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Archive for December, 2013

Recipe for Apple Marmalade

Recipe for Apple Marmalade

Jane Hasell McCosh, founder of the World’s Original Marmalade Awards has kindly supplied us with one of her favourite recipe for Apple Marmalade. If you are either a first time marmalade maker or have made it for years why not enter the awards. The closing date for your application is 13th February 2014. Click here […]

By December 20, 2013 3 Comments Read More →
Marmalade Awards

Marmalade Awards

Marmalade makers of the world unite. The 10th Dalemain Awards and Festival is looming and the deadline for entries is February 12th 2015. Here is a brief taster of the event and an application form – so go on, get making! The Awards and Festival will be held on Saturday 28th and Sunday 1st March […]

By December 20, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
How to Make Cajeta

How to Make Cajeta

Thanks to Sweetwood Farm in Nova Scotia, Canada, for allowing us to use this recipe. For anyone who has a few dairy goats there’s often a bit of experimentation to try out new things with the milk. Not that that’s necessary, as goat’s milk on its own is wonderful stuff, very healthy and tolerated by […]

By December 17, 2013 1 Comments Read More →
Building and Using a Solar Cooker

Building and Using a Solar Cooker

Article by Joanne Brannan June 2012 Home Farmer Many solar cookers are either complicated to construct, very expensive to buy, or suitable only for climates far sunnier than ours here in the UK. But there is one simple solar cooker design that costs next to nothing to build and works remarkably well, even here! When […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Making Your Own Reed Diffusers

Making Your Own Reed Diffusers

I’ve seen these selling for £20 + in shops. Hard to believe! Let me first make the point that the hardest job here is sourcing appropriate bottles. They need to have a narrow top to stop everything evaporating away, but at the same time must look at least ‘presentable’. I’ve heard of people using jam […]

By December 5, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Bank Robbers

Bank Robbers

I know it’s not really my brief as the editor of a magazine which advocates sustainability, growing your own veg, keeping livestock and preparing great food, but I have just heard on the radio that my own bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, has agreed to pay over £200 million in fines for rigging interest […]

Will the Ministry of Justice now Oppose Fracking?

Will the Ministry of Justice now Oppose Fracking?

There has been great opposition to proposals for immense dairy and pig farms based on a US model, which would deny their inmates access to the great outdoors, and would probably require hefty doses of antibiotics to maintain any semblance of health within the confines of the structure. The opposition to a pig facility in […]

A 1984 Brave New World Battery Hen Matrix Project

A 1984 Brave New World Battery Hen Matrix Project

After the banning of traditional battery cages and their replacement with slightly larger, slightly more communal cages, comes the concept of vertical chicken farming with the grotesque suggestion that the birds’ cerebral cortex be severed to make them unaware of their dire circumstances. This vision of a 1984 brave new world battery hen matrix project […]

How to Make Flavoured Oils

How to Make Flavoured Oils

Storing in oil is an ancient storage method, and most of us nowadays are used to flavoured oil rather than using oil as a medium to store food. However, as long as you follow some important advice on heating up the oil you can use it to store garlic, dried tomatoes, aubergines and red peppers, […]

By December 3, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
How to make sun-dried tomatoes

How to make sun-dried tomatoes

The thought of picking your own tomatoes then leaving them to dry in the sun is, I’m afraid, a bit of a dream in the UK. However, we have the technology – we have ovens, and to keep your guilt at bay, 99.9% of your shop-bought sun-dried tomatoes will have never seen the yellow thing […]

By December 3, 2013 2 Comments Read More →

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