Archives for February 2013

Making Vinegar From Fruit Scraps, Beer, Coconut Water, Interview with Gregg Cole And More Herbs YCH#17

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The wonderful world of vinegar!

Vinegar can easily be made from any fruit or even old wine or beer.   You can easily make it from fresh apple cider, or fruit scraps.  Here are some ideas:  Recycling fruits for vinegars:

Pineapple vinegar – to 1 pineapple peeling chopped add 1/4 cup sugar and about a quart or liter of water.  Cover with cheesecloth to keep flies out.  After about 1 week it will darken.  At this point strain.  Let it age at least 2-3 weeks more.

Think also about apples – peels and cores, bananas, grapes, berries, pears, plums, peaches.  Think about blueberries or black berries.  Same recipe 1/4 to 1/2 cup sugar to 1 quart water over fruit scraps!

Switchel (vinegar based soft drink) : 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup molasses, 2 inches grated gingerroot.

How about a blackberry vinegar?
1.  Stir 2 cups blackberries and 2-3 TBL sugar together in a non-reactive pan and heat
on low .
2.  Pour berry-sugar mixture into a glass jar or bowl.  Add 2 cups vinegar.
Stir and mash to combine ingredients and release juice from berries.
Cover bowl completely with plastic wrap or cheesecloth
3.  Stir the mixture once every two or three days.
3.  In two weeks, stir the mixture and then strain the mixture through a
cheesecloth or sieve (to remove seeds).
Then strain again through coffee or tea filters (for a very clear vinegar).
Keeps up to a year in the fridge.

Here is an idea just for fun; coffee vinegar: http://frombellytobacon.com/2012/10/25/coffee-vinegar-and-kombucha/

Hmmm, isn’t kombucha just a fermented (vinegar) tea….

I noticed a lot of recipes for fruit vinegars were just simmering fruit in white vinegar.  I’m sure these taste fine and are probably great for salad dressings and marinating meat.  However, I would like to make mine with “the Mother”.  This way you also get all the probiotic goodness.

I interview Gregg Cole (AKA Gregg Carter) and here is a link to his blog:www.theruraleconomist.blogspot.com

More on herbs:

Chamomile, cleavers, comfrey and crampbark.

Dog urine removal link: http://www.dogchatforum.com/dog_urine_odor.htm#.USpiC8Ao7LQ

I keep forgetting to mention this:In answer to question: sauerkraut salt to cabbage ratio.  For 5# cabbage add 3 TBL salt.

Medicinal Herbs; Blackberry, Black Cohosh, Loquat YCH#16

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  • Today we talk about growing and using loquat as food and medicine
  • Loquat leaves for medicine, fruit for wine, seeds for medicine and a special drink
  • Blackberry-under appreciated for it’s medicinal uses
  • Black cohosh – not just for  women
  • How are you doing on your preps?`
  • Diet for perfect health

 

Make self Watering Planters From Soda Bottles

          sodaplanter2cut the top

Don’t pollute with plastic soda bottles. Take a few seconds and make a self watering planter.  It is so easy and tested by me.  Just cut the top off.  Loosen the cap.You can cut the sides here

Flip it upside down and shove it back in the bottle.  Before this you can cut the sides of the top you cut off to make it go down easier.  Some people add a string between the inverted top and soil mixture for wicking, but it is not really needed.  I love these easy self watering planters.  Listen to podcast episode 15 for details!

plntrplntrtwaterchamberHere is the water chamber – easy
finished planter with elderberry plant

Common Herbs And Their Uses YCH#15

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Today we have updates and just sharing for the first 20 min.  Then we get more into common herbs:

  • Basil
  • Holy basil
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Arugula
  • Parsley
  • And more on making self watering planter cheap and easy!
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