How to Keep Eggs Fresh for a Year with Isinglass

 Eggs

There are many ways of preserving eggs when you’re fortunate enough to have a glut of them, but by and large, each one has its shortcomings.

Pickling eggs when all your girls are laying in the summer gives tasty and reliable results, but the eggs are cooked and the strong pickled flavour isn’t ideal for lots of dishes. [Read more…]

How to Make Your Own Bouillon Cubes at Home

Bouillon Cubes

No one likes bland food. That’s why herbs and spices and things like bouillon cubes exist. But, have you looked at the sodium content in bouillon powders?! Yikes! Just 1/2 a tablet (950 mg of sodium) accounts for 40% of your daily value (and that’s calculated on a 2000 calorie diet). Health Canada recommends a sodium intake of 1500 mg/day. [Read more…]

How to Bake Bread the Really Old Fashioned Way (Without a Bread Machine)

Bread

Crusty, sweet, chewy bread. Who doesn’t like ciabatta lightly grilled and spread with tapenade, or French toast made with challah, sautéed in butter, dusted with sugar, and covered in pure maple syrup?

While it’s been a staple of human consumption for thousands of years, most modern recipes for bread call for flour, water, salt and “active dry yeast.” This type of yeast is made of single-celled living organisms named saccharomyces cerivisiae. Like humans, yeast cells consume oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. When mixed with gluten, a type of protein found in wheat, rye and barley, fermentation begins and the cells expel carbon dioxide, creating bubbles which make the dough rise and give it texture. Without it, you typically end up with unleavened bread, aptly called ‘flatbread’. [Read more…]

How Can You Make Your Own Powdered Milk

Powdered Milk

The process of making powdered milk is an interesting operation. Milk comes from dairy farms scattered across the countryside. Each morning, large tank trucks stop at each dairy farm and collect the milk that has accumulated over the past day. [Read more…]

How to Can Meat, Cheese And Butter

canning

Abundant fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood are savored during the peak of the season and safely preserved to enjoy all year. What was once done out of necessity, today has become an opportunity to take control of the food you and your family consume. These beautiful jars of home-canned goodness will give you the satisfaction of knowing the quality and freshness of the food in your pantry. They will also ease your meal planning and take a bite out of your garbage and recycling needs. Reusable jars and bands can be used for many years. The flat lid is the only piece to be discarded. Home canning is well worth the effort when you take that first delightful bite of food canned in your own kitchen!Abundant fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood are savored during the peak of the season and safely preserved to enjoy all year. What was once done out of necessity, today has become an opportunity to take control of the food you and your family consume. [Read more…]

Vegetable Jams: Long Forgotten Recipes Grandma’ Used To Make

Jams

Many of the vegetables that we usually cultivated in our lands, are used to cook delicious jam. Sometimes they are a bit unusual and surprising or enriched with a curious ingredient characterizing them.

Any chilli jam recipes call for peppers, or ginger, or garlic, or tomatoes, or … well, you name it. But all you really need is sugar, chillies (obviously), vinegar and a source of pectin, which makes jam set. Learn to combine these four, then you can start adding bells and whistles. But this recipe, is good enough to stand on its own. [Read more…]

23 Awesome DIY Rainwater Harvesting Systems You Can Build at Home

rainwater

Around 600 gallons of rainwater can be harvested from about one inch of rain if it falls from a thousand square foot roof. Doesn’t that sound like a lot of water that you could harvest and use for free?

Well, we thought so too.

That is why my husband and I began harvesting our rain water. It is a great way to water your livestock, vegetable garden, flowers, and some even use it for drinking. [Read more…]

25 DIY Root Cellar Plans & Ideas to Keep Your Harvest Fresh Without Refrigerators

Root Cellar

Have you ever stopped to think what people did long before refrigeration? I’ve already touched the subject on how to live without refrigeration, but have you ever really stopped and thought what life would be like without it? [Read more…]