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Archive for August, 2012

Homemade Drawing Charcoal (vine charcoal)

I came across this article from 1984 that I though I’d share for those of you who are on the artsy side…

Make your own drawing charcoal:

How to Save Seeds!

Here’s  a GREAT little primer on seed-saving, from the Seed Ambassadors!

Dehydrating/drying food…

While I’m talking about food, here are a bunch of links on drying food.

Preserving Food: Drying Fruits and Vegetables (almost everything you’d need to know, including re-hydrating and how to build a homemade solar dryer.

I’m also pulling a few links out of the Toolbox (right menu), as they’re classics:

How to Build A Solar Dehydrator For Nearly Free!
How to Make a Solar Food Dehydrater From Beer Cans
Backpacking Chef – How to dehydrate food, and tons of recipes!  Before this website, I had never thought to dehydrate pumpkin pie filling.




I’ve been experimenting with canning more and more every year, and it’s really becoming a fun thing to look forward to. I still don’t have a pressure-canner, and it might be a good thing for my social life that I don’t!I found a few resources that are great, and I thought I’d share them here.

Ball has some great stuff in PDF format:

Harvesting and Fresh Preserving Guide (what’s in season, when, and where)
Weights & Measures Conversion Chart (how many pints in a quart, etc.)
Pectin Calculator

Also, some other stuff I ran across that’s helpful:
How to use honey in place of sugar in recipes
Recipe Conversion Calculator (to scale down/up your quantity from a recipe)
This year, the Pick Your website has been invaluable for recipes that use honey or white grape juice instead of processed sugar (which I won’t use!).

I’ve also learned that you can make straight pectin from tart under-ripe apples or crab apples. Here is a link to a recipes from the Oregon State University Extension Service, but I’ll admit that I have not used it myself yet.
Homemade pectin