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Britesea - Living the good life in rural Oregon

Discussion in 'Member's "Self Sufficient Living" Journals' started by Britesea, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Sep 11, 2019
    frustratedearthmother

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    I have freeze dryer envy!
     
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    wyoDreamer

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    Me too! The kicker is that DH wants one also, but there are other things that we need before we spend that kind of money on a freeze dryer.
    A dump trailer is on top of that list, lol.

    So, I watch this thread and live vicariously, lol. It all sounds so interesting.
    Freeze dried pickles!?! the first thing I would make would be Freeze Dried Ice Cream Sandwiches!
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Yum!!
     
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    Britesea

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    You can definitely make those. Myself, freeze-dried ice cream is too sweet for me. I'm thinking of making yogurt drops though.
     
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    wyoDreamer

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    Ooo - yogurt drops sound so good! Have you made them before? If not, let us know how they are.
    DH went shopping the other day and bought a bunch of Yoplait yogurt because it was on sale. He likes it, so it was a good buy, but he was very dissapointed when I said that I can't eat that stuff anymore because it is too sweet for me. I have been eating the plain whole milk yogurt and adding fruit. Definately not a sweet treat.
     
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    I need to get busy and start making yogurt again. Years ago, had a yogurt maker with the cups that sat in the heat unit. Now, I use a cooler and warm water or a heating pad. My dehydrator has a temp setting for yogurt.
     
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    wyoDreamer

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    My Instant pot has a yogurt setting. I will need to get a gallon of whole milk to try my hand at making yogurt since I am almost out of the store bought stuff. It seems easy enough
     
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    When I used to make it, I used 2%, and added some instant milk powder to it.
     
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    Britesea

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    First I gotta get through all the garden produce that I'm freeze-drying-- bell peppers are next, and I think I have enough for 2 loads, with more on the plants. And serranos- I've got a quart size ziplock of them in the freezer, and that's just the bare beginning of the harvest on them. I hope the cold weather holds off a little longer; end of September is the average first frost date here.
    I got some garlic and shallots into the garden earlier this week, but there turned out to be room for some more garlic in the bed, so I'll be picking up some more from the feed store probable.

    The mice are trying to move into the house. We had a small fire in the oven which I was able to put out with a couple scoops of baking soda. When we opened up the bottom of the oven, which was where the flames were coming from, we found that a mouse had been stealing dog kibble and storing it in the oven. So now we have to make sure every speck of kibble is out of her bowl for the night-- we used to leave a cup or so of the dry stuff so Millie could nibble if she got the urge. I also went through the pantry and pulled out everything that wasn't in mouse-proof storage and started filling canning jars and tins, and some in buckets. Found some stuff that wasn't good for anything other than chicken food, but most of it was still intact. We've been setting out traps and have caught 3 now... the last one was a juvenile, so I'm hoping we are making inroads on the population. We threw some bait into the crawl space under the house, and from the smell when you open it now, we got at least one there, too.
     
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    I hate mice. With a vengeance. Nasty creatures! Inconsiderate, they are also: a nibble here and a nibble there, instead of eating the whole of ANYTHING. So, they destroy EVERYTHING.
     

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