Oil Press By Jeff Cox -- from Organic Gardening, April 1979, Rodale Press IN 2,500 SQUARE FEET, a family of four can grow each year enough sunflower seed to produce three gallons of homemade vegetable oil suitable for salads or cooking and 20 pounds of nutritious, dehulled seed -- with enough broken seeds left over to feed a winter's worth of birds.The problem, heretofore, with sunflower seeds was the difficulty of dehulling them at home, and the lack of a device for expressing oil from the seeds. About six months ago, we decided to change all that. The job was to find out who makes a sunflower seed dehuller or to devise one if none were manufactured. The winnowing machine operates on the age-old principle of blowing the chaff away from the heavy grain with a controlled current of air.The unit uses a household or shop-type vacuum cleaner for its air supply. Tools Required 1. The press was designed so that homesteaders can produce sunflower oil from their own seeds.
29 Features Off The Grid Homebuilders Should Consider Guest Post By L. Fred Roensch, PhD In addition to the expected, e.g. high level of insulation, caulking, double glazing, smoke and carbon monoxide monitors and security systems – the following features are suggested for any “off the grid” home. Most of these features are well known and widely used in energy efficient homes – some are not! I’d like to share 29 features that I think every off-grid homebuilder should think about… Minimize total enclosed square footage The smaller the enclosed space the lower the heating and cooling energy demand.Minimize footprint by using two stories. Many, but not all, of the features listed above are discussed in detail in the following books: “Earth-Sheltered Homes: How to Build an Affordable Underground Home” by Rob Roy “The Renewable Energy Handbook: A Guide to Rural Energy Independence Off-Grid and Sustainable Living” by William H. “Microhydro: Clean Power from Water” by Scott Davis More books for off grid living… Category: Renewable Energy
Saving Summer II - Blackberry Cordial Snuggled up on the sofa with your sweetie at the end of a long day of holiday preparations, gazing at flickering candles, listening to softly playing holiday music and slowly sipping luscious, soothing Blackberry Cordial.... If this little scene sound appealing - prepare for it NOW by picking all those fat, juicy blackberries ripening quickly in the warm August sunshine and making your very own Blackberry Cordial. Believe me - making Blackberry Cordial is as easy as pie! Sarah inspired me to share this recipe and my Pesto Torta recipe as part of her Handmade Holiday Crusade. Blackberry Cordial is a perfect treat to serve friends when they visit, but it also is a most welcome little "take some home" gift. Ingredients 12 Cups Blackberries (I like to use fresh but you can use frozen berries as well) 2 Cups sugar 1 quart vodka 1 gallon size glass jar. ( I like to use the gallon size ice tea jars with lids that have a pour spout with a little flap.) Raspberry Cordial, from Too Many Chefs
50 Amazingly Helpful Time-Tested Kitchen Tips You know all of those helpful kitchen-related suggestions that old-timers are so willing to share with the younger generations? These little tips and tricks might be called “kitchen hacks” these days, but they’re still the same good old nuggets of wisdom that they always were. As with any old wives’ tale, hack, or tip, your mileage may vary. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Honey Extractor Got Bee's? I knew this day would come. One day all those bees would make some honey then I would have to make a honey extractor-anator and extract all the honey in the tri-state area. After all what could go wrong? I have been a city bee keeper for two years now and this will be my first harvest. This project went together by solving one problem at a time in sort of a hap hazard way and getting a bit of luck every know and then. The theory behind the extractor is to spin the frames of honey flinging the honey out and leaving the wax intact. I noticed that a frame from my hive fit in a food grade bucket that i had for making beer.
Green Building 101: Inhabitat As summer comes to a close, so does our weekly series on green building. Hopefully we have expanded your knowledge of applying sustainable concepts in your own home, whether it’s a studio rental in the city or a straw-bale abode in the country. Loosely based on USGBC‘s pilot program LEED for Homes, the series has covered subjects ranging from community planning and transportation, to light bulbs and leaky faucets. If you’re arriving for the first time, or you want to review the series, here are the installments in order of appearance… Location & Community >Sustainable Sites >Water Efficiency >Materials & Resources >Indoor Air Quality >Energy & Atmosphere >Environmentally Friendly Lighting >Eco-Power >Appliances, Electronics & Energy Use >Design Innovation > You can also find the complete series any time by clicking the GB101 graphic on our frontpage: Thanks to all of the readers, commenters, and participants who contributed in making this series a community discussion. + GB101 Series
Know Your Apples: The Spectrum Of Apple Flavors Anonymous said... Saved to my iPhone for future reference. THANKS! July 20, 2010 at 4:39 PM the only one i like is granny smith ha ha.. August 11, 2010 at 4:48 AM granny smith for the win! August 11, 2010 at 5:22 AM missing a lot of good apples... i'm mad August 11, 2010 at 5:44 AM Yea the best apple is Granny Smith hands down. August 11, 2010 at 6:06 AM This chart, without the Macintosh, is useless August 11, 2010 at 6:40 AM macintosh is clearly the best. although a tip of the hat to granny smith, a good runner up.tart apples ftw August 11, 2010 at 7:13 AM CalicoJenn said... fujis are the best! August 11, 2010 at 8:20 AM sam curtis said... Honey Crisps are far superior to any apple. August 11, 2010 at 8:36 AM damn, for real, Im the only one that loves the golden delicious? August 11, 2010 at 8:44 AM Anyone who says Granny Smith is the best has clearly never tasted a Honey Crisp apple. August 11, 2010 at 9:22 AM Are there apples not available to humans? August 11, 2010 at 10:20 AM Benny Lava said... Macoun?
100 Greatest Cooking Tips (Of All Time!) 1. Remember, y'all, it’s all about the prep. Take away the stress by doing the prep the night or day before. You'll look like a star.Paula Deen Paula’s Best Dishes 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Whizbang Cider: Whizbang Cider Photo Gallery My 46-page planbook, Anyone Can Build A Whizbang Apple Grinder And Cider Press tells you exactly how to build the grinder and press shown in the pictures below. If you don't yet have a copy of the book, these pictures will provide you with an excellent idea of just how simple and practical the Whizbang cidermaking system is. For those who have the book with it's many illustrations, these pictures serve to bring the line drawings to life. That is the Whizbang apple grinder, setting in my kitchen. The grinder is a souped-up food waste disposal (a.k.a., a garbage disposal) mounted in a convenient stand. Chapter Three of my planbook tells you everything you need to know to make the apple grinder. That's ground-up apple mash flowing out the grinder drain pipe. A bushel of apples (42 pounds) renders a pail of mash, like you see here. Here we have washed apples on the kitchen table. My son is feeding apples into the grinder. Here's another view of the grinder and mash-filled buckets. Wow.
Bulk Food Cheap: LDS Storehouses One of my readers had sent me an email last week wanting to know where to find the storehouses run by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (or the Mormon church as we’re sometimes called) in order to buy bulk food for long-term food storage. I thought I’d answer this question in a blog post so that all can benefit from it. I’ll also provide some insight into what they are, what you can find there, and of course where you can find them. What is an LDS Storehouse? For those not familiar with the storehouses, I thought I’d explain what they are and what their purpose is. The LDS storehouses (or Bishop’s Storehouse as we call them) were established as part of the welfare system set up by the Church which aims at providing assistance to needy families and individuals within (as well as outside) the Church. Funding for the welfare program (which includes the storehouses) is provided by donations from Church members. What Can You Find at the Storehouse?
Save Your Food: Canning & Freezing 101 There’s nothing like popping open a jar of homemade jam on a blustery winter day, as our grandmothers knew all too well. Once maligned as unnecessary and labor-intensive, home canning has undergone a renaissance. A new generation is discovering that there’s something uniquely satisfying about preserving the season’s best produce. Pretty much anything can be “put up” for the winter in a jar, from fruit to vegetables, beans, salsas and chutneys. You can preserve veggies in vinegar and make pickles, preserve fruits in alcohol, make your own tomato sauce or mash together berries and sugar to make jams, jellies and preserves…the possibilities are endless. Ingredients to look for Thanks to refrigeration, you can buy blueberries in winter, but that doesn’t make homemade blueberry jelly any less delicious. Canning is also a great way to use up a fruit or vegetable that you’ve bought too much of (went a little crazy apple-picking this fall? Keep your Food Close: Go Loco for Local Common methods 1.
French Lentil and Portabella Stew After seeing several recipes that call for French (or Puy) lentils, I bought a bag of them…and then promptly forgot where I’d seen the recipes. So I searched and searched yesterday for some delicious way to cook these interesting looking lentils, but nothing I saw looked like what I had conjured up in my imagination: a hearty, French country-style stew with fresh rosemary and mushrooms and wine. That’s when I realized that I already had the recipe in my head. Why was I looking for something in print to validate my vision? So I set off to the kitchen to cook this stew the way I wanted to, writing down the ingredients as I went. Ingredients Instructions In a large soup pot or dutch oven, begin cooking the onions over medium-high heat. Preparation time: 10 minute(s) | Cooking time: 45 minute(s) Number of servings (yield): 4 I cooked this early in the afternoon and left it simmering on the stove for a while. Now for the Children’s Review: E. loved it! Tagged as: Eat-to-Live, Gluten-free
Quick & Easy Homestead Uses For Plastic Bottles (PET) In the not too distant past, you would buy milk, sodas, etc. in glass bottles which you would return to the store to be sterilized and used again. Now, with our disposable culture, plastic bottles have replaced this system and have consequently become one of the many banes of the landfills. We need to rectify this wasteful and eco-nomically expensive practice. The current popular solution to the problem is recycling. However, recycling requires additional energy to process the material into something usable, not to mention the fact that the process itself can have harmful side effects. So a better solution, if you can't avoid the disposable containers altogether, is to reuse them. That said, here are 10 simple ideas on how to reuse plastic bottles around the homestead.
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