Solar Food Drying

By Marcella Shaffer Issue #58 • July/August, 1999 The oldest known method of food preservation is drying food using the heat from the sun. Unfortunately it has become the least used as freezers and pressure canners...

Oregon Grape Jam

By Joyce Lindsey O’Keefe Website Exclusive • August, 2008 Oregon Grape (Mahonia aquifolium) bushes are native to the West Coast from northern California to British Columbia. They are the state flower of Oregon. The bushes come...

Traditional trail foods — Transportable calories

By Brad Rohdenburg Issue #81 • May/June, 2003 Napoleon said that an army marches on its stomach. Frederick the Great defined an army as a group of men who demanded daily feeding. One can imagine the...

Keep the Ice On

By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E., C.E.M. Self-Reliance, Fall 2019 When I ask most people why they own or are looking to buy a generator, most will say it is to keep a refrigerator or freezer operating....

The enchanting Chanterelle — Gourmet goodies free from the forest

By Devon Winter Issue #101 • September/October, 2006 They're prized by the world's top chefs. They're served in the most elegant restaurants. You'll pay a pretty penny for them at farmers' markets. Yet they're abundant and...

Gather rose hips for health

By Gail Butler Issue #95 • September/October, 2005 Vitamin C-rich rose hips can be found in dried form in most health food stores, but why not gather your own? You'll save money and you'll know where...

You can become a hardcore forager

By Larry Cywin Issue #47 • September/October, 1997 Most homesteaders and country dwellers forage a little. It might be hunting for morels in the spring, berries in the summer, or boletes in the fall. Some forage...

Dollar Store to the Rescue

By Jeffrey R. Yago, P.E. Summer 2019, Self-Reliance I have talked with emergency responders who have traveled all over the country to volunteer their rescue efforts at disasters like the recent flooding in Texas. While much...

Your kitchen pharmacy — How common culinary herbs and spices can help you feel...

By Rebekah L. Cowell Issue #122 • March/April, 2010 In a perfect world, we would get all the nutrients and medication we needed from the food we ate. However, our diets and the foods available to...

Hungry enough to eat a horse?

By Don Chance Issue #88 • July/August, 2004 Okay, it's not everyday dining fare, I agree. But, tell someone you're having horse steaks for supper, grilled to perfection and garnished with plenty of fresh herbs and...

Make grape juice the easy way

By Tanya Kelley Issue #41 • September/October, 1996 Squeezing and straining grapes for grape juice was not exactly my idea of fun. So when my neighbor showed me a faster, easier method, I was delighted. For...

The dandelion is a healthful, great tasting weed you can eat

By Carol Williams Issue #44 • March/April, 1997 Want to eat a weed? One that's easy to find and tastes great? Just start hunting for those first spring dandelions. The dandelion's true name is Taraxacum Officinale, which...

The convenience of a bread bucket

By Karen Marshall Issue #145 • January/February, 2014 Does making four or more loaves of bread at a time, with no hand kneading, no electricity, and only one container to clean sound appealing? If making one loaf...

Creating and maintaining your own sourdough starter

By Emily Buehler Issue #97 • January/February, 2006 Most people know about sourdough starter—it can be used instead of yeast to make bread rise, resulting in bread with a sour flavor and a chewier texture. Bakers...

Make your own nut butters

By Sylvia Gist Issue #96 • November/December, 2005 When almond butter replaced peanut butter in my diet (on doctor's orders), I discovered I really liked the almond better. And it opened my eyes to the world...

Here are some tasty ways to use those end-of-season green tomatoes

By Marjorie Burris Issue #41 • September/October, 1996 That gentle nip in the autumn air feels pleasant to your cheeks, but it also means that one more tomato season is about to come to an end....