What does a homestead do during a blizzard?

We can! (of course!)

What are great things to can during the winter when there is no fresh produce?

I do meat of course.

Canned Chicken

Canned Chicken -ignore my hard water stains 

canned venison

canned venison

Meat is convenient to have canned all year round.  It takes a while in the pressure canner and keeps your house nice and toasty!

Of course soups have to be canned to the time of the longest item in them.  So a soup with meat also has a fairly  long processing time.

Soups I can include bean and ham, bean and sausage, chili, taco soup, and the chicken layered.

I can soups in both pints for Brian to take to work and quarts for quick lunches for us.




How I save money on canned beans

I think this is so interesting, I hope it helps you.  I have done this several times and it is convenient and frugal.

This is affectionately called Ben’s Beans after a person on a list on Facebook who shared his methodology.

this is for a pt. jar

1/4 C. tomato sauce

1/2 t. dried onion

1 t. chili powder

1 t. jalapenos (optional)

1/2 t. salt (optional)

1/2 t. cumin

1/4 t. black pepper

1/4 t. garlic powder

2/3 C. small red beans


Put beans in sterilized jar and add tomato sauce and spices. Add boiling water to leave an inch head space. Pressure can at 10 lbs. for 75 minutes for pints.

Here you go 🙂

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iphone download 003They are ready to go when you are ready for chili 🙂



Azure Standard

Azure  Standard Food order

I was recently asked what I ordered from Azure Standard and I thought you would find it interesting to see what we do every month.

Azure carries organic and transitional as well as bulk items.  Every month, we place our order by our route date and then about 5 days later, we drive to meet the truck at the “drop” site.   When we get there, we sort everybody’s orders out and I bring home the orders for my town – (the picture above is not all mine!)

What do I buy?

  • butter (Before I had a milking cow, I bought butter for the SAME price as the grocery store but I got yummy organic yellow butter.  Now, I have a cow and as I’m drowning in milk (see later post) I have lots of our own.
  • Potatoes  (organic potatoes at cheaper prices then my local store, we buy the 5*10lb bags and use them up or can them if they start going bad)
  • Almost always apples, apples to eat, apples to sauce, apples to can in plain syrup!
  • Bulk goods – beans, oats and wheat berries for sure!

Do you have an Azure Standard near you? What do you purchase?

Peaches! lots of peaches! and lots of helpers!

this is the lots part – 4 lugs of 25 lbs each…

this is just one post w/ helpers, we have lots of helpers!  at one point there were 7 of us working on the process.  One washed the peaches, we dunked them in hot water, put them into cold water, peeled them, sliced them, put them in a sugar syrup,  packed them and then ran them through the water bath.

and the result…

it was my frst time doing peaches and I followed the directions from pickyourown.com

We did 33 quarts 🙂  and had fun doing it. 

Wonder what is next!?