Practical Real World
Self Sufficiency Skills
PRACTICAL SKILLS FOR THE AVERAGE FAMILY:
Self sufficiency doesn't necessarily mean quitting your job, selling
your worldly belongings, getting off the grid, and disconnecting from
the rest of the world.
It certainly CAN mean that...but it doesn't HAVE to.
That level of independence simply isn't practical for most of us.
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SELF SUFFICIENCY PAIRED WITH COMMON SENSE:
Aside from housing and transportation, food is the single most expensive
necessity that most families have to deal with. A recent USDA study
indicates that the average monthly grocery cost for a family of four is
somewhere between $500 and $700. This is far more
than the cost of utilities like electricity and water.
Learning and implementing self sufficient food skills can impact a
families expenses far more and far quicker than just about anything else
a family can do.
Installing solar or wind power generation units or buying a brand
new green vehicle, for example can certainly reduce your dependence on
outside sources, but the expense of doing so is extreme and the pay back
is many years at best.
By comparison, supplies for growing collecting and preserving
your own food is far less expensive, and the payback is much quicker
(almost immediate in some cases).
That's not to say that these high tech, high dollar items don't have an
important role in today's society, it's simply that it may not be
practical or realistic for the average family struggling to make ends
meet. Technology will catch up and pricing will come down someday, but
as of today, it's extremely difficult.
Self reliance can be achieved in more realistic ways, and only to the degree that you are comfortable with.
HERE ARE A FEW EXAMPLES OF PRACTICAL SELF SUFFICIENCY:
-buying fresh locally grown produce in bulk.
-canning and freezing fresh foods for use all year.
-growing your own vegetable garden.
-planting your own fruit trees and berry plants.
-raising your own poultry and small livestock for eggs and meat.
-making you own wine, beer, cheese, sauerkraut, pickles and other things.
-collecting food from the wild like berries, nuts, mushrooms, and greens.
-catching fish and hunting wild game.
YOU CAN LEARN TO BE MORE SELF SUFFICIENT
want to reduce your food budget...
have landed on hard times...
want to put up an emergency food supply...
or are just looking to eat a healthier diet...
I can help. I've spent most of my life learning ways to do these very things, and I'll share those skills with you.
The more of these skills you learn for yourself, the more self
sufficient you become. You have the chance to become the master of your
own destiny, as you and your family become less dependent on others.
My Grandpa used to put it in simpler terms. He used to tell me...
"Nobody takes care of your business like you do."
Or stated another way...
your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to
work with your hands, so that your daily life may win the respect of
outsiders, and so that you will not be dependent on anybody"
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
THERE'S NO MAGIC TO IT.
There's no magic in becoming more self sufficient, although it can seem
pretty magical when you start enjoying the "fruits" of your own efforts!
People practice these types of skills every day, all over the world.
Your grandparents or great-grandparents probably practiced many
of them during the Great Depression, just to "get by". Mine certainly
did. If they could do it back then, you can do it now. All you need is
motivation, knowledge and resources.
My family passed their skills & knowledge on to me. It is my
goal to pass it on further to as many people as possible. Sadly, it
seems many of these skills are becoming lost as the older generations
This website will give you the basic information that you need to
increase YOUR level of self sufficiency. You supply the motivation and
desire. I'll help you with the knowledge.
LET'S GET STARTED...
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- About Me
- About me and the lifelong journey that lead to the making of this site
- Contact Us
- Contact food-skills-for-self sufficiency webmaster wtih your questions and comments
- Vegetable Gardening
- vegetable gardening skills for self sufficiency, seasonal gardening, seed sources, soil quality, composting, gardening tools and gardening with kids
- Home Orchard
- Growing and managing a successful home orchard - basic know how
- Growing Berries
- Growing berries at home. Information on varieties, planting instructions, maintenance and care, as well as harvesting and preserving your home grown berries.
- Growing Grapes
- Growing grapes - planting and care of grape vines. How where and when to plant, as well as pruning, propagation and harvesting of these versatile vines.
- Growing Nuts
- Growing nuts and seeds at home. Small bushes and plants with big crops for the home nut grower - Hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds, sunflower & pumpkin seeds and more.
- Home Canning for Self Sufficiency
- Learn about home canning methods. Pressure (steam) canning, water bath canning, inversion method,
- Freezing Food for Self Sufficiency
- Techniques for freezing food for preservation and home consumption.
- Vacuum Packing
- storing dried and frozen food using vacuum packing method
- Bulk Food
- Bulk food - where and how to buy bulk food for increasing self sufficeincy and decreased food costs.
- Bulk Food Sources
- Readers share their favorite bulk food sources!
- Collecting and Using Wild Fruit
- Collecting and using wild fruit for self sufficiency. What kinds are out there, where to look, when to collect, and how to use the bounty.
- Collecting and Using Wild Nuts
- Collecting and using wild nuts for self sufficiency. What kinds are out there, where to look, when to collect and how to use the bounty.
- Catching Fish for Self Sufficiency
- Catching fish is one of the easiest ways to collect meat and stock your freezer from the wild. This isn't about catching trophies, it's about putting food on the table!
- Raising Chickens for Eggs and Meat
- Raising chickens for your own eggs and meat. Basic information to get started right.
- Making Apple Cider
- Making apple cider - When your orchard over produces apples, what do you do??? Make your own cider!!!
- Making Vinegar
- Making vinegar - a guide to making your own home made vinegar. It's easier than you might think.
- Making Peanut Butter
- Making peanut butter - who needs to buy peanut butter when you can make your own from fresh roasted peanuts. Easy and quick instructions for homemade peanut butter.
- Home Made Bread
- How to make home made bread, yeast rolls, and cinnamon rolls from scratch. A family recipe.
- Making Horseradish
- making horseradish - that wonderfully hot condiment made from ugly roots.
- Making File
- Making file - how to make this essential cajun spice used to thicken and flavor soups and stews.
- Sassafras Tea
- How to make sassafras tea or spring tonic from the root of the sassafras tree
- Making Maple Syrup
- Making maple syrup - How to collect sap from maple trees and boil your own maple syrup at home.
- Making Sauerkraut
- Making Sauerkraut at home or, what to do with a bumper crop of cabbage. Easy instructions for making and canning sauerkraut that anyone can follow.
- Making Ketchup
- Making ketchup from home grown tomatoes. Why buy ketchup when it's easy to make yourself? It just takes some time. Here's how...
- Making Sweet Pickles
- An old family recipe for making sweet pickles (14 day pickles). Easy step by step directions that anyone can follow.
- Making Wine
- Basic steps to making wine at home. Easy step by step directions and supplies needed to make your own homemade wine. Part one...
- Making Wine Part Two
- Basic steps to making wine at home. Secondary fermentation and bottling. Easy step by step directions to make your own homemade wine.
- Making Cornmeal and Grits
- Making cornmeal and Grits. learn the simple steps to grinding your own home ground cornmeal and grits.
- Making Noodles
- Making noodles - a VERY simple, quick and tasty method for making homemade egg noodles.
- Making Pancake Syrup
- How to make quick easy maple flavored pancake syrup at home with simple ingredients
- Making Yogurt
- making yogurt in your home. supplies, ingredients, and methods.