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Fat of the land

Updated on November 8, 2011

one day i was eating an apple that i had bought from the store and thought to myself, "wait a second, these things come out of the ground! Why am I paying for this?" So I decided to keep the seeds and grow some of my own. It's been several months and I now have three little sprouts growing in the kitchen. Now in about five years or so I'll never have to pay for an apple again. after i realized i could grow stuff.

The reason I brought this up is simply because I think it is a good idea to find ways to get by without having to use money.

Blackberries

Here in the great state of Washington blackberries grow wild. In fact we try to do what we can to keep them from taking over the entire area. although there are several uses for them, it is not much of a money saver when you are having to blow cash on other supplies like sugar and flour. It takes equal parts of sugar and berry juice to make jam, along with some pectin unless you are old fashioned and just like to spend the entire day stirring. There's nothing quite like using local resources to cook and can with.

Another thing that's easy to make is a blackberry pie. The berries are free but the flour and sugar aren't. None the less it makes for good practice and it gets the brain pointed in the direction of self sufficiency. If you have never been one for cooking all you need is the internet and there's stuff on there that will show you how to do anything.

Jalapeno poppers

It's real easy to make poppers, I personally think they taste best with bacon wrapped around them,(but then again everything tastes better with bacon).

All you need to do is cut the peppers in half, dig out all the seeds and fill them up with cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Wrap bacon around them and put them in the oven at 350 degrees for forty minutes. An important lesson I learned the hard way is that you need to wear gloves or you will get burned. I've also been saving the seeds for everything that i use just to see if it will grow in the garden next year. Next year I'll see if all those pumpkin seeds I saved will work so I can get some home grown jack-o-lanterns for Halloween.

Out door BBQ

Part of the American dream is our God given right to grill stuff. in my opinion there's only one way to eat meat. Get the coals hotter than blazes and throw that dead animal on there for a minute or two on each side. If it doesn't bleed out like a stuck pig when you cut into it you did something wrong. Now some people like to put rubs on their meat but I think the best way to dress up a pork chop is putting BBQ sauce on it a few minutes before it's done. (Disclaimer, don't under cook pork, it's bad for you), or by letting it soak over night in a nice marinade.

I'm telling you the internet is an amazing thing, It taught me how to germinate a seed, make a perfect crepe, shoot a muzzle loader, and tile the bathroom floor.

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    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR

      Onusonus 

      6 years ago from washington

      Perspycacious, thanks for commenting. I must admit that those little trees I started aren't doing so great, but I have more seedlings in the fridge, I'll get something out of it eventually. It's all about trial and error...

      And you are right about the prices of produce. It never seems to go on sale and why should it? Nobody knows how to grow stuff their selves these days, at least where I live.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      6 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      We are fortunate to have 23 apricot trees and twin apple trees (twins because they were planted together and now grow inches apart and some 30' tall). All grew from seeds left when we had consumed the fruit. Just like (in bygone days when interest could keep pace with inflation!) deposits only grow, if they are allowed to do so over time. A quicker route to the apples (and apricots) is to buy an already growing tree at least 3 to 5 years old, plant it (directions are provided, or use the online instructions you alluded to) and water it, etc. We are fortunate to have good soil and just under an Acre (part of which the house and our store occupy) and with effort (primarily for growing the vegetables) we are approaching self-sufficiency (rabbits can meet the need for quality meat) and a few chickens can be self-perpetuating, too, for eggs and white meat. With a larger "spread" there's no telling what we could do...even live as Americans lived during the not-too-far-gone-days! My dad told me that "in the old days, when times got tough, folks moved back to the farm and took care of themselves; but these days, when times get tough, they move to the city and expect the government to take care of them!" So true, so true. Any idea when that "government" we have (which is now over $15,000,000,000,000.00 in debt) will have to stop supporting folks who no longer know how to feed themselves without Food Stamps, and end the dole of un-work insurance? With all the good soil that still exists for lease, purchase, or even homesteading, and folks willing to teach others to fish and hunt, there is a chance that some folks just might slim down by doing some farming again! And, if the price of fruit and produce keeps going up (like it's already doing) someday that time spent digging and weeding, might just be profitable again. In the meantime, don't knock it until you've tried it! How are your apple tree sproutings doing now?

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR

      Onusonus 

      6 years ago from washington

      Ruffrider, I agree. I have relatives down south who never left the country life and I couldn't see them loosing out as much as I would in a depression.

      Thanks for reading.

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      ruffridyer 

      6 years ago from Dayton, ohio

      People need to be more self sufficient. When the depression hit in 29 a lot more people lived on farms and knew how to grow and store food. If/when that happen's again more people will starve due to lack of skill's n knowledge.

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR

      Onusonus 

      6 years ago from washington

      stessily, you've got it. Fruits and veggies cost too much and they come from the ground for free.

      Thanks for reading.

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      stessily 

      6 years ago

      Onusonus: Thank you for this interesting perspective on self-sufficiency. I loved your opening sentence because I've caught myself thinking similar thoughts about apples, pears, peaches, avocados, etc. Good luck with your crop and thanks for sharing.

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR

      Onusonus 

      6 years ago from washington

      raxit02, thanks for reading.

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      raxit02 

      6 years ago from Amsterdam, The Netherlands

      You are amazing, man. Keep it up.

    • Onusonus profile imageAUTHOR

      Onusonus 

      6 years ago from washington

      Bad luck dude. Maybe next year. come to think of it, we have a lot of squirrels in my neighborhood.

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      Attikos 

      6 years ago from East Cackalacky

      I've tried growing apples. The squirrels stole every last one of them, so I gave it up as a lost cause.

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