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Monday, November 23, 2009

Flaked Wheat Cereal you make yourself!

As many of you know, awhile back I bought a grain flaker.  (look up "flaker" here in my blog).  I used it to flake wheat (as well as groats), as an alternate method of eating wheat.  Wheat can be eaten by boiling it whole, grinding, flaking or using as a method to make gluten "wheat meat".

What I wanted to try was to make my own cold cereal.  (Remember to click on these photos to see them bigger)

I first soaked wheat kernels in water for about an hour the night before.  Then drained it on paper towels all night.  (You can do it much faster than that, however).  This morning I flaked the wheat, then put it on a cookie sheet, sprayed it with sugar water,  and baked it for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. 


When done, it made a satisfying crunchy cereal!


Next time, I'm going to make the hot cereal out of it, then dehydrate it in my dehyrator by pouring it on the solid "fruit leather" sheves, then I'll break it apart and try it that way...or maybe bake it if needed.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lettuce in the Garden

Ah, the Fall harvest is great.  All of my romaine lettuce plants are growing just fine...and so far I've been able to go out and cut off enough lettuce leaves for two of us to have salad twice a week.  It's awesome.  Never again will I have only a summer garden! Friends of mine have tomatoes still growing this time of year...so next year my  plan is to have the summer vegies still going while I plant my Fall/Winter vegies.


My  potato plant and broccoli also look just great.  More harvesting!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Acorn Class

Today I went to Stephen Nix's house for an acorn class. There were only five others besides me and Stephen, which was nice because it was a more intimate class. He started off by showing us how to identify common oak trees in the Sacramento region, and we focused on two main ones, Interior Live Oak (Quercus wislizeni) which has the best protein and oil production for oil expelling, but high tannin. The other one is the Valley oak (Quercus lobata), which is the one found most often in the EG area. It has low tannin and so is very edible without long leaching periods, but it doesn't provide good oil.


Stephen had used the oil expeller to make about a 1/4 cup of acorn oil which he used to make us some popcorn. It was GREAT. Then we also made acorn/wheat flour tortillas for lunch.

All in all we learned a good deal, although I'll need to do a bit more studying...also I want to find more acorns as I made the mistake of drying them in too high heat so they were bascially baked, which binds the tannin to the acorn skin. Next time I need to just air dry them or dry them in the dehyrator under really low heat so it's mainly air dried. You dry them for 4-8 hours, crack them open with a hammer or whatever, and then you can grind up the meat and then leach as needed. He's supposed to send the info he's collected also, although I have most of it already.

I still can't use my oil expeller until I figure out what to attach it to. We have the old table in the garage that might work, but we'll see. Hopefully by summer.

Meanwhile, the lettuce in the backyard is growing great, the peas are looking better, the potatoes have me wondering how many potatos are under the soil line now, and the broccoli is doing great. I'm so impressed and wish I had grown fall/winter vegies long ago!

We also learned about the pine nuts, how they are right out there on grey pine trees. Which are found all over the place. Once the cones are dry you can just drop the cone into a bag from waistheight and all the pine nuts will fly out! then just take off the shell and eat. Very very good!!!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Dry Pack Canning Day

I love the cannery.  How joyful I feel when I can dry pack can those things I need to ensure survival. The following list is what I canned or helped be canned, but does not include everyone's amounts/items.

rice - 7 cans


milk - 19 cans

sugar - 10 cans

white flour - 8 cans

wheat - 13 cans

potato flakes - 3 cans

quick oats - 8 cans

refried beans - 4 cans

The above does not include the items canned by the other four who were there from our ward.  I'm so happy to see this work being done, as it is available to all, and puts us not only in a place of obedience, but faith and trust that we will be guided and helped as we do what we are told.  I personally hate being hungry, so it's wonderful to know that I have sufficient supply.  And how grateful I will feel to be able to share with family and friends.  Of course, it's nice if they also store food of their own too! :)

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Garden Today 11-13-09



Here are photos of the garden today.  There is a gap in the middle of the garden box because the neighborhood cat kept digging up the seeds I planted, but I am still blessed with several lettuce and broccoli plants, and a potato, all doing very well.  The sweet peas aren't doing well at all and I've been too busy to care...but they are probably in need of fertilizer.