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Putting Up! (Ways To Make The Harvest Last)

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If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we call Kylo. It’s a slow-and-steady-wins-the-race kind of thing.  We got a huge garden in this year and are gradually adding our animals. What blows me away is how wonderful the soil is here. I’ve been gardening in California for years and it is definitely an uphill battle–what with the water issues, intense heat, clay-like soil.  But here, it has been much easier and much more delightful to garden. Stuff actually grows here without so many tears.  The downside is that in Southern California I gardened year around. Here, you have 90-120 days. So, you better be movin’!

Today I sat down at my computer and my ten year old son walked by and said, “Whatcha doing?”  I replied, “Ordering a few things online.” He said, “Let me guess. Canning supplies.” #dontjudgeme Read More

Putting Up

{This post contains affiliate links. Clicking on or purchasing through an affiliate link costs you nothing, but lets you support this blog and the families who write it and love it.} ________________________________ If you follow this blog, you know that I (Daja) have moved from Southern California to Maine.  We have a little farm we […]

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Answering Your Questions: Ordering food in bulk from Azure Standard

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Q. I’d love to see exactly what you order from Azure on a regular basis.  The catalog is too overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.

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Q. I’d love to see exactly what you order from Azure on a regular basis.  The catalog is too overwhelming and I’m not sure where to start.

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Buying A Freezer

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Last year around this time my rocket scientist hubby helped us out with a great post on on how to buy a generator.  This year we thought we would give you some information on purchasing a freezer.  After all, one of the primary goals we set for ourselves each month is to make a double batch of dinner twice per week for the freezer.  I for one, am quickly running out of freezer space!!  We currently have a chest freezer in the garage.  It is 5.1 cubic feet and for a family of four the storage is getting tight.  Daja has an upright freezer that is 20.6 cubic feet and she has plenty of room even for her soon-to-be family of ten.

Freezer Types:

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Upright freezers are better for organizing your food.  With shelves and drawers all the food is easily seen making it less likely you will lose forget items.  They don’t hold constant temperature as well as chest freezers especially on the door shelves.  Also, it’s important to know whether you are buying a manual or self-defrosting model.  Manual models are quieter and can be packed much more densely because they do not have the fans needed for circulating air like the self-defrosting models.

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Chest freezers are just that, chests, large open compartments where organization is more difficult.  Some do come with baskets to help hold your smaller items.  Chest freezers are generally better at keeping the cold air in because the door opens from the top and will keep your food longer in the event of a power outage.  Also, most reviews agree that chest freezers cause less freezer burn.  Most if not all chest freezers are manual defrost.  (Note:  Don’t be afraid of some frost build up.  As long as there isn’t so much that it’s cutting down on your storage space it’s fine.  And, if there is a power outage the extra ice in there will help keep the food cold longer.)

Things you want to consider when purchasing a freezer.

1.  Freezer capacities come in a wide range; compact (3-5 cubic feet,) small (6-9 cubic feet,) medium (10-18 cubic feet,) and large (19+ cubic feet.)  You will want to choose the best size for your usage and size of your family.  Daja shared that her freezer is full now but large enough for her day-to-day needs.  If she wanted to invest in a side of beef she would need an extra freezer just for storing that.  My compact freezer is very small, probably the same size as my refrigerator freezer so I have to keep more things (flour and various grains) in dry storage than I would like.

2.  Where will it be located?  Either inside your home or in a garage you will want to measure the area.  The location will probably dictate whether you can fit a chest or upright freezer.  Don’t forget to take into account the space required for the door to open.  Also, make sure you measure the door where you will be bringing the freezer into your home.  Nothing like having the freezer delivered and then can’t fit it through the door!

3.   Energy savings!  This is a very important category.  Unfortunately, the information on the “yellow” tag at the store isn’t always very accurate.  I would highly recommend purchasing a consumer report on freezers before you buy.  That being said there are few things you can do to help your freezer be more energy efficient.  First, if it is in the garage try to place it on an interior/shared wall with the inside of the house and farther away from the garage door itself.  This will help decrease temperature fluctuations.  Secondly, an empty freezer takes more energy to run.  If you are slowly building your food stores, try keeping water filled milk jugs inside the freezer until you have more food.  Third, defrost and clean your freezer if there is a large build up of frost.  Unfortunately large amounts of ice build up do decrease the freezers efficiency.

After you have purchased your freezer, make sure you download our helpful organizing tools.  After you go through the effort of cooking and storing food the last thing you want to do is forget about it!

Disclaimer:  I used pictures directly from the Best Buy website and have included the links to the items.  We are not affiliated with Best Buy and do not endorse these particular products specifically.

(Linked to Fight Back FridaySimply Natural Saturdays, Manic Monday and Frugally Sustainable.)

Last year around this time my rocket scientist hubby helped us out with a great post on on how to buy a generator.  This year we thought we would give you some information on purchasing a freezer.  After all, one of the primary goals we set for ourselves each month is to make a double […]

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Answering Your Questions: Storing Onions

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After reading this post, reader Sheri had this question:

Q. I need to get the onions out. Hey, a question about onions. If the onions collect the bacteria, where should you store onions that you want to use for cooking? Also, once onions are cut, should you just toss the leftover piece? I’ve heard it goes bad once cut. Read More

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After reading this post, reader Sheri had this question: Q. I need to get the onions out. Hey, a question about onions. If the onions collect the bacteria, where should you store onions that you want to use for cooking? Also, once onions are cut, should you just toss the leftover piece? I’ve heard it […]

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72-Hour Kit Challenge

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Welcome back to our Big Girl 72-Hour Kit Challenge!

Last week we challenged you to plan out your 72-Hour Food Kits.  These are the kits we all should have neatly stored away for the first three days of an emergency.  If you have been following along with Daja and me, we have spent the last year increasing our food stores through freezing extra meals, buying in bulk and putting up foods by canning.  These are all great, and perfect for the unexpected job loss, illness or food shortage, but what if you suddenly had an earthquake and your house was no longer stable, or God-forbid there was another attack on American soil but this time in your city and you had to evacuate immediately?  This is when these little kits would be absolutely priceless!  We want to be like the sons of Isachaar who were credited as men who understood the  signs of the times and knew what to do.  (1 Chronicles 12:32)  Simply, we want to be prepared for anything. Read More

72-hour food kit

Welcome back to our Big Girl 72-Hour Kit Challenge! Last week we challenged you to plan out your 72-Hour Food Kits.  These are the kits we all should have neatly stored away for the first three days of an emergency.  If you have been following along with Daja and me, we have spent the last […]

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10 Day Give: DAY EIGHT!

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Who gets the beautiful felt flower with vintage-style button?

CHELSEA WIPF!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Now on to today’s give away.

This one is for EVERYONE of you our dear readers and friends!

We all can us a little art to brighten our day so we’ve put this free printable together as way to say thank you for all the love and support you send our way.  All we ask is before you download and print, please  become a follower or subscriber of our blog and like us on Facebook.  Easy-peasy!

Download your free printable here, for your personal use and enjoyment.

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Who gets the beautiful felt flower with vintage-style button? CHELSEA WIPF!! CONGRATULATIONS! Now on to today’s give away. This one is for EVERYONE of you our dear readers and friends! We all can us a little art to brighten our day so we’ve put this free printable together as way to say thank you for […]

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Frugal and Healthy Meal Planning, Part 2

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In part 1 we talked a lot about our priorities and how you begin to strike that balance between what is optimally healthy and what you can afford to buy.

Once you have figured out your priorities, eliminated the biggest offenders and cut portion sizes to appropriate levels you should make a list of the essentials for your pantry.  What are your staples?

My list looks something like: Read More

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In part 1 we talked a lot about our priorities and how you begin to strike that balance between what is optimally healthy and what you can afford to buy. Once you have figured out your priorities, eliminated the biggest offenders and cut portion sizes to appropriate levels you should make a list of the […]

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3 Month Pantry Update from Kristina

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Wow!  I can hardly believe how fast these last three months have flown!  Yes, I’ve had to do some work and sometimes when I really didn’t feel like it.  But when I look at how far I’ve come and the new and exciting things I’m doing to not only feed my family but nourish them, well I just have to smile!  My smile is extra big this week since it’s my cooking vacation!  Woot!  Woot!

So let’s get right to it! Read More

Kristina's Pantry after 3 months

Wow!  I can hardly believe how fast these last three months have flown!  Yes, I’ve had to do some work and sometimes when I really didn’t feel like it.  But when I look at how far I’ve come and the new and exciting things I’m doing to not only feed my family but nourish them, […]

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Daja’s Pantry After Three Months

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So, it’s been three months since we started this Pantry 31 thing!  Instead of wishful  thinking, we’ve been planning to stock the pantry.  (See the BEFORE pictures.)  And here are the fruits of our labor:

My kitchen pantry, which for the last four years or so we have affectionately called the Provision Room:

Daja's Pantry Inside 2--THREE MONTHS

Opposite side:

Daja's Pantry Inside--THREE MONTHS

The “extra” shelving in the kitchen:

Daja's Pantry--THREE MONTHS

The big freezer in the garage:

Daja's Big Freezer Door--THREE MONTHS

Look at all those stored meals!   Many of which I stored using this method.

Daja's Big Freezer--THREE MONTHS

For details on what we have stored, view our Flickr Photostream!

For tools to help you organize your own Provision Room and Freezer, click here!

I can hardly believe how much better it looks and how much more food and provisions there really are and I haven’t increased my food budget!  What?!  It’s amazing what a little planning can do!

“You might have a vision for your life,

but a vision without a plan is just wishful thinking.”

(Graham Cooke)

So, it’s been three months since we started this Pantry 31 thing!  Instead of wishful  thinking, we’ve been planning to stock the pantry.  (See the BEFORE pictures.)  And here are the fruits of our labor: My kitchen pantry, which for the last four years or so we have affectionately called the Provision Room: Opposite side: […]

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What Makes The Provision Room Unique?

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There are a myriad of food storage sites on the internet and even more for emergency preparedness.  There are countless great sites for gardening, cooking technique and recipes.  Why would you want to read this blog and hopefully, jump in here and do what we’re doing? Read More

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There are a myriad of food storage sites on the internet and even more for emergency preparedness.  There are countless great sites for gardening, cooking technique and recipes.  Why would you want to read this blog and hopefully, jump in here and do what we’re doing?