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Sweet Potato Pie

Dania prepared this Sweet Potato Pie for Thanksgiving and it is delicious. Ingredients 1 (1 pound) Sweet Potato 1/2 c. Butter (softened) 1 cup White Sugar 1/2 c. Milk 2 Eggs 1/2 teaspoon Ground Nutmeg 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 1 (9 inch) Unbaked Pie Crust Directions Boil sweet potato whole in skin […]

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Canning on the Farm

When many think of “canning” they think of making some jelly or putting away some green beans, but canning is much more important and extensive than that on a self-sufficient farm.  Vegetables, fruits and meats can all be canned for year-round use, and it’s largely become a lost art as people turn to electric freezers...

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MFF Homemade Hot Cocoa

Makes 1 gallon of delicious hot cocoa: Start with 2 Cups of Boiling Water in a 2+ gallon pot. Add 2 Cups Sugar. Add 2 Cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder. Add 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt. Mix and boil until smooth with no lumps. Add 1 Gallon of Milk. Cook until hot. Add 2 Tablespoons Vanilla. Serve with marshmallows or whipped […]

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Butchering, Part 2: Killing & Dressing Cattle

Tools Needed Where much meat is prepared for use on the farm it will be best to provide such tools as are necessary for the rapid prosecution of the work. A 7-inch curved skinning knife at, an 8-inch straight sticking knife, a 14-inch steel, a 28-inch meat saw, a candlestick scraper, and an ax are...

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Butchering, Part 1: Selection & Preparation of Animals

In the selection of animals for meat health should be given first consideration. No matter how fat an animal may be nor how good its form, if it is not in perfect health the best quality of meat can not be obtained. If suffering from fever or any serious derangement of the system, the flesh will […]

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Causes of Spoilage

The art of canning was discovered more than a [two] hundred years ago by a Frenchman named Appert.   About 70 years later another Frenchman, Pasteur, proved that foods spoil because of the growth of very small plants, or microorganisms, of various kinds, such as yeasts, molds, and bacteria.  These small organisms are looked upon […]

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Why Can Fruits and Vegetables?

The chief fault to be found with many American dietaries is that they contain too large a proportion of manufactured foods, such as white flour and cornstarch and polished rice; of sugar and lard and oils, and of pies, cakes, candies, and sweets made from these things.  Canned fruits and vegetables will help to supply […]

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