Sustainability

Adding a Thai Flavour to Home Cured & Grown Olives

I knocked this recipe up to flavour our cured olives last weekend from freshly grown ingredients out of our backyard and the taste was sensational so I thought I would share it with you in this short article. I can't say the herb/spice mix was my idea as to be honest I copied it from a mix I

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Tahitian Lime

The Hunter/Gatherer – SSM First Blog

This is my first article on Self Sufficient Me (SSM) so let me begin by extending a warm welcome and sincere thanks to you for visiting SSM and I hope this will be the start of many returns by you as we explore the realms of self sufficiency.  I have been interested in self sufficiency

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SOLAR – Should I, Shouldn’t I, Can I?

Australia and many other countries around the world are currently debating man made pollution, in particular carbon, the effects these pollutants have on our environment and how we can stop or at least quell the amount released into the air in the future. Carbon Debate Before I get into talking solar, I would like to

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Didgeridoo VegPatch

Traditional Aboriginal Bush Tucker and Self Sufficiency

Introduction This article is about tuning back-in to the nature around us and how we can learn about doing that by looking at self sufficient cultures (like the Australian Aboriginal). Also, in this article I explain how a survival course taught me about bush tucker and self sufficiency. Survival Course in the NT One of

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Preserving Cherry Tomatoes by Dehydration (Dried Tiny Tomatoes)

The act of preservation through drying is one of the most popular methods of keeping food for extended storage. Dehydration naturally (by sun or air) or artificially ( by a drying device) allows us to grow or acquire a surplus product in season and then have the opportunity to consume that product at a much

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Whole Jalapenos

Jalapeno Chilli Pizza Recipe (Wholemeal Base)

Introduction Jalapeno chillies are one of the most famous and well known chillies in the world and it's for good reason. Here are some reasons why we should grow jalapenos: They germinate easily from seed (where other chillies can be temperamental). The plant isn't large so pots and small spaces are fine. It fruits quickly

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Pickled Jalapeno Chillies

Quick Jalapeno Pickle Hit (in under 15 minutes)

This is just a short article on how to quickly preserve excess jalapenos (and other chillies) through pickling. So if chillies through winter are difficult to grow where you are, then pickling them to save for the cooler times of the year is the way to go.   Pickled Jalapeno Chillies in Jars Step 1

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Sliced Biltong

How To Make Biltong Using An Excalibur Dehydrator

This article was revised on 05 Feb 2017. Biltong is a South African type of dried/dehydrated meat introduced/founded by the early Dutch settlers. The name is derived from two words “bil” – meaning buttock (the buttock, rear, or rump of the beast) and “tong” – meaning strip (the cut of meat in strips). The purpose

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Robin Hood Solar

Australian Solar Industry Debacle

With the Labor Party's Government insulation scheme failure here in Australia still fresh in everyone's psyche, the solar power industry seems set to be the next simple household energy saving industry to become a complicated mess. Home electricity disconnections on the rise The cost of electricity is soaring and electricity disconnections are at an all

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Fruit leathers wrapped in wax paper for storage

Tamarillo Fruit Leather Recipe

Right, I want to make this a straight forward quick post about how to make tamarillo fruit leathers. Often, I write rather long in-depth articles but this recipe is so easy and plus I have written about tamarillos before (Tamarillo or Tree Tomato) so there isn't any need to re-hash about growing the fruit. We have had

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Thai Red Chilli Paste Frozen Cubes

My Thai Red Chilli Paste Frozen Cubes Recipe

My Thai Red Chilli Paste can be used as a flavour base for laksas, soups, curries, noodles, and to add some extra bite to stir-fries. This summer I had a bumper crop of chillies and they are still going strong even as winter approaches. An abundance of chillies is a good thing because they are

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Perfume made from natural essencial oils

Making Your Own Perfumes And Colognes At Home

Introducing Jane Wilks – Guest Article Writer   Self sufficiency is made up of many disciplines and almost every day I see another great example of clever and inventive ways how people can make better use of the natural resources around them. That's what makes self sufficiency special and there's no better example of responsible use

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Solar energy

10 Top Solar Gadgets – By The Videojug Team

Through SSM, I'm always advocating sharing information between people and organisations freely for the benefit of all; especially, "how-to" information and further to that, "how-to information about anything to do with self sufficiency."   Videojug is a video/blog site which specialises in "how-to" and has over 60,000 short videos free to watch about all sorts of

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Gloomy powerlines reflect the greed of electricity companies

20 Solar Questions Answered

Introduction This article was edited in April 2015  In this post, I want to introduce the readers of SSM to a tennis mate of mine Brett Adams who is the Queensland State Manager of Green and Gold Solar, which is an Australian national solar installation company. Brett has been kind enough to answer a number of

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Steps to great dehydrated tomatoes

10 Good Reasons To Buy And Use A Food Dehydrator

Introduction Honestly, I'd be lost without my Excalibur dehydrator because we use it all the time in our household. The money our dehydrator has saved us alone has well and truly paid for the initial purchase of the appliance and I could have used “money” as one of the 10 reasons below on its own;

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How To Make Hot Chilli Sauce Similar To Tabasco (Only Better)

Introduction I want to share two methods I use for making this hot chilli sauce similar to the famous Tabasco sauce and they are: the simple fast sauce method and (the much slower) fermentation sauce method. Any chilli is suitable for this sauce; however, a hot chilli works best. I use small Thai chillies which

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Permaculture what is the point graphic

Self Sufficiency – Forget Permaculture Rules & Just Follow Your Heart

In today’s society we’re constantly bombarded by rules and regulations making us conform to a certain set of community values and logic. Largely, these values, rules, and regulations are good to have and keep our communities organised and functioning. However, the sheer overall success of implementing and upholding laws both locally and globally has led

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home made orange cordial close up glass with ice

How To Make Home-Made Orange Cordial “Splitza”

When the end of orange season comes, more often than not we are left with a surplus of this wonderful fruit, which is a really good position for me to be in because it forces me to do something with the extra bounty before they go bad. Orange marmalade is great, fresh orange juice is

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My solar 5kW system on shed roof

Why I finally got a solar system?

In my last solar article: 20 Solar Questions Answered  (when I asked 20 questions from Brett the QLD State Manager of Green and Gold Solar here in Australia), I concluded by stating not to be surprised if in 6 months to read about my own solar installation. Well, I’m pleased to announce that’s exactly what

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