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There are hundreds of ways to save money on your grocery or home repair bills: growing your own food, doing your own home repairs, preserving or baking your own food, and so much more. Mother Earth News and Grit have compiled five special guides that will help you save money on food and your homestead. You will learn how to buy and build your dream homestead, discover delicious homemade bread recipes, grow food in small spaces, and more.
An Unlikely Vineyard tells the evolutionary story of Deirdre Heekin’s farm from overgrown fields to a fertile, productive and beautiful landscape that melds with its natural environment.
Is it possible to capture landscape in a bottle? To express its terroir, its essence of place—geology, geography, climate and soil—as well as the skill of the winegrower?
That’s what Heekin and her chef/husband, Caleb Barber, set out to accomplish on their tiny, 8-acre hillside farm and vineyard in Vermont.
But An Unlikely Vineyard involves much more. It also presents, through the example of their farming journey and winegrowing endeavors, an impressive amount of information on how to think about almost every aspect of gardening: from composting to trellising; from making cider and perry to growing old garden roses, keeping bees, and raising livestock; from pruning (or not) to dealing naturally with pests and diseases.
Challenged by cold winters, wet summers and other factors, the Heekins set about growing not only a vineyard, but an orchard of heirloom apples, pears and plums, as well as gardens filled with vegetables, herbs, roses and wildflowers destined for their own table and for the kitchen of their small restaurant. They wanted to create, or rediscover, a sense of place, and to grow food naturally using the philosophy and techniques gleaned from organic gardening, permaculture and biodynamic farming.
Accompanied throughout by lush photos, this gentle narrative will appeal to anyone who loves food, farms, and living well.
Author: Deirdre Heekin
Beyond the polished and predictable grocery store display of Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples, a veritable treasure trove of beautiful and uniquely flavored North American varieties awaits the curious. Up for discovery is a fruit with striking watermelon-colored flesh; a prized cider maker with a rough, russet texture and deep historical roots; an apple that tastes "tart as an unripe persimmon"; and the lost-and-found plight of countless more. Names like Smokehouse and Wolf River even evoke other times and places. These fascinating, unfamiliar apples are poised to become new favorites and banish our apple tunnel vision forever.
There is no better person to bring you into this world than Tom Burford: apple enthusiast, propagator, and savior. His stories of this rich apple culture span generations (the Burford family has produced fruit in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia since 1715) and follow the apple's waves of popularity in America. The book is brimming with beautiful portraits of heirloom and modern apples of merit, each accompanied by distinguishing characteristics and common uses. As the view broadens to the orchard, you will find information on planting, pruning, grafting and more. The exploration of the apple culminates with an overview of the fruit's transformative capabilities when pressed, fermented, cooked or dried.
This wonderful reference will encourage you to seek out new flavors and give the apple the respect it deserves. It may even inspire you to carve out the space for an orchard of your own.
Author: Tom Burford
There's something to be said for simpler times, when our way of life seemed more wholesome ... when our food was grown with fewer pesticides and growth hormones ... when we tended kitchen gardens, kept a flock of chickens and "put up" beans, pears and pickles. So it's easy to see why people across the nation are returning to their roots — and root cellars — and embracing a return to the basics.
With Traditional Kitchen Wisdom you, too, can enjoy the rewards of being more self-reliant by ...
Start your own family traditions with Traditional Kitchen Wisdom, and rediscover the pleasure of returning to a greener, healthier and more self-sufficient lifestyle.
Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.
Author: Andrea Chesman
Ball Home Canning Products are the gold standard in home preserving supplies, the trademark jars on display in stores every summer from coast to coast. Now the experts at Ball have written a book destined to become the bible of home preserving.
As nutrition and food quality has become more important, home canning and preserving have increased in popularity for the benefits they offer:
These 400 innovative and enticing recipes include everything from salsas and savory sauces to pickling, chutneys, relishes and, of course, jams, jellies, and fruit spreads, such as:
The book includes comprehensive directions on safe canning and preserving methods plus lists of required equipment and utensils. Specific instructions for first-timers and handy tips for the experienced make the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving a valuable addition to any kitchen library.
About the authors: Judi Kingry and Lauren Devine have between them 20 years of experience in the preserving industry. They are both employed by Jarden Home Brands.
Author: JUDI KINGRY & LAUREN DEVINE
Home canning provides year-round the pleasure of eating natural, delicious produce from the garden or local markets. Preserving food is modern, practical, and simple, especially when using tried-and-true recipes from Best of Bridge. The outstanding variety of recipes includes jams and spreads, conserves, fruit butters, marmalades, chutneys, pickles, relishes, ketchups, sauces, and salsas. These recipes cover the gamut in flavors from simple to spectacular. There’s something for every region and climate nationwide.
Author: Best of Bridges
In Beyond Canning, Autumn Giles has packed the pages with creative preserved foods and preserving techniques. You'll use herb-infused vinegar to make a shrub, explore the science of maceration for the sake of better preserves, step up to the air-locked mason jar for worry-free ferments, master simple ratios for inventing your own small-batch creations, and much more. The 70 recipes feature flavors and textures that are equally inventive.
Author: Autumn Giles
Now every homebrewer can make better beer simply by knowing the basic science behind the components of beer and fermentation.
Author: Lee W. Janson
Treat your family and friends to fresh organic produce, whole foods and healthy choices … at a fraction of the grocery store price!
With tons of helpful tips and instructions, chef Stephanie Petersen walks you through the process of preserving your own foods. It’s easier than you think!
Stock your pantry with the delicious flavors of:
Once you’ve done the prep work, you’ll have a variety of ready-made meals your family will love. Invest in your health without spending a fortune. Learn how to create your own canned foods with remarkable flavor and gourmet flair!
Author: Stephanie Petersen
Urban farmers, foodies and cooking enthusiasts of all ages are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to food preservation. For those wanting to preserve garden-fresh vegetables at home, Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding offers modern techniques and tasty recipes from heartland farms. In Canning, Pickling and Freezing with Irma Harding, writer Marilyn McCray leads readers through step-by-step techniques for preserving fresh foods and offers great tips for preparing tasty recipes provided by food artisans, chefs and farms from across the country. The book not only explains canning, pickling and freezing, but goes further to cover smoking and curing of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats as well.
Readers are guided through the book by Irma Harding, a fictional spokesperson for appliances produced by International Harvester during the 1950s. The book features vintage art and photographs of Irma back in the day, as well as a brief history of Irma and her ever-so-collectible vintage appliances and memorabilia. Most important, this cookbook is packaged with timeless step-by-step techniques and tasty, interesting recipes.
Author: Marilyn McCray
Of all the Made at Home titles, perhaps this one speaks loudest to the popularity of homegrown foods. The smoked bacon, salamis and heady cheeses we love are prime candidates for handcrafted taste. Curing and Smoking demonstrates how simple it is to use the magic of smoke to create wonderfully aromatic foods with distinctive flavors.
The book follows the curing and smoking processes from beginning to end, from creating a purpose-made pantry to storage. Topics include drying, curing, hot smoking, cold smoking, indoor smoking, drying and wrapping, and vacuum packing. Foods are not limited to meats and cheeses, but include fruits and vegetables, fish, ciders, and seafood. Even eggs can be smoked or cured. Original and delicious recipes offer up such delights as jams and jellies, hot-smoked oysters, and fresh tomato salsa. Curing and Smoking is ideal for adventurous cooks, modern pioneers and all food crafters.
About the Made at Home book series
A new series for living the good life!
Father-and-son team Dick and James Strawbridge have long lived the good life on their small acreage, and now they’re sharing their years of knowledge and experience with readers via their Made at Home series of books. This exciting collection draws on the invaluable wisdom they’ve gleaned while producing an abundance of good things to eat and drink: organic fruits and vegetables grown, juiced, fermented, and preserved; pigs smoked for ham, sausages, salamis, and bacon; a mixed flock of birds used for eggs and eating; and bees raised for honey. It's an enviable lifestyle driven by a desire to eat well every day.
And it doesn’t require a lot of space. Made at Home contains numerous adaptations to urban and suburban life. Plants are grown in small lots and pots, chickens are kept in backyard pens, and meat items are smoked in the backyard. It’s proof positive that anyone can live the good life.
Author: Dick & James Strawbridge
Dehydrating at Home is a practical guide to transforming perishable fruits, vegetables and meats, as well as nuts, seeds, herbs and spices, into a pantry of nutritional wonders with a long shelf life. The book takes readers through the entire process for each type of dehydrating with delicious recipes and handy hints and tips. Practical step-by-step instructions ensure that dehydrations are perfect the first time and every time, and innovative flavor combinations will inspire dehydrated delicacies.
Author: MICHELLE KEOGH
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