Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Preserving Finally Finished

Went through bags of onions and garlic.

The last of the mince meat has finally been finished. It seems to have taken ages, but I guess there was quite a bit of meat, and  filled up the cupboard to capacity.In the end we have enough Chilli-con-Carne, Spaghetti Bolognaise,Taco Mix, and  Shepherds Pie Mix to last the year.




Normally my 3 burners are enough, but this time all on the go.



 More or less we "do the meat" as an annual event, and I wait for the mince to come on special. This time $5.99 kg. although I found it to be quite fatty and some of them didn't seal properly, so a few got frozen instead, these will be the first ones we will eat.

I find them very handy for a busy day, when all I have to do is heat the meat up for 10 mins and either cook rice, potatoes, or make a salad.
Worth their weight in gold. Quart jars hold about 500 grms. Plenty for two.

Cupboard partially filled.
















The lemons picked recently were all juiced by Miss P who is 6, luckily my juicer is part of the electric food processor. The juice itself, I have frozen by measure of a glass jar, and poured into a zip lock.  Usually, I use an old recipe of Mums that is 4 lb. sugar, 4 pints of water citric and tartaric acid, zest and juice of 7-10 lemons,which is all boiled up and bottled, ok when the 5 kids were at home, because it makes about 7-8 wine bottles full, but I searched for one that is 1 part lemon, 2 parts sugar and 1 part water, of which this mixture is also broken down in the glass with water, mineral or otherwise. Being lemondade lemons and much sweeter I will probably only use 1 part sugar, time will tell in summer.

I was assured by mum that she was used to doing this. Little hands on a spinning juicer.



Some of the lemon skins went into brewing up a citrus cleaner mix.

While we were at it John found a recipe for olive tincture, so chopped up leaves and added vodka, this has to brew for 6 weeks. You can buy this tincture at quite a cost and is very good for you. This is the first time we have made it. Here is a link for the benefits of it.

http://www.about-olive-leaf-extract.com/extract-of-olive-leaf.html


This is our Olive Tincture processing.

 Before making this yourself read all the benefits and side effects to see if it is right for you.

There is a vast amount of information out there. I would choose the one from actual olive grove places who specialize in growing trees.







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