Garden, and REAL food Quest 2019

Discussion in 'Food Preparation, Camp Cooking and Recipes' started by barney, Feb 28, 2019.

  1. barney

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    After a few years of being a subject to what the grocer has to offer - I've reached my limit!

    I was raised on real food, and have always had a taste for food that is picked in it's prime, actually has flavor, and wasn't bred with firmness, and fiber to withstand handling and shipping. I've looked and searched, and the quality of food I love just isn't there anymore. I guess I'll just go back to rolling my own! I'll try to keep this thread updated with my progress as the season go by.
     
  2. carnivore

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    Thank you for sharing it with us barney! I look forward to it.
     
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  3. bondhu

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    Barney I'm with ya. Just burnt lettuce bed Wednesday. You got any recommendations on flavorful tomato seeds for baloney samich's and canning ?
    The suddith you turned me on to was real good taste but man they are finicky to grow with little return.
     
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  4. barney

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    The Brandywine's are as flavorful as it gets, but they aren't one to turn a profit with for sure.

    Big Beef is a productive indeterminate that I have grown in a high tunnel as a main crop since the early 90's. I've enjoyed it, made money with it, and everyone loves it. Big Beef is close to old fashioned flavor, and it's not a "firm" variety like most that are offered today. It will average about 8 ounces, with several larger up to 1 pound. It's also a dandy canning mater.
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  5. Feedman

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    Been a long time since I heard the phrase "Rolling your own"
     
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    l hope this doesnt mean you are not going to be full bore participant on this thread anymore? Been first thing I check about every morning for a good while Sure would hate to see Barney leave us out here by ourselves trying to figger out dinner.
     
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  7. barney

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    I hope to be posting more farm to table dishes instead of mostly grocery to table this year. I'd really like to get a couple of pigs to fatten, and maybe a few meat chickens. I just don't think I will have enough time along with work to get it all done.
     
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  8. Dark Cloud

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    My mom and dad ,would always buy a hundred baby chicks,raise them up to fryer size,and pick out a few to keep,and put the rest in the freezer.
     
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  9. kyoutdoorsman

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    Can you take seeds from fresh tomatoes and peppers and any other vegetable bought from store and dry the seeds and replant?
     
  10. barney

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    Yes, most definitely. I have some bell pepper seedlings growing from a pepper I bought last fall.
     
  11. barney

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    Years ago an old friend told me about how his mother raised fryers almost year round. They didn't have refrigeration back then, so in the summer his mother would kill chickens after dark to keep the flies from blowing the meat. He said she would kill a dishpan full, salt the meat down and cover it with a dishcloth. Early the next morning she would fry it all up and fill the lunch buckets for work and school. What was left over would keep without refrigeration for a couple of days, or until it was gone. Then his mother would start over.

    He said she brooded the chicks in an earthen cellar heated with coal oil lamps.
     
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  12. kyoutdoorsman

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    Barney do you wash them and put in paper towel to let dry and store in fridge and then what's the next step
     
  13. kyoutdoorsman

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    Straw bales gardening. Anybody ever done this, Is it better than using buckets
     
  14. barney

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    I dry them for a few weeks, then I store them in the freezer.

    In the late 80's I wrote to a guy who worked for Tabasco on Avery island. I asked him for some Tabasco pepper seeds. He sent me 6 or 7 whole peppers from the island. I grew some back then, and froze the rest of the dried peppers whole. I started a few of those this year as well, the seeds are 30 years old, and germinated just as good as fresh seeds!
     
  15. barney

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    I've never tried straw bales, but for the first time in my life I grew a tater in a tub of composted wood chips last year.
     

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