Friday, June 28, 2013

Summer Can and Freeze/Preserving Basil from the Garden

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My Homegrown Basil
So last week I started my own little challenge to can and preserve every week this summer in an effort to become sustainable by the end of the year.

One way to become sustainable is to grow your own produce.

I grow my own basil in the backyard. It is incredibly easy to grow...literally grows like a weed. You know those expensive herb pastes that you can buy in the fresh herb section? I made my own by blending fresh basil and olive oil. I froze the paste flat in a plastic freezer bag and it is still soft so I can just chip off what I need for a recipe. It is still green too. I also preserve guacamole this way for quick defrosting and sometimes grass fed ground beef if I buy it in bulk. Whoo hoo! It isn't a stock pile but it is preservation. I'm also planning on preserving strawberry jam and a few crock pot freezer meals later today.

I found a fantastic new blog called Homestead Revival! She has great advice and opinions about sustainability and storing food. You may want to check it out.

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8