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#121 of 128 Old 07-26-2004, 03:55 PM
 
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My freezer is full to the brim right now with bulk whole wheat flour, bulk oats, bulk frozen veggies, chicken bought on sale, and frozen berries. There's no sweets in there at all, no boxed meals. I live in a one bedroom apt. I can't wait for the day we move out, and I get some closet space so I can can stuff, and maybe when we get a house, I'll get a big chest freezer.
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i just bought (finally) the wild fermentations book. i *love* it, especially the commentary. so beautifully written, particularly the end about death and composting.

what are some favorites from the book?

btw, i have successfully coordinated a pastured meat/raw dairy/organic produce co-op for my mom's group. it's a lot of hard work making sure the orders are taken and deliveries go smoothly, but soooooo worth it when other moms tell me how much their little ones LOVE raw milk after being vegetarian/vegan their whole lives.

if anyone wants some help getting a co-op started in your area, let me know!

oh, and i made a batch of beet kvass. hmm, hard to swallow, IMO. anyone drink it often? how can i make it more palatable? or maybe just use it in a viniagrette recipe?
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I just love buffalo stews and roasts. I made a stew once with one kind of root (which can be potatoes or carrots, doesn't have to be winter veggies), and added some cranberries and maple syrup. I bet blueberries would taste good too.

thanks for the book tips suseyblue. So what kind of chemicals did you add to your homebrews? I don't like the thought of additives at all.
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uh, none. no irish moss, no clarifiers, no sulfates, etc (i guess you could consider hops an additive, according to the beer purity laws of long ago- it IS a preservative! ps is hops single or plural, like grits? you know, 'grits is...' rather than 'grits are...' :LOL)

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Wow, are any of you guys on a budget? I went to the health food store today, and was so excited to see raw milk cheese there, and organic chicken, but it's SO expensive! I know this is nothing new, but seriously, I don't think we can afford it! (And this is coming from the woman with the hardcore view of "I'm willing to pay more for quality" *blush*)
I get my organic fruits & veggies at farmer's markets where they're much cheaper. I buy grains in bulk. I am part of a coop for dairy & pork, and that stuff ain't cheap. Our beef is pretty cheap, and there are price breaks for bulk. That is the key. Try to find a local coop, or start one!
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Wow, are any of you guys on a budget? I went to the health food store today, and was so excited to see raw milk cheese there, and organic chicken, but it's SO expensive! I know this is nothing new, but seriously, I don't think we can afford it! (And this is coming from the woman with the hardcore view of "I'm willing to pay more for quality" *blush*)
We actually only consume a minimum of animal products (most days are vegetarian), and either grow it ourselves (poultry) or get it directly from the farmer. We get raw goat milk from a local family that breeds goats for $5/gallon which we turn into yogurt and cheese. And with our first chicken that we butchered over a week ago we are still eating off of (meat and stock in the freezer, we got over 2 gallons of stock from the one bird!). Our biggest expense by far is organic produce. We started our veggie garden mostly for economical reasons.

We seem to be doing fine with less animal products, but it depends on the individual. My sister does better with 2 servings of meat a day, whereas my family only does one (no more than 1/4 lb per person, usually less).

suse, lol! I just caught the carrot remark. They are indeed a PITA to grow though I'm crossing my fingers this time around. Celery too.
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My freezer is full to the brim right now with bulk whole wheat flour, bulk oats, bulk frozen veggies, chicken bought on sale, and frozen berries. There's no sweets in there at all, no boxed meals. I live in a one bedroom apt. I can't wait for the day we move out, and I get some closet space so I can can stuff, and maybe when we get a house, I'll get a big chest freezer.
OMG, I know how that is. We lived in a TINY crappy apartment saving money for a 'house' move. I had my coat closet filled to the brim with buckets and bags and all kinds of stuff, and every inch of cabinet space contained containers of some kind of whole grain product. I even kept only enough clothing for us 'out' to wear for three days, and used THAT extra space to store food stuffs. (I hated washing clothes every day, but got by ok).

Good luck on your potential move. I'm in 'storage space' heaven now.
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Received Nourishing Traditions and Wild Fermentation today!

Won't have much time to read this week-end but I'll try to find something in there that I can do with things I already have at home!

I'm so excited! :

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