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How to tap maple trees to make your own maple syrup

More and more people are trying their hands at homesteading and self-sufficient lifestyles.  Rather than depend primarily on grocery stores, the idea is to grow, or raise, one's own food.  Whether you choose to do this to save money, or due to a desire to eat more organically, tho

How To Make A Simple Solar Food Dehydrator Pg 2

This is part two of the project. If you are visiting this page from outside, please see Page 1 first.   How To Make A Simple Solar Food Dehydrator Pt 2   Co

How To Make A Simple Solar Food Dehydrator

This is a very simple solar food dehydrator that uses the energy of the sun to dry food for long term storage. This solar dehydrator costs very little to make and can dry large batches of food in one to two days of full sun.   A solar food dryer is valuable in case of a power

Cutting And Shaping Homemade Soap

Once you have made a batch of homemade soap, you need to remove it from the form and cut it into soap bars. This is very easy and can make some professional looking bars of soap. Here is a demonstration:   First, if you have never made soap before, have a look at our homemade

How to make soap using the Hot Process for immediately usable soap

The hot process of making soap is the act of fully cooking the soap until the saponification process is completed. This means that all the lye has been used up converting the oil into soap. When soap is made using the hot process it will be immediately usable. Cold process soap on the other hand

Ancient wind/solar clothes dryer that still works

Why is it that movie producers who devote much time to every tiny detail, makeup and costumes, fail to get it right when showing a routine task such as washing clothes by hand? In a recent popula

100-year-old way to filter rainwater in a barrel

During our boiling, broiling, blistering drought last summer here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went. Creeks and ponds dried up (some never recovered) and the water table dropped, forcing some neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even to have a

How to make soap at home using all natural ingredients

Most people do not know it but the products we use every day for washing, bathing, laundry and house keeping contain a lot of harmful artificial ingredients. When you use soap for bathing, the chemicals in the soap are absorbed through your skin. By using all natural soap you avoid any dangerous

Camping Advice To Make Your Next Journey Great

Use old recipe books as a resource when going camping. Campers often find that they grow weary of hot dogs and hamburgers. Try to mix up what you eat. Print out recipes that are amenable to outdoor preparation to prevent your meals from being boring. Be sure to bring any spices or seasonings you

Best Dollar Store Solar Battery Charger

You can get a solar AA or AAA battery charger for just $1 at the dollar store. At the most, you may pay $3 for such a charger at a normal store, but it sure beats the normal $20 retail price for a "real" solar battery charger.   This is a simple dollar store solar path light

Using Fruit Smoothies For Arthritis

We all know that arthritis can have a debilitating effect on you. It can literally keep you up at night and zap the energy out of you each and every day. That can leave you feeling exhausted and frustrated. It can even stop you from doing your favorite activities on a daily basis. And alt

Snacking on a Diet - Pretzels as an Alternative to Chips

Can't have snacks when you are dieting? Actually there are several low calorie snacks to help with those cravings and keep you focused on your diet goals. Make your own Trail Mix A home made mixture of nuts, chocolate and raisins has the sweetness and fat taste to help keep your s

Juice Recipes To Help You With Your Weight Loss Efforts

A new fad in the health industry is fasting and or detoxifications of some sort. Most of the reasons behinds these fasts are to detoxify your body from toxins and other harmful things you have ingested by eating processed foods for so many years. A lot of the detoxifying fasts are with the use of

How To Dehydrate Fruits And Vegetables

It is quite easy to dry your own fruits and vegetables at home and have the satisfaction of enjoying your harvest through the winter months.   All you need to dehydrate your own fruits and vegetables is a food dehydrator. These are affordable, ranging from $30 on up. The bett

How To Salt Preserve A Deer Hide With Fur On

Often after the hunt you may want to tan your own deer hide but do not have time on that day. If you want to keep your deer skin for later tanning, a simple process of salt curing the deer hide will save it for later.   After you salt cure your deer hide you can put it away a
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