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  • Garlic Jelly

    This jelly is excellent served with lamb, pork or chicken, goes well with cheeses and can also be used in cooking. I took this recipe from the Big Book of Preserving the Harvest and altered it to fit the powdered pectin I had available to me.

    Ingredients:

    3 cups white wine vinegar ½ cup fresh garlic, pealed and finely chopped 6 cups sugar 2 cups water 50 to 100 grams powdered pectin Continue reading

  • Homemade Onion Relish and Jam

    While I like making strawberry, peach and other fruit jams, I also like to make some savoury types that go great on meats or with cheeses. So on Saturday I went to the local fresh fruit and veggie market and found some great looking sweet, red onions and decided to get a few kilograms to play with. I started out with a recipe from The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest and went from there. The recipe I used as my starting point was for Sweet Onion Relish on page 269.

    Sweet Onion Relish Ingredients: Continue reading

  • Keeping the Harvest

     

    Discover the homegrown goodness of putting up your own fruits, vegetables and herbs.

    This great book by Nancy Chioffin and Gretchen Mead was my inspiration for today, when I went out into my garden and saw how my raised bed full of carrots was bursting at the seams.

    I got out my garden fork and before long I had a basket full of the most delicious, fresh carrots I had tasted since…. well since this time last year, when I dug up my last crop. The situation many home gardeners find themselves in is having too much of one crop at a time, and not enough at another time. So you have to not only learn how to grow your own food, you have to learn how to preserve all that goodness for when you want it. Continue reading

  • All natural cleaning products

    For many years I have been making my own soaps, laundry powder and other cleaning products, out of all natural ingredients. I do this for several reasons. Firstly, I have family members who have chemical sensitivity, an ever increasing problem in today’s toxic world. Secondly, I care about our environment and do not want to do any more damage while I am here than I have to. Thirdly, it is far cheaper to make your own that to buy expensive cleaners available in the supermarket.

    I recently received an e-mail from one of our valued Green Living Australia customs and asked for her permission to share her information with you. So here we go:

    Borax is a naturally derived mineral which is phosphate free. It has been used for around 4000 years and is a disinfectant and also a fantastic stain remover and deodorizer. You can use it to clean your toilet for example, by itself or add equal parts borax and bi-carb. Sprinkle the powder and allow it to sit, as you would your normal cleaner, and then scrub with your toilet brush, then flush. It is safe for septic systems.

    Off course it is toxic to dogs and humans if consumed so I'd keep it out of the reach of little hands, not unlike washing soda or soap. Remember, it's better to be safe than sorry. I have two laundry recipes - one for powder and the other for liquid. Continue reading

  • Make Mozzarella at home with your microwave

    Mozzarella is a fantastic cheese for just eating by its self or for cooking with. Who could have a pizza without it? While we are probably able to make our own pizza dough, did you know you could make your  own Mozzarella in your microwave in about 30 minutes? Full instructions, ingredients and any specialised equipment, such as a thermometer, are available in the Mozzarella & Ricotta kit. Here's the short version: Continue reading

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