Our family has made solar ovens in the past from cardboard boxes and aluminum foil. Such a tool made a great Boy Scout or grade school science project when I was young, a curiosity or home school activity more recently. We built devices that could at least warm leftovers on a very sunny day, but never produced anything sturdy enough to last, nor worthy of preservation for repeated use. I all too readily accepted the conventional wisdom that Alaska’s high latitudes made solar ovens all but useless, a tool better suited to sun drenched states in the Lower 48.
Kitchen Tips & Tricks
Often we make things harder on ourselves than we need to. These culinary tips and tricks will help you cook real foods with ease.
Canning tomatoes can be very rewarding, but it can also be very tedious and time consuming. The hardest part, in my opinion, is peeling all those tomatoes. Do you have any idea how many tomatoes are in fifteen pounds of tomatoes? It’s a lot. Enough to make your fingers wizzled.
I’ve got a way to get through the peeling phase so much faster. This method is great for those of us in colder climates who only get a few tomatoes at a time.
Coconut Oil. It’s like heaven in a jar. I use coconut oil for everything, not only for it’s healing properties, moisturizing abilities and healthy fats, but you have got to love that smell. I thought it would be fun to make a list of all of the uses for coconut oil. Some you may have already known about, but some may just surprise you.
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that coconut oil is able to penetrate the hair shaft because of its fatty acid structure.
Goat’s milk gets a bad rap. I’ve heard people describe goat’s milk as “goaty” or just plain gross. But when handled properly, it isn’t that way at all! I’ve become a goat’s milk advocate of sorts, trying to get people to just take a sip. There are several factors that can affect goat’s milk. Find out how you can love your goat’s milk.
Introducing our new series, 104 Seconds with The 104 Homestead. This series will be short (104 second long) videos showing you tips and tricks to homesteading. Today I am going to be showing you how to remove the yoke of an egg with a soda bottle. Don’t get whites on your hands or break yokes anymore.
We all know that farm fresh eggs look and taste better, but have you ever wondered why farm yolks are so dark? Does a blood spot mean it’s fertile? Does the shell color change the flavor? Discover the answers to these frequently asked questions about farm fresh eggs.
Cookie Month ’14 is fast approaching. I want you to be armed with all of the tools in my arsenal as we head into the month of October. Cooking a soup or stew is hard to mess up, but cookies and other baked goods… those are an art. It takes finesse to create the perfect cookie.
If you’re like me, you can’t go to the grocers daily. You go every week or two. Sadly that means many of our pricey foods spoil or just lose their “freshness” between shopping days. Proper storage of your common food items will increase their freshness duration and prevent premature spoiling. Discover how to store these common foods.
This time of year I am harvesting things like turnips, squash, zucchini and broccoli. I am not one to push foods that the family doesn’t like, but these are some vegetables that pack a big nutritional punch. They may not like them just as they are, but in a new form…
The term “simple living” is actually a bit of a misnomer. Simple living can sometimes be rather hard. I mean, lets be honest, which is easier: buying a loaf of bread or making your own? But with the right tools it can be a bit easier.
People are passionate about how they choose to store their freshly collected eggs. Do cultural differences play a part in the decision you make? Do new chicken owners with no guide to pass down the skills make different decisions than someone who has a family that raised chickens for years? Let’s talk egg safety.
I have recently delved into bread making. There were a few hits and mostly misses at the start. The good news is that I’m always learning and improving. Mostly I’ve picked up some great tips, tricks and secrets along the way. Here are nine secrets I’ve learned as well as a few great recipes to try.
Is your cookware covered in weird staining left behind from years of cooking spray? The task of cleaning it is not easy at all. In fact, it is downright miserable. I’m going to tell you how to rejuvenate your baking pans and how to avoid ever having to do it again.