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Pickled Fiddleheads Recipe

Pickled Fiddleheads Recipe

olPickled Fiddleheads Recipe Fiddleheads are the first wild plant food we forage each year. They break through the duff in wet spots along river and stream banks. I like them steamed or simmered and topped with butter, salt and pepper. Sauteed in butter and sprinkled with blue cheese crumbles is a favorite. The stronger flavor of the fiddleheads is a good match for the blue cheese. It’s a mouthful of flavor. But pickled fiddleheads, they’re the best. Pickled fiddleheads are…

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Oyster Mushroom Recipe – With Sage and Garlic

Oyster Mushroom Recipe – With Sage and Garlic

Oyster Mushroom Recipe Oyster mushrooms are one of the first mushrooms we pick. Steve can spot them 15 feet up a birch tree when he’s driving 50 mph down Route 6. I’m not that good. I’m usually too busy bobble-heading for wildlife and anything else I can find. I forget about the mushrooms. Such is life. I’m better at finding them when I’m on foot, and then I bring home enough to make this oyster mushroom recipe. Fresh mushrooms, butter,…

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Dandelion Greens Salad Recipe

Dandelion Greens Salad Recipe

Dandelion Greens Salad Recipe Today, my all-time favorite dandelion greens salad! I love this recipe. Not a fan of dandelion greens? Give me a chance. Follow my tips for harvesting the greens and how to prepare them and you might just change your mind. If you’re on the fence about dandelion greens you can use one-half cup of greens and a half-cup of another green such as baby spinach or Swiss chard. If you’d like to change it up a…

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Chaga Concentrate: Easy to Make at Home

Chaga Concentrate: Easy to Make at Home

Chaga Concentrate Last year, on our way out of the woods after deer hunting, Steve spotted chaga on a birch tree. I was out of chaga concentrate so he watched for a piece in a birch stand. He has an eagle eye when it comes to chaga, especially if it’s high. Disclaimer: There isn’t any medical advice given here. Use chaga at your own risk. Take time to do your own research. We’re good now? Great! It weighed 11 pounds…

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Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup

Creamy Wild Mushroom Soup Creamy wild mushroom soup is one of my comfort foods. You don’t have to have to pick wild mushrooms to make this recipe. You can find mushrooms in the produce section of most groceries and sometimes at Farmers Market. I like to add a variety of mushrooms to one batch. Portobello, Lobster, Porcini, Coral, Shiitake, Cremini, and Oyster are varieties I think work very well. Lobster is a dense, dry mushroom, the only variety I was…

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Foraging Wild Food – Quality food at a low cost

Foraging Wild Food – Quality food at a low cost

Foraging Wild Food After morning chores are finished and before it gets too hot I’m foraging wild food. I pack a half-bushel basket, a paring knife, cold water to drink, berry boxes and measuring cups with handles, a camera and a pair of tall boots in case I have to cross a small stream to get to the mushrooms. We’re going to pick one of my favorite mushrooms, Chanterelles. If I were to buy them, these mushrooms would cost $26…

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Clean Trout in 15 Seconds or Less

Clean Trout in 15 Seconds or Less

Clean Trout in 15 Seconds or Less Uncle Harold came knocking with four brook trout, commonly called brookies, for me Monday morning. He left with a dozen duck eggs and we’re both happy with our exchange. You can clean trout in 15 seconds or less once you get the hang of it. I think brookies are the easiest fish there are to clean. How to Clean a Brook Trout You might or might not need a cutting board. I use…

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What Do Homesteaders Do? Glad you asked.

What Do Homesteaders Do? Glad you asked.

What do homesteaders do? “What do homesteaders do?” That question was asked of me many times last Friday and Saturday. I can’t speak for all homesteaders but here’s a list of what we do here on our 45 acres as well as on other land and on the water. Homestead Food Production We grow most of our own vegetables, about 95%. Corn, beans, peas, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, spinach, turnip, rutabaga, pumpkins, squash, Swiss chard, beets garlic and others. Dill,…

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