Glass Storage Jars
for Deer Jerky, Sumac, Oatmeal and Maitake Mushrooms
guest come to my
home one of the first things they notice is I don't have coffee, tea,
flour and sugar in strange glass
storage jars on my counter. I have
in very ordinary pickling jars that people that don't live in the
country, don't recognize.
These foods are on those glass
because like flour and sugar are to some,
these are the staples of my life. The simple acts of nature that bring
warmth to my table, and good taste to my meals.
Oatmeal in Glass Storage Jars
may think this
food was put on the earth for those less
fortunate to be forced into eating the sticky goo. Others love it. I
use it for everything from pancakes, breads, cookies, and even animal
feed. You can turn just a few pieces of fruit
into wonderful crisps, or heat up a bowl of oats and cinnamon
for a fast hot meal after doing chores in the cold. There just isn't
much you can't do with Oatmeal.
Oatmeal was created around the depression when a man noticed that
horses ate better then people. He took horse feed, oats, and made a
healthy food that everyone could afford. This wonderful versatile food
is one of the staples I keep in glass storage jars in my home that I
could not live with out.
Wild Mushrooms in Glass Storage Jars
not just any wild
mushrooms, but Hen of the Woods, other
names are Maitake, Sheep's Head and Ram's Head.
This wonderful versatile
wild mushroom can be frozen, dehydrated, canned or used
fresh. This huge mushroom can also be used in teas, with
wonderful health benefits, soups, casserole replacing meat for flavor
and texture and the list goes on. The flavor and sauces one
can create with just this one mushroom are endless.
Feeling too sick to make your own chicken soup? Make some tea from
soaking this wild mushroom dehydrated in a cup of hot water,
of simmering water on your wood stove. The properties of the
hen-of-the-woods are as good as, if not better than, your mother's
Sheep's head mushroom
grows around the base of oak trees. Lucky me, my home is surrounded by
oaks. Every year about half of my oaks produce a wonderful 20lb plus
sized cluster. This means I have the privilege of using all I want and
hoping I get it all used up, before the next fall's harvest. Thus, the
Hen of the Woods
is a treasured
staple in my home, and one I keep in
glass storage jars on
the counter for easy use. For you new mushroom hunters this is
a safe one to start with as there are no lookalikes.
Deer Jerky in Glass Storage Jars
Around here corn fed deer is a staple food. Freezer space gets pretty
limited come spring when deer hunting stops and you have all you will
get until the next snow fall about 9 months away.
Storing enough deer meat for a years use is tricky at best. Dehydrating
it makes good use of space and can be done with a variety of meats.
used in my home not
just as a snack, as modern times have
deemed its only use nowadays, but it can be re-hydrated in soups, stews
and a bit of water in a frying pan along with morning potatoes or rice
and a few eggs for a good, hot well-rounded breakfast.
How to Make Homemade Jerky
What makes jerky chewy is the way its cut. When the meat is cut long
ways with the grain of the meat, it becomes chewy. If you cut your
jerky across the grain, it is tender. For making your cooking jerky
tender and what you want for snacks (if you like chewy snacks) cut it
in long strips.
When I make jerky I'm normally doing a whole deer, or lamb, so I don't
take time making it pretty or fancy. In a bucket I put a gallon of
apple cider, a jar of soy sauce and a jar of Worcester sauce. This with
some salt is all I do unless making snacks. Then I may sprinkle some
flavorings on the meat as its added to the dehydrate. Simple, easy and
right handy where I can grab a fast bite, or have it ready
when I don't have time to defrost something for supper. Its meat on the
go, country style.
Sumac in Glass Storage Jars
Last but certainly not least is Sumac.
The photo shows little light
pieces in the ground sumac.
These pieces need to be completely ground before the sumac flour can be
used. They are hard and can't be chewed. The flavor of this
flour is like raspberry and just like a raspberry the seeds will get
So use your coffee
what ever you use to make a fine grind
and powder this into a fine completely ground powder. Then use it like
you would corn meal or flour. The flavor is well worth the effort.
Many people never think of using this as they believe sumac is poison.
It is - if it's poison sumac. The sumac bush in no way can be confused
with the poison variety.
has been used for
years by native people. Why when the land was settled its use was never
picked up by white settlers I don't know. I do know that its taste is
unique with many health benefits that wheat flour doesn't have. Wheat
flour also lacks the wonderful fruity flavor that makes breads,
puddings and teas something to talk about.
These are the wonderful things that live on my counter in glass storage
jars. If you have
something wonderful that is a staple food in your home. Please share
What do you have in Glass Storage Jars on your Counter?
and share what you have
sitting on your kitchen counter that you couldn't do without? What's in
your glass storage jars?
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