1. Saving the turkey carcass from holiday dinners to make into soup or stock. We have been doing this since we were first married over 13 years ago. My grandparents' church had their Turkey Dinner and then used the carcasses for their Turkey Stoup. Yes, I spelled it correctly, it's a combination of stew and soup, hence "stoup."
|turkey chili with our canned goodies|
2. Make your own yogurt. It is very easy to do. The Jan./Feb. 2011 issue of Hobby Farm Home magazine had a wonderful step by step article on how to make it from scratch. When my husband and I were married we received a yogurt maker as a wedding gift. We have never bought yogurt from the store, instead we have had rich, wonderful yogurt without all of the "extra" additives.
3. Using white vinegar and baking soda in place of harsh cleansers. Because we have well and septic here on the farm I am careful about putting harmful chemicals that will mess with the balance of my septic system. Vinegar is a natural brightener and it also kills germs just as well as bleach. I use it to clean the porcelain sinks and often use it in the kitchen sink to get rid of berry stains. In a pinch I have also used lemon juice, it works well and leaves a great citrus scent.
5. Pre-soaked beans. How many times have you wanted to make something but the beans are still dry? We take various kinds of beans and mix them into a large pot and then cooked them. Once cooled, we portion them into sandwich bags, usually 2 cups per bag, and freeze them until we need them in a recipe.
6. Canning. We moved here too late in the growing season to plant anything of our own. As I said in a previous post, we purchased fruits and vegetables from the grocery store and used them for canning. It has been so fun to go into our pantry and pull out a jar of something we made from fresh ingredients.
|my great-gram's braided bread|
I hope these ideas have given you some ideas of your own. Simplicity is something that is attainable, no matter where you live. Let me know what you decide to make. Until then.
Sending love from the farm,