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Freezing Fruit For Storage

watermelon fruit ice

Watermelon puree in plastic containers can keep in freezer for several months. Use it for drink mixes or slushies, or eat it like a popsicle.

Fruit can be frozen and kept for later.

This is a fun part of food storage and it can keep for a while as long as the electricity stays on. If the power goes out you may have a pile of fruit and fruit mash on your hands, but there are a few ways you can use it up if that happens so be prepared with the recipes, too! This is a great way to guarantee Vitamin C in your storage.

Fruit is often overlooked in the beginning of food storage planning. As your interests broaden you can try canning and preserving fruit as jams, jellies, and in halves sealed in bottles.

This past couple of weeks I have been experimenting with freezer preps.

For frozen watermelon ice I cut sweet melon into chunks and then puree it in a blender. You can use this for just about any fruit. If you are going to use it soon you won’t have to add anything to it. I did this with cantaloupe, too, but you have to cut it in very small pieces for the blender to process it. A food processor would be great for this!

directions for freezing watermelon.

Tips on freezing watermelon.

Watermelon Ice:

2 C watermelon

2/3 C water

Puree in blender. Pour into cups for freezing. When frozen remove and wrap in wax paper or set in sandwich sized baggies. Place several in a gallon sized freezer bag and store for about 3 to 6 months.

Uses:

Popsicles

Slushies

Drink mix ice (drop in fruit punch or koolaid for added fruity flavor!)

Fruit water – drop 2 of these into a 2 Quart container and top with water.

You can use this method to prepare other fruits such as berries for freezing.

fruit

fruit (Photo credit: karen H. nickname.{ pooh})

Strawberries are another great freezer item. Our small family doesn’t use up a whole pint so they get topped and tossed frozen, too. I bought blueberries and black berries last week and then combined them with the strawberries.

Triple Berry Mash:

1 C Strawberries

1 C Blueberries

1/2 C Blackberries

2 T Lemon Juice

2 T fruit preserver

Puree in blender.

This can be melted back down for jam or even more yummy, use as a pancake topper! Love triple berry stuff! I could use it in pie filling and all kinds of goodies. When cooking with it you will have to use sugar. It is a bit tart!

To do a syrup you will need equal parts sugar to fruit mash and water or add to a simple syrup.

Simple Syrup:
1C water

1 C sugar.

Heat until sugar is melted then bring to a slow rolling boil. Remove and let cool.

For pancake berry syrup. Combine the berry mash (defrosted) and the simple syrup.

frozen fruit stored in bags and containers

Freezing fruit is an easy method for food storage.

I already could be accused of hoarding bananas.

I dunno. They start getting spots and I toss ’em in the freezer. Later I peel them and stuff 3 at a time in freezer bags.

Great in banana bread or smoothies, shakes.

See also:  

Survival Food Storage – My Favorite Tips And Tricks

Drip Irrigation For Watering Your Garden

My attention is on my survival garden these days. The drip irrigation system project I set up has been working nicely though with the temperatures here in the Vegas Valley plants are still suffering. During growing season this system is a convenient watering method and the project was simple to assemble. No major tools or equipment. A few helpful tips and instructions and it was done!

drip irrigation system for gardening

The reservoir must be deep enough for water to cover the vents when using a submersible pump as a water source for drip systems.

See the entire set up here at the following link:

http://www.squidoo.com/drip-system-irrigation-for-container-gardens

 

Drip Irrigation Systems For Container Gardens

Drip Irrigation Systems For Container Gardens

armenian cucumber in bloom with drip system

Tube watering can place less stress on a plant such as this Armenian Cucumber vine.

My vegetable garden is facing summer and with it comes the fierce heat that often destroys most of these tender plants.

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In my quest to prepare for this event and preserve as much of my hard work as possible I installed a simple drip irrigation system on my balcony.

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You see I garden in containers. My watering chore starts in the kitchen of my tiny apartment. It is brought in from the sink and carried to the vegetable bearing plants on my patio.

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A Place For Reflection
I garden for self-sufficiency and survival. I garden for peace and pleasure. It can be a place for meditation and reflection. The effect of this garden’s energies and her inhabitants are a much welcome distraction in a world that is hate riddled and filled with violence, ignorant nonsense.In this place I have my little, green plant friends sharing their gifts with me. The flowers are their smiles. The fruit of this labor is a nutritional addition to my diet and those of my family. These are my rewards. They are a welcome time out in my hectic schedule. The plants are arranged in an attractive fashion that is practical and decorative. It is labor of love project. Always changing. They do their growing thing while I observe. I want to keep them around as long as possible and enjoy their activity. I would rather watch my plants in action than most television programs these days.
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Before the drip system was installed, the effect of water pouring from the bucket drove deep wells into each container. This leads to soil erosion and delicate roots being exposed  in some cases. I would eventually have to replace soils in each pot. With the drip system, this is reduced to a minimum and the water source is dribbled directly to the root systems. From here it can be collected by the plant and processed. The tubes and supplies are inexpensive and the assembly is not complicated. My project cost just under $60 for the lines and the pump. It took just under a 2 hours to set up.

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The results? I now can carry those same buckets to a reservoir. From there the water is pumped to the sensitive root structures and I save on soil and watering time. 

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I am still fine tuning this system. I was a bit sloppy in the set up. The drip tubes spray here and there where they are connected to the main line, but I just arrange a smaller pot to catch the over spray so the water is salvaged. In time I will have all of it directed where it needs to be. My next step on this will be the addition of a misting system…

 

Related Articles on www.Squidoo.com from this author:

Growing Armenian Cucumbers In A Window Box

Creating A Miniature Vegetable Garden

 

H2O – Homemade Water Filters – BSF

English: Biosand filter connected to tradition...

Homemade BioSand Water Filter

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Homemade BioSand Water Filter

A homemade water filter, like a BioSand filter (or BFS for short) can be made with inexpensive materials and put to work in about an hour or so. Although it works slowly, filtering dirty water into clean drinkable water in droplets setting it up can be done with very few tools and it can be operational right away.

With so many ideas floating around about preparedness, water filtration and clean h20 swims to the top of the list. (more…)


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