Recently I told you about the apple trees at the back of my property and my feeble attempts at getting some of them and questioning storage techniques. I also recently told you about expanded archery season opening soon in Maine. This year it’s all about the meat. Whether it has 12 points, 2 points or no points – I want it in the fridge!So I began my annual backyard scouting the other day, crossed my property line and shazam – look at this:
No, not my sexy boot, the sexy deer crap next to it (maybe I should make those pellets into deer poop jewelry). I was on my mini-scouting mission to put up a game camera I borrowed from a relative, curious to see exactly what deer were moving when. I’ve never used one of these things before, so I’m curious to see what it reveals
On this little journey following a clear deer path I stumbled across . . . . sexy blackberries! Oh my freakin’ word – they’re divine! They’re big, juicy, and melt in your mouth. Just look at ’em:
See what you can find with a little scouting. I didn’t even know these things were back there and I must have passed them a number of times. My favorite kind of backyard “gardening” is the gardening you don’t have to tend – just go pluck and eat, pluck and freeze, or pluck and jam. A yumma yumma! I would encourage anyone with enough space to plant piles of blackberry and raspberry bushes. It’s like the gift that keeps on giving. They’re fresh – organic – and should SHTF, it’s one food source that won’t require your labor (or much of it anyway). There were also smaller apple trees back there producing fruit that I intend to trim up when the weather turns cold. No problem on the neighbor, I have her permission. She doesn’t go back there, and she didn’t even know the blackberries were there until I took her a pile:
Look, there’s even some little deer pellets on the ground in that pic. Strangely enough, the deer didn’t seem to be eating the berries at all, which was fine by me.
Many of you provided apple storage advice – what’s your thought on blackberry longevity lovin’? Freeze ’em? Make jam? Anyone ever try dehydrating them? Seriously, I’m not usually a big blackberry fan, but these things are awesome. I love them – no! I looooooove them. They’re so sweet, so succulent, I could just . . . get naked and rub myself in them . . . . wow, that’d be so hot.
Hopefully my loading the area with human scent doesn’t drive the deer away for more than a day or two – or worse – force them nocturnal. I doubt it, though. I’ve never seen a buck in the yard. I suspect they’re already nocturnal. I’ve seen their sign, but that’s it. They know better, but the does – and particularly the skippers – they don’t know what Ranger Man dangers lurk in the trees.
What? Me? Shoot a poor little skipper?
It’s all about the meat I could never do that! Game camera placement? Check!
– Ranger Man
BTW: Following up on my home brew post, it appears I screwed up my first batch (I’m such a failure). The movement on the airlock had pretty much ceased, so I figured it was done when in fact I should have let it sit for a full 7 days – or so. Nope – I bottled. Now (I guess) fermentation is continuing in the bottles themselves – lol.
“Check one bottle a night” I was told, “because they could turn into grenades” – hmmmm – lol.
“Look OUT! He threw a home brew! RUN!” – LOL
When the bottles get too sketchy I gotta put ’em in the fridge to kill the fermentation. I tested a few bottles just a bit ago, and they opened with a solid “pop” – lol – and I can attest – they DO have alcohol – LOL! Hey, whatever, it tastes totally fine, a little sweet, but totally fine. I can’t fit all of these big bottles in the fridge, though . . . . which means I have a lot of drinking to do in a short amount of time – lol!
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And lastly, a recent, funny comment on my People: the Other White Meat blog post:
Hate to say it but I would eat a person as readily as a chicken or a cow. From what I hear we are red meat and ground up might make good burgers. lets face it when it comes to dire times I and my family matter most to me. If it came to hunting people I would do it alone and pawn it off to my family as dear or cow meat. With other options available this would not be the case, but should it come down to it the rest of you may want to lay low for a while.
Actually, scratch that “funny” comment – that’s scary!
*sip of home brew*
*bite of human thigh*
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