Category Archives: Food – Cooking & Preservation

A Smashing Success

For many years we had a really lovely set-up for crushing apples into pomace and pressing it for cider, but it was just such a pain to clean up, so noisy to operate, and it left the cider tasting a … Continue reading

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Second Edition

Good news! We just completed the 2015 revisions and additions to our book, “Feeding Ourselves – The Four-Season Pantry from Plant to Plate” and it’s back from the print shop. This second edition is eight pages longer (194 pages) and … Continue reading

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Hot Wax

It’s been very cold this winter, almost enough to be disheartening even to a hardy Minnesotan.  But we know that this season is crucial in getting ready for spring, even if it leaves us chomping at the bit.  As winter … Continue reading

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Getting Down to the Core

We’ve been busy the past couple of months dealing with the harvests, including a bumper crop of apples.  Many apples ended up being processed for drying or sauce, which requires removing the core.  We had a couple of tools that … Continue reading

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We’re Really Nuts About Nuts

Last December we posted about using a vise grip for cracking hazel nuts.  It does a nice job, but it’s SLOW.  Looking at our hazelnut bushes this year, it’s apparent that we will have to speed up the process quite … Continue reading

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Some Summer, At Last!

It’s been over a month since our last post.  The annual Midwest Renewable Energy Fair has come and gone once again.  The wet, weird weather we’ve had since spring continued and was quite a damper on that event.  The frequent … Continue reading

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Carpe Solaris – (Nuclear) Fusion Cooking

  The return of longer, brighter days each February signals a change in how we cook and eat for the next several months.  It’s time to turn away from the wood-fired hearth of winter’s dark days and transition to capturing … Continue reading

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The End of …..

Now that we’re nearing the end of winter our focus is shifting towards the upcoming season, but there are many loose ends to tidy up before we move on.  We’re starting to run out of a few stored foods, or … Continue reading

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Slow Food Cooking with the Macrowave

As much as we like our solar-powered cooking options (including our sun oven) for the bulk of the year, we really look forward to the depths of winter to take advantage of our macrowave – the wood-fired masonry heater.  An … Continue reading

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Another Nutcracker – Sweet!

  Our hazel nuts gave us a bountiful harvest this year – the best so far from bushes planted in 2003 and 2007.  Although we’ve worked out the process for cracking black walnuts and hickories, the small hazels don’t fare … Continue reading

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