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Surviving Spring Power Outages
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites It’s all fun and games until the lights go out. Losing power during the summer is hot, sweaty, and miserable. You hold glasses of milk against your perspiring …

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Surviving A Water Shortage

Add to Favorites Even the best water system breaks down now and then. Pumps fail. Electricity mysteriously goes off and stays off for long periods. Bulldozers diabolically seek and destroy …

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DIY Solutions For Off-Grid Cooking

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb Quite often, utility services are among the first things to go in the wake of a disaster. Tornadoes, blizzards, even just a bad thunderstorm …

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Off-Grid Refrigeration

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink When buying appliances for a new home or a remodel, most people cruise the big box store looking for the right combination of features, …

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Preparing For Power Outages

Add to Favorites By Jim Cobb As the weather starts to warm, we typically see an increase in stormy weather. Along with the thunder and lightning comes the threat of …

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Building Bridges With Basil, Rosemary And Yarrow

Add to Favorites By Judith Andrews Starting a medicinal herb garden in early spring of 2013 was the beginning of bridge awareness—the bridge between fresh herbs and their equivalent essential oils, between traditional …

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Wild Coffee Alternatives

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges You’ve heard all the pros and cons regarding regular coffee. Some are good, some are not good. Even if you’re a regular coffee drinker, there …

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What to Cook in a Solar Oven
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Several years ago, we added a solar cooker to our homestead tools. We have long, hot summers and cook from scratch every day, which was taxing our …

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Tips for Tiny Living on Your Land

Add to Favorites By Molli McGee of the Tiny House Society — Have you heard about tiny living? Tiny living refers to living in a tiny house typically no more …

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Tips For Farm Pond Design In Your Backyard

Add to Favorites By Anita B. Stone, Photographs by S. Tullock – Do you know the basics of farm pond design? If you’re ready to tap into a small backyard pond system …

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What is Sous Vide Cooking Off the Grid?
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites If you lose power, how will you cook your food? Whether you have acreage or an apartment, cooking methods are crucial no matter what. Is sous vide …

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How to Use a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

Add to Favorites When my companion and I began our 18-month transition period of moving to and living in the woods, we also began a period of education. We discussed …

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DIY: Make Peanut Butter

Add to Favorites Grow Your Own Peanut Butter! By Jim Hunter, Arkansas Peanut butter is one of our favorite foods. We became disenchanted with the commercial brands after seeing other …

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Heat and Eat on a Wood-Burning Cook Stove

Add to Favorites By Gail Reynolds, Missouri – Among the most common of homestead essentials is learning how to cook on the wood-burning cook stove. For most Countryside readers, the ultimate …

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Experimenting With Maple Syrup

Add to Favorites By Habeeb Salloum The first stop of our group on the Tap into Maple Route located in Ontario’s Lake Country and Springwater, an area within the larger region …

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