Category — FOOD

Cash crop funds lifestyle
by VEG-HEAD on DECEMBER 10, 2013 - 1 Comment in FOOD, LAND

Nick & Cynthia- Blueberry Heaven!

Nick & Cynthia – Save the Blueberry!

Food producers Cynthia Lim and Nick Bray have cracked the big problem – how do you go off the grid and still make a living in the real world? The couple moved to a 7 hectare property  outside Melbourne Australia 12 years ago.

Some might have considered turning land over to cannabis cultivation – but not in Australia where cops act more like the Secret Service. Their answer: growing and selling blueberries.

They started with about 200 plants in 2004, just in time for the ‘‘drought of the century’’. But that ordeal has served them well.

‘‘We just thought we would give it a go and then the drought came along,’’ Ms Lim said. (more…)

The Christmas rush has begun…
by WRETHAOFFGRID on DECEMBER 1, 2013 - 1 Comment in COMMUNITY, EVENTS, FOOD, SHOP, WRETHA

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Unless you are blind and deaf or live under a very large rock, you are probably being bombarded with Christmas ads on TV, radio, internet, in the stores and such, it’s been a commercialized thing for a long time. You don’t have to fall into the money trap of this holiday, there are many things we can do to celebrate without having to go into a financial black (Friday) hole.

One of the things I am doing is I am making my own Christmas cards to give out, I am going to be using my newly acquired skills in Zentangle and doodling, I have made Christmas cards before, using scrapbook methods, this year they are going to be easier and quicker to make. (more…)

A Simple way to Harvest Honey
by SALLY BUCHAN on NOVEMBER 30, 2013 - 1 Comment in FOOD

trickling out of the beeswaxOne of the benefits of harvesting single combs at different times throughout the season is that you get to
sample honey from multiple flora sources because the bees are collecting from different nectar flows at
different times during the season. I have been amazed at the wide variety of honey flavors, even between
honey comb that I harvested just two weeks apart. The single comb harvesting method also benefits the bees.
To harvest a single comb the hive only needs to be opened very briefly, usually only for a minute or so, and
the bees hardly get disturbed at all. This is really a good method for a beginner, because it is
not as involved or intimidating as harvesting a bunch of combs at once. (more…)

Mason Jar Meals
by VEG-HEAD on NOVEMBER 26, 2013 - 0 Comments in FOOD

Ready-made meals in sealed Jars reduce need for refrigerationAlyson McClelland’s mom cans everything from barbecue sauce to fig jam.

Once the delicious condiments are consumed, McClelland gives new life to all those empty Mason jars by filling them with quick and easy meals.

“There are so many jars left over, it’s nice to be able to use them for something,” she says.

McClelland, who blogs at EatMeLancaster.com with her husband Brian, uses canning castoffs for sandwiches, salads and desserts. She got the idea from a local restaurant, which serves peanut butter mousse in a tiny jar.

McClelland and many others are sold on packing make-ahead meals in Mason jars instead of baggies or plastic wrap – an earth- friendly, cost-effective alternative that’s just plain fun. (more…)

Wood fired ovens and Pizza Kettles
by TECHSTAR on NOVEMBER 22, 2013 - 0 Comments in FOOD

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Buns for the oven

No need to spend $2000 or more on a wood-fired oven. You can build your own for $600.

Ovens were first developed for baking bread, and bread alone. Everything else was cooked on or in front of a fire. It was only in the 19th century that ranges with integral ovens began to be inserted into domestic kitchens and that roasting before the open flame dropped out of favour, only recently revived as we relearn the art of the barbecue. (more…)

10 steps to save money
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 18, 2013 - 2 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, SHOP, WRETHA

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We chose to downsize our lives, though in many ways we are living better than we did before. By turning our backs on consumerism, choosing to live more simply, being more frugal, we are able to live on so much less. This has done a couple of things for us, by giving up most things that create monthly bills, we don’t have to worry about falling behind and losing things or going into bankruptcy. We don’t do anything that generates bills, ie no credit cards, no loans, no car payments and such. Of course we have bills, I’d say that everyone does, but we have actively worked to pare them down to the bare minimum. (more…)

The Pantry Primer: Where to stash your stockpile
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 10, 2013 - 1 Comment in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Stockpiles: they aren’t just for pantries anymore!

You might be wondering where on earth you can stash all of the food required for a one-year pantry.  Unless you have a pantry the size of a master bedroom suite, it won’t take long to exceed the limits of your available kitchen storage.  But don’t despair! There are lots of little nooks, crannies, and storage areas around most homes that will allow you to discreetly put away a year’s supply of food for your family. Even those who dwell in apartments or other small spaces might be surprised to discover how many little hidden areas they actually have. (more…)

The Pantry Primer: stockpiling grains
by WRETHAOFFGRID on NOVEMBER 3, 2013 - 0 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

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Food storage calculators recommend 300 pounds of grains per person for a one year supply. For a family of four, that is a whopping 1200 pounds of food that you should store if you are trying to build a one year pantry!

That sounds like a really daunting number until you remember that it is divided over many different items.  To name a few:

  • Rice
  • Flour
  • Wheat
  • Quinoa
  • Couscous
  • Cornmeal
  • Barley
  • Oats
  • Pasta

You should divide up your grain storage based upon your family’s preferences.  After all, if only one person likes rice, the rest of you won’t want to be stuck having it at every other meal if you must live off your stockpile for a year! (more…)

The Pantry Primer: Stocking your supply of fruits and vegetables
by WRETHAOFFGRID on OCTOBER 26, 2013 - 0 Comments in FOOD, SELF-SUFFICIENCY, WRETHA

The Pantry Primer

A major challenge when living from your stockpiled foods is getting enough fruits and vegetables.  Without produce, your family can be at risk for nutritional deficiency diseases like scurvy and their immune systems will be compromised.  A minimum of 5 servings per day is recommended, but during the long winter, how can you meet that goal with the contents of your pantry?

Supplying your family with produce that will provide the necessary nutrients that their bodies need to thrive is a twofold process.  Not only should you preserve the summer’s bounty for the winter ahead, but you should also come up with ways to add fresh greens outside of the growing season. (more…)


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