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5 Comments

  1. Hi my name is Christin and I have a few questions. I love your dvd, both me and my sister have watched it several times. It actually made me more confident in using the pressure canner. Im very interested in the canning of meats, I saw how u did the hamburger and chicken but can i possibly season the hamburger meat before cooking it and then canning it? Can i also can thinks like cubed ham or sliced up pork loin? Also could i can turkey? I have a meat grinder that i use to make homemade cat food for my cats so if i ground up the pork and can it would that work?

    • Hi Christin,

      Yes, you can can ANY kind of meat! And yes, you can season it beforehand, like taco meat or sloppy joes. There are recipes online you can find. The only thing with the seasoning is, remember what I said in the DVD, spices will get stronger after the canning process, especially spicy stuff, so go easy. 🙂 Have fun!

  2. Hi there. I was just looking for some information on how to sprout soap berry trees and came across your website. The recent freeze in the Dallas area cause one of the Western Soap Berries in the park near my house to crash, and the berries are now easily reachable. I’m happy to send you some if you are still looking for them. In return, I’d appreciate any information you have on how to grow them, short of just banging them into some dirt and adding water. 🙂

    • Hi Polly Anna,

      A friend of mine actually sent some seeds to me. I’ve just recently stuck them in some soil. The shells are very hard, so you need to scarify them. I used sandpaper to scratch up the surface of the seeds well, and then I soaked them in warmish water for 24 hours. I now have them planted in seed starting mix. We’ll see if they sprout! From what I understand, it takes 10 years before they produce the berries! Also, you may need a male and a female to cross pollinate. So even if you get one to germinate, it isn’t a sure thing that you’ll get the desired soap nuts. I wish I could find somebody who sells the trees. I’d buy one!! Good luck 🙂

  3. Hi,
    Thank you for sharing your experiences. I would like to share an idea for improving your egg count in the winter. I live in a small town Northern Ontario (Canada) and it has dropped below – 20 and -30 before the windchill for half of December and January … I wrapped the chicken run with vapour barrier plastic with only about an inch exposed near the roof line. The run warms up considerably during the day and the hens have are have lots of light and no exposure to the wind. I do not heat or provide any artificial light in the coop. The younger hens are laying 6 days a week, and the older hens who are about 2 1/2 years old, lay at least 4 to 5 days a week. I also give them extra protein such as some scrambled eggs and oatmeal, and late afternoon treats such as scratch in addition to layers mash with warm water.
    Happy Homesteading, Lila

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