12 May 2017

Preserving and Bulk Buying

We've been busy stocking up lately.
We were gifted a couple of kilos of tomatoes recently so I found a nice, easy recipe and made some tomato relish in the slow cooker. The recipe, and my alterations, on the recipes page. I'll be giving a jar to the donor of the tomatoes as a thank you.

I have a habit of skimming through the local Facebook buy, swap and sell page and discovered some wheat and barley at around half the price we usually pay for it, but, it was in the bulk buy form of a 200 litre, or 44 gallon drum, purchase for each type. After discussion we decided that it was worth it, as 2 drums of each will last us at least 6 months, and there is already a mouse plague on it's way over from the west so prices could rise. The sealable metal drums will protect the grain and we can refill them from the same supplier each time. Good for us and good for a local farmer who sells direct from his farm :).

Shifting the heavy drums from the trailer, after we had them home, was a bit of a challenge and meant some interesting manoeuvering to avoid back strains at one time.

With the forklift, and some blocks for support at strategic moments, the drums were set up under cover until the contents are required.

So now the chickens and herbivores have their pantry filled until Spring!
Robyn Louise XO


  1. I'm sure your tomato donor will be very happy with your relish. Enjoy.

  2. I must check out your recipe, Robyn. We haven't had many tomatoes this year as the heatwave roasted them.

    1. I had that heatwave problem as well, but with cherry tomatoes, so the hens had some surprise treats!Chel, I've only taste tested it before it was bottled, so it will be interesting to see how it matures in a few weeks.

  3. I'm all for the 'strange' manoeuvers to stop back strain - I'd don't care what people say anymore. Legs are the strongest part of our body and I completely understand sitting down to use the strength of just my legs to shift a heavy object.

  4. Exactly. The drums of barley weighed 125kg each, the wheat were 175kg each. Also glad we have the old forklift! That and the F100 are our "draft horses"...haha.