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Ok so as most people in the world know I am working on having our little farm become more and more self sufficient. So far Michael and I make and use our own soap, dish soap, laundry soap and such. We raise a lot of our own meat; sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese and pigeons and of course our quail. Our Goats and sheep also provide us milk which we make into yogurt, cheese, cream cheese and of course the above mentioned soap. We shear and spin the wool from our sheep and have future plans of weaving some and crocheting and knitting as well. We also hunt deer in season. We do tan our hides, just incase you wondered… Very little goes to waste here. .
We can what we grow, tomatoes, peppers…and a whole bunch of other stuff. We make our own jams, jelly and the like. The herbs and such we raise we dry and use all year round. We have learned to cook a lot of food from scratch and not to buy any where near as much prepared food.
We log our wood with our own horses; we use it to heat with and sometimes cook.
In the fall we plan to fire up the forge and make some new tools and maybe make a kiln so I can have some new dishes…lol
But in the mean time I am learning new tricks to make life a little better for us. Because we have chosen to live in the middle of no where thinks like soy milk and tofu and such are hard to come by and a bit pricey. However soybeans are cheap…around $9.00 for 50lbs/22.680 Kilograms….that is a lot of soybeans. It takes only a little less than one third of a pound or 125 g of soy beans to make a little over a quart or one litter. That mean you could make over 150 quarts or litters of soy milk for the $9.00. We buy soy milk by the half gallon now at a cost of around $3.00 or so; cost $222.00 not including tax. Yikes! So I will save at least $213.00 plus I am making it myself. It has a by product as well. The insoluble material which remains is called okara, and can be used as an ingredient for bread making in other form of cooking or as feed for chickens, sheep, goats and alike. So there is not waste. Anyone who wants to try and make soy mik just drop me an email and I will tell you how to make it.
No on to my other favorite food of soy…Tofu…Yummy white creamy stuff you can also make yourself for just pennies really. You need to make soy milk and than you need to heat it a bit just like making cheese. You a little calcium sulphate-food grade of course or magnesium chloride and it sort of jelles up . Next pour into a cheese cloth lined mold and wait.
Yogurt from soy just as easy…need any help just email me.
I plan to use soy milk to make soap as well….I will let you all know how it works out.