Make your own vinegar (all kinds)!


How to Make Vinegar

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How to make cordage/rope (resources)

Cordage (rope and string) can be made from many fibers including (Bast) Dogbane, Milkweed, Nettles, Hemp, Flax; (Leaves) Cattail, Yucca, Agave, Douglas Iris; (Bark) Willow, Maple, Basswood, Cedar; (Root) Leather Root, Beach Lupine; (Whole stem) Tule, straw, Juncus. Each material has specific requirements for extracting and preparing the fibers, but there are only two basic ways for using the fibers to make a cord: braiding (or plaiting) and twining. Braiding was usually done with flat, split materials such as cattail or flattened straw. The instructions in this article will deal only with twining, specifically with two ply (S-twist, Z ply, also called right handed) cordage. Read more @

How to make cordage from plastic bags

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How to make a water filter (survival)


How to Make a Solar-Powered Battery Charger

Just wonderful!

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The storms that blew through the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic on June 29 left us, along with millions of other people and all of the businesses in my town, without power for several days. I was incredibly grateful for a handcrank/solar-powered radio that I’ve had for years. It keep me abreast of the news, and provided some musical entertainment. It also inspired me to figure out how to make some solar appliances for future power outages. I heard stories on the radio of  people buying up batteries, and it occurred to me that I would prefer not to have to rely on them.

So, I headed to a library a couple of towns away (the closest one that was open) and did some research. I decided to start with a solar-powered battery charger since it was an easy first project. It required knowledge of how to use a soldering iron, but…

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Seven Primitive Survival Shelters That Could Save Your Life


How To Make Survival Shelters

Every-Veggi Spaghetti Sauce

There is no good reason to stick to tomatoes alone when making homemade spaghetti sauce. In fact, the more the better, IMHO. Make a large batch and save some for later. This recipe will cover three pounds of pasta or about three jars worth or three meals in my house.

You need to grab hold of my very favorite kitchen tool for this one, an immersion blender.

Grab your goods:

  • 3 cans tomatoes (any kind you like-fire roasted, stewed, crushed, whole, etc- about 6 large fresh would work too)
  • 3 cups chopped veggies (Choose: carrots, zucchini, eggplant, cabbage, celery, onion, beets, squash, bell peppers, mushrooms, jalapenos, etc)
  • 3 to 5 cloves of garlic
  • swig of red wine (optional)
  • 1/2 cup cooked Italian sausage, ground beef (you can add more; this is optional but adds so much flavor)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 to 1.5 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt (you will be reducing this sauce, so wait till the end before adding additional salt to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (I use turbinado sugar, use whatever you have on hand)

Combine all the ingredients (except the meat) in a large pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for an hour. Whip out that immersion blender and blend until smooth. Add the meat and cook for another hour or so. Taste the sauce! If it tastes a little bitter, add a bit more sugar. Salt and Pepper to taste. and serve over cooked pasta, use on top of your pizza or in any dish that calls for tomato sauce.

I pour out two jars full and put them in the fridge or freezer and use the remaining for the meal of the day!

This is a great way to eat your veggies, plus it makes your house smell awesome.

Stock Pot Freezer bag

Quick kitchen hacker tip for you.

Keep the vegetable trimmings like ( onion tops and bottoms,  tops and stems in a bag in the freezer with chicken bones. Once the bag is full, fill a pot with water and pour in your veggies! No waste here!