Tag: non-electric

Oil Lamp Basics

3 Flat Wick Lamps

As far as oil lamps go there are basically 3 or 4 different kinds: Floating Wick Lamps Mantle Lamps Flat or Round Wick Lamps Pressurized Lamps For power outages it’s a good idea to own at least one oil lamp. Your personal family needs and economic considerations should influence the type of lamp that is…

Keep Lemons Fresh In A Crock

Lemons In A Crock Of Cold Water

For long-term storage, fresh lemons keep best in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. But if you don’t have a refrigerator or space in the fridge is limited, there is a time-tested low tech way to store fresh lemons. Fresh lemons will store very well for about 6 to 8 weeks by being…

Freezers

Upright Freezer In October

I’m no fan of the grocery store. So I keep two freezers and a well stocked pantry. One freezer is mostly for meat and the other is for fruits, vegetables, bread and other assorted foods. Throughout the year both freezers are in a constant state of flux. As one is emptied the other is filled…

Non-Electric Drip Coffee Maker

Lindys Non-Electric Drip Coffee Pot

I have hard water on my farm. Hard water has killed every electric drip coffee maker that I’ve ever owned. So years ago I gave up on electric coffee makers and switched to either range top perked coffee or the Melitta pour over system for coffee. Both methods make good coffee but both methods have…

Treadle Sewing Machine Advice

A 10 Year Old Learning To Sew

You love to sew. Or perhaps you are looking for a sensible off grid sewing machine and think you’d like to buy a treadle sewing machine but don’t know where to start or what to look for? Maybe you are worried that all treadle sewing machines are expensive antiques and you can’t afford one? Or…

Butane Clothes Iron

Butane Clothes Iron

A butane iron is a non-electric clothes iron. It is a cordless non-steam iron that uses butane to heat the iron instead of electricity. Butane irons are safe and easy to use and will operate about 5 hours on 150 grams of butane. At present butane irons are more expensive than electric irons. Both to…

How To Preserve Meat With A Crock

A Stoneware Crock

There is a very old method used to preserve some types of meat and fish in a crock. The method is known as “potting” or “crocking”. It is a non-electric method of meat and fish preservation that was widely prevalent before the advent of home canning. Potting or crocking meat and fish is a method…

How To Preserve Eggs With Water Glass

Eggs In A Crock Of Water Glass

Did you know that are a few different old-time ways to preserve fresh eggs for many months without electricity? It’s true. Freshly laid eggs have been successfully preserved by being kept in a “water glass” solution, in a lime water solution, by being coated with mineral oil, Vaseline or paraffin wax, and by being buried…

Cook Stove Warmer

Cook Stove Warmer Above The Hob

“Under this is placed a closet for warming and keeping hot the dishes, vegetables, meats, etc., while preparing for dinner. It is also very useful in drying fruit” THE AMERICAN WOMAN’S HOME – 1869 Catherine E. Beecher & Harriet Beecher Stowe Many modern and antique wood burning cook stoves have a top compartment known as…

Cook Stove Basics

Cook Stove

I use a cook stove for about 7 to 8 months out of the year. A cook stove is a lot of work, but from my point of view it’s a lot of independence and security too. No matter what the weather brings or what happens with energy costs, I will always be able to…