How to Prepare Black Beans for Vacuum Food Storage

This article describes how to store dried black beans for long term storage My wife and I eat a lot of black beans and rice. These two ingredients make up an universally tasty base to which almost any edible animal or vegetable can be added. A great snack is black bean and rice on a tortilla shell with some cheddar cheese. On the boat, we will often throw in some sea lettuce and chunks of sauteed greenling in with them. At home, we’ll dice up…

Wild Nettles on my menu!

What are nettles? We are fairly new to serious foraging for food. While I have been something of an outdoorsman for most of my life, I never really had a need nor a burning desire to fully utilize the natural bounty that wild food foraging can benefit us. For 40 or 50 years, I have known that wild nettles were edible. All of the books said so. Still, upon moving here 5 years ago and finding a nettle herb patch in our driveway, I had…

Square Cove – Guemes Island

Square Cove opening

We did a short day trip today. We thought we might spend the night out and had prepared for such, but with 3 grand-children and neither of us feeling all that healthy, left the options open. We weren’t sure where we were going when we left the dock. It was Vendovi, Saddlebag Island, or someplace in-between. We departed our slip at Cape Sante Marina with supplies for lunch, dinner, s-mores, and more. As we were transiting Guemes Island en-route to Vendovi Island, we looked at…

Preserving our harvest — Canning Clams

Here we are canning those clams we harvested over the Easter weekend. This article shows how to can clam meat, but the same steps can be followed for canning clam chowder. A beautiful spring day in April found us on the beach at Sammish Island using one of the many clamming tools available for clam digging; water mining for clams. I discussed this method of clam digging in a previous article so I won’t go into detail here, this article is to show one method…

Frittered Maple Flowers

This article discusses my experience with making some very tasty frittered maple flowers while on my boat, the Rock ‘n Row, in Watmough Bay on Lopez Island I was on a walk-break at work this last week and I saw that the buds had burst on a particularly large bigleaf maple tree. Out of the buds were popping these little adolescent flower clusters. I knew that the sap of these maple leaf trees was edible and I had heard one could even shuck the whirly-gig…

Clam Chowder Days

The sky is cloudy, the wind is blowing, rain threatens. Looks like today we are inside curled up with a book by the fire. This describes many of the days we have here in the San Juan Islands, some of my favorite days. Clam Chowder days. What better meal than a hearty bowl of clam chowder on a windy, wet day? I can think of none. That we harvested the clams with our own clamming tools, and canned them ourselves makes the chowder, to me,…

Water Mining for Clams

A helpful article on less labor intensive clam digging. Combined with the right clamming tools, this technique will ensure you leave the beach with plenty of clam meat. Easter Saturday and we are heading out to one of my favorite activities here in the San Juan Islands; digging clams! There is truly no more beautiful spot to be living than here. We are sailing out from Cap Sante Marina where we have the boat moored and heading to the North side of Guemes Island, where…

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