Monthly Archives: October 2011

Garlic, the sweet breath of life!

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TQZWH Garlic, the sweet breath of life! An Overview of the five varieties and 17 sub-varieties of Garlic. Botanists classify all true garlics under the species Allium Sativum. There are two subspecies; Ophioscorodon , or hard-necked garlics (Ophios for short) … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Juice

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TBTTZ 29 October 2011 Pumpkin Juice Two small pumpkins were converted into juice. The outer rinds were incorporated. The seeds and centre mush was discarded.I chose small pumpkins, but see no reason why larger could not be used. Method: Cut … Continue reading

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Pressure Cooking Dried Beans

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?JMZRE 29 October 2011 Pressure Cooking Dried Beans Most of the dried beans purchased from a bulk food store were pressure cooked and play a large part in my diet. Beans must be thoroughly cooked to digest without difficulty. It … Continue reading

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Preserving Garden Produce.

My comment is somewhat philosophical. Utilizing the bounty of Summer for off season use is the aim. People preserve produce and the product is only desirable for short periods. I know a lady who has a basement with many jars … Continue reading

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Apple Juice Processing

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AEYVU 27 October 2011 Apple Juice Processing Twenty five pound of apples were processed into juice. These pictures depict the first batch of three. Method: Apples washed, cut into quarters, boiled for 15 minutes, beat into a mash with hand … Continue reading

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Cooking Soybeans

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?FXZBZ 25 October 2011 Cooking Soy Beans A bowl of soy beans is ingested for breakfast daily. A 10 Day supply is made at each cooking interval. These beans are my substitute for eggs and meat of which I seldom … Continue reading

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Cracking Black Walnuts(Juglans nigra)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?UMXBW 24 October 2011 Cracking Black Walnuts(Juglans nigra) The Black Walnuts(Juglans nigra)is avoided by most people due to the effort required to crack, and obtain the meat. The meat is enveloped in a structure, with small ribs or folds over … Continue reading

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Calla Lily Rhizomes ((Zantedeschia)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?MWMDF 20 October 2011 Calla Lily(Zantedeschia) The calla lily rhizomes were dug, since they will not survive freezing in my Zone 5. I washed the rhizomes to remove most of the dirt and placed them in the greenhouse to dry, … Continue reading

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Making Luffa Hand Soap

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?DNLTU 20 October 2011 Making Luffa Hand Soap The dried luffa sponges were impregnated with glycerine soap and cut into hand cakes. The mould was made from two inch diameter PVC pipe with a cap to contain the liquid soap … Continue reading

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Luffa

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?LHOFA 18 October 2011 Luffa Some dried luffa were picked today and prepared for use. There are about 20 fruit on the three vines. Luffa take a long season and my area is at the limit. The un-dried sponges will … Continue reading

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