrie.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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A Closer Look: Greek Yogurt Maker

Greek Yogurt

“Wonderful product. Much nicer than a cheese cloth. Easy to use. Made wonderful yogurt!!!” -Debbie

Today we are going to take a closer look at the Cultures for Health Greek Yogurt Maker.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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A Closer Look: Fermented Vegetable Master (and Save 30%!)

Fermented Vegetables

“Good alternative to a traditional fermenting crock. Great size for those with small households.” -Holly

This week you can get the Fermented Vegetable Master for 30% Off!  Use coupon code FVM at checkout (expires 5/9/15).  So… today seemed like a good opportunity to take a closer look at the Fermented Vegetable Master.

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Shannon

Shannon is a mama to four small children, homesteader, freelance writer, and picture-taker. She lives with her husband on their off-grid homestead where they make and eat kefir, kombucha, sourdough, and fermented vegetables.

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Culturing in a Small Town

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Living near a city means I have the ability to pop in to any number of natural food stores. Within 20 minutes of my house I have Trader Joes, Whole Foods, 2 very large Asian markets, 2 large natural grocery stores and a handful of smaller natural food stores. I also have two farmer’s markets that continue all year and countless summer farmers markets. Obviously, obtaining a variety of organic, or even biodynamic, whole foods is no trouble.  Small towns on the other hand can be an entirely different story…. 

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Sarah

Sarah

I live in Oregon with my 4 kids. I hop between my kitchen and sewing room. As the daughter of a ranch-girl turned County Extension Agent, I really believe that with enough ingenuity and know-how, anything can be made. I try to keep some cultured vegetables and condiments on hand, as well as a robust supply of yogurt. What really excites me though is finding old ways of culturing foods from around the world and making it work in my life. “I wonder” is a phrase I utter a lot, and can make my kids nervous! I love to learn and share what I’ve discovered.

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