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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Tools Used for Harvest and Preservation

Most of you might already know this, and some of you are new to it all. Hope this list helps you out a bit.

The list of Harvesting tools is a very simple and short list. All you need are your hands, a pair of good shears, and a bushel basket and/or a utility cart. There might be times where you will need a hand trowel, or that cats-paw again, depending on what you have grown.

The potato fork is also important. We go through 1 every season because we tend to snap them at one point. We bought a high dollar one, once. And that was the only time. We have broken all of them on our soil.

Preservation

Preserving your harvest involves many tools. Canning your harvest is the most common way around here. You need to have a large pot to either cook and mix sauces, or to blanch (if the canning recipe calls for it). You will need several large wooden spoons and different sized rubber spatulas (or scrappers). Possibly coffeee filters for draining. A funnel, strainer, and a jar lifter, as well as a kitchen towl. Jars and lids are a must! So is a very good knife.

You will also need to have a food mill, a hot water bath boiler,

a pressure canner {remember you can have the pressure tested at your local extension office, usually free.}


You need the proper ingredients for your recipe, and instructions if you don't know it by heart.

For freezing, you need the blanching pot, waxed paper, a freezer, and jars for storage.

Drying can use different methods, so different tools are called for. The first one is your smaller herbs. A paper sack or an envelope can be used to hold your herbs as you clothes pin them to a rope in a dry airy place.

Your onions, need to be laid out in the sun and cured for a while before braided and stored. Braiding tools needed are scissors, string and instructions. I lay mine out on an old bed sheet.

Jerky and larger veggies that you want to dry, need either a dehydrator (good for fruit leathers} a fan and heater filters, and a window, or an oven. Drying out tomatoes need those items and for sun dried you need cheese cloth.

I do not salt cure, or smoke cure yet.

On a personal note: Every year I raise money for Farm Aid. The event is called Blogathon, it's where 100's of bloggers stay up posting for 24 hours to raise money for the charity of your choice. I even give out prizes, one of which American Prepper has graciously donated. If interested in learning more, please go here and read this post. Thank you.

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