Canning Basics: Tools of the Trade – Pressure Canning

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Whenever you start something new, there are tools. Canning’s the same. Let’s start with my favorite – Pressure Canning.  I know that plenty of people are scared of pressure canning or feel that it’s harder than Boiling Water Bath canning. It’s not. It’s easy, it’s fun and it’s practical. Practical? Yup. How often do you […]

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Canning Basics: Types of Canning

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Despite what you might have heard, there are only two safe methods of canning food. Neither is better than the other, but both are used only for certain types of food. What foods do you want to can? Pickles, jams and jellies? Meat, vegetables and other low acid foods? The food you want to can […]

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The Amount of Energy Used Per Person In North America

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Do you know what that number represents?  It’s the amount of oil, or oil equivalent, that is used in North America. Between Canada and the United States, we use seventeen tons of energy per person per day. 17 American tons. Per person. Per day. Are you grokking this? Because if you’re reading this and just […]

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33 Ways to Keep Warm Without Heat or Electricity

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The power is out, you have no alternative heating and it’s midwinter in a northern climate. The temperature is down far below freezing, and you know that there is a danger of dying if you don’t keep warm enough. How are you going to keep warm? This post contains affiliate links. Dress in layers Underclothes, […]

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14 Tips To Make Every Meal Feel Like a Feast

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There is, I think, an art to setting the table so that a pauper’s dinner can feel like a prince’s feast. My mother did it for every meal, something I took for granted until years later. Sharing a family dinner, according to experts, is good for the spirit, mind and physical health of all family […]

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26 Ways to Prepare for a Low Energy World

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Recently I saw a cartoon where a man stood up at a Climate Change conference and, addressing the list of changes that people felt needed to happen, called out “Well, what if we do all of this, make the world a better place and nothing happens? THEN WHAT?” For several years now, I have been […]

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