Manage Your Homestead’s Food Supply Successfully

A LOT of just harvested garlic bulbs!

How do you process all this garlic? Dry some, crush some! Click for more info about Lehman’s super garlic press.

When you grow and raise a lot of food, one of the tricks to making it pay is managing the inventory. That means record keeping, not always my favorite thing but necessary if I am going to avoid waste.

Last month we harvested our garlic and it was phenomenal. I harvested 15o heads. That might seem like a lot but we are garlic lovers and I need enough to eat and to save for seed for next year. The biggest bulbs were pulled out immediately. The temptation is to eat those but that would leave me inferior seed. I put those heads away to plant in this month, and dry the rest to use throughout the year.

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“Angelic” Dill Pickles Bring Sweet Memories

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When your cukes, garlic and dills are completely fresh, your pickles will be perfect! Click here to see a popular reference from Lehman’s!

I don’t make dill pickles anymore! I used to, for years. And when I did make them, many in my family like them and feel that the recipe I use is a great one.  But in the past few years, I have not made anymore.  Let me take you back to explain why, and share my pickle recipe with you.

In 2004, husband Norm and I bought our “forever home” in southwest Minnesota.  In October of 2005, we retired from Historic Murphy’s Landing in Shakopee, Minnesota, and moved down here.  Norm got a job and I stayed home, planning to start retirement in January.

On November 22, 2005, Norm fell and hurt his neck.  He had only been working for about 6 weeks, so had no insurance at work.  I took him to the VA in Sioux Falls, where they discovered that his neck was broken.  He spent a week in the hospital, getting a “halo” to hold his neck still so that it could heal, as surgery was not an option. Continue reading