Crab Chowder – Recipe

We love seafood, likely because we grew up on the ocean and enjoyed so much of it growing up. A couple of years ago,  I wrote about Graham’s crab harvest from the waters off of Prince Rupert. Here’s a great recipe for Crab Chowder.

Graham’s a fisherman from way back and he loves being out on the water and has been missing ocean fishing.

 

Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast

 

Since he was able to limit out on crab, we were able to have a delicious dinner and still have crab left over.

He decided to spend part of the morning in the kitchen and got the rest of the crab shucked. Then he started improvising a recipe for a pot of Crab Chowder. Here is what he came up with (and it was really good!)

 

Good Fish: Sustainable Seafood Recipes from the Pacific Coast

 

Dice 6 slices of bacon and fry lightly using either a deep fry pan or a large pot. Add 4 cloves of minced garlic. Chop up a small onion and a few pieces of celery to add, if you like. Add 1/4 cup butter and sautee for ten minutes. Sprinkle in some quick flour and stir until it starts to thicken. Add 1 1/2 quarts of milk, put on medium heat and stir frequently.

While this is thickening, dice up 4 medium size potatoes and put them in a fry pan or saucepot. Barely cover with water and boil until the potatoes are soft. Most of the water will evaporate; then add the potatoes and the small amount of remaining water and to the bacon, garlic, flour and milk mixture.

Add a good amount of salt and pepper to taste. A couple of bay leaves are a good addition, but be sure to remember to remove them before serving. If the chowder is too thin, add a little more quick flour. Simmer on medium heat, until thickened. Stir occasionally. This is a wonderfully hearty meal, especially wonderful on a cold winter day. Serve it up with some freshly made biscuits and a salad and you’ve got a healthy dinner. Enjoy!

 

Seafood book

 

Here’s a recipe book if you want delicious seafood recipes. Seafood is #1 on the list of things we miss since we moved from the Coast. If you have access to ocean waters, get out there and started. You can drop a crab trap in waters that are from 30 – 75 feet deep. You can easily get crab with a 12 foot aluminum boat, especially if you are in a bay or harbour where there aren’t rough seas.

 

 

 

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4 Ways to Preserve and Store Food

Whether you grow your own vegetables or take advantage of farmers markets, you need a way to preserve and store that food for several months. Stocking up in September & October, when the harvest is plentiful is a great way to do it. Prices are lower and there are a lot of choice veggies available. Here’s a few ways to put that food away, to enjoy later in the year.

 

Harvested carrots and lovage

 

Storing some food is a great way to save money. Prices are definitely going to be higher all winter long, because of the lower supply and the same high demand. Starting your own stockpile of food is a way to save some money and start to feel more in control of your own personal food supply.

You can freeze some veggies or you could can them. You could dehydrate them (or most of them) if you like. You could store a few boxes of root vegetables down in the cool part of your basement. But what do you do if you live in a rancher home? You have no basement, so you have to start looking at other option.

You could look at building a small insulated and vented room in a corner of your garage. Another option is to have a root cellar. If you don’t have room for food storage inside your house, an outdoor root cellar is a great way to go. Built right into the ground, you can store all kinds of root vegetables inside. Mother Earth News has several plans for outdoor cellars and they range from the super simple to structured cellars.

You need to live in an area where there are cold winters. You also need to put in some time digging and setting up the root cellar.

 

Use Old Freezers to Store Livestock Feed

 

I have seen pictures of outdoor root cellars but instead of being boxed in with wood, the builder instead drops an old deep freeze in the ground. This is a great idea and would really work well. We use old freezers here down at the barn to hold animal feed. We don’t care if the freezers work or not. And we are keeping a few old freezers out of the landfill. Come to think of it, that’s where we got the three we have. A great way to recycle!

 

 

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