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Non-Electric Task Lighting By A Cook Stove

Non-Electric Task Lighting By Cook Stove

An Aladdin lamp with a glass shade provides non-electric task lighting near my cook stove early in the morning. Glass shades have a couple advantages over cloth or parchment lamp shades. The first is that they can be easily washed  – an important consideration in the kitchen. Secondly, if the bottom part of the shade…

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 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…

Preventing Rust On A Wood Fired Cook Stove

New Greased Cookstove Hob

The best way I’ve found to keep rust away from a cook stove is with a light layer of vegetable shortening or cooking oil. The photo below shows the difference between the areas that have been oiled and the areas that haven’t. The oiled areas are much darker. My cook stove is solid cast iron…

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…