Okay. I've lived in the country all of my life. (Except those three years in Minneapolis, temporary insanity.) I have always had a garden, usually quite a few animals and my parents were into sustainability, when sustainability wasn't cool. In all of my years of experience (that's a lot), I've never butchered anything! I've helped, but never done it. A dear friend, who can do just about anything homestead like, came over on Friday with her two children and we proceeded to butcher our turkeys and chickens. Now this may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but it was hurdle I needed to get over if I really wanted to wisely use all of the resources God has given us. No more senior center for chickens. My son and I can now take care of this. We had fresh turkey, home grown mashed potatoes and tomatoes, and peas for dinner yesterday. The turkey was great! Now if our cow was milking, I could have claimed fresh milk for the meal.
We had a Buff hatch out 14 chicks on Friday. I told her it was a little late, but she paid me no never mind and did it anyways. We have one more hen that's not listening to reason, and should hatch hers out in a week or so.
Today-I carted up 1/2 bushel of ripe tomatoes from the basement and I think I'll do ketchup with them this time. We're out.
I find so much help on this site. I found a recipe for apple cider vinegar using just the peels and cores http://www.solarfamilyfarm.com/ I made this and it worked! I made two gallons to use as hair rinse, mostly.
Another thing I found on homestead blogger, how to make yeast , or make it last longer.
1 cup flour
1 cup water
1/16 t. yeast
Put together, let set for five hours and you have enough starter to make a loaf of bread. Decrease the amount of liquid and flour in your recipe by the amount in your starter.
This saves big time on yeast.
Well, this has been a long post. Best stop now, I must be in a talkative mood.