How to be self-sufficient

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The beginnings of marmalade.

Self-sufficiency is a funny thing. At one time I imagine we all provided for ourselves; our belongings, food, clothing and shelter all a product of our own doing. Through time, however, we have become increasingly dependent on others to live. All of our food, for example, can now be sourced in one 4,000 square foot building. Fresh, dried, and frozen ingredients from all over the world to cater for our every want and desire, whenever we like.

For the most part, this is a wonderful thing – time we would have spent hunting and gathering can now be spent learning, traveling, starting families and forging careers. On the flip side, this disconnect from the natural order of things is, in my view, damaging our bodies and the environment we live in (PREACH!).

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Homemade butter – definitely worth it(?).

In 2018 I want to get closer to the food I eat, and i’m going to show you how you can, too. I’m not going off grid or moving into the mountains – but I want to revisit processes, techniques and ingredients that, for whatever reason, have slipped from our day-to-day repertoire. NOTE: I’ll still be visiting shops and the farmer’s market – this isn’t about complete self-sufficiency, it’s about providing yourself with delicious, homemade food.

I’ll post new recipes and videos to give you simple, affordable ideas for a taste of that #homesteadlife. No artificial ingredients or unnecessary packaging, just gorgeous food you’ll want to make again and again.

So let’s hear it, what do you want to see? Want to know how to make your own bread and ditch the supermarket stuff? An easy recipe for homemade bacon? The simplest guide to making your own cheese? Comment below or message me on Instagram or Twitter.