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Food and Cooking / Re: More pickle magic
« Last post by Moe M. on Yesterday at 10:09:57 PM »
My brother made several 5 qt. ice cream bucketfuls of those refrigerator bread & butter pickles every year.  When things like zucchinis and cucumbers start producing overwhelming numbers of fruits, pickles are about your only hope of keeping ahead of them.  We just leave them in the buckets in the fridge and they keep for months without canning. :shrug:

 I've never made this stuff before I ran across a recipe that got me started,  I've always been interested in food preservation, I remember when I was a kid, we lived in my grand parents three family house, we on the first floor, my grand parents on the second, and my aunt & uncle on the third floor.
 They had all experienced the great depression and the rationing of WW-2,  so they raised chickens, a lot of chickens, the folks bartered what we didn't use, for milk from the milkman, bread and pastry from the baker, Ice from the ice house, and beef and pork from the butcher shop.
 We also had a big victory garden (about a third of an acre,  there was a root cellar in the basement along with shelves for storing canned goods, starting around August until October the family was harvesting a canning as the produce was ready, my mom and dad and my uncle and aunt did most of the work of picking, cleaning, and canning, my grand parents were up into their 60's (people aged younger back then), they helped where they could, but the bulk of the work was left to the younger folks although it was my dad and grand dad that did the butchering and made the sausage.
 To the point, I was always interested in it but it was harder work than I cared to get into,  I've always had the urge to make jellies, jams, and pickles but never pursued it,  all that prep, pressure cookers, sterilizing jars and lids and all the assorted canning tools seemed like more work than fun.
 With the discovery of these quick and easy recipes without the need for pressure cookers and the assorted tools and hours of work,  it's made it possible for me to jump into it without having to fall too far.
 I used to have a garden every year, but my arthritis makes kneeling and bending to tend the garden too difficult even with raised beds,  but thankfully we still live in a semi rural area and there are plenty of great farmers markets going continuously from about June to October, the produce is always nice and the prices always reasonable. 

General Discussion / Re: The Wildlife Thread
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 08:11:26 PM »
When I started this thread back in 2012, it was not just for posting photos. I was hoping there would be other content that celebrated all wildlife, and our relationship with them.

Hope you enjoy this video!

General Discussion / Re: ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 08:01:57 PM »
Not a creature was stirring.......not even a mouse. :shrug: :coffee:

I hear they are considering renaming the House, "Bedlam".....
General Discussion / Re: MEGAKOTA?
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 07:58:10 PM »
Stan might have to change his name. :shrug:

 It's just another Dumbocrat ploy to get rid of two Republican Senate seats.

I think you just decoded their plan, Moe!
Fire! / Re: Light my fire
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 07:57:56 PM »
Epoxy the square one in a piece of deer antler and it would make a good striker for a ferro rod.  We have a HF in a town about 60 miles away and next time I am there I will look for them. 
General Discussion / Re: Weather whether you like it or not
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 07:53:32 PM »
We live up in the Rocky Mountain Trench.  Last year on this date we had 31" of snow on the ground.
Today we hit +37 and all but 2" of our winter's snowfall has melted.  We've had a total of 4". It's the 18th of January in NW Montana, and we can see the grass in our yard. It's not even supposed to go below freezing tonight. We have NOT had ONE night in the single digits yet. Tomorrow is supposed to be in the mid-40s. I'm still watering my greenhouse.
This is nutz!
Am I complaining? He!!, no!!!
General Discussion / You know you're a Montanan when....
« Last post by Old Philosopher on Yesterday at 07:43:19 PM »
Duplicate post, but I wanted to share in public:

Speaking of Montana.  It's not a place, it's a State of Mind.

My son has a new lady friend. We just met her today.

"You know you're a good Montana Girl when....."

You drive 13 hrs, over 500 miles, in a blinding Montana snowstorm, and when asked how the drive was your only reply is, "There sure were a lot of deer."
When it's suggested you should dress accordingly for a fondue dinner, you respond, "If I have clothes that can't get food on them, I don't wear them."
You meet our 13 year old reclusive Border Collie for the first time, and she doesn't bark or growl at you.

Yeah...she's a good'un.  ;D
Fire! / Re: Light my fire
« Last post by xj35s on Yesterday at 07:42:10 PM »
Reviving an old thread rather than starting a new topic. I have found these cool little HSS cutter bits at harbor freight. They are designed for cutting tools for a mini metal lathe. These are as good as carbide I think in getting sparks off a ferro rod.
There are four corners and they can be cut down and handled for some excellent scrapers. I found them in our local store for $2.99. The ones in this link are more but they might be bigger for a larger lathe? My kit had a thin and wide peice as well as the square and one round.

Just thought I'd share.
General Discussion / Re: Weather whether you like it or not
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 06:06:18 PM »
We did not get much snow out of this one, it all went further east from what I see on the weather report.  We will get into low double digits tonight with a 20% chance of snow and then back to the high thirties and low forties for a few days.   8)
Country and Rural Living Skills / Re: I do as well...
« Last post by wsdstan on Yesterday at 12:50:50 PM »
No loss there Wolfy, it was probably gathering data so telemarketers could nag you about car warranties, credit card debt repair, and a host of other things you don't need or didn't have a problem with in the first place.

I, for one, am wondering why the do not call list is so damned ineffective at stopping the lowest form of scum except for some members of congress we have in this country.
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