Healing Bone Broth

Rich chicken broth with lots of gelatin

Rich chicken broth with lots of gelatin

The last couple of years, I have been working diligently on healing my gut and ridding my body of an inflammatory condition.

Then, I got this infected mouth. Well, it was really one tooth, but it felt like my whole face. No actually… it felt like my whole head! Though I am indeed thankful to live in a time that a tooth infection does not lead to yanking the tooth out in the barn and then praying that I do not die of infection; I hate taking antibiotics.

I have worked too hard on my good gut flora to have it all destroyed now. So I doubled up on my kombucha production. I divided my kefir grains and am making two batches at a time. I will drink a cup of kefir or kombucha two hours prior to taking the antibiotics. That will give the good bacteria a chance to get into the gut before the bomb hits. They may not survive, but I just want to stay ahead of this thing.

Then I went to the freezer to get some bone broth out to thaw.

Oh no! There were only 2 quart jars left. Well, I knew just what to do.

When this backyard homesteading momma cuts up her chicken, she puts the backs, the feet and the wing tips in a bag and tucks them in the freezer. She also puts the bones and gooey stuff left over from a roasted chicken in the bags

So I went through the freezer and found all the tucked away backs, feet and gooey bits. I  like to make my big batch with 10# of meat. I came up a little short, so I took out a rabbit too. I have found that rabbit bone broth does not gel as well, but the chicken feet will make up for that.

Did I use my crockpot- No. Why? Because I wanted to make a batch. I went upstairs and brought down the big gun. Ta-Da Most of the items that I keep around serve multiple purposes.  I got my pressure canner.

This Girl Means Business!

This Girl Means Business!

I put my 10 # of meat and bones in and added 2 onions, 6 carrots and a whole head of garlic. I did not peel anything, just did a rough chop. I sliced the head of garlic across the middle. Then I added 3 Tablespoons of sea salt and 6 peppercorns. I grabbed some parsley and dill from the herb pots out front and tossed those in too. I filled the pot with water to about 3 inches from the top.

I turned the heat up until it just started to simmer. Then I turned the heat down to very low (one on my dial) and locked the lid on. Once the meat was cooked, I fished it out and stripped the meat from the bones. I put the meat in the fridge for meals and put all the bones and gooey stuff back into the pot. Now is the time to add the apple cider vinegar. About  1/2 cup to this mother load.

It only cooked down about 3 inches

It only cooked down about 3 inches

Here, my friends is the magic of doing it in the pressure canner. With the lid locked and no weight on, you can keep it going 24 to 48 hours on very low. Because  the lid is on, it will not evaporate much either.  A crock pot is fine for a small batch. But I am serious about this. A full freezer is a happy freezer, and you know that I like to keep my freezer happy.

 

After 30 hours of simmering, the bones are crumbly and the broth is ready to strain into the jars. I will chill them overnight and then find them  a temporary home in the freezer tomorrow. I say temporary because I will drink a cup of this every evening before bed. I will have to make another batch pretty soon.

Cheers!

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Sun Oven Giveaway!

I am recovering from a terrible toothache. I do not feel much like writing a post today. Here is something that I can get excited about though.

Win An All American Sun Oven in this Giveaway!

 

The folks at the All American Sun Oven company have teamed up with a large group of bloggers and we are giving away a deluxe Sun Oven! The retail price of this set is $399! But that is only the start of the reasons why you should enter to try and win this oven.

Sun Oven Giveaway

Using a sun oven can help you be more frugal by cutting your utility bills. Wouldn’t it be great to have that bill lowered. Cooking in a sun oven is just as easy as using a conventional oven and really only takes a few minutes longer in the cooking cycle. Prepare your recipe using a little less liquid in casseroles, soups and stews. For baked goods use the same amounts of liquids as the recipe calls for. Find the optimal direction of the sun and get cooking. Of course, using a sun oven does require the sun to be available. However, it is possible to obtain good results even on a partly cloudy day.

The All American Sun Oven is manufactured right here in the USA. The company stands behind their product. Globally, Sun Oven has worked to bring this off grid cooking solution to many undeveloped parts of the world, allowing people to eat healthier, cooked foods. I am happy to work with a company that has a giving mission.

With all the benefits of lower utility bills, being prepared to cook without fuel or electricity, and supporting a wonderful company, who wouldn’t want to own a Sun Oven! So lets get to the giveaway.

The Terms

(otherwise known as the small print)

The All American Sun Oven Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 20th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Oct. 26th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!

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Excaliber Dehydrator Give Away!

This is the Cadillac of dehydrators. I even know people who take the drawers out and make yogurt. Though I have seen one in person, and actually touched it. I do not (yet) own one.

Here is your chance to win one for free. Good Luck!

Enter to win

Enter to win

This giveaway is open to residents of the congruent United States. Entrants must be age 18 or older to enter. Giveaway runs from October 15th – 22nd. Winner will be drawn October 23rd and emailed. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to the email before another entrant is chosen.

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Thermal Cooker Giveaway

Every time I turn around, I see a new give away to join in on. I saw this and thought that it was interesting. So I joined in on it and now you can enter to win. Hit the rafflecopter link and follow the instructions. Good Luck!

 

Thermal Cooker Giveaway

Thermal Cooker Giveaway Oct. 13th-19th, 2014 cooks like a slow cooker |via www.foodstoragemoms.com
We are really excited today about our thermal cooker giveaway! We are a group of bloggers who like to show our readers how to use different preparedness items. This Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker works very much like a slow cooker. It comes with two stainless steel pans with one lid that fits right inside the thermal cooker. You can use this for either hot foods or cold foods. Just a note, frozen meat or frozen foods will not work in this, just so you know. The meat must be totally thawed.

1. Bring To A Full Boil

The first thing you do when you decide what you are going to make is decide if you will use one or both of the inside pans. Let’s say you are making soup. First, you brown the meat, add the broth, vegetables and bring it to a full rolling boil. You need to make sure the liquid in the cooker is within one inch of the top. If you use both pans you will add enough liquid to be level with the bottom of the upper pan. In order for this thermal cooker to work it must be full.

2. Boil Four Minutes

Next, boil the liquid, vegetables and meat for four full minutes. At the end of four minutes, quickly put the lid on and set the pan with the lid inside the thermal cooker. Put the thermal cooker on the counter top or in your car. These work great for ballgames, sporting events, family reunions or everyday meals. It uses zero electricity after the four minutes of boiling. You can “cook” your meal for 5-6 hours while on the kitchen counter, in your car or on vacation trips.

3. Use It To Keep Salads Cold

Another awesome feature about a thermal cooker is the fact that it will keep foods cold for four to six hours. This is what you do, make your salad the night before you need it. Place the salad inside the stainless steel pan with the lid. Place the pan with the lid in your refrigerator overnight. I would leave the liquid salad dressing off or the salad will be soggy. In the morning, quickly put the pan with the lid inside the thermal cooker. Now it is a refrigerator/cooler.
Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker (great ideas, recipes and so much information)
This Saratoga Jacks Thermal Cooker Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Monday, Oct. 13th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Sunday, Oct. 19th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
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The Blueberry of the Desert

We in the desert have no problem growing this magical fruit.

We in the desert have no problem growing this magical fruit.

We all know that blueberries are a magical fruit. They are much sought after for their antioxidant properties. Most commercial berry farms use non organic means to grow them. So someone like me, who is trying to eat more organic food, is forced to either buy them organic or grow them.

Organic blue berries come at a much higher price than conventional. So I have been making attempt to grow them in my desert backyard. It is very difficult. Blueberries love acidic soil and thrive in a different climate than I can provide. I am not throwing in the towel yet though.

But, pomegranates are another magical fruit known for its antioxidant properties. We in the desert have no problem growing pomegranates. The trees are usually heavily laden with the fruit. Each fruit is like a treasure chest full of jewels.

The trees lend themselves well to becoming hedges, they are hard to kill, and usually very productive. Commercial growers do spray their trees with pesticides. But pomegranates can easily be grown with organic methods.

It is pomegranate season right now and several of the friends that I have been helping are now returning the favor by allowing me to have some of their abundant harvest. That is just one of the benefits of Sharing Life’s Abundance!

This  post was featured on the following pages

http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/

http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/

http://naturallivingmamma.com/

http://beingfrugalbychoice.com/

http://www.aprilshomemaking.com/

http://www.schneiderpeeps.com/

http://homesteadbloggersnetwork.com/green-thumb-thursday-linkup-1016/

http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2014/10/the-homeacre-hop-92.html

http://www.adelightsomelife.com/2014/10/home-garden-thursday-15.html

 

 

 

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A New Honey Giveaway!

Keep those giveaways coming!

It seems that October is the month of giveaways.

I just like being a part of all of this great SHARING.

Coxs Honey-Shelley Idaho Giveaway

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Are you a fan of using honey in your nightly tea, in baking or in cooking?
If so, you don’t want to miss todays’ post. We’re giving away an incredible amount of honey to one lucky reader! We’re not just giving away any honey-Cox’s Honey is pure, unfiltered, raw honey; so rest assured, you will be receiving a premium product of the highest quality.
Cox’s Honey has graciously offered to sponsor this group giveaway. If you missed the opportunity to enter our last Cox’s Honey giveaway, be sure to enter for your chance to win a total of 30 lbs. of honey: 15 lbs. of liquid honey, and 15 lbs. of creamed honey-perfect for the family that wants the best of both worlds.
You will want to check out Cox’s Honey Website! Premium Honey!
This Cox’s Honey Giveaway is open to any resident who is 18 years of age or older who lives in one of the 48 US Contiguous States. This giveaway starts on Saturday, Oct. 11th at 5:00 am (MDT) and ends on Saturday, Oct. 18th at 5:00 pm (MDT). The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond. If we do not hear back from said winner in the designated time period of 24 hours we will choose another winner and they will have 24 hours to respond from the time the notification email is sent. Please check your SPAM email folders. Good luck to everyone! Let’s be prepared for the unexpected!
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Oh Baby!

I am going to be a grandma.

I am going to be a grandma.

Two of my favorite verses

Psalm 139:13 14

For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.…

Jeremiah 1:15

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.

Here is the announcement that I have been prepping you all for.

Though the picture that you see above is a sample picture that I pulled off of the internet; my daughter did have an ultra-sound today. She came to my house tonight for dinner and a small celebration. She is 10 weeks pregnant and all is well.

God is indeed very good.

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