Remember how I said I’d share the highlights of the Back to Basics Living Summit? Well, here is what I was able to view on Sunday! Now, mind you, I didn’t watch the videos for every presentation, so if there is a particular presentation you’re interested in you can purchase access to the summit here.
Intro to Canning Basics
I was particularly interested in this class and was not disappointed. Once upon a time, a long time ago, I canned with my mom pretty much the entire month of August. But….that was a long time ago. I wanted to see if canning would be a possibility for us here in Mexico since finding supplies is rather difficult. Provided I go with the water bath canner and not the pressure canner, I think it just might be doable. From this video, I got a good list of supplies to research as to availability and price (including shipping). I’ll let you know how that all pans out at a later date.
Never Buy Garden Seed Again–How Our Ancestors Had it Right
While I am already well informed about the issues with GMO seed and hybridization, it was nice to be validated by an expert. This lady’s family has their own strain of bean that they have cultivated for over 100 years. I think it would be pretty neat to be known as the Bean Lady. Again, I picked up a few tips concerning seed saving and a few seed sites to check out to see if they ship to Mexico.
How to Start a Homestead Hatchery Business
I didn’t finish watching this video because it was soon apparent that in order to be successful at hatching ducks and chicks, we’d need electricity. As that has yet to be made manifest (although I’m not totally ruling it out as a future realization) no sense cluttering up the ol’ noggin with information that isn’t immediately applicable.
The Fundamentals of Frugality
This woman runs her meal planning with military precision. In fact, she referred to being at war with the supermarkets and their ads. Her idea of creating a meal plan for a week was something I need to ponder. Right now, we start the day off with the question “What are we going to eat today?” But…..her menu list left something to be desired. She proudly proclaimed that she could feed a family of 5 for $30 a week. Much to my horror, her meals included Ramen noodles and hot dogs! We certainly aren’t going down that road. YUCK! I’m sure I can figure out a way to plan our meals weekly without sacrificing freshness and organic goodness. This presentation was the most popular for the day, but it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.
I didn’t have time to watch Making Chevre Cheese or How to Make Vanilla Bean Infused Blueberry Jam, but they both sounded delicious!
Disappointed you missed such good stuff? Purchase the full summit here to see Sunday’s presentations. FYI–it isn’t free but you do get unlimited access to all the presentations.
Stay tuned for Monday’s highlights.