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I get asked quite often about batteries. There are many questions but most of them are about solar power and off grid environments. Today I talk about batteries, battery maintenance, voltages and how to check the water levels.
The information in this article fits both solar
This is how we finish processing our pure maple syrup on the off grid homestead. We are processing maple syrup full blast these days while the sap is flowing like water from the trees. Melanie shows us how she does the final finishing boil and canning process.
We have been boiling maple sap into pure maple syrup for weeks now on and off since we tapped early. The flow is not yet daily but the time is coming. I worked in the off grid wood shop designing a panel meter for my Quanta generator device.
Chris and I have been working fu
I have the NOCO Genius Power Boost GB40 Lithium jump starter pack which I have been using heavily in the past couple months. This is a light weight car jump starter which really works well. It has started everything I tossed at it during this time.
I had my doubts if such a
Its all hands on deck this week with the maple sap flowing like water faucets from the trees now. We are into late February and the maple trees are waking up. The 70 taps that I have out there are producing heavily.
Chris is here boiling the sap down for me each day. He wor
The other day I started the 11 HP log splitter engine using 5 supercapacitors from Amperics. I had to warm up the engine first though. Today I cold started the engine using 10 supercapacitors with no problem.
I first tried using five 400 Farad supercapacitors to start the e
I recently got 49 Amperics supercapacitors to experiment with. One of the projects I am working on is to start various engines around the homestead with supercapacitors. Today I started the 11 HP log splitter using five 400 Farad supercapacitors in series.
It is early February and the maple sap is flowing heavily already. I have never tapped this early before but I am happy that I did. We are boiling maple sap into syrup today and I am running around collecting the sap by the gallons.
I tapped the trees about two weeks ago al
I ordered some Milk Kefir grains quite some time ago and started to learn about their use and care. Now that we have used it daily for months, Melanie demonstrates how to use it and we share with you what we have learned about this healthy organic probiotic dairy product.
I am assembling the Quanta Magnetics Q3 Charge Accelerator toroidal section. This is the third and final section of the three stage pulse motor generator. I have the pulse motor and energizer section running already.
I have been running experiments on the pulse motor and ge
I have been tapping maple trees early this year due to an early warm spell that began already in January. I am still working with the Bedini Motor restoring lead acid batteries. And a beautiful gift arrived at the off grid homestead.
Since it turned warmer in mid January I
We have a warm spell of weather the past two weeks so I am tapping maple trees early this year. I am also restoring lead acid batteries for use on the off grid homestead in our greenhouse during the winter months.
First thing in the morning I had to sweep off the solar pane
Now that the Quanta Magnetics Q3 Charge Accelerator pulse motor section is finished and running I am performing various experiments with it for a while before moving on to building the energizer/generator section.
The Quanta Magnetics Q3 Charge Accelerator is a three part m
I got a couple dead car jump starter packs from a friend for free. I have recycled the electronics from the jump starter pack to use them as a lead acid battery charger and more.
My friend hauls scrap metal and I saw these in the back of his truck one day. He had removed th
It was snowing quite heavily today at the off grid homestead so I alternated between shoveling snow outside and working on the tiny house electrical wiring inside.
It started to snow early in the morning. We had some large fluffy snow flakes falling down. It was quite prett
I finished assembly of the Quanta Magnetics Q3 pulse motor section of the motor/generator and got it running for the first time. It took me quite a while to figure out the timing but eventually I got it.
I finished connecting the diodes and solid state relay to the metal pl
We are in the end of January 2017 and I have already started to tap my maple trees. The sap was flowing heavily on this day as well. It was busy today at the off grid homestead.
Normally the maple sap flows near the end of February to the beginning of April some time. It va
I have a lead acid battery that I just finished restoring on the old Bedini SSG (Simplified School Girl) motor. I just took it off the Bedini charge and let it rest all day. Already it is doing work at half an amp steady.
This was an old battery jump starter that was readin
The day started out with a clear blue sky and we had some awesome solar power production at the off grid homestead. I am still restoring lead acid batteries in our greenhouse with the Bedini motor. Chris is splitting fire wood outside.
The day alternated between sunny and b
I brought the Quanta Magnetics Q3 Charge Accelerator downstairs to the tiny house dining room table for final assembly of the pulse motor section.
I tightened down the rotor retaining screws on both sides of the rotor assembly to make sure there are no gaps between the acry
It was a very busy day at the off grid homestead today. All three of us were hard at work on this day doing different tasks around the homestead from felling trees to pumping water to crafting.
We have had a very wet and partially snowy time recently so the ground is all wh
Work on the Quanta Magnetics Q3 Charge Accelerator continues. I am excited about getting this running as soon as possible. I hope that it will, at the very least, desulfate lead acid batteries for our off grid homestead.
First I finished assembly of the electronics control
It was a cold, dark day at the off grid homestead so we spent some time washing clothes, crafting and other homestead projects. Most of the time was spent doing indoor work on this day.
It was pay day so Melanie and I went shopping for our monthly grocery supplies. We go to
I am working on the Quanta Magnetics Q3 charge accelerator which is a pulse motor battery charger. My hopes are to be able to keep my off grid homestead batteries in good shape with this device for many years to come.
After a few days of working on the pulse motor/battery desulfator I give you an update on things at the off grid homestead. It is a beautiful warm, sunny day and the solar power battery banks are topping off nicely.
I was able to walk around in a T-shirt because the sun was
Why is a pulse motor/battery desulfator important to an off grid homestead. This is a device which can restore sulfated lead acid batteries to like new condition or even better. I explain why here.
As I work on the Q3 charge accelerator many people are asking me why this is
I picked up some 18 gauge wire and started to solder the wires on the stator half of the Q3 charge accelerator. I want this to look very nice so I am taking my time doing the work.
First I ran the coil wires through the little holes in the stator half so that the wires can
Today I began assembling the Quanta Magnetics Q3 charge accelerator. I have been studying everything I could find about this device for about 12 hours now and I feel that I am ready to begin assembly.
Lou, a disabled man had purchased this a few years ago to put together wi
I have just received a package containing a sort of energy generator. This is the Quanta Q3 magnetic energy generator which is actually three devices in one.
A viewer on my YouTube channel contacted me about this generator. He bought it years ago but he cannot do it himself
About a year ago I got a slightly damaged antique cedar closet for free and dismantled it for a later project. I also built the frame for a closet in my tiny house on wheels. Today I finished building my cedar wood closet using reclaimed lumber.
I got this old antique close
Melanie and I picked up an old dresser on the side of the road this past summer but it was not in good shape and too big for our tiny house loft. So today we demolished the dresser to use the wood for a desk and shelves upstairs.
In the morning it was already 52 degrees out
I hate to be all gloom and doom, but preparing for a disaster or an emergency is a good idea. After living through a hurricane in Upstate New York, in the mountains and seeing the destruction far from the coast, I am a believer of prepping. You may suddenly find yourself living with no electricit
June 4th, 2012
After living off the grid now for the last 4 weeks full time, I am getting a better idea of the true solar panel output during any given time of the day. I can also see how rain or cloudy weather affects the solar panel output. When you buy a solar panel, you
A slide in truck camper makes the ultimate survival vehicle. It can be mounted and deployed in minutes and can be removed as needed. You can have your truck free to get supplies when needed without breaking camp as you would with an RV or motorhome. With a larger camper trailer you may not be abl
Living off the grid – with no outside source of electricity – means that you may need to count amps and watts. When solar or wind energy is your only source of electricity then you must watch your energy consumption every day to ensure that you do not drain the battery bank.
I finally got running water in my off grid camper. It may be something you never think about and take for granted on a daily basis, but go without it for a while and you really learn to appreciate the nice comforts of modern living.The trailer has a 4
There is a lot of talk on the net about either solar energy or wind energy. Many homes decide to use one or the other. Most choose solar energy for their home. But have you ever considered using both? If they could both be installed affordably, for the average family, then why not? Here are some
April 26th, 2012
I have been converting my off grid trailer to solar for the last few months now. The last step in the process was to remove that old, bulky power converter and the 115 volt power cable that was normally used to plug into the grid at campgrounds
April 22nd, 2012
I guess I did my part on Earth Day 2012 by staying out in the Off Grid Trailer. I have no connections to any utilities. Everything is fully off the grid. I must provide my own water, heat, electricity and waste management.
Using the old
April 21st, 2012
I am staying in the Off Grid Camper full time now. I am still improving the trailer every day, making it comfortable for long term living. There are a lot of life changes to be made when moving off the grid, but it is a satisfying feeling when
Here are two survival fire starting methods that require no work or effort and together can provide a lifetime of fires. There are many tools, ideas and techniques out there that claim to help you start a fire. But some of them are too expensive. Some are too fragile. And some are just too much w
April 10th, 2012
The Off Grid Project has begun. I am staying in a 32 foot trailer while working on projects to make life more comfortable, such as solar and wind energy, running water and heat. I will be staying in the trailer for the whole summer season, unti
March 29th, 2012
I just got The Off Grid project started tonight. The countdown is ticking. On May 1st, the Off Grid Project experiments will begin. In early Fall the project will be completed. The final goal of the project is to show you how to get your home f
I put a barn wood post in my off grid tiny house by the stairs to support the loft better and transfer the weight to the floor. And then I built a storage cabinet for our clothes and blankets in the space at the top of the stairs using all recycled pallet wood.
I spent a co
We left our off grid homestead for a few days just after the first of January. Leaving your home in winter is always worrisome but when off the grid you have a lot more to take care of before you leave. And you never know what you will find when you return.
January is cold
Stocking up for survival or disaster readiness does not need to cost an arm and a leg. You can stock up on a budget, if you apply the ideas I will show you here. Stocking up is not necessarily only for “Survival” either. You never know if you might loose your job, your car or home one
Animal feed grain, as long as it is pure, plain grain, can be perfect for low cost long term food storage. If stored properly, whole grain can last for 30 years or longer and retain its full freshness. Whole grain “animal feed” can be a perfect low cost survival food. Often, “fe
March 2nd, 2012
Well, I ran my car for two years with a homemade hydrogen booster and saw good results. Then it got burnt out with use. Last year I did not drive as much, so the project went on the side burner. Now, with rising gas prices, and me driving a lot
February 22nd, 2012
The new homemade radiator heater system for my off grid trailer is working quite well. It takes the temperature up to the 70s within half an hour now with the water pump and fans running and good fire burning in the fireplace. There is a blo
Well, the trial run of my off grid camper heating system was a success. Using an antique wood stove with built in boiler and some cheap fittings and parts, I have a fully functional wood powered boiler heating system. It is a completely off grid construction using salvaged or inexpensive parts.
In the case of a complete economic collapse, large natural disaster, nuclear war, or other major breakdown, certain skills will become very valuable. In today’s modern society, people have become specialized. Each person learns a certain skill for the performance of their job. After a major
February 2nd, 2012
Today I completed my fireplace water boiler heating system for the off grid camper. The wood stove heats up water, which is routed through PEX tubing to a car heater core. A homemade heater blower box pushes heat through the camper.
January 23rd, 2012
A friend and I spent a couple days in my off grid camper during a heavy snow storm this weekend. Saturday night was also one of the coldest nights we have had so far this winter. It was a true test of the off grid camper’s abilities.
January 20th, 2012
I have been working on my camper skirting using free materials I found laying around. I also made some free passive solar heaters under the camper using salvaged materials. Total cost for camper insulation and heating – $0.
January 19th, 2012
I just finished building a desk and a set of book shelves in my off grid camper. The camper originally had two twin sized beds in the bedroom. In all, it had space for 6 adults to sleep. Since I am alone, I figured the extra bed would not do
January 16th, 2012
I recently made a passive solar window heater for my off grid camper. You can find the details here: Passive Solar Window Heater. It is
January 10th, 2012
I have moved my off grid camper even farther away from the nearest house. It is about 1,000 feet into the forest, in a clearing all its own. I also have full sunshine most of the day now, which helps with my solar experiments.
I was thinking about how to use all those grains, legumes, rice and other dried survival foods I have put away with minimal cooking and preparation time. And it should be enjoyable to eat, plus fill you up nicely. And it should not leave the body starving for any necessary nutrients.
You hear a lot of talk about saving up for an emergency, holocaust, natural disaster or all out war. Many people believe some sort of disaster is coming. The beliefs vary from nuclear war to hurricanes or earthquake, or a complete economic collapse. Whatever the cause, you should be prepared for
I recently tried the Mainstay 3600 Emergency Food Rations just to get an idea what it tastes like and how satisfying it is. It is not a good idea to suddenly need survival rations and then start to experiment with your taste buds. Food should taste good as well as providing all the necessary nutr
After many weeks of research and considering the idea of buying “horse feed” for long term food storage, I finally broke down and got a bag. You can find bulk grains at animal feed stores for much cheaper than grain packaged as “people food” and it is normally the exact sa
One of the biggest obstacles facing people who want to prepare for survival or an emergency is the cost. Many people spend thousands on expensive freeze dried meals, top of the line outdoor survival gear and expensive military style assault rifles. If I went with those ideas, I would still be sit
Some people may already be putting away supplies for a rainy day, so to speak. Many people plan for emergencies or a survival situation and stockpile food, blankets, ammo, water and other supplies, but never practice using any of them. What good is it to go out and buy a brand new shiny $1,600 as
Melanie and I are going on a road trip this weekend. We are going to my Grandmother's 92nd birthday. And I explain some things about our YouTube channel.
We were not sure that we were going to go on this trip or not. We only just made the decision for sure. At 92 years old
Many people have been asking about how we take care of the animals in winter. We make daily videos of our life out here at the off grid homestead but recently we have been busy with projects and have not shown the animals in a while.
People were threatening to unsubscribe t
I finally got the tiny house upstairs loft office wall closed in. I also put up some shelves on the new wall to store our recycled pallet wood products out of the way. I have wanted to close in the tiny house loft office for a while now.
I looked around in our scrap pallet
My old faithful PowerBright 1500 watt pure sine wave inverter finally died on me. Someone sent us a new PowerBright 3,500 watt inverter which I installed today in place of the old one.
First I removed the positive cable leading from the battery bank to the power inverter. T
We got more snow the other day. It snowed most of the morning, dropping 4 inches of wet snow and then turned to rain. I worked inside the tiny house on the computer and spent some time in the off grid wood shop on wheels.
Since it was slushing out - snowing and raining - I
It was an unusually warm and sunny day with temps over 50 degrees F. The solar battery bank was charging nicely. I worked in my off grid wood shop while Melanie washed all our laundry and put them out to dry in the sun.
We have had a period of dark and cloudy days so the so
I am putting radiant foil on the ceiling, walls and door of the off grid greenhouse to reduce heat loss during the cold winter nights. Radiant foil is also known as radiant barrier and reflects radiant heat back into the building, reducing heat loss.
I used radiant foil in
After some very cold winter nights reaching 3 degrees F with blowing wind, I took my camera out to the off grid greenhouse for an update on the plants. And I talk a minute about being snowed in for the weekend at the off grid homestead.
We got hit with 8 inches of snow Satu
I got the idea of using moving blankets in our off grid winter greenhouse to retain heat during cold winter nights. Our tiny house wood stove pipes disintegrated and we had to make emergency repairs.
We are trying to keep food growing in our off grid greenhouse this winter.
I finished the off grid greenhouse wood stove thermosyphon water heating system and did a test run to make sure everything works well. Melanie is inside working on our recycled pallet wood products for sale.
I have built a water boiler heating system using an antique Sears
I finished putting together the off grid winter greenhouse boiler heating system. This is a fully homemade system using a wood stove and two 55 gallon barrels. Some PVC pipe fittings and some PEX lines are all that were needed to complete the system.
This system will operat
December 4th, 2011
I finally got my wood stove installed in the off grid living camper. It took longer to plan it than the actual work itself. I wanted to make sure that the stove would not cause anything to overheat. Living in a camper there is not much space to play aroun
December 2nd, 2011
I just got an antique Sears Roebuck & Co wood burning stove for $10. On the front plate it shows the company name and then "No Hot Pot 30A". Guess that is the model number. It only stands 2 feet high. It has a 2 burner cooking top and a water boiler a
What is survival?
When most people think of survival or emergency readiness, they probably imagine a bunch of gun toting camouflaged rednecks running through the woods shooting anything that moves. But disaster preparedness is important for eve
November 21st, 2011
Yesterday the weather was awesome. The sun was shining and it was very warm. Almost like summer. So I took out the rubberized tar roof repair and went to work on the roof of my off grid camper. For about $15 I got a gallon of this roof repai
This is some work I did a few months ago, but I took a lot of photos and wanted to share it anyway. The slide in truck camper is my first ever camper and when I got it, the guy told me it had no water leaks and everything was good. Not.
Right after I got it home, we had a h
November 18th, 2011
It rained a few days in a row, quite heavily. The leak above the sofa that I found was worse than ever. I decided to rip down the ceiling panel and see how bad it was.
But where the water was coming in there is very bad rot and dam
Winter is coming fast and if I want to use this camper for off grid living during the cold months, then I need to get it ready soon. I plan to stay out in the camper during the winter and see if I can manage without any power or water hookups from the utility companies. I will need to provide hea
ThruNite sent me their super powerful TN42 flashlight with a visible beam range of 1,550 Meters/yards. This LED spotlight is so bright that it can be seen from 5 miles away and outshines even argon lamps.
The TN42C LED search light has a CREE XHP35 HI LED with a
I am building a wood stove water boiler heating system for our off grid winter greenhouse using an antique wood stove water boiler and two 55 gallon steel barrels. This will work using the thermosiphon effect and will have no moving parts and no outside power source to run it.
We got up to find a beautiful and snowy homestead. We had four inches of snow fall on us during the night, covering the land in white. The solar panels were also covered so I had to sweep them off.
By the way, the solar panels are currently laying flat because the wind out
November 16th, 2011
I just picked up a huge 1986 32 foot fleetwood camper for free out of the classifieds. This thing is loaded. Except, I seem to always get them with no fridge and no heater. Again, they are missing in this one. Wonder why people keep pulling these out.
This will be a continuing list of things I want to do with the survival camper. This list will be for myself as well as for others. A permanent list I can access anywhere.
There are a number of future projects I want to do with the survival camper. As I finish with a projec
Well, I had been planning a trip up north for a month now with my new survival camper. It wasnt ready by far, but hey, it was still quite warm out. It shouldnt be a problem to go out in my survival camper for a couple days with no heater. I figured I could experiment with heating ideas I had been
Since my survival camper already had half of its power hungry appliances stripped out, I decided to go all the way and remove the rest of the 120 volt junk. The camper had a huge circuit breaker box and a very heavy, large power inverter. The power inverter converted the 120 volt mains powe
The idea of a survival camper came up when I was thinking about bugging out into the mountains. At first I thought I would just drive as far
I decided to make this list as much for my self as for anyone else. I just figured that my own packing list may help someone else. I have been practicing survival and foraging since I was young and have a lot of hands on experience. Many people plan for survival but may not have much real experie
July 25th, 2011
I have been working with my Bedini motors and water to attempt to provide useful fuel for home heating and to power a car or small engine.
July 8th, 2011
With the cost of gas prices soaring, I have been stressing about not using a hydrogen booster in my car so far this summer. I pulled it out to rework the design.
I have been working like crazy in the shop on a new design for my H2O boos
The other day I was out browsing the yard for fresh, wild spring foods and thought about making a salad with everything I found. It is nice to have fresh, free food, especially when they are purely organic and totally free of pesticides.
A lot of the things we now treat as
For the survivalist, outdoor enthusiast, hiker or end of world planner, this is the perfect long life vacuum packed one day supply of food. Set up like the military MRE Meal-Ready-To-Eat, this is a vacuum packed daily ration of food. And it all weighs under a pound. The total cost of this DIY ful
Sweetleaf is a relatively unknown organic sweetener with no calories. This fine plant grows like a weed if you put it outside, providing a renewable sugar substitute without the health risks involved with many artificial, chemical sweeteners known today.
March 10th, 2011
Well, its been a long, cold winter and my Hydrogen Booster project had to be put on the side. I had a bad fuel pump just before the onset of winter, which caused the poor old car to sit for a while until I could get to it. By then, winter had set on and the
August 29th, 2010
Well, my solar panels and battery bank are really proving their worth in my place. We loose power here about once a month, at least. It gets really frustrating to wake up in the dark with no way to shower or shave for work.
But, my p
I have been running my car for the past few weeks without the H2O booster just to see what type of results I may see. I left all the modifications in place, but simply turned off the Hydroxy Booster.
The first day it seemed like there was no change at all. The second day th
I installed a DIY Oxygen Sensor Extender in my old Honda a couple weeks ago and here are the results:
Absolutely no change at all in anything. So, it seems that all those claims of using an oxygen sensor extender to gain fuel economy when used w
After a couple weeks of running the diy hydrogen booster in my car, I have noticed some very important things and found a few problems.
At first, the lid kept coming loose. It is very hard to work the lid down tight on a brand new pvc pipe and threaded cap. It may seem tigh
I have driven a few tanks of gas through my old Honda while using my new homemade hydrogen booster and here are the results:
No savings on gas. Huge performance boost. The car has a lot more power and the motor runs much smoother than ever before with the DIY H2O booster tu
Here is some important information about the foods that we eat every day that contain pesticides and plastics and their effect on our health.
Some of the information posted here comes from a yahoo article.
The average American is exposed to 10 to 13 d
I have installed LED lamps in my apartment to start testing capabilities of my new solar power system. Even during rainy days, the solar panels are putting out power. We just had a few days of constant rain and very cloudy, dark days and the panels are producing power. Good to know.
I have installed a DIY hydrogen booster in my 91 Honda Accord to see what kind of benefits I can get from it. My first week results were interesting.
I have been studying the common roadside weed, chicory. This plant is actually quite amazing and will always be kept in my pantry from now on. Chicory root roasting in the oven leaves an incredible smell something like chocolate combined with a woody scent. The whole room smells good.
Well, I finally got the solar panel project finished to my satisfaction. After a year and a half with these panels, I got the permission to install them properly on the roof of my new apartment.
I have modified the US Military M-45 tent stove so that I can fully control the burn rate and stove temperature. Before the modification the tent stove burnt out of control and was off the scale of my digital thermometer. After the modifications I can now control the burn rate and temperature of
This is a simple old fashioned homemade laundry detergent which will last you a very long time. The cost of this homemade soap is very low compared to commercially purchased laundry detergents on the market. For only about ten dollars of raw ingredients you will have years of laundry detergent us
We are clearing about an acre and a half on our 56 acre land to make space for our off grid homestead. We are cutting a lot of trees and I needed an easier way to cut them with the chainsaw so I made a sawbuck using all scrap materials.
We are buying this land and trying to
This is my now World famous simple survival cookie recipe. I used to make these cookies for survival and camping trips but one time after sharing with friends they became so popular that I had to make them all the time. This is a very simple and easy recipe using few ingredients.
Homemade Chicken Ceasar Salad
Hi everyone this is Melanie from YouTube,
How are you all to day? i miss making videos. It has been a while.
I want to share with you my Homemade Chicken Caesar salad. This is a very sim
I got a tumbling composting bin that had broken off legs and built a new stand using all free pallet wood. The new stand is rugged and way stronger than the original wobbly tube stand that it came with. My new composting bin should last a lifetime.
A friend of mine gave me
I wondered if you could plant dry soup beans purchased from the grocery store and save tons of money on seed beans. So I bought a bunch of beans and sprouted them indoors first to speed up the germination and then planted them into the garden. Here are my results.
I got a b
I made a very simple and nearly free fence post puller using scrap wood I had around. This device pulls out T posts and small wood posts with ease and in mere seconds per post.
I used oak boards left over from pallets that I had taken apart. This made it rugged and long lasting.
I have processed my own deer meat this year and made some venison jerky. One entire deer was made into four different varieties of jerky. I made up the recipes myself. Here are the details:
I first cut the deer meat off the bones. Cut off all the fat and sinew that you can.
It is very easy to test a small gas engine for compression. A compression test will tell you if the valve seats need to be ground or if the piston rings are badly worn. In many cases the valve seats will wear out first and need to be ground in order to improve engine compression and performance.
I am building a beautiful picket fence using pallet wood thet I got for free. This is a very simple project and I am sure you will be quite surprised how fast this goes together once you get started. Each finished pallet picket fence piece looks just like something that came out of the commercial
Wintergreen is a low growing ground cover plant with tiny red berries in the fall. It is an evergreen shrub so you can always find its green leaves, even in winter. Most people know wintergreen from chewing gum or toothpaste but it has many other uses.
Wintergreen is a tasty treat i
The little Partridge Berry, also known as Squaw Berry, is a red berry that resembles Wintergreen in appearance. The tiny red berries are both refreshing as a snack and useful as a medicine. The proper name for Partridge Berry is Mitchella Repens.
The Partridge Berry is foun
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I used to get sick all the time when I was younger. I was allergic to almost everything. Just about all palnts and animals and most fresh fruits and vegetables. Through the years I started to realize that I can change this myself through healthy eating and living. Here is my story.
There is much discussion lately about the benefits of Himalayan rock salt (that pink stuff) and why it is so much healthier than table salt. At The Off Grid Homestead, Himalayan salt is the standard due not only because of all of its positive aspects but also due to its organic superiority.
Homesteading is becoming a more common practice these days due to the desire to live healthier and more self-sufficient lifestyles. Raising, or growing, one’s own food provides a sense of satisfaction, is more affordable and allows the homesteader to have full knowledge of what they a
When you hear the word "sprouting," you may automatically think of, and picture, seedlings...those tiny plants you've nurtured from seed form in order to transplant them into what will be your beautiful vegetable patch. Sprouting, however, is germinating seeds with the goal of eating the sp
When you are making your preparations for a more self-sufficient lifestyle, don’t forget about the things you have available in your own yard. You can plant a garden, of course, but there are also greens, not-so-fondly known as weeds, that provide natural nutrition and health benefits
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How to tap maple trees to make your own syrup
Trees should be ta
More and more people are trying their hands at homesteading and self-sufficient lifestyles. Rather than depend primarily on grocery stores, the idea is to grow, or raise, one's own food. Whether you choose to do this to save money, or due to a desire to eat more organically, tho
Chimneys play an important part in home heating, but they are not to be taken for granted, especially when they are used for wood burning. The National Fire Protection Association Standard 211 advises chimneys be checked at least once a year. Just as with the filter in a furnace
Prior to the 1960s, cast iron vessels were an especially favored form of cooking. Most every household had at least one cast iron pot or skillet in an always-seasoned form ready for that next great meal. These days, non-stick coated cookware has taken over, but it proves to be more costly, less
This is part two of the project. If you are visiting this page from outside, please see Page 1 first.
How To Make A Simple Solar Food Dehydrator Pt 2
This is a very simple solar food dehydrator that uses the energy of the sun to dry food for long term storage. This solar dehydrator costs very little to make and can dry large batches of food in one to two days of full sun.
A solar food dryer is valuable in case of a power
If you want to run your RV or camper on solar power then you will have to modify your original electrical control box. This box converts shore AC power from a camp ground into 12 volts DC to power your RV lighting and accessories. Most RV lights are 12 volts as are the heater blowers, controls an
Lately I've had some people ask my opinion on what a quality first aid kit should contain. Med kits can be as diverse and dynamic as any BOB and I guess the first question one needs to ask themselves is what do I intend to accomplish when stocking my kit? Other questions to ask when a
I have some self dried foods I had done up in bulk a few months ago, but never got around to sealing them up in vacuum sealer bags. Now they need to be pasteurized before I can seal them up for long term storage.
I have 5 pounds of dried broccoli, about 2 pounds of mixed vegetables
"Cold" and "Brew" are words that do not seem to work together, however cold brewed coffee makers have become quite popular these days. On hearing the words "cold brew coffee" for the first time, many people are skeptical about why they should choose it over their normal cup of coffeeAdvant
Once you have made a batch of homemade soap, you need to remove it from the form and cut it into soap bars. This is very easy and can make some professional looking bars of soap. Here is a demonstration:
First, if you have never made soap before, have a look at our homemade
The hot process of making soap is the act of fully cooking the soap until the saponification process is completed. This means that all the lye has been used up converting the oil into soap. When soap is made using the hot process it will be immediately usable. Cold process soap on the other hand
Why is it that movie producers who devote much time to every tiny detail, makeup and costumes, fail to get it right when showing a routine task such as washing clothes by hand?
In a recent popula
During our boiling, broiling, blistering drought last summer here in the Missouri Ozarks, water was a topic of conversation wherever we went. Creeks and ponds dried up (some never recovered) and the water table dropped, forcing some neighbors to have their well pumps lowered or to even to have a
Most people do not know it but the products we use every day for washing, bathing, laundry and house keeping contain a lot of harmful artificial ingredients. When you use soap for bathing, the chemicals in the soap are absorbed through your skin. By using all natural soap you avoid any dangerous
You don’t need to till up the whole back 40 to have all the watermelon, squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkin your family can eat. Instead, cut out circles of sod, mulch the area and then watch your garden grow.
Coffee has been with us for a very long time. Coffee is also a very important part of our lives. During WWI and WWII, instead of going without coffee, people found coffee substitutes. That alone should tell you how valuable coffee is to our modern society. With that in mind, you should find ways
Using some scrap material, old sliding glass doors and windows, and as few purchased supplies as possible (cement blocks, wire cloth, 2x4s and roof tin), we built our second greenhouse in early November 2012. Now, in mid-February, the greenhouse provides more than enough greens for our heaping, t
One of the best diversions to overcome wintertime doldrums is to start trays of garden seeds indoors. Here in the Missouri Ozarks, now is a good time to get growing with all those vegetables that should be started 6-8 weeks before the last frost.
Plants that require a longer growing seaso
LinkedIn is not only one of the most popular social networking sites we have today, it is also one of the best platforms for business, as it is where professionals and career-oriented people meet. With this, LinkedIn is a great place to build relationships with people who are really interested in
Natural medicines made from herbs and plants have been around since the dawn of mankind. The advent of modern medicine has made natural healing less common. However, in recent decades, the interest in natural medicine has been revived. Bear in mind, it is important to work with your physician whe
Grass fed beef is far superior to grain fed beef because it is raised on the diet that nature intended. The diet of cattle can actually change the body composition of the animal, and thus the nutritional make-up of the meat we eat.
In addition, the grains they are fed are largely genetica
Winter brings a lot of snow. This means shoveling out your car, sidewalk or business front. Many people suffer with painful backs or even heart attacks from shoveling snow. This happens especially in areas which do not see much snow each season. This is how to safely shovel snow....
Sugar is consumed by most Americans to the tune of 130lbs a year. That actually breaks down to more than a third of a pound per person per day, a staggering number to say the least. This is one of the reasons that I believe our health continues to decline despite advancements in the medical scien
In the video linked below I mentioned about how the color green is bymost people’s opinions the best color to use when navigating at nighttime. It allows you not to be seen as well from a distance, it alsois the easiest co
Wireless connection has grown in demand in near exponential proportions. Propelled by the continued growth of mobile technology, mobile web development and even mobile e-commerce, businesses now banks on more wireless connections to make their products and services more universally accessible tha
Hydraulic fracturing or fracking as it is more commonly known, is, in a nutshell, a procedure for extracting oil or gas from bedrock. The method involves pumping high pressure fluid into drill holes in the rocks to create fractures and this provides an escape route for the gas or oil. Some rocks
Some people claim that repairing your plumbing yourself is extremely hard. However, it becomes much easier if you are properly educated and have the proper advice to do the job. This article is full of plumbing tips that will help get your project completed.
Stop cleaning a persistent clo
Baby teeth help your child to learn to chew, and speak properly. The most important job for teeth is to maintain teeth space in your child's gums for their adult teeth.
In saying this, the rate of childhood decay is rapidly increasing. Babies and Toddlers are just as much of a risk for de
There's so much debate going on about organic germanium. Many scientists are calling it a wonder compound because of its ability to combat almost any kinds of diseases. So, is this claim really true and 100% effective, or is it just another medical hoax?
Nature and History: Sometime in 1
Countless studies have shown the benefits of fruit for a person's health. From all the fruits available in the market today, one fruit tops the popularity list. Know as the "ruby-red super food" and the "miracle fruit", the pomegranate has earned its popularity because it is thought to possibly
Many homeowners pay attention not only to the interior of their houses, but to their gardens as well. Not everyone is lucky to have a garden, thus people having at least a small parcel of land near the house, want to make it attractive.
Decorating a garden may be difficult, because this p
One of the most commonly used spices, garlic is known for its immense health benefits. It is identified for its pungent smell and distinct flavor. Throughout history, benefits of garlic have been used for both medical and cooking purposes. Garlic is a species of the onion family, and has a sulphu
The following nutrients are our top suggestions to help manage high cholesterol. These suggestions are based on clinical studies and the latest health information available to provide you with the best nutraceutical suggestions possible to help manage cholesterol.
Advanced Lipid C
The most beautiful things can come from the most conventional supplies. On the subject of enhancing your wall surfaces, hardly anything gives immediate texture and instant fashion more than frames. These unsurprisingly everyday boxy items present an amazing way of remodeling your indoor spaces -
The inland Taipan is an extremely venomous snake, which inhabits Northern / Eastern regions of Australia as well as parts of New Guinea. They thrive on the Oceanic eco system and as yet have been unable to inhabit any other part of the globe. The snake is considered to be the most dangerous in th
The first aid kit provides a supply of items that can be used to help treat injured personnel. There should always be a core set of supplies within the box, which can help ensure that the best treatment is given during an accident. There is nothing worse than trying to treat someone, only to find
You should bring toilet paper and baby wipes on every camping trip. Sure, you may be able to use leaves or something natural, but there's no reason to torment yourself when you can find toilet paper or baby wipes at most stores.
Protect your canine companion on the trip by keeping him lea
This is the first chapter in the Bugging Out Series from The Do It Yourself World. What will you do if you need to bug out in winter? Are you prepared? Will you survive? The following pages will help you make it through.
Winter survival is one of the harshest situations you
Organic food products are natural sources of all the essential nutrients that we need to maintain good health. Nutrient-rich food include all those that can be found in the recommended food pyramid. Unhealthy food products such as those being sold by fast food restaurants may provide some energy
Ecommerce businesses are always in a battle with one issue: online shopping cart abandonment. It is a constant battle trying to figure out ways companies can reduce their abandonment, but it's always best to start at the beginning and figure out why customers abandon.
Shopping Cart Abando
Generally, children prefer fruits more than green vegetables; they're juicier and they've got a better flavor. Additionally, aside from the taste, they also provide more versatility in terms of food design - their vibrant shapes and colours attract kids' interest.
With the variety of junk
So, you have decided to be a DIY person and paint the exterior of your home all by yourself. Have you ever painted a home before? If not, then you may find the job harder than you realized. Don't be discouraged; look at the project as creating greater curb appeal while adding value to your home
Without a lot of the right care, trees can get diseases which can prove to be fatal, and as many trees live for hundreds of years, whether your tree is small or large, you'll want to make sure your tree stays in good condition for future generations. Regular maintenance and care is vital, but you
These days, modern technology has made it possible to use cellphones in various ways. One amazing function you could enjoy is the ability to track a mobile phone.
The Importance of a Mobile Phone Tracker
Whether you wish to quickly locate your very own cellular phone in case it ge
If you're new to internet marketing, then you must have heard about forum marketing and pondering how it can help you drive traffic to your website or Squeeze page and build your email list. Well, the best way to build your email list through forum marketing is to establish your name as an author
The popularity of alloy wheels is perhaps because of its ability to assume different designs. The flexibility of aluminium to handle to handle creative formations born out of the aesthetics of wheel and structural designers allows it to accommodate or implement both the artistic and engineering e
There is nothing like the smell of homemade bread baking in the kitchen. Baking bread is a long process requiring you to be home and labor for hours, watching the dough carefully the whole time. The temperature of the dough and your kitchen must be right in order for the bread to turn out well.
Use old recipe books as a resource when going camping. Campers often find that they grow weary of hot dogs and hamburgers. Try to mix up what you eat. Print out recipes that are amenable to outdoor preparation to prevent your meals from being boring. Be sure to bring any spices or seasonings you
You can get a solar AA or AAA battery charger for just $1 at the dollar store. At the most, you may pay $3 for such a charger at a normal store, but it sure beats the normal $20 retail price for a "real" solar battery charger.
This is a simple dollar store solar path light
Does your house have blocked or damaged gutters and downpipes? Have you noticed that when there is a large downfall of rain that the gutters on your flat roof will often overflow with gallons of water?
When there is an overflow of water down the outside walls of your home it can penetrate
We all know that arthritis can have a debilitating effect on you. It can literally keep you up at night and zap the energy out of you each and every day. That can leave you feeling exhausted and frustrated. It can even stop you from doing your favorite activities on a daily basis.
Nowadays, people have the option of choosing the energy source they want to use. For instance, you don't have to rely on electricity as it is possible to use solar energy which is a natural and renewable resource. To enjoy the benefits of solar energy, there is an option of buying a ready made sy
Can't have snacks when you are dieting? Actually there are several low calorie snacks to help with those cravings and keep you focused on your diet goals.
Make your own Trail Mix
A home made mixture of nuts, chocolate and raisins has the sweetness and fat taste to help keep your s
Pull behind Motorcycle Trailers
There are a wide variety of pull behind motorcycle trailers available--but what is the best one for you?
Let's first consider what you're looking for the trailer to do. The number of trailers available are as varied as the number of uses.
The best kept secret to losing weight, Less Calories!!! Just burn more calories that you take in every day. Add to your daily activity and decrease how many calories you take in every day. It is that simple. Mens bodies seem to carry more weight in their mid section compared to women. Here are so
A new fad in the health industry is fasting and or detoxifications of some sort. Most of the reasons behinds these fasts are to detoxify your body from toxins and other harmful things you have ingested by eating processed foods for so many years. A lot of the detoxifying fasts are with the use of
Many people worldwide suffer from diabetes. It is necessary to remember that this disease affects people of various ages, thus it is important to regularly check the level of blood sugar. Among the main causes of diabetes are improper lifestyle and unhealthy eating habits. In fact, a great number
One of the best things you can do to lose weight is to start tracking your calories. Every day you take in somewhere between 1500 and 2000 calories and each and every one of them counts. Calories are what your body needs to function. As much as 60% of the calories you eat everyday are used to tak
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They say that rumours spread through town in the time it takes for the truth to our on its jacket.
In today's society the damaged will often prey on the strong, confident and successful in an effort to level the playing field. Add illicit narcotic
Installing LED tube lamps is a wonderful method to save lots of money on electricity and get potentially dangerous fluorescent lights from the house or workplace. But, most LED tube lamps available on the market nowadays cannot merely be immediately installed within an existing fluorescent fittin
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The most common thing I hear from people who view my website, and watch my films is that they have no wildlife in their local wild spaces.
My usual response, after a raised set of eyebrows is to say "really?" and ask why they feel there are no ani
With how the economic system is headed nowadays, you need to actually be cautious about how much cash you may spend. Luckily. many companies offer coupons that will help you help save a little bit of money. Whether you're a novice to employing vouchers or haven't used them prior to, you will get
In every successful business setting, web marketing becomes a chief part of achieving success. The biggest test in marketing is deciding the best form of advertising media for your services or products.
The first step in deciding the finest way to use your marketing expense
Aside from life itself, a name could very well be the absolute most precious thing you'll share with your baby.
Sociologists, child professionals and teachers agree totally that your child's name impacts on his or her personality, baby's capability to interact with his or h
You can vacuum seal foods to keep them fresh longer. Vacuum sealing food keeps out moisture and oxygen, both of which make your food go bad with time. Foods that have been properly sealed in a vacuum can last for years if kept cool and dark.
To vacuum seal your own food you
Pumpkin is just a very healthy fresh fruit -- not a vegetable as most folks believe. Its scientific name is "cucurbita maxima," which shows the likelihood of its "maximum" size.
In fact, The Entire World Pumpkin Federation rep... Pumpkin pie is standard fare at most Thank
Before you even think about setting up an internet site, you have to know the term search engine marketing and its value. When you set up a website with the purpose of trying to sell something or service, you have to find a way to bring traffic to your website or it's not going to perform job tha
It is quite easy to dry your own fruits and vegetables at home and have the satisfaction of enjoying your harvest through the winter months.
All you need to dehydrate your own fruits and vegetables is a food dehydrator. These are affordable, ranging from $30 on up. The bett
You can roast your own coffee beans at home and get that perfect cup of fresh coffee you love so much. There is a taste at some coffee shops that just cannot be copied at home. Or can it?
If you find a coffee shop that roasts its own green coffee beans, the coffee at that s
Often after the hunt you may want to tan your own deer hide but do not have time on that day. If you want to keep your deer skin for later tanning, a simple process of salt curing the deer hide will save it for later.
After you salt cure your deer hide you can put it away a
Learn how to measure an unknown resistor or potentiometer with a digital ohmmeter. This is a simple DIY article that will have you measuring resistance like a pro in minutes.
Depending on your digital multimeter, there will be a range of resistance settings. When measuring
Antique wooden items and furniture can be brought back to its original luster and beauty relatively easy if you follow this short article. As long as your wood has no broken parts, missing corners or peeling lamination, this article will help you get your wood looking nice again.
How many times do you go out to get a quick bite from McDonalds or Wendy's and such and you get packets of ketchup or salt and pepper and so forth. If you havent thought about it to much that is a free source of food and all you have to do is ask for extra's. I will show you h
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