Could you live off-grid without a refrigerator? Susan Gregersen has for over 30 years. She wrote Life Without Refrigeration to share her experiences and tips for preserving food without benefit of a fridge. She explains how bacterial growth and spoilage occur, and why some foods need to be kept cold.
To start with, several chapters address places to keep food cool –
basements and crawl spaces.
She then devotes a chapter to alternative means of preserving food –
With each method of storage or preservation, Ms. Gregersen offers examples of which foods are best suited for that method. I was particularly interested in the dairy and meat suggestions and found some new ideas for dehydrating that I plan to try. Especially cottage cheese and sour cream. Apparently it is possible. As another alternative, she gives information on commercial dried and canned meat, dairy and eggs, and alternatives. Raising meat and dairy animals is also an option.
I have stored food in my unheated workshop for many years with great success. Mostly canned, dehydrated, or dry goods, but also citrus and root veggies, wrapped in newspaper and put in boxes. It is very important to pay attention to signs of spoilage and know what kinds of storage or preservation are safe for the foods you are storing. Also how soon to use them.
Although Susan does not give detailed instructions for the projects offered, they serve as a springboard for ideas to further research.
To sum up, this book is a handy reference guide to all of the above, for the beginner. If you are looking for more advanced storage and preservation methods, such as for meat and dairy, it is a good jumping off point.
I bought Life Without Refrigeration from Amazon, Kindle Version. I did not receive any compensation for this review.
Life Without Refrigeration, by Susan Gregersen(c) 2013 82 pages
Available on Amazon $7.99 paperback, $3.99 Kindle
Money Secrets of the Amish, by Lorilee Craker is jam-packed with practical, down-to-earth wisdom from the Plain People. Probably most of us want to stop being slaves to money and start living the good life. The Amish have a reputation for living well on less, consequently, it might help to find out how they do it.
A “worldly” woman with a Mennonite background, Lorilee Craker is in a unique position to connect with the Amish. She introduces us to Amish farmers, housewives and church leaders, coaxing their secrets from them while sharing homemade artisan cheese and fresh garden veggies. As a result, she is able to provide insight for us into how this group of people thrives without credit cards, enormous mortgages, or six-figure incomes.
With amusing anecdotes and real-life stories, the author and her friends go from over-extended to simple and satisfied, all while making it look like common sense.
My grandma and mom endured the Great Depression, so my childhood abounded in these tried and true methods of acheiving abundance with very little. These suggestions have also helped me get back on track when I have foolishly overextended myself.
de-spoiling the kids
how the best things in life really are free
Amish style gift giving
what to and not to buy in bulk
the next best thing to growing your own food
how to barter
Lorilee ends each chapter with her own Amish Money Makeover tips, especially relevant for practical application in a non-Amish life. Money Secrets of the Amish is a great resource, first for rebooting your attitude and outlook on money and possessions. In addition, it provides simple, sensible instructions for putting that reboot into practice. A useful reference for every home library, with links to helpful websites, also.
I bought the Kindle version from Amazon. No compensation was received for this review.
Money Secrets of the Amish, by Lorilee Craker
Published by Thomas Nelson
Available on Amazon $11.34 paperback, $7.99 Kindle
Want to help your child get excited about raising critters? Barnyard Kids, A Family Guide for Raising Animals, teaches them how, with lots of pictures, diagrams, and words they’ll understand. Dina Rudick gives simple directions for choosing, housing, feeding, and caring for cows, sheep, goats, chickens and other farm animals.
Each chapter starts with a brief overview of the animal, then gets into the details of what, how and why to feed; the animal’s digestive system and other anatomy; common problems, health care, housing, and behavior. Each chapter concludes with what the animal can contribute to the overall homestead and questions and answers not otherwise addressed. This is followed by “your life with – “, detailing a sample daily, weekly and seasonal chores involved in taking care of your flock or herd.
Barnyard Kids is a great science, FFA, 4H and general resource. It is colorful, entertaining and easy to follow for young children, with enough information to spur older children to further investigation into their preferred animal and project suggestions for housing and care.
Barnyard Kids, by Dina Rudick
(c)2015, published by Quarry Books
Thanks to the good folks at Quarto Publishing for providing me with a free review copy of this book. No other compensation was received for this review.
Three. That’s how many times my second grade son read this book with his dad before I even got a look at it. “Good Morning, God” by Davis Carman, illustrated by Alice Ratterree, published by Apologia Press, is a very child-friendly book. It spoke to my son’s heart, which was evidenced by the fact that he kept re-reading it during our extended visit with family over Thanksgiving. He even insisted (really, with no prodding from me!) upon doing all of the Questions and Activities in the back of the book. Good Morning God became our reading and faith building curriculum for the week we spent homeschooling on the road. The story follows a young boy in his daily life for one week, from Sunday to Sunday. It can be read straight through, or as a bedtime story. If you choose you can read one day at a time and do the questions and activites for that day. No matter how this book is used, it demonstrates to our children and ourselves, “the simple and wonderful ways we can worship God…with our entire being all through the day.” (from How to Use this Book).
Written for 1-8 year olds, this book is a non-denominational Christian discipleship tool, emphasizing whole hearted, joyful love for God and faith in Jesus. The many scripture references in the Question and Activities section are taken from the Zondervan edition of the New International Version of the Holy Bible. Questions and Activities include subjects such as heaven, what is a soul, sin, how can you take care of your body, go on a bike ride, and draw a picture of an ear.
This is a quality, hardcover childrens book, with sturdy pages and beautiful color illustrations, priced at only $14.00, it is constructed to last a lifetime with gentle care. The accompanying coloring book is only $4.00. Other books are available from this company at Apologia Press.
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We received one copy of “Good Morning God” free for posting an honest evaluation. No other compensation was received for this review.