One of my favorite parts of homesteading is canning. I love to see my garden in jars during the winter months. Preserving the bounty of summer is great fun, but conveniently storing the jars is another chore. Our stairs downstairs turns halfway back on itself creating a nice cool space under the steps. It was used mainly as storage for Christmas stuff before I started to set all my canned goods in there. I was getting loads of jars from the garden during the hot summer months. This presented an issue, since floor space was being taken up by all the jars I had. I would tip-toe around stuff and occasionally break a light bulb that hung down from the low ceiling with my head. However, I did not complain, but Mr. Hunky certainly saw this as an eye sore. The storage area under the steps has a door so I would just keep it shut, didn't bother me any. A couple weekends ago Mr. Hunky said he was going to make it into a pine board canning closet. Pine, keeping it dry and still cool, I thought that would be fantastic. I never thought it would turn out the way it did though. Usually when Mr. Hunky is going to 'improve' my life in some way, I generally let him go with it. The new closet with shelves and new lighting is economical and space saving. Canning is going to be even more worth it with a convenient, cool, dry place to store my goods for winter. Hopefully, with the added space I can produce enough vegetables for two years worth of canned goods instead of one.
Fermenting in February 2015 classes are posted!!! I know many of you have been patiently waiting... All classes are held at the ModernRoots Store 4 1st avenue NE, Buffalo MN on a Tuesday evening from 630pm-8pm - dates listed below: February 10: Kombucha- fermented black tea (health benefits, how to make, and how to get super fizzzz) February 17: Water Kefir - fun, fizzy, healthy probio...tic drink February 24: Fermented Veggies- carrots, sauerkraut & layered veggies The store is open for class attendees and cultures are available for purchase. You can come to the store to sign up and pay, $15 per class, per person. Cultures are extra ($7 scoby, $9 water kefir grains). Or you can pre sign up, and I'll add you to the list in which you pay at the door. Let's get fermented!