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Sep 20, 2019

It is Friday so we have an interview show and today, I talk with Daniel Allen about aircrete - an interesting, insulative and very flexible building material that you may want to consider for your next project.

Resources

Website: https://tinygiantlife.biz/

Video course

YouTube channel 

Bio: Daniel Allen

30 years in the building Industry I took a job in I.T. and the company lost its big client to an Exxon buy out. The great recession hit and I could not find work without moving. So I cashed out my retirement, bought some land, build a small house and lived for a few years growing all my own food taking odd jobs.

I started building alternative buildings and had the opportunity to build every type of alternative structure. Eventually I found AirCrete, or cellular cement as it's know in the industry. I fell in love with it. 

AirCrete let's a comfortable structure be build in any climate affordably with the enormous amounts of labors required by typical alternative construction or expensive machines. Throw some tools and cement in a truck and one person can build anywhere they can drive to.

Now, I am starting a web based business teaching people how to build cheap beautiful debt free homes so that they can live an intentional life with or without a typical job. I offer digital video courses as well as workshops.

Richard Hastings turned me onto your podcast. I did a podcast interview with the survival podcast and really licked the interaction.

Make it a great week!

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Sep 18, 2019

Today, we will discuss three value-adding ideas for your garlic crop. Why? Because in just 3 weeks or so, it is time to plant garlic here and if you decide to sell garlic products, you may want to plant more than you did last year.

#HollerHatWednesday: What in the world happened?

Stump the Sauce

  • Why am I getting a huge air gap in my canned foods? Background: sometimes when I process foods, after I remove the jar from the canner, I find that a bunch of liquid has boiled out and it leaves an air gap. Why does this happen? Is it safe to eat the food?

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Insects
  • Eating fresh salad from the garden.
  • Laying plans to prepare the garlic planting beds
  • Jerusalem artichokes are blooming FWIW

Main topic of the Show: 3 value add ideas for your garlic

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Sep 16, 2019

 

Today, we will run through the various business endeavors going on here at the Holler Homestead and give on update on progress toward their goals - as well as share some lessons learned along the way.

Direct Downlaod

Amazon Highlight: Fine tipped white chalk pens

Show References: Episode 155

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Green Chili Event Update
  • 24 jars of salsa, 24 jars of canned stewed tomatoes
  • Canning is done for now 
  • Also: 100 lbs onions, 2 boxes sweet potatoes

What’s in Season

  • Lettuce is ready to harvest in the AP system - and it has been very very hot
  • Deciding when to harvest the sweet potatoes 

Operation Independence

  • Located a convenient place to have my pallets of coffee delivered that will save me $150 per time I order green beans!

Main topic of the Show: Holler Homestead Business Update

Make it a great week!

Song: Wolf

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Sep 11, 2019

Green Chili Day is just around the corner and I thought I would take some time today to share a few recipes, including my latest salsa recipe, talk about the event preparation and generally get folks excited to come here to the Holler Homestead and hang out. 

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

Direct Download

Stump the Sauce

  • How do I pull ph on fermented foods if I do not have a $75 tester? Can I use ph strips?

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Fall plants are looking great
  • Sweet potato greens - thinking about when I want to harvest the potatoes
  • Jerusalem artichokes are blooming and that means this is the time to mark your patches of wild ones for later harvest - the tubers will be starting to form now as the plant energy returns to the earth
  • Thinking about planting garlic - maybe this year is the year?

Duckling Update

  • Limpy returned to the flock

Main topic of the Show: Hatch Green Chili Day

Make it a great week!

Song: 911 by sauce

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Sep 9, 2019

Today I have something that is near and dear to my heart: I have been seeking something to support to help combat veterans who come home carrying a heavy burden. And this weekend, I had a great interview with Kurt Dugger of Freedom And Photography and Gretchen Catherwood of the Dark Horse Lodge. Kurt will embark on a  journey across the state of Tennessee in a paramotor to raise awareness of the high suicide rate among combat veterans - and to help raise money for the Dark Horse Lodge. This interview is well worth a listen.

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Amazon Highlight Terro Ant Baits

Show Resources

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Canned more salsa and tomato sauce
  • 32 jars of green beans
  • Ready to harvest some herbs for drying, but green chili week starts Wednesday, so holding off on making more messe

What’s in Season

  • Goldenrod is blooming
  • Plantain is back
  • Apples are in their prime

Operation Independence

  • Still dialing in the water situation
  • Offering my guest cabin for a 5 month rental starting November 1
  • Moving a guest camper to the Holler

Main topic of the Show: Flight for Combat Veterans with Kurt Dugger and Gretchen Catherwood

Make it a great week!

Song: Burned by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Sep 4, 2019

Remember the one thing that I always say about moving to a homestead? LEARN TO MAINTAIN YOUR WELL or PUMPHOUSE. Well this week, the holler homestead pump house was completely re-plumbed. I have patched and patched the thing for 13 years and since we already had redone all the house plumbing, Tactical decided to apply pressure until I let him redo the pump house completely. So I did. With one caveat. I needed to understand everything he did and why so that this winter, if something breaks, I can fix it.

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and whhy does Mama Sauce look shellshocked?

Announcement: Interviewed on The Survival Podcast by Jack Spirko today about building community - be sure to check that episode out.

Stump the Sauce - sauerkraut

Amazon Highlight: Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processor https://amzn.to/2LmLamh

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Fall transplants are in
  • Cleaning out the old-dead summer plants
  • Sweet potato greens are going insane
  • Cooler at night = more fruiting flowers on plants

Main topic of the Show: How the Pump House Works with the Tactical Redneck

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Aug 30, 2019

Today, I tell the story of the little duckling who could - or rather the little duckling who got herself into a predicament that almost resulted in a foot being cut off. Spoiler alert: she still has her foot.

Monday is Labor Day and there will be no show.

Green Chili Day Event Registration: https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/product/green-chili-day/

Stump the Sauce

  • Breeding chickens: what to do with the roo?

Main topic of the Show: The Duckling That Almost Lost Her Foot

Lessons learned

  • A towel on the washing machine makes a great first aid table for small animals - saves the back and storing animal first aid in the laundry room was a win
  • Do not use blue cote on deep wounds that will have to be stitched 
  • The story would have been very different had I been alone on the homestead (multiple people=good on the homestead)
  • Always carry your phone even on morning rounds
  • No matter how hard you try to be a good steward of your livestock - something will go wrong - be mentally ready for it -- and keep basic first aid supplies on hand
  • Even when it seems urgent don’t be in a hurry on animal first aid

CAC Team Seeks Hurricane Volunteers

Make it a great weekend!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Aug 28, 2019

Today, I will talk through four ideas for homey and homemade gifts you can start now in preparation for Christmas.

This is the fourth time I have done this episode and it gets harder each year. If you do not find something you like in this one, you can go back and listen to the past three. I have provided links to them in the show notes.

Past Gift Idea Episodes

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Thinning out plants to make room for the fall garden
  • Basil is coming on strong
  • Tomatoes are about done but I found a survivor
  • Malabar spinach is taking off -- need to trellis it
  • Grabbed and 89 cent bag of leeks at aldi and planted them
  • Getting fall transplants in this week because I found some

Main topic of the Show: Four Christmas Gift Ideas to Start Now

  1. Reusable hand warmer

     

  2. Brownies in a jar
    1. https://delightfulemade.com/2014/05/08/mm-brownies-jar-free-printable/

       

  3. Bitters

     

  4. Fire Starters
    1. Reference LINK: http://mylittleredtractor.com/index.php/2017/11/08/diy-fire-starters/

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Aug 26, 2019

Today I was inspired by a listener who posted a quote over on the Mewe group for Living Free in Tennessee to remember to take life's detours in stride - and we had a doozy this weekend!

Direct Download

Weekly Amazon Highlight: Bourbon Smoked Paprika

Green Chili Weekend Reminder - members only registration tomorrow, open to everyone on Wednesday.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Green bean derailment problem - Mama Sauce saves the day
  • Salsa is still a thing we cannot have enough of
  • Freezer Audit

Stump the Sauce

  • What to do if your partner is not ready to set long-term goals with you.

What’s in Season

  • Watercress
  • Sweet potato greens
  • Malabar Spinach and Thai Water Spinach

Operation Independence

  • The tub is set at Basecamp

Main topic of the Show: Prepare to Take Detours in Stride

Membership Sale ends Saturday

Make it a great week!

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Aug 23, 2019

Today’s topic was suggested on the Mewe chat group. Someone wondered if I could give a breakdown of project tracking systems and pros and cons. Then Mama Sauce showed up in town and I thought what better way to do this than to interview her - the person who has been with me through practically all of the gyrations and tribulations of FIVE different tracking systems until we have landed on what we use today.

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Interview with Mama Sauce: 5 Project Management Systems We Have Hated

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

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Aug 21, 2019

It is Wednesday so it is a homesteading day and what better topic to think about, dream about and focus on when it is 95 degrees outside and 95% humidity, than preparing for winter? 

#HollerHatWednesday: WHY IS SHE WITH THE TRN AND what is everyone around her doing?

Hold the Date: September 14 - Green Chili Weekend Event

Stump the Sauce

  • Tim on relocating peppers into the house for winter

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • What to drink after a very long, hot drive

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Hitting the fall planning and planting
  • Another small wave of tomatoes 
  • Chard and basil
  • Sweet potato greens

Main topic of the Show: 5 preparations for winter you can do now

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Aug 19, 2019

Today, I talk about some of the mental instability that is increasingly visible because of tools like Mewe and Facebook - and to encourage reactions in kindness.

Amazon Highlight: The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emory

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • 30 chickens, 30 necks, 60 missing feet
  • Freezer Audit happening this week when Mama Sauce arrives
  • Catfish from the farm sitter
  • Already using up this year’s salsa
  • Time to get serious about drying winter herbs like goldenseal, peppermint and mullein

What’s in Season

  • Goldenseal
  • Elderberry
  • Wild Watercress (unusually early)
  • Peppermint
  • Excited to see it will be another decent paw paw year!

Operation Independence

  • Debt O Meter - selling stuff we don’t need
  • New finance structure for all businesses is working - but taking discipline
  • New offering at Spark Communications Group: Website development coaching program (one on one - 5 sessions)

Hack My Solar Workshop Debrief

Main topic of the Show: Kindness and Sweeping Generalizations

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

Aug 14, 2019

A look at the homesteader as a whole person. What makes a homesteader successful or not successful? Well, it turns out that there are some things that many successful homesteaders have in common and today we will talk about four of them.

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

Direct Download

Stump the Sauce

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Dseased green bean vines are still producing like mad
  • Tomatoes are about finished
  • It is time to clean out the ap and interplant fall things

Main topic of the Show: 4 Essential Characteristics of the Successful Homesteader

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Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Aug 12, 2019

Today we talk about today and its role in building the life you choose to live on your terms. Because today is the first day of the rest of your life.

Direct Download

Amazon Highlight: Terro Liquid Ant Bait Traps

I wrote a cookbook! Cook With What You Have

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Freezer re-org month is upon us - you never know what treasures you will find
  • Canning green beans in 2 weeks
  • First box of onions is in hand 
  • 30 meat birds

What’s in Season

  • Okra is here
  • Harvesting wild herbs for winter
  • Time to dry some comfrey
  • Passion flower vines have flowers but no fruit yet

Operation Independence

  • Basecamp update: 
  • Debt Payoff: Tractor for sale 

Main topic of the Show: The First Day of the Rest of your Life

Make it a great week!

Song: Tripped Out by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Aug 9, 2019

Today is Friday so we have a thought of the walk and there has not been one of these in quite awhile since I took Fridays off in July. And today’s topic was sparked as part of a conversation over on our Mewe group about bullying. Because kids are mean, right? Or is it the artificial situations we put them in? But we will talk more about that in the main content of today’s show.

Direct Download

Janet Szabo is collecting links of listeners who have blogs, podcasts or what have you content sites - reach her in the Facebook Group or the Mewe Group.

Feedback on layout software from Derek

Main topic of the Show: Thought of the Walk on Bullying

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The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Aug 7, 2019

Today, we will address a set of homestead/food freedom related questions: What to do with too much squash, composting outhouses, keeping your animals alive in the heat of the summer, small business finance, self-publishing and more.

Direct Download

Mewe Chats Tuesday and Thursday at 7am

Amazon Highlight: Getting Things Done

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

Stump the Sauce

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Vacation and neglect
  • Tomato blight
  • Lots of green beans
  • Starting more seeds this coming weekend

Main topic of the Show: A variety show

Tamlynn: How to keep animals alive in the hear

Jenni: A series of Aquaponics questions

Ken Eash: Composting Outhouse

Joel: When and how should I harvest plantain and mullein?

Ryan: Business finance 101

Jenni againi: What's the best way to season a natural carbon steel wok?

Ken again: How finely do you ground your coffee for a french press?

Chuck and Barbie: How do you self publish

Thesia: Combining two flocks of ducks, or introducing young ones with adults. 

Amazon Highlight: Getting Things Done

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Aug 5, 2019

Today, I am on vacation so we have a replay episode and this is one from just about a year ago. It is all about #My3Things. This was the initial kickoff of that concept on this podcast and I thought it would be fun to revisit it a year later and think about how things have grown over this past year, the relationships you have developed with one another, and how many things we have all gotten accomplished in that time! 

Now...off to sip a cocktail by the pool!

Direct Download

Make it a great week!

Aug 2, 2019

Today, we have a fun interview with Tamlynn Clyde about lessons learned from the July Grocery Challenge - you remember right? The challenge where we decided not to go to commercial grocery stores for a month to test our pantry strength, our community relationships and ability to feed ourselves.

Remember, if you want to join us for an interview, you can do so by filling out the guest form here.

Direct Download

Tamlynn Clyde and her family currently live in North Texas on a 5 acre homestead. They raise honeybees, dairy goats, chickens, fruits and vegetables. She hates humidity, chiggers, and going to the grocery store.

Reach her on Facebook here.

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

Jul 31, 2019

And today we got 15 baby ducks and so must juggle the super small babies and the less small babies who cannot be raised as a flock yet because they are too far apart. And as I got to thinking about it, I realized that I have never shared how we seek tp protect our ducks from predators, so today I will review our 4 strategies for protecting our ducks from predators while free ranging them.

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

Email feedback to nicole@livingfreeintennessee.com

Stump the Sauce

  • From Emily: What to do with too many limes?

What’s Up in the Garden

  • Manually watering the AP Dutch buckets because the drip system is plugged up
  • Green beans
  • Sweet potato greens in abundance
  • Tomatoes are slow going this week
  • Squash is GONE
  • Peppers are a bust this year - I did not give them enough light and space

Main topic of the Show: Protecting Ducks from Predators

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Jul 29, 2019

Today, I really wanted to step back and take a look at something we do not talk about much here on Living Free in Tennessee - and that is reasons WHY people do not start their businesses. Or rather the top 5 excuses I see people using to not get started. 

Direct Download

Amazon Highlight: Sherpa Himalayan Salt 

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Time to re-order salt
  • Yes I did buy mason jars
  • Traded coffee for turkeys
  • Put up 22 pints of salsa, got another 20 lbs of tomatoes to process today 
  • The living room canned good storage area is full -- sooner than usual

What’s in Season

  • Jewel weed
  • Comfrey
  • Cook with what you have - the green beans that went to long! --- book promo.

Operation Independence

  • Basecamp update: cleared out the last of the smelly paneling and the bathroom is ready for drywall. It is coming along a bit slower than planned because of my schedule.
  • Saved $500 on tyres
  • Announcement - no show on Monday - vacation day

Main topic of the Show: 5 Excuses for

Make it a great week!

Song: Burned, by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Jul 24, 2019

And here is a fun topic for the summer: 3 ways to combat loneliness on the homestead. Because now it is summer. But winter is coming

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

Stump the Sauce

  • Stump the Sauce: How about them apples?

What’s Up in the Garden

  • The garden has outpaced my ability to keep up with the harvest, but this is more about my schedule than the garden
  • A mid July cooling off inspired me to get some new plants going in there - the first round are getting long in the tooth.
  • I am seeking sources for fall plants since I did not actually seed trays this year. Anyone local have some started?

Duckling Update - what really happened --- 2 ducklings have survived.

Main topic of the Show: 3 Ways to Combat Homesteader Loneliness

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Jul 22, 2019

Today we talk about canning, jamming, drying and freezing peaches along with tips I have learned over the years to make things go smoother.

Direct Download

Urban Homesteading Workshop in Charlottesville, VA

Hack My Solar Workshop in Clinton, TN

Amazon Highlight: Zyliss Garlic Peeler

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Peachapalooza - jam city
  • Out of jelly jars and low on canning jars and have not yet done beans, corn, dilly beans, green chilies or salsa
  • Focused on eating through the freezer - still haven’t done the summer audit
  • JulyChallenge Update - chocolate rations story
    • Assessing weaknesses - bourbon, chocolate, snacks - not a true weakness
    • In-Season means in-season (Onion problem is not really a problem)
    • Paper supplies are mostly well managed but it is going to be close on some items
    • I do not plan my pet food well

What’s in Season

  • Jewel weed
  • Red amaranth
    • Nother wild green that is packed with nutrient
    • Harvest young flowers to eat
    • Seeds are a grain that is gluten free
    • >>I always identify it when it is a bit late to eat the seeds but plan to cultivate a patch on my wild food hillside

Operation Independence

Main topic of the Show: Preserving Peaches

Make it a great week!

Song: Thanks Dave by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

 

Jul 17, 2019

 

Today I will catch you up on the duck hijinks at the Holler Homestead and talk about mail ordered ducks and the trials and tribulations that can happen with them.

Direct Download

HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

July Challenge Update

Email feedback to nicole@livingfreeintennessee.com

Cook With What You Have - Dori’s Story

Stump the Sauce

  • My salsa is too hot
  • Canning Yellow Tomatoes

What’s Up in the Garden

  • The July heat is stressing some of my plants and I am having to manually water
  • Sweet potato greens are coming on
  • Malabar spinach and Thai water spinach is not growing very fast - not sure why

Main topic of the Show: Mail Order Baby Ducks

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Jul 15, 2019

And the topic I have set up for today is one that people have been asking be to cover for quite some time. 5 ways to make good conversation. You may wonder why the asked me of all people to do this. I mean, I can talk for an hour at a time and it ends up being a podcast - and this narration does not a conversation make.

Tales from the Prepper Pantry

  • Salsa
  • Stewed tomatoes
  • Still eating workshop leftovers 
  • Time to do a freezer audit/defrost

What’s in Season

  • Sassafrass leaves
  • Mullein flower
  • Plantain seeds
  • Dill weed is about done

Operation Independence

  • Still working on basecamp 

Main topic of the Show: 5 Ways to Make Interesting Conversation

Make it a great week!

Song: Burned by Sauce

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

Jul 10, 2019

Originally, I had planned to talk about hand tool maintenance, but then I kept getting lots of questions about tomatoes - like what to do if you get too many, or not enough, or if your salsa is runny, or how to preserve them so I thought, why not talk about one of my favorite topics? Canning tomatoes and other ways to preserve them!

#HollerHatWednesday: Where is she and who is she with?

Ken Eash - A Good Carpenter

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/constructionandhandymanservices/

Stump the Sauce

  • What do I do if I make homemade salsa and it is runny?

Tales from the Booze Whisperer

  • Bourbon Ice Cube Update (slushy story)

What’s Up in the Garden

  • It is too hot!! 
  • Next round of seeds are in - watching the AP carefully for evaporation

Main topic of the Show: Canning, Using and Preserving Tomatoes

Shop on Amazon

Make it a great week!

Advisory Board

The Booze Whisperer

The Tactical Redneck

Chef Brett

Samantha the Savings Ninja

Resources

 

 

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