In today’s show we are going to be discussing the joy that comes from working closely with food. My guest Jessica Beacom is a self proclaimed “urban homesteader.” She tells all about what it’s really like to raise chickens to operate a huge garden and raise a family and run a business from home at the same time. If you’ve ever been curious about the homesteading life, you’ll definitely get some pearls from what Jessica has to share.
I’ve definitely been curious about what it would be like to grow all of my own food and be completely self sufficient, but wondered if that was really what I wanted. There is definitely apeal in the pride that comes from being self reliant, but what about all that work? geez. I might have to do some more thinking on this before I get in over my head.
Oh and I wanted to give you an update on the Colorado plans. So my husband and I are officially new land owners! We closed on our property a couple of weeks ago and so now we are in the stages of planning spring and summer trips to go out there and see what we can get done. For now, the mountains are deep in winter snow still, so there is no use trying to do anything too soon before the ground thaws. But likely, we will have a trip out there in May to draw up a site map and building plot and get a septic installed. We’ve decided to stay off grid. We’re currently looking at a mixture of wind and solar and the batteries it would take to run our power needs. Woo hoo!
The adventure continues. Lots more research and design plans to come.
Listen to my interview with Jessica Here:
on Stitcher Radio
Find Jessica online:
Simply Nourished Recipes
Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods
“The Art of Fermentation” Sandor Katz
The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World
Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats
“Fermented Vegetables” Shockeys
Fermented Vegetables: Creative Recipes for Fermenting 64 Vegetables & Herbs in Krauts, Kimchis, Brined Pickles, Chutneys, Relishes & Pastes
Recipe to Try:
Ferment: Dilly Carrots
What to Make this Week:
Let me tell you quick what I’ve been making this week:
I’ve been doing a bit of winter deep cleaning and had to clear off my mantle above the fire place and discoverd about a dozen burned out candles. I had come across this posting of how to recycle old candles and combine leftover wax into new candles and gave it a try. The only supply I needed was candle wicks, which I happened to have since I had tried making beeswax candles at one point. So what i did was put the old candles that were stuck in the bottoms of glass votives on the “keep warm” burner on the stovetop. They were able to melt sufficiently to get them all liquid enough to pour out. One of the larger glass votives I cleaned out from the wax and other debris and put a new candle wick in, then poured the liquid wax from all the other candles till it filled to the top. I had enough leftover wax to make 3 small votives- not bad for a recycling project!
My challenge to you is to make a candle of your own. You can try the recycled candle idea, if you have lots of leftovers. Or you can get some supplies at the craft store, if you want to make all new ones, scented or colorful, or perhaps, classic beeswax candles. If you don’t have a glass votive that you can recycle, you can buy candle specific molds. Or you can even use a paper cup. One idea that I’ve seen done is to use half an orange rind as the candle mold. The trick is, you need to peel it so that the white pith in the center of the orange can also double as the wick. Then you can pour melted coconut oil into the peel and once it cools, you can literally light the orange “stem” on fire and the coconut oil will burn as fuel! It really works.!! Let me know if you try that one and post your pictures to the Facebook group: The ARtisan Life.
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