Last year we didn't do as much canning as we've done in the past, but the last two years we've had a huge increase in vegetable gardening! We are always doing a lot of cooking and baking, but I'd like to increase the baking we do to reduce the amount of bread and baked goods we buy. It's hard to squeeze into a busy work week, however. I'll also be focusing, as usual, on knitting and I've got a new quilting project I have my eyes on. I really need to get back into soapmaking as it's been a long time since I've made my own.
Which of the following skills do you wish you knew more about or would like to learn?
- Food gardening and food storage (canning, dehydrating, pickling, fermentation, etc.)
- Seed saving and/or fruit tree grafting
- Foraging for wild foods, mushrooms, etc.
- Animal husbandry (rabbits, chickens, goats or larger)
- Animal skinning, processing
- Sheep or other animal shearing
- Spinning wool
- Cooking, baking
- Making own cheese and/or yogurt
- Making beer and/or wine
- Solar cooking
- Alternative medicine and/or first aid
- Making soap (cold process from oils and lye)
- Making candles
- Plumbing or electrical
- Bike maintenance and repair
- Appliance repair
What is the biggest thing preventing you from learning to do these things? Time, money? What would make it easier?
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How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time
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The Soapmaker's Companion: A Comprehensive Guide with Recipes, Techniques & Know-How
My Bread: The Revolutionary No-Work, No-Knead Method
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