5 September 2018 Dinner

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Diner roasted purple sweet potatoes, sliced tomato, piece of chick pea tempeh, glass of mixed juice. The sweet potato is most substantial.

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4 September 2018 Watermelon Juice

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One 7 kilo watermelon from the garden was transformed into 5 liters of pressure canned juice, 15 PSI for 15 minutes. Pictures depict the method.

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2 September 2018 Barrel Disposal

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My US 50 gallon water barrels (5) need replacing,since they have rusted in spots and are leaking. No disposal facility will take them unless flattened. I use a reciprocating saw and cut off both ends and make a longitudinal cut to allow for flattening.

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1 September 2018 Sweet Potatoes

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There are ten sweet potato plants. It was decided to determine the size since the season is ending. Three plants were dug and about one kilo of small tubers was obtained. The largest of these was baked in a Dutch Oven. Even small the tubers are very tasty. The remaining seven will be allowed to grow until the first frost is apparent probably this month. The vegetation is most prolific. This is removed just prior to harvesting.

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31 August 2018 Tomato Juice (Pure Tomato Juice)

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Fifty six pounds of tomatoes were picked and processed into pure tomato juice meaning nothing was added. The tomatoes were cooked in their own juice. The tomatoes were quartered and cooked about 20 minutes, made into a slurry with the hand blender, strained through a 5 mm mesh on the food mill to remove seeds. The food mill output was put through a Champion Juicer to get maximum nutriments. Fourteen liter jars were obtained for Pressure Canning at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage at room temperature. Each liter jar has about 4 pounds of tomatoes. This is almost the end of the tomato season in my Zone 5.

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30 August 2018 Watermelon Juice

30 August 2018 Watermelon Juice
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Two Sugar Baby watermelon weighing 5 and 4 kg were taken from the garden and made into juice. The complete watermelon was used rind and all. The material was mad into a slurry and strained, then pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes. A total of 7 liters of juice was obtained. The juice is sweet and pleasant to drink. Pictures depict the process.

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29 August 2018 Watermelon

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The first watermelon of the 2018 season. Put outdoors on 5 June 2018 from seedlings. The round ones are Sugar Baby. The one striped one over wintered and came up from seed. I counted 15 in the garden. The one picked weighed 5 kilo. It was excellent. Having grown them off and on over the years, I am still a novice in establishing ripeness.

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29 August 2018 Dehydrating liquids

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Dehydrating liquids is a major issue since the dried product sticks to the drying tray. I have experimented with the various commercial solutions to the problems and all are useless. My solution is: Lightly grease a 10 by 14 Teflon cookie sheet with olive oil. Pout a relatively thin layer of the product on the tray and make an even thickness. This is about 300 ml or slightly more than a cup. One batch is about 3 liters of finished product. I have nine tray spaces in my Excalibur dehydrator.The finished product is made into a powder and stored in enclosed containers or vacuum packed.

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One tray has been removed from the dehydrator depicting the end of the dehydrating process.

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28 August 2018 Vegetables for dehydrating

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Garden vegetables were picked and processed for dehydrating into a powder for storage at room temperature. Vegetables available are carrots, beets, onion, daikon, kale, tomato, pepper and green beans. The process is to cook and make a slurry, then strain through a food mill with a 2 mm mesh screen. The residue from the food mill is put through a Champion juicer to obtain the maximum nutrients. The juice is then pressure cooked in liter jars.Each liter jar is about three servings when reduced to a dried powder. The drying process will be added when available in the next few days.

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27 August 2018 Dinner (Chickpea Tempeh)

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Experimenting on making tempeh using chickpeas. It is ready today so decided to have my first meal using a piece. It turned out quite well. Experimenting I didn’t do pictures so will do that the next batch. The method is similar to using soy beans. The dinner was a glass of mixed juice, a bowl of re-hydrated powdered vegetables microwaved in water for three minutes. A very tasty lunch.

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