Vintage cooking skills seem to be a dying art in the general population. I write a lot about “vintage skills” because I don’t want to see this important knowledge to be lost to current and future generations. You don’t have to be a homesteader or a prepper to appreciate that there a skills we need to maintain, even though modern society has a easier version.So I sat down and made a list of of the vintage cooking skills or kitchen skills. Some of these may feel extreme for you while others may be ones you know well and can’t believe anyone doesn’t know it. But bear with me because there is something here for all of us to learn! Never assume that these old-fashioned skills are used by anyone, just because you and a group of people on a forum are putting them to practice….
Vintage Skills 10 More We Still Need in the Modern World
Vintage skills aren’t dead…but they are sick and needing a revival. So what vintage skills do we still need in modern society? Well if you ask me, most of them; but I whittled down my list a bit to the top 10 more vintages skills I think we still need today. This is a follow-up list to my original Homesteading Skills We Need to Learn and Teach. I’d love to hear what vintage skills you would add to either list, so make sure to leave me a comment at the end.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t have all these vintage skills. I am working on them myself! But work on them! Don’t let the self-sufficient skills of the past be lost forever – learn and teach them! These are listed in no particular order.
Vintage Skill #1 – Fermentation
Sure, I have said time and again that canning and preserving food is important. But I also think you need to know how to ferment foods. Fermentation is a preservative of sorts and it is a wonderful, gut healing, food that we need to be eating on a regular basis. Start with a simple sauerkraut (check out Survival at Home’s recipe)and move on from there. One of my favorite fermented foods is fermented salsa (I love the laco-fermented salsa from Cheese Slave)! You can really use up some of your harvest that doesn’t look as pretty for a delicious and nutritious food.
Vintage Skill #2 – Hunting and Fishing
I have talked about the importance of raising a meat source on several of my posts. But hunting and fishing should also be among your skill set for homesteaders and survivalists alike. Sure people still hunt and fish but the majority of the population does not. This skill could fill your freezer with healthy meat without ever buying a bag of feed! You’ll need some initial funds for gear and licenses, etc but I think the overall payout is worth it.
Vintage Skill #3 – Medical Care
When I say medical care, I am not talking about pouring some alcohol on a cut and putting a bandage on. I mean you know how to make a sling for a hurt arm, you know how to brace a broken bone until you can get to help (aka hospital), you know how to stop a gushing wound so someone doesn’t bleed out, what about stitches in a pinch? I recommend looking for classes but if you can’t find that available then there are two books you should consider: The Survival Medicine Handbook and Duct Tape 911 (strange name, but useful info).
I’ll admit, some of this skill isn’t vintage but people knew how to take care of themselves back in the day with the information they had. We have more information now and we should act accordingly.
Vintage Skill #4 – How to Plant & Prune Fruit Trees
If you have a vegetable garden, and you should; it is time to take the next step and plant some fruit trees. Not only will fruit trees offer you an additional food source, you’ll have fruit for canning and preserving. If you have the room to plant a lot of trees you could even have an income for your homestead. My friend’s property used to be an orange orchard and many of the trees still remain. Each year her family has an abundance of juicy and delicious citrus to choose from; then she opens it up to friends. For only $5 you can fill a 5 gallon bucket full over the best organic oranges you’ve ever eaten! If you don’t have a lot of land to work with, consider planting fruit trees that do well in containers like dates. Books to help you with fruit: Storey’s Guide to Growing Organic Orchard Fruits and Grow Your Own in Pots also see Rodale’s Growing Fruit in Pots article….
Creating your natural pharmacy isn’t as difficult as you might think. These home remedy recipes are keepers for your arsenal! We certainly live in an age where drugs of all kinds line the shelves of our local pharmacies. But most of these are far from natural and include ingredients few of us are familiar with. But there was a time when we knew recipes for healing; herbs from our gardens, tinctures we make from our pantries and syrups where honey is the base. A natural pharmacy doesn’t need dyes and added sweeteners or chemicals; it leans on the very items God gave us here on earth.
“If we doctors threw all our medicines into the sea, it would be that much better for our patients
and that much worse for the fishes.” Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, MD
When it comes to my natural pharmacy the two biggest tools I’ve relied on are herbs and essential oils. I’ve taught myself a lot, and some was taught to me. I used the best oils on the planet, in my humble opinion. And have begun more serious herbal studies with the Herbal Academy.
Today for YOUR natural pharmacy I’d like to introduce to you one of the first remedies I was every taught to make. My Cammy (grandmother) made this Honey & Onion Cough Syrup regularly and it was for all sorts of medicinal purposes, not just a cough. I’ve made additions over the years to find the recipe I like most; and that’s what I bring you today. Additionally my other natural pharmacy enthusiasts have allowed me to share some of their recipes as well.
Do your research, find what works for you and your family. Remember that raw honey should not be given to children under the age of 2.
Creating Your Natural Pharmacy In Your Home
Honey, Garlic & Onion Syrup
As I mentioned my grandmother taught me how to make this. It was not her original recipe however; in fact I’ve seen the great Rosemary Gladstar make a version herself.
In 2015 I celebrated the 2nd anniversary of the blog – that was pretty awesome! I want to thank all of you who read the blog regularly, leave comments here and on Facebook. You all give me so much encouragement – I hope you keep coming around next year. Here’s wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Abundant Harvest 2016 whooo hooo! 🙂
Let’s start 2016 off with a B A N G with the (drum roll and echo announcer please)…
THE TOP POSTS OF 2015!!!!!!!!!
#10 – Growing a Rabbit Garden
#8 – DIY Bug Repellent Bars…
Prepare Your Family for Survival by Linda Loosli arrived in my mail box a couple of weeks ago. I really like Linda’s blog Food Storage Moms and you’ve probably seen links to her site on Imperfectly Happy. So you can imagine I was excited to dive into this book as soon as I got it. I have to tell you from the get-go, I was not disappointed. Prepare Your Family for Survival is a keeper for my reference library; so let me share my review with you.
Prepare Your Family for Survival
I wanted to start this review with a couple questions I asked Linda herself.
- Who is Prepare Your Family for Survival for?
“I was asked to write this book for families. I mentioned I was not a hardcore prepper and the publisher said we do not want a hardcore prepper. I said I won’t skin a squirrel and eat it. I would rather be a vegetarian. I could survive off my garden when its fresh and dehydrate and can the rest. I wanted to show the world how to be prepared for the unexpected as if we were sitting at a table sipping a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. I wanted families to know how easy it is to be prepared. They don’t need to buy 1000 pounds of wheat or rice and put it in the basement for an emergency. I’m a visual person so I made checklists so people can see what they need. It can be for a couple, a family of three, four or five.”
- What kind of research went into Prepare Your Family for Survival?
“I have lived this way my entire life. I did back up statements by the different organizations so if someone questioned my words, its in plain view for them. I think a lot of research has come from teaching classes and interacting with class members.”