Living the Country Life

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New pasteurization technology could sharply reduce the number of egg-borne illnesses
Less than 3% of the eggs sold in the United States are pasteurized. Currently, pasteurization is done by immersing eggs in hot water, which can lead to cloudy egg whites. New pasteurization...
As berries and other fruits come into season, preserve the juices as a syrup
Making fruit syrup is simple. It takes very little time, is economical, and gives you a sweet treat. The fruit should be in the best condition possible – not over-ripe and not under-ripe. If...
Consumers know what they want, and producers have to respond
The vegetables you ate for dinner last night were probably a lot different than the veggies your grandparents would have eaten. Our food changes over time and so does our response to those changes....
How would you like to have an extra $2,500 at the end of this year?
I’m notorious for buying more at the grocery store than we can eat. I always have good intentions, but a lot of it ends up looking like a botany experiment in my fridge. Joan Ruskamp is a...
Do outdoor temperatures have you shivering? Whip up these recipes to help combat those winter chills.
Good-tasting meat depends on how the animal is handled the instant it’s harvested
My son is a deer hunter and we have lots of venison in the freezer. My favorite way to cook deer steak is to marinate it in Italian dressing, and then grill it for just a few minutes on each side...
Have fresh flour for your recipes without a lot of waste
Grinding your own grain to make whole-wheat flour is playing a huge role in the artisanal bread movement around the country. Fresh-ground flour is beneficial over store-bought because it doesn...
Make sure the food is processed correctly so you’re not also gifting a food-borne illness
Canning has become popular again and jars of your homemade food can make wonderful gifts. It’s a good idea to know who you’re giving it too because some people are skeptical of home-...
A pan that’s become rusty and lost its seasoning can be helped
When we’re camping, my two favorite pans to cook in are a cast iron skillet and Dutch oven. I usually use a liner when I bake something in the Dutch oven because it makes cleanup easier, but...
The trick is to keep harvested grain cool and dry
Using small grains that grew on your own land makes baking a loaf of bread or bottling your own beer even more special. But if the grain isn’t dried and stored properly after the harvest, it...