Sustainability

What’s the Difference Between Biltong & Beef Jerky?

With the rise in popularity of this amazing beef snack called biltong you might be wondering how it is different to beef jerky? Well, in a few words I can sum it up like this… Biltong is similar to beef jerky but nothing like it.   The other day, I was shocked to see Biltong

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Harper’s Mansion Self-Sufficiency Homestead Food Garden

When visiting my in-laws last holiday season down in NSW (Bowral to be exact) we went on a small day tour out to a winery for lunch and on the way, we stopped in at Harper's Mansion.     A really brief history about Harper's Mansion in Berrima Situated in Berrima approximately 125 kms south of

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Tankvac Self Cleaning System for Water Tanks

When Lawrie (CEO Tankvac) contacted me about his self-cleaning water tank system it didn't take me long to realise this was a product/invention worth writing about. If you do have a water tank then keep reading because here is a simple and effective way to keep the inside of your water storage unit clean! Once

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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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