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You can bake breads in wide mouthed fruit jars and seal them and if you can keep them long enough I know they will stay good for at leas six months because I have done it. Have to be careful when taking it out but it is good.

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Dr Andrew Weil's tips for good grocery shopping: Bang for Your Grocery Buck
Want to help stretch your food budget? There are plenty of economical sources of food that also provide key nutrients. Next time you go the grocery stock up on red kidney beans, frozen raspberries and prunes for cost-effective antioxidant sources; canned sockeye salmon, canned sardines and walnuts for your omega-3s; cottage cheese, canned tuna, tofu and quinoa for low-cost sources of protein; and bulgur wheat, barley and legumes for fiber.



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Vacuum Packing and Nitrogen Packing Foods

Learn how to safely remove oxygen from food storage containers.

Free oxygen is a major culprit in food spoilage. When food browns, its components join with oxygen, or "oxidize," much as iron does when it rusts. Oxygen is also necessary for molds, yeast and aerobic bacteria to survive and wreak their damage. You needn't worry with canned foods that have been properly heat/vacuum-packed. But lacking such in-container heat-treatment, even if a sterile product is vacuum-packed in sterile containers, the small amount of air that accompanies it will contain oxygen and may not have been heated sufficiently to kill spores that have been faithfully killed on container and in product.

You can purchase vacuum-baggers in many catalogs, off the Internet and from TV advertorials. They cost $100 or more. The one I have uses a handheld pump to evacuate air from both plastic freezer bags and special vacuum canisters. Others suck out the air, then heat-seal the bag.
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These things are best for fresh or freshly opened foods that you want to keep fresh in a refrigerator or for dry foods such as chips that you want to stay crisp. Lettuce will keep for weeks in an evacuated bag, cheese for months, Tostitos for all eternity.

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Handy Canning Resources

Have a smart phone or ipad? Download the free MOTHER EARTH NEWS How to Can App via Apple or Android. Our easy-to-use app takes the mystery out of both water bath and pressure canning with straightforward charts and instructions. The app will also get you set up with enough delicious, nutritious recipes to fill your pantry shelves with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables.

Consult the National Center for Home Food Preservation for more tested-and-approved canning recipes, plus official United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) safety and how-to information.

Your local cooperative extension agency may offer canning classes taught by certified food preservation instructors, and will certainly have other useful canning resources, to boot. Find the cooperative extension office nearest you by clicking on your state on this map.

If you think you might like canning with other folks, check PickYourOwn.org for a list of state-by-state community canning kitchens that make the work of canning easier and more fun by bringing motivated canners together.

Here are some good canning books:

Well-Preserved: Recipes and Techniques for Putting Up Small Batches of Seasonal Foods by Eugenia Bone is the book for gourmand canners who care more about stocking your pantry with variety than quantity and for urban canners who think it’s cool to have a larder in Soho.

Put ‘Em Up! A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook by Sherri Brooks Vinton is an inspiring resource for new canners and for folks who like to have pretty pictures along with exceptionally interesting recipes.

The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest: 150 Recipes for Freezing, Canning, Drying, and Pickling Fruits and Vegetables by Carol W. Costenbader is for you if you’re looking for a comprehensive canning guide with straightforward, easy-to-understand instructions.

The Joy of Pickling: 250 Flavor-Packed Recipes for All Kinds of Produce from Garden or Market by Linda Ziedrich will delight anyone who loves exploring history and culinary traditions. Of course, pickle love is a must!




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When making catsup, pour off the watery liquid on top of tomatoes after running through sieve. Your catsup will have a bright red appearance and cooking time will be cut in half.

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You are right on the money Joy ! emoticon

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Here's a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home.

Tree fruits - including apples

1. Apples can be grown in a container; you can also grow them on the balcony or other small space using a technique called espaliering.

2. Kumquats

3. Avocados (plenty of extra tips online if you search)

4. Blackberries

5. Blueberries (sometimes helpful videos are available online)

6. Pomegranate

7. Cherries

8. Figs

9. Pears
Citrus fruits

Citrus trees in particular are said to be good for beginning gardeners and are easy to grow indoors, so don't let inexperience or lack of outdoor space stop you from enjoying fresh-picked, hyper-local fruit.

10. Dwarf oranges

11. Grapefruit

12. Tangerines

13. Meyer lemons

14. Limes
Tropical fruits

Tropical fruits can also be surprisingly easy to grow indoors, even in non-tropical climates. Such as...

15. Bananas (look for container gardening tips online)

16. Pineapple

17. Papaya

18. Guavas (several varieties)
The real surprises

19. Hops—yes, as in the "spice" ingredient in beer. Turns out they're easy to grow!

20. Aloe Vera

21. Strawberries

22. Tea (well, herbal tea)

23. Quinoa!
The non-surprises

24. Tomatoes

25. Summer squash

26. Other squashes, like acorn and pumpkin

27. Hot Peppers

28. Sweet peppers

29. Cucumbers
Melons

30. Small cantaloupe

31. Jenny Lind melon (an heirloom cantaloupe)

32. Golden Midget Watermelon
Herbs

Just about any herb grows well indoors—just be sure that if you're going to do any container-sharing, you do your research first about which herbs co-habitate well together. (Some will hog water, for example, and leave the others dried out.)

33. Basil

34. Oregano

35. Parsley

36. Rosemary

37. Chives

38. Catnip

39. Thyme

40. Sage

41. Parsley
Leafy Greens

42. Kale

43. Mesclun greens

44. Spinach

45. Swiss chard

46. Lettuces (plenty of options there, from micro-greens to head or loose-leaf)

47. Mustard greens

48. Collard greens

49. Arugula
Root Vegetables

50. Carrots

51. Beets

52. Potatoes
Other healthy-sounding stuff

53. Sprouts

54. More sprouts: mung bean and lentil sprouts

55. Wheatgrass

56. Kohlrabi

57. Turnips

58. Rutabagas

59. Celeriac

60. Parsnips

61. Jerusalem Artichoke

62. Sugar snap peas

63. Rhubarb (not ideal in a container, but it can work)

64. Mushrooms (again, more tips online if you look)

65. Pole Beans

66. Aaaand... asparagus, although some disagree that it does well in a container. Try it if you're ok with a risk!

Bonus 67: You can grow your own loofah, too, but you'd need a garden rather than a container for that.

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Is your hair dull with no shine? Well then try adding some fresh squeezed lemon to your hair when you are done with the conditioner. and then rinse again. works great and smells good too !

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Sounds like a great time!

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Invite friends over instead of going out. Almost every activity at home is less expensive than going out. Invite some friends over and have a cookout or a potluck meal, then play some cards. Everyone will have fun, the cost will be low, and the others will likely reciprocate not long afterwards.

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Thanks Rose!

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Please do not forget to put at least 4gal's of water in your car ! 2 for drinking and 2 just in case of care trouble ! Always be prepared !

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I have a first aid kit in my car, a candle and matches, a warm blanket, extra coat, gloves, and socks. Plus kitty litter and a shovel. Living where I do, the winters can be dangerous with white outs and road closings. .

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I always keep $1.00 tucked away in my wallet that way in case of an emergency, I am not without money ! What if you ran out of gas or you needed to make a phone call and you did not have your cell phone with you? Then you would know that you could get enough gas to get home or you could make a phone call because you would have that dollar tucked away in your wallet ! Now , if you have to use that dollar, remember you need to replace it !


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Please share a tip of any kind with us !

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