Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: Seasoning Mixes

Prepackaged seasoning mixes make meals tasty and predictable. I relied on them for years for tacos, stew, stir-fry, burritos etc. Besides having all the flavor enhancers in one flavor sealed envelope, there are instructions and recipes on the back. You can’t go wrong unless you are in the process of eliminating GM food from your diet. They almost all contain some form of corn and soy along with preservatives aplenty and MSG. Cooking from a recipe … Continue reading

Fodder Solutions Global Premiere Video

There is much helpful information in this video of an international Fodder Solutions conference. This is my third season sprouting grain for my sheep, rabbits, dairy goats and poultry and there is always something to learn. I’ve always sprouted livestock grain and have encountered problems with inconsistent germination, trash in the grain and mold. Through tweaking soaking and watering methods I’ve managed to overcome these obstacles yet wondered if I was getting peak production. Watching … Continue reading

Finding Alternatives to Genetically Modified Food: What about Non GMO Corn & Soy?

This is a tough question to answer. There are food companies that make the effort to source non GMO corn and soy for their products. Part of me wants to support their efforts to provide safe food. Another part wonders how long will these non GMO crops remain uncontaminated? Wind and insect pollinators don’t respect organic buffers. Do we know that the ingredients truly are pure? How frequently is analysis done to ascertain that all the soy … Continue reading

Cajeta (Mexican Caramel) – To Stir or Not to Stir…

Perhaps, this dilemma is not imbued with the despondent urgency as Hamlet’s original question. Still, for those of us who love the rich flavor of cajeta but find it hard to devote so much time to making it, the question opens up some possibilities. What happens if we refuse to stir? First Try – Lots of Stirring My first attempt at making cajeta involved a lot of stirring while reducing a gallon of milk over medium low heat. That … Continue reading

The Kid’s Sled to Chore Sled- A Back Saver

I always lament that time when winter is officially here and using the hose to water the livestock is no longer possible. There are few things harder on the old back then lugging water to various groups of animals and dragging the frozen buckets back to thaw. Then there’s hay and fodder to distribute. The whole process feels like it takes eons when you’re toting buckets and armloads of hay hither and yon. Practice might make the job … Continue reading