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by alicelt
Tue May 04, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: Articles
Topic: Basic or Simple Living as a Lifestyle Choice
Replies: 29
Views: 11130

Re: Basic or Simple Living as a Lifestyle Choice

As of Wednesday last week, simple living became not a choice but a necessity here. For the last 8-12 months our budget has hit that point where what comes in almost exactly equals what goes out. I don't mind that so much, although being able to save for a rainy day would have been nice. But we were ...
by alicelt
Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:47 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Wicking beds
Replies: 29
Views: 9460

Re: Wicking beds

I'm going to have wicking beds in at some point. I'm planning on digging the reservoir part into the ground, lining with plastic and putting some pipes out for drainage at ground level - then sitting some big 1 1/2 foot high thick fibreglass pipe offcuts on top as the walls of the beds. Will have to...
by alicelt
Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Small Farms
Topic: Aquaponics
Replies: 9
Views: 3371

Re: Aquaponics

YOu wanna go sign up over at http://www.backyardaquaponics.com/forum/ Joel is in WA, he's awesome and knows his stuff. Also they are a very friendly bunch there! He 'dirt' gardens too. I had plans for an AP set-up here but still haven't put things in place. Need to do some more research about temper...
by alicelt
Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:13 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Broken FV jar
Replies: 11
Views: 4367

Re: Broken FV jar

I have had the bottom shear off a FV jar once myself. It was a sudden temperature change that did it though - I put a lukewarm not hot jar with lukewarm contents into a pot with boiling water in it. The bottom cracked immediately although I didn't notice a single thing until after the water had cool...
by alicelt
Wed Mar 24, 2010 1:16 pm
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Induction Stovetop Waterbaths?
Replies: 12
Views: 9109

Re: Induction Stovetop Waterbaths?

I ran around my kitchen the other day checking which of my pots n pans would work if we had an induction stove top. Sounds ridiculous, but meh, I was curious. Best way to find out if things will work is to see if a magnet sticks to the bottom of them - if it doesn't, they won't work, if it does, the...
by alicelt
Thu Mar 18, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving meat
Replies: 21
Views: 8939

Re: Preserving meat

I wonder if there is anything else other than oats you could use in that recipe? I can't use oats because they have gluten in them.

I don't think rice would work the same... although you can get rice 'breadcrumbs' and I suppose I could just crumb up some of his gluten free bread instead...

Hrmmmm
by alicelt
Sat Mar 13, 2010 10:07 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Tomatoes
Replies: 33
Views: 12469

Re: Tomatoes

Antipasto???
by alicelt
Thu Mar 11, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Preserving meat
Replies: 21
Views: 8939

Re: Preserving meat

I've used FV jars in the canner and it's worked out perfectly fine. The one thing i will say though, is that the rubber rings are affected by canning - normally when I waterbath in FV jars, the rings come off looking as though they would be fine for a second use. But canning seems to weaken the rubb...
by alicelt
Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Tomatoes
Replies: 33
Views: 12469

Re: Tomatoes

As usual, i have nothing growing again this year. Just no time *sigh* However I managed to do some tomatoes. Did 40 kgs last weekend (from the fruit n veg place) So out of that I made 12 500ml jars pasta sauce, 9 1L jars tomato sauce, 8 1L jars passata (with some red wine). There were a few tomatoes...
by alicelt
Thu Feb 25, 2010 7:54 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Silly question?
Replies: 2
Views: 2106

Re: Silly question?

Jar opener is good. If you have a solid teaspoon with a kinda pointed end on the handle, that is also good. The trick is to put one hand ON the lid, stick the handle up under the rim, and push the handle upwards until you hear the air hissing out. If you twist the handle too much you risk bending th...
by alicelt
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:19 pm
Forum: Best places to buy - jars, lids, books, cheesemaking products and other preserving products
Topic: Hair caps
Replies: 6
Views: 6234

Re: Hair caps

why don't you just buy some of those old-style plastic shower caps - they still have them in the supermarkets, they used to come in a pack of 3 or four.
by alicelt
Sun Jan 31, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: fowlers jar sizes
Replies: 4
Views: 2826

Re: fowlers jar sizes

Normally I go to http://www.bakeandbrew.com.au/ but they are showing a bandwidth error code at the moment. They have lots of fowlers stuff though. THere's this place http://www.kitchenwaredirect.com.au/Brands/Fowlers-Vacola but I've never ordered from them before. Ali
by alicelt
Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Dehydrating
Replies: 20
Views: 8087

Re: Dehydrating

I really use it mostly to make fruit rollup type snacks for the kids. And I need to do lots of those at once, because they eat them so fast LOL I think I'll just have to save up some more pennies and buy an ezidry. I'd really like one of the square excalibur ones, I've heard such wonderful things ab...
by alicelt
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Dehydrating
Replies: 20
Views: 8087

Re: Dehydrating

Any clue on how much to post one of those dehydrators over to me? And anyone going to Aldi while the sale is on? Ihad borrowed a friends dehydrator for a while but she needed it back and now I am keenly feeling the loss. Mind you it's only probably worth it if you know whether the regular extra tray...
by alicelt
Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:10 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Elderflower champagne
Replies: 21
Views: 8986

Re: Elderflower champagne

Hi Vicki

I've kinda replied in the chat thread LOL I waffled a little then moved it over then and waffled some more *grin*

Ali
by alicelt
Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:18 am
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Elderflower champagne
Replies: 21
Views: 8986

Re: Elderflower champagne

as with my efforts at bay trees, my elder tree did die a horrible death here in this heat. I think perhaps it's just not well suited to an extended dry very hot period (eeek heat wave here right now, forecast to be 39 today and tomorrow after 5 days of over 35) and while I confess to perhaps being a...
by alicelt
Wed Nov 11, 2009 4:40 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: What to do next? Preserving fruit questions
Replies: 10
Views: 4474

Re: What to do next? Preserving fruit questions

I always do my fruits in only water unless they are particularly tart. My DH is a diabetic too - so although he generally doesn't eat my bottled fruits, I am very concious of the genetic link with type 1 diabetes and I really don't want to give my kids' pancreas' any reason to give out and follow al...
by alicelt
Thu Oct 22, 2009 2:59 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Mandala gardens with chook domes
Replies: 23
Views: 10872

Re: Mandala gardens with chook domes

Totally OT Heidi, but do you have a type of sealant on the floor or your shed (the one you are living in??Is it a shed/? Or am I confused by those photos?) It looks like a plain concrete fllor, but shiny. I have no money atm but am about to SCREAM over this shocking carpet and would love to just rip...
by alicelt
Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:50 pm
Forum: Preserving and Canning in Australia
Topic: Tomato Sauce from previously canned tomatos?
Replies: 1
Views: 1380

Tomato Sauce from previously canned tomatos?

Just a quick one from me - over the last few years when I first started doing tomatoes and canning them, I ended up with a number of jars of plain diced tomatoes. And so far, I haven't really used them much, rather going to the already-made pasta sauces and passatas and 'pouring' sauces that I've do...
by alicelt
Sun Aug 02, 2009 9:18 pm
Forum: Aussie Gardening - Growing your own food
Topic: Second Garden
Replies: 6
Views: 2859

Re: Second Garden

how long are you going to be away for? Could you put in a green manure crop and have someone dig it in for you while you are away, so you've got a lovely fertile patch waiting when you return?
Ali

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