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Fruit-Infused Vinegar

I can’t believe almost a month has passed since my last post, which by the way, was only a picture!  Lame, I know!  What can I say, life has taken a turn and unfortunately it isn’t in the direction of my garden.  When I take something on I throw everything I have at it.  In the past it was sewing, then food growing, and now my career.  I also happen to be someone who refuses to fail; when I’m told I can’t do something I will stop at nothing to prove you wrong.  Well, I finally hit a wall.  I’ve been struggling for months, refusing to admit what everyone else has been telling me.  I. can’t. do. it. all.

I can’t work 14 hour days, take on custom orders for PixyPatch, blog, and maintain close to 2000 square feet of growing space.  There I said it.  –>Insert HUGE sign of relief (and defeat).<–  Something has got to give and unfortunately it’s the garden.  Fear not friends, I’ll still be around, I’m just scaling back.  Way back.

Over the past month I’ve done a bit of canning, dehydrating, and cooking.  As to when those posts will actually make it onto OGT has yet to be determined.  I whipped up a delicious vanilla-ginger rhubarb jam several weeks ago and I’d love to share it while rhubarb is still in-season, but I make no promises! 🙂

I am however going to share a quick recipe for fruit-infused vinegar.  It is the perfect addition to all those fresh-from-the-garden salads!

Strawberry-Infused Vinegar

2 cups fresh fruit: I used strawberries but plan on trying cherries, blueberries, and peaches!

2 cups distilled white vinegar

Place fruit and a bit of vinegar in a food processor and purée until smooth.  Combine liquid fruit and remaining vinegar in a sterilized quart jar, add lid and shake.  Allow mixture to sit in a cool dark place for 10 days; shake daily to blend flavors.

Strain vinegar through several layers of cheesecloth or coffee filters and discard solids.  Vinegar will keep at room-temperature for up to a year.

Images and content copyright © 2009-2012 Danielle R Limoge. Recipe courtesy of Put ’em Up.

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Laundry, naturally clean.

I started using natural laundry detergent 4 years ago.  At first I was really skeptical of its proclaimed cleaning ability, especially since there were no bubbles.  I mean, its common knowledge that if you want to make something really clean you have to create bubbles, right?  Wrong.  After a bit of research I learned (chemical) foaming agents are added to conventional detergents (and shampoos) to make them sudsy.  I’m sure some corporate bigwig or mad-chemist came up with this great marketing scheme for adding bubbles to products to entice the public to purchase them.  Clearly, it worked.  In all actuality, it’s the agitation of the fibers that really gets the dirt out; you could wash your clothing, sans detergent, and it would still end up pretty clean!

Natural Laundry Detergent

2 C washing soda (sodium carbonate)

2 C borax (sodium borate)

1 C baking soda (sodium bicarbonate)

2 bars of natural soap, grated.

Combine all ingredients and store in a jar.  You can add a few drops of essential oil as well.  I’ve been trading with Libby, of Maylee’s Graden, for years; it was her vegan soap that got me hooked in the first place!  I’ve been using the above recipe for the past 3 years.  You don’t need to add much; I use two scoops, which is probably 2 Tbsp per load.  Obviously, I’m not a coal miner, so in reality, how dirty can my clothes get?  I do wash my *garden grubbies* separately though, and that load sometimes gets an extra scoop depending on how much dirt I’ve been crawling around in! 

As far as fabric softeners go, adding 1/2 cup of white vinegar and a few drops of lavender essential oil (my favorite and it’s antibacterial) to the rinse cycle is all it takes!  The vinegar smell will disappear once the laundry is dry, it even makes line-dried towels softer!  And since we are on the topic of laundry and chemicals, may I suggest checking out nontoxic.com.  My friend gifted me a set of their dryer sheets about 6 years ago and I was instantly hooked!  And yes, they really do stop static cling!  They are a bit of an investment, so if you’re tight on funds I’ve heard similar results can be achieved by tossing in a piece of polly fabric in with your cottons and vice versa!  

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