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How to Eat Acorns

Acorns look delicious, don’t they?  They’re so smooth and appealing in their cute little “cupules” (hats).  They are full of nutrition, but they’re also full of bitter, astringent tannins.  These are compounds that make raw acorns distasteful and hard to digest.  However, people all over the planet, from California to Japan and everywhere in between […]

Pickling techniques: Lacto-fermentation vs. Vinegar

Aren’t pickles fun?  They’re such a great way to preserve the harvest, plus they’re a place to experiment with flavor combinations.  Not to mention, pickles of all kinds make great snacks and accompaniments to meals. Here we explore two very different ways to turn vegetables into pickles:  lacto-fermentation and vinegar pickling (with a hot-water bath […]

DIY Paint: Beautiful and 100% Natural

How to Make Natural DIY Paint   To make your own DIY paint, you only need a few simple ingredients: aggregate (see below for an explanation), white powdered clay, wheat paste (recipe follows), and water – plus pigments as desired.  Basically, you mix all the ingredients together thoroughly, and voila! That’s your DIY paint. Applying […]