DIY Project — Making Char Cloth for Low-Tech Fire Kindling — Contribution from Fred Sutherland

I’m happy to have the chance to share what I know about making char cloth, a material used to help start fires over a hundred years before modern matches and lighters, on the Low Tech Blog. Char cloth is simply carbonized cloth that, when it is lit, will hold a smoldering hot ember for several … More DIY Project — Making Char Cloth for Low-Tech Fire Kindling — Contribution from Fred Sutherland

DIY Project — Jerky

We’re continuing to talk about meat this week. Without refrigeration or freezing, many of us would have trouble keeping meat from spoiling. Potted or canned meat is one option to preserve the harvest, but it doesn’t have the allure or flavor profile of smoked or dried meat. Drying techniques preserve foods by robbing microbes of … More DIY Project — Jerky

DIY Project — Apple Cider Fermentation

Before prohibition, cider was the most popular drink in America. Cider ferments when yeast eats sugar in the apple juice and excretes carbon dioxide and alcohol. Ingredients and Materials 1-gal. glass bottle*/† Airlock and one-hole stopper — either three piece or bubbler* Potassium metabisulfite* (optional sterilizer) Autosiphon* (optional) Four wine (700-ml) or eight pint-sized fliptop … More DIY Project — Apple Cider Fermentation