What Can We Do About Genetically Modified Food?

The genetic modification of a few crops has had a far-reaching impact on the food lining our grocery store shelves. Here is a definition from The Non-GMO Project. “GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms,” are plants or animals that have been genetically engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. These experimental combinations of genes from different species cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding.” One of the main reasons for these … Continue reading

Freebie Friday

Free Calendar

Calendar Labs has a selection of printable templates. I was drawn to the style with lines along the side for long notes. I’d like to keep one in the barn to write down all the events & reminders to myself. It would be nice to have another just for gardening notes. Maybe another in the rabbitry to keep track of due dates etc.

Free Seeds

This is an intriguing offer from WinterSown.org. that will get you started on your garden in the dead of winter. I had good luck with this method.
Six Pack SASE ~ Six different sample-size packs will include annuals, perennials, and edibles like veggies, herb and tomato seed. Our choice of seeds but chosen with care so that what you receive will grown and thrive in your area. Your seeds come inside a brochure describing the Winter Sowing Method. This offer requires a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) with two first-class stamps. SASE offer is limited to residents of the USA. Non US residents may receive seeds by sending a check for $2.00 USD (US Dollars).”
“Your Choice Tomato SASE ~ You select the varieties you want from our list of tomato seed. This list is large, often near 150 varieties, but each has a description to help you choose. Your seeds come inside an instructional brochure for our easy tomato seed saving method.”

Free Online Book

An especially important reference as we head into flu & cold season. Various choices for viewing include: online, Kindle, PDF

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Herbal Remedies

 

 

Free Kindle Books for Special Interests

Things Mother Used to Make A Collection of Old Time Recipes, Some Nearly One Hundred Years Old and Never Published Before
Backyard Chickens The Beginner’s Guide to Raising & Caring for Chickens/The Backyard Chickens Breed Guide
Survival Guide for Beginners
Jump Start Your Gluten-Free Diet! Living with Celiac / Coeliac Disease & Gluten Intolerance (Let’s Eat Out with Celiac / Coeliac & Food Allergies!)
Grimm’s Fairy Tales
Home to Pebble Creek
40 Top Quinoa Recipes
Christmas at Pebble Creek

 
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Reusable Yogurt Cultures

One of my frustrations with homemade yogurt is that you can only use your yogurt a few times to start new batches. It seems to lose its ability to ferment the milk properly. Then it’s off to the store to buy fresh yogurt for starter or buy the freeze dried packages from a dairy supply. How did the people in ancient times replenish their supply? I wondered how authentic my yogurt really was.
Then I stumbled upon reusable yogurt cultures at Cultures for Health and learned there are different types of cultures. I’d been using direct set cultures that are good for a few times only. Reusable cultures can go on indefinitely. Now we’re talking. An heirloom culture is a third type that is reusable & has a distinctive flavor and consistency. Like an heirloom vegetable variety. I was intrigued.
I used their dandy chart to choose my culture. Bulgarian was my choice because it is reusable & the most popular culture in the world. I figured it must taste great.
It came with thorough instructions that even included some recipes. But, I failed to read the troubleshooting section that explained that temperatures above 112 could cause the culture to die. I was going to incubate the yogurt as I usually did on a heating pad inside a cooler. My programmable probe thermometer finally gave up the ghost after years of use, so I had no way to tell how warm it was inside the cooler. Seven hours later it appeared to have been too warm. I had a solid mass of yogurt in the middle of a lot of liquid.
I had to use my second packet of starter and begin again. This time I took a small styrofoam cooler & surrounded my starter jar with other jars filled with 110 degree water. I put the small cooler inside the larger cooler & filled the gaps with wool. Success!
вкусен кисело мляко! That’s Bulgarian for yummy yogurt. I might never have to buy another culture again to have the best tasting yogurt I’ve ever made. I should say I may never have to buy Bulgarian culture again. There are several others on that chart that I might want to try.
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Review of the Half Pint Homestead Fodder System

The practice of sprouting grain to feed farm animals is rapidly gaining followers. There are various reasons for this. Feeding fodder cuts down on the amount of hay consumed; I love having more barn space. Some feed hay free choice, but cut back on the amount of grain they feed. The yield on a pound of grain is 5-7# of fodder depending on your system & growing conditions. For me, it saves money. The best … Continue reading

Who Wants Free Books?

If you have a passion for reading, you’ll love this FREE Kindle book all about getting no cost books, magazines & newspapers. The name of this prize?

Kindle Buffet: Find and download the best free books, magazines and newspapers for your Kindle, iPhone, iPad or Android

No Kindle? No problem! I don’t have one either, but use a free app that lets me read Kindle books on my computer. Not as cozy & convenient as the real thing, but FREE.

Kindle For PC

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