Tag Archive for non-electric

Freezers

Upright Freezer In October

I keep two freezers. One is mostly for meat and the other is for fruits, vegetables, bread and other assorted foods. It may sound strange to you, but if I had to choose between owning a freezer or a refrigerator, I’d give up my refrigerator before I’d get rid of one of my freezers. To…

Treadle Sewing Machine Advice

Singer Model 66 Treadle Sewing Machine

You love to sew. Or perhaps you are looking for a sensible off grid sewing machine and think you’d like to buy a treadle sewing machine but don’t know where to start or what to look for? Maybe you are worried that all treadle sewing machines are expensive antiques and you can’t afford one? Or…

How To Use A Butane Clothes Iron

Butane Clothes Iron

I’m an avid home sewer and sometimes quilter. I use an iron and a sewing machine almost daily. Most days I use an electric iron and an electric sewing machine. But some days (during the heat of the summer) I prefer my treadle sewing machine and a cordless butane iron. Many people are familiar with…

Advice About Oil Lamps

Early Morning

Granny, The oil lamps in the background of your pictures are beautiful! Do you have any advice on what to look for in an oil lamp? Aladdin? Thanks, Christine Why thank you Christine! As far as oil lamps go there are basically 3 or 4 kinds. Mantle lamps, flat or round wick lamps, floating wick…

How To Preserve Meat With A Crock

Ceramic Crock

There is a very old method of preserving some types of meat and fish known as “potting” or “crocking”. It is a non-electric method of meat and fish preservation that was widely prevalent before the advent of home canning. Potting or crocking meat and fish is a method that is no longer recommended by the…

How To Preserve Eggs With Water Glass

Eggs In Water Glass

Did you know that are a few different old-time ways to preserve fresh eggs for many months without electricity? It’s true. Freshly laid eggs have been successfully preserved by being kept in a “water glass” solution, in a lime water solution, by being coated with mineral oil, Vaseline or paraffin wax, and by being buried…

Cook Stove Warmer

Stove Warmer

“Under this is placed a closet for warming and keeping hot the dishes, vegetables, meats, etc., while preparing for dinner. It is also very useful in drying fruit” THE AMERICAN WOMAN’S HOME – 1869 Catherine E. Beecher & Harriet Beecher Stowe – describing a cook stove warmer Many modern and antique wood burning cook stoves…

Cook Stove Basics

Cook Stove Basics

I use a cook stove for about 8 months out of the year. A cook stove is a lot of work, but from my point of view it’s a lot of independence and security too. No matter what the weather brings or what happens with energy costs, I will always be able to heat my…