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Super Storm apple leather

apple leather close up and stove top working on a rainy day

The big bad storm didn't quite make it to our little corner in the mountains.

Nearby places got as much as 12 inches of snow while it just drizzled all night here.

It was still wet and cold, which made for a good day to finish cutting up the last of the lackluster Winesaps. The apple sauce is good, but adding a little honey and then drying it with the Excalibur made some very tasty apple leather.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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I'm very glad to hear you guys were spared the worst of the storm. Our old home in NH got hit with winds and heavy rain. Fruit leather = yum!!!!

Comment by deb Tue Oct 30 19:10:20 2012

I meant to add, thou gh I'm probably not in the correct comment section, that Joel's Book, Folks, This Aint Normal, was a world-view changer for me. I highly recommend it. Prior to reading the book, I was a dedicated vegan. But I realized that the energy cost (via transportation, etc.) of eating the kinds of foods that I needed to get adequate nutrition, especially for the kind of athletic endeavors my hubby and I do, was actually costing the planet a whole heck of alot. I realized it's actually kinder to the earth to eat local, holistically raised meats and to eat more seasonally. I mean, do we really need strawberries in January?
So, I'm now incorporating some pastured meats, and enlarging our flock of chickens to provide some ourselves, thinking of goats and even maybe a pig or two. The real shocker to all my friends, who know my vegan ways, was when I told them I'm processing lard to use instead of the imported coconut oil!
so, I'd vote for t his book for the book club for sure. Besides being informative, Joel's writing style is conversational and very engaging and enjoyable.

Comment by deb Tue Oct 30 20:42:47 2012

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