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Food Storage Class Syllabus

Sharon May 5th, 2009

Hi Folks: For them that were wondering, here’s the syllabus for my upcoming food storage class, starting May 19th.  I’ve still got spaces, so email me at [email protected] if you are interested.  More details here.  The class is online and runs six Tuesdays from May 19 to June 23.  Each class will include instructions for hands-on activities you can use to practice different techniques.

Tuesday, May 19: Introduction to Food Preservation, Setting Up a Basic Food Storage Plan; Planning for the Harvest; Food Storage FAQ

Tuesday: May 26: Water Bath Canning, Grains and Beans; Storing Coffee, Tea, Milk and Beverages; Do I need a freezer?; Buying Clubs and Other Strategies to Get Neighbors On Board

Tuesday June 2: Dehydration;  Preserving Herbs and Spices, Tools and Techniques, Where Heck do I Put All this stuff?; Cooking from Storage

Tuesday June 9: Fermentation – Kim Chi, Sauerkraut, Yogurt, Kefir, Beer, Sourdough and other pleasures.  Budget food storage.  Sources and Ideas for Stocking a Pantry.  Meats.

Tuesday June 16: Pressure Canning; Salting;  Storing Non-Food Goods; Holiday Food Storage; Food Storage with Children, Special Diets

Tuesday June 23: Season Extension and Root Cellaring; Preserving with Alcohol; Storing Medications; Community Food Reserves



Other People’s Challenges

Sharon March 18th, 2009

Ok, so I’m kind of a challenge follow-up failure.  First there is Independence Days, which I’m planning to post an update on this week – but I haven’t in a zillion years.  Then there’s my ongoing not-quite challenges, ones I was planning on setting up but haven’t my “Competence Project” and “Stuff” problems (since lord knows any little thing in my life has to go on the blog ;-) ).  What can I say – I’m a lazy schlub!

But just because I’ve fallen down on the job (again!), doesn’t mean that other people aren’t right there running superb challenges for you to participate in. I promise I’ll be back with challenges as soon as I’m done with AIP and the crazy month of constant travel and speaking engagements and the editing for Independence Days, and probably after Passover ;-) .

 Meanwhile, definitely sign yourselves up for some of these cool things.

First, at Hen and Harvest, there’s Edson’s wicked awesome (ok, sometimes the Massachusetts I grew up in leaks out ;-) ) challenge to grow 10% more for the local food pantry!  Here’s the info:  This one could make a major difference.

Second, check out La Crunch’s Sustainable Food Budget Challenge, which gets us checking out whether it is possible to eat sustainably and ethically on a Food Stamp budget.  This is a really important project for a host of reasons – for the project of documenting the barriers and realities of decent food for the poor (I’d strongly recommend you try this project even if you don’t think you can succeed – in some ways that’s as important as success!) and also for cutting our food budgets in these tough times.  An all around excellent project.

While we’re on the subject of the food issues affecting the poor, I’d strongly recommend to you two books about food access issues (besides my forthcoming one, of course ;-) ).  Raj Patel’s terrific _Stuffed and Starved_ addresses this from a global perspective, and I wish the book had been out before we wrote _A Nation of Farmers_.  And for those of you exploring the issue from a US perspective, Mark Winne’s superb _Closing the Food Gap_ is a must-read.

But I’m not done with challenges yet!  Peak Oil Hausfrau has another one “The Doomer Dinner Party” in which you invite guests and prepare a meal made entirely from the stuff you’ve got in your preps – in your garden and your food storage.  I love her seasonal menus and information and this is a great way of getting people excited about the meals that come from storage – and getting people more tied into their communities!

I’ll be doing all three of these, and coming back, once things settle down a bit to my own challenges.  I’m going to try and start up the Friday Food Storage Quickies again as well, and also maybe, just maybe even the post-apocalyptic novel reading group.  Of course, that will be garden season, so we’ll see.  But, as they say, a girl’s reach should exceed her grasp ;-) .  Meanwhile, I’m going a-challenging!