Monday, January 4, 2010

laundry soap, yogurt and cold weather prep

hang the bottle uspidedown
nah, i guess that is the end of that
the late summer laundry soap batch has finally gone dry.
not bad, the 5 gallon batch went a good long way.
time for the next.

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here's the recipe i follow folks - the process is easy as pie and economical for sure.
the recipe is from an old issue of countryside magazine.

you can find most of the goods at the local grocery. if you are not able to find fels-naptha, give another laundry bar soap a try. note that the fels-naptha bars are generally 5 1/2 ounce each.

i made another 5 gallon batch today which is quite a lot. you do not have to make such a large batch yourself. i like to get the job done and i have collected the containers necessary to store a full 5 gallons so i make a full 5 gallons. this batch filled 3/100 ounce bottles, 7/50 ounce bottles and one quart jar full to the top.

give it a try
it's cheap and it's easy and it get's your clothes clean

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i made a batch of yogurt today too.
again it's easy, tastes great and more economical than store bought.

i follow the recipe posted by david b. fankhauser p.h.d. it's easy, it's clear and if followed properly, proves fail safe. you can half or double the batch depending upon how often you eat yogurt. you can use store bought milk or fresh milk. make sure you use plain yogurt when first starting your culture. note - you can then save a cup or two of your homemade batch to culture the next batch and so it will go and go and go.

i've now got a good 7 quarts in the fridge. the number 8 quart went down quick. i like it and so do the kitties.

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also on today's agenda is prepping for unusually cold weather conditions
  • scratch for the chickens
  • oats and grains for rabbits
  • replace water for all creatures
  • further insulate the outdoor coop
  • insulate the outdoor rabbit hutches
  • provide rabbits with extra hay for burrowing
  • check all heat lamps
  • cover all gardens with rowcover and/or heavy plastic
  • wrap all citrus trees and stuff wrap with dry leaves
  • insulate water faucets and cover water hoses
better get back out there i've got the tree wrapping to finish up

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