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Dehydrating Frozen Vegetables

Whether you are just getting started or a pro at dehydrating foods, one of the easiest things to dehydate is frozen vegetables.  It's always preferable to have home grown or fresh organic vegetables, but sometimes you just need something different, or maybe you are building a pantry and need a head start.  Check the frozen vegetable aisle of your local grocery stores and see what you can find that will add to your well stocked pantry. 
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Frozen Vegetable Bags


BPA Can Lining - the "New" Version

You've heard of BPA lining in cans - and know it's a bad thing.  But what's the big deal?  Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical used primarily in the production of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins (i.e can lining). 

Because BPA is used to line food and beverage cans, such containers are considered a major source of human exposure to the chemical. One study found that just five days of eating canned soup led to a 1,000 percent increase in BPA levels in urine, compared with eating soup made from fresh ingredients. 
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Drink Your Vitamin C

Lemon (or lime) juice flavonoids have well known antiobiotic benefits.  They have antibacterial and antiviral properties, lots of Vitamin C which helps your body make white blood cells and some magnesium and potassium so your body can use all the vitamin C efficiently. 

When researching the nutrients in lemons/limes, I found that every lab had different amounts for all the nutrients - which obviously depended on the exact size of the fruit they used - but a side by side comparison is:
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Covid19 vs Past Years

In the 2017-18 flu season, over 80,000 people died from flu and it's complications, with over 900,000 hospitalizations related to the flu.  (source) -- remember this is 2 years ago - before Covid19.  As of May 11, 2020 deaths in the US from Covid19 are at 80,653 - but even that number is suspect due to the fact that doctors were told to assign Covid19 as the reason for death in cases that the doctors did not feel were Covid related.  The same is strongly true in Italy where ANY death in a facility that had at least 1 patient with Covid was deemed to be a Covid related death.   This should give you 'cause to pause' and think. 
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Sunshine or Antibiotics?

The DHS - Department of Homeland Security - has been working 15 hours a day, seven days a week since the onset of Covid19 to discover the secret to preventing/curing Covid19.  They needed to know how long it lasts on surfaces - and under what conditions - how long does it linger in the air - how can we best kill the virus?  They have worked diligently and tirelessly . . .. and what did they discover caused the virus to die the quickest ? Sunlight - outside - fresh air - humidity.
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Girl in Sunshine


Granny's Fruit Compote

It really doesn't get any quicker or easier than this recipe.
Adjust the quantities for how large a bowl of fruit you want. 
Will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week.

A glass or ceramic bowl is best, stainless will work in pinch.
Fill the bowl half way with as many types and quantities of dried fruits as you would like.
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Canning and Dehydrating Avoiding Commercial Additives . . . and Mold

Why take the time to can or dehydrate your own food?  I mean really - it's time consuming - and going for a hike by the lake just sounds so much more inviting.

One reason for preserving your own food is to avoid a food or food group that you are sensitive to.  Another big reason is to avoid those pesky additives that the FDA has deemed 'allowable' - even in 'organic' foods - things like citric acid and distilled vinegar.  Natural ferment vinegars are safe - in fact very good for you - but regular white, wine, rice, etc. vinegar, not so much.
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Comparison of Canning Seals

In the early phases of the Covid19 lockdown experience, I realized I would have extra time and thought I would can some dried beans - always nice to have on hand.  I had been thinking about changing brands of canning seals for some time and since I was down to only a few boxes of regular size seals, thought this would be a great time to order some from Lehmans.  They have been around forever and I knew they carried the seals in bulk packaging at a better price than the local stores around town with the Kerr/Ball brands in the small boxes.
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Cell Phone Tracking Apps for Covid19

In a rare joint effort, Google and Apple are teaming up to implement a contact-tracking app to their phone systems - while at least theoretically - protecting our privacy. The apps will use the bluetooth-based technology and will work across both the iOS and Android phones.

Rollout of this new feature (Phase 1) is estimated for mid-May. The basics are that when you are within 30 feet of another human (with a cell phone) and you spend more than a few minutes in that proximity, each phone will exchange with the other phone a unique identifier number. The identifier number will be stored for 2 weeks.
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Salt - for Health, Table and Canning

Depending on what article you are reading (and who funded the article) you can be convinced that salt is very bad for your health -- or very good for your health.  If you are confused, you're not alone - science has been debating the risks vs benefits of salt intake on human health for decades.  One of the challenges of all the research is that most of the research is based on regular table salt NaCl which is 97% Sodium Chloride and which is over processed and devoid of any of the trace minerals that might have originally been available -- not to mention the additives like anti-caking agents and the like. 
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In the Beginning - First Blog  -
Why Do This?

There has to a "first" for everything - a bigger question might be "Why?"

I'm retired - I should be going for walks with my dogs and having lunch with my friends.  I tried that for a while, but I don't do the "retired" thing very well - actually I don't do it well at all.  I need to be constructive - a part of the world - do what I can to make the world better.  For me, a life motto has always been the words of Henry David Thoreau . . . on Pursuing Life . .  in a letter to H.G.O. Blake, March 27, 1848:
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