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How to Build a Food Dehydrator - DIY

How to Build a Food Dehydrator - DIY
When I first took up self-­reliant coun­try living in the 1960s, I tried drying foods in a sandwich of old window screens laid at a sun-facing angle across a pair of sawhorses, but found that Mother Nature dries slowly in our changeable New England weather. I also tried an antique sheet-metal wet-heat corn dry­er designed for wood-stove-top use, but its single, rusty-hard­ware cloth tray left barbecue­-marks on the apple slices. Plus, it was too small to keep up with our kids' hearty appetite for dried delicacies. In the 1970s I gave in to progress and got one of the MacManniman's big yard-­square electric food dryers. But in time the plastic screen on the racks snagged and frayed, and the oversize box got creaky from being hauled from cellar to kitchen and back. Being of dark-stained ply­wood, it absorbs solar energy for sun-drying and works with stoveheat and electricity as well. Ready-Made Drying Racks Know those telescoping half-window screens? Materials Trimming the Screens The Base Related:  Garden IIDIY Solar Food Dehydrators, Dryers#crosspearlpage.atroot

Howto: Fresh Vegetables Year Round without a Garden or Grocery Store Did you know that you can have a source of fresh vegetables that are available all year long without the need of a grocery store or garden? Read on to find out more… For those of you that may one day have to live exclusively off of your food storage, have you ever wondered what to do about the lack of fresh vegetables? Well if you’ve taken my advice and stored a year’s supply of grains and legumes, you already have an excellent source of fresh vegetables all year long – in your sprouted seeds! Seeds are nature’s miracles. The process of sprouting takes a carbohydrate rich food source and turns it into a “live” food rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and beneficial enzymes and on top of that is healthier than commercially grown vegetables! Here’s the process: How to Grow Sprouts CAUTION: Be aware that potato and tomato sprouts are poisonous. Referencing the sprouting chart below, measure out the required amount of seed. Sprouting Chart

How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrater From… Beer Cans! Please Share This Page: Google + stumbleupon tumblr reddit If you are a first-time visitor, please be sure to like us on Facebook and receive our exciting and innovative tutorials and info! This video by rickvanman is a must see for everyone who grows their own food! Drying food is a tried and tested way to preserve it – generally speaking home-dried vegetables will last for anything up to a year, although under ideal conditions it can be many years more! The technology used here is really simple and the materials are easy to come by. As the video was posted very soon after Rick made the dryer there are a couple of slight modifications needed – one is simply a 3-inch hole on the back (near the top) of the box to allow warm air to vent out. Another tip to make the most of this device would be of course to buy larger quantities of fruit of vegetables when at a reduced price and dry them at home.

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Cordless Drill Turned Into Bicycle-Powered Generator | Hackaday The bicycle is a great invention. It is an extremely efficient method of transportation, even more so than walking. So why not harness that efficiency for other things? [Tony] had that same thought so he ordered a bike generator but after waiting too long for the company to send it, he decided to make his own. [Tony] is an bicycle enthusiast so he had an old bike and an old training stand he could use for the project. Generating electricity from pedaling the bike requires some sort of generator. In the photo above, you can see a light bulb being powered by the bike.

Concept Plan for a Sustainable Farm Here is a sustainable-living concept plan for a 1/4 acre home in an urban setting. I hope you can get some good ideas from it for your own home! Following this plan is a concept plan for a home on acreage. Click on the plans for larger views! Below is a conceptual plan for a hypothetical sustainable farm that could be created on between 2-10 acres. Some things we have found particularly beneficial is siting the garden below our home so that we can collect the rain water off our roof and store it in a 500 gallon barrel to irrigate the garden. What sustainability means to me! More great ideas are available at Mother Earth News online: Solar Food Dehydrator Made from two cardboard boxes, some clear plastic wrap, and a little tape. You can build a nearly free solar dehydrator. Set it on a stool or chair and face it's solar collector towards the sun, and you have a functional food preservation machine for little work and even less money. The above picture almost says it all. To increase the efficiency, you may want to cover the sides and bottom of both boxes with fiberglass or styrofoam insulation. Drawing courtesy of: Mother's Energy Efficiency Book Copyright 1983 ISBN 0-938-43205-2 Rely on appearance and feel to judge dryness. Steam blanching is safe pre-treatment which can prevent spoilage - especially of low acid foods such as vegetables. Ensure food is thoroughly cool before storing. Fruits - cover with boiling water in saucepan and simmer the fruit covered for 10-15 min. - sweeten to taste at the very end of cooking. - remove from heat and cool still covered Vegetables End of Topic

traits of the disciplined mind mupfelofen-de/SNESoIP Permaculture Design for Small Farms and Homesteads - Sustainable Farming Conventional agricultural ecosystems (i.e., farms) are inherently fragile: Their productivity can be sustained only if fossil fuel subsidies, in one form or another, are employed as inputs. Most farms entail, as well, other very serious environmental costs. Clearly, we need to create new food raising systems that will conserve soil, water, and nutrients ... minimize the use of fossil fuels, chemical fertilizers, and synthetic pesticides ... and lead to regionally self-reliant food systems. Alternative farming practices—known variously as organic, biological, or biodynamic methods—come closer to meeting such a criterion of sustainability. Although the expanding organic movement is a positive development, in the final analysis agricultural production will be maintained only if farms are designed in the image of natural ecosystems, combining the knowledge of science with the wisdom of the wilderness.

Homemade Simple Solar Food Dryer | Simple Food Dehyrator Simple Solar Food Dryer The sun is a great resource for drying food. We have experimented with all kinds of ways to preserve food and dry wheat berries for flour. Try two window screens exactly the same size as drying racks. The trick to drying food in this manner is to allow for an up draft. For fruits and vegetables, we use food grade dehydrator sheets. Another way to dry food is to use bread crates as a frame.

Magnesium Introduction See Consumer for easy-to-read facts about Magnesium. Magnesium, an abundant mineral in the body, is naturally present in many foods, added to other food products, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids and laxatives). Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 enzyme systems that regulate diverse biochemical reactions in the body, including protein synthesis, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and blood pressure regulation [1-3]. Magnesium is required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. An adult body contains approximately 25 g magnesium, with 50% to 60% present in the bones and most of the rest in soft tissues [4]. Assessing magnesium status is difficult because most magnesium is inside cells or in bone [3]. Recommended Intakes Table 1 lists the current RDAs for magnesium [1]. *Adequate Intake (AI) Sources of Magnesium Food *DV = Daily Value. The U.S. Dietary supplements Medicines Older adults

Beer Fermentation Climate Box - Demon's Whisper My thirst for beer and my thirst for knowledge seem to be converging these months: I'm gaining interest in brewing beer that I don't even particularly like but nonetheless feel compelled to try to brew because it poses a technical challenge. Recently this manifested itself as a desire to brew a lager which requires equipment that I didn't have at the moment. Lagers fer­ment at rather low tem­per­at­ures and home brew­ers gen­er­ally solve the prob­lem by con­ver­t­ing an elec­tric fridge to main­tain stable tem­per­at­ures slightly above their in­ten­ded op­er­at­ing range. Some brew­ers im­ple­ment this con­ver­sion some­what crudely with a con­trol that turns on and off the mains supply for the fridge; others re­place the entire con­trol cir­cuitry with a PID con­trol­ler­ of their own. I was somewhat concerned about the energy consumption of yet another fridge in our home, however, and decided to ally with the cold climate of Scandinavia instead.

How To Turn Your Backyard into a Four-Season Farm According to Jack Algiere, the Vegetable Farm Manager at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, turning your garden into a four-season farm is easier than you think. Below, he outlines his plan for eating from your backyard year-round. Each bed is designed in a block and each year the crops are rotated to the next block. Plants should be planted in botanical families so families can live together in the same block of the garden bed. Most importantly: plant what you like to eat. Spring, Year One The key to spring planting is timing: Plant peas, radishes and spinach in March for eating in June. Fall, Year One Fall plantings can make it all winter if you protect them from the wind and frost. Plus: How to Store Root Crops for Winter Spring, Year Two Repeat the previous year, but move everything over one bed and use what you learned in the last 12 months. Fall, Year Two You should have the hang of it by now and can get creative. Plus: Canning 101: How to Preserve Your Veggies

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