A simple DIY bottle washer

Each year we glean unwanted apples from backyards nearby and crush them into juice with our homemade cider press. This juice is mostly fermented into hard cider—gallons and gallons of hard cider. When you are drinking 60 to 90 gallons of cider, there are a lot of bottles to rinse so the yeast and other [...]

Tips for making (firm) yogourt.

Yogourt is a traditional way of preserving milk and enhancing nutrition–and by making it I have avoided also making a literal wall of empty plastic yogourt containers. I have been making yogourt for many years now, and I think I finally understand it well enough to be able to laugh at my mistakes. So this [...]

The Life and Death of Bun-bun.

There has been some heartfelt times around the urban homestead recently. Our doe rabbit Apple had stopped producing reliable litters of kits, and so for the first time we put one of our breeding rabbits on the dinner table. I have some precedents in my childhood, particularly when Abby the Goat finally got too old. [...]

At the end of the world, there is plenty to do.

“Well, should we just give up then?” If only I had a dollar for every time I have heard this, always from well-meaning people. It is all too common if you talk about climate change, constraints on energy and mineral resources, or the erosion of social cohesion in our complex and overpopulated world. In other words, [...]

How to make Sauerkraut or pickled vegetables the easiest and cheapest way possible

(crocks are for holding umbrellas)

Making ‘kraut is incredibly easy to do, and you will be richly rewarded for your few minutes of work. If you have never made sauerkraut before, feel free to skip down to the instructions. This super easy method requires almost no equipment, and eliminates the need for anything expensive like fancy crocks or airlock lids. In [...]