9 Benefits of Dehydrating Food that May Surprise You

9 Benefits of Dehydrating Food that May Surprise You

#1 Maintains More Nutrients Than Other Food Preservation Methods

There are only small amounts of nutrient loss in comparison with other food preservation methods like canning and freezing. I found a chart HERE that compares nutrient values. It says that dehydration has a 3-5% nutrient loss after preservation. Freezing has a 40 - 60% nutrient loss and canning has 60-80% nutrient loss.

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The Weekly Digs #16

The Weekly Digs #16

It’s been difficult to do my usual cooking and preserving since we are remodeling and have no kitchen. I still managed to make sauerkraut, and we haven’t eaten out yet. That’s an accomplishment. Honestly, I don’t know how I could eat out at a restaurant with so much abundance in the garden. We’ve been doing a lot of cooking on our outdoor propane cooker that I usually use for canning.

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5 Tips and Tricks to Growing Strawberries Organically

5 Tips and Tricks to Growing Strawberries Organically

I’ve been trying to grow strawberries organically for the last ten years. Eight of those ten years have been complete failures. I had one good year, my second year where I was taking in bowls of healthy strawberries but every year after that I was dealing with major diseases.

I finally had a BIG breakthrough this year! I did all these things on my list and it worked! Where we live in Arkansas there is a multitude of diseases because the heat, humidity, and rain. If you are struggling with healthy strawberries just follow these tips and you will have success.

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The Weekly Digs #15

The Weekly Digs #15

It feels like this week has gone by so fast. The heat is finally here, with a few 85 degree days.

The bad news is that my daikon radishes have gone straight to seed along with one of my napa cabbages. I’ve never had my napa cabbages go to seed but it’s definitely happened with the daikon radishes before. I think both of them are more suited to be fall crops and I’m going to try them again in fall.

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing More Food in a Small Space

The Ultimate Guide to Growing More Food in a Small Space

When it comes to growing a lot of food in a small area, I have so many tricks and tips to share with you! My own garden is 5000 square feet right now but it wasn’t always that way.

And to tell you the truth, since we are growing a year’s worth of food for six people, I still constantly employ all my methods for growing a large amount of food in a small space. If you check out my Guide on How Much to Plant Per Person for a Year’s Worth of Food, you will see that you need to be creative to make that happen with the space you have.

Want to know the first BIG secret to growing more food in a small area?

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Spring Salad with Lemon Balm Vinaigrette

Spring Salad with Lemon Balm Vinaigrette

Mmm. Lettuce. I know, I know, it’s not something we often crave but it can be delicious. It just depends on the variety, when you harvest, and how you dress it up. The main lettuce in this salad is Little Gem. Find it HERE. And by the way, it is a Gem! Once it gets full grown it has tasty leaves and an crunchy sweet heart. This is a must grow on my list every year. If you’re sick of bitter lettuce leaves, Little Gem takes the cake for sweetness.

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