Category: How To

The “Julia Grip”

By , January 25, 2017

We find that as well as we think we know how to do something, it never hurts to brush up on the technique. Recently, Michelle read Julia Child’s advice and instructions on how to make the perfect omelette.

I’ve never found reason to complain about Michelle’s omelette making. Had she asked me, I likely would have assured her that even Julia Child couldn’t teach her to make a better one.

Luckily, she didn’t ask, because I would have been wrong!

Of all the valuable techniques she learned, one has proven so useful in our homestead that we’ve come to call it the “Julia grip.”

Michelle demonstrates the "Julia grip" while braising vegetables for breakfast (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Michelle demonstrates the “Julia grip” while braising vegetables for breakfast (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

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Beeswax Food Wrappers

By , September 14, 2016

Lately, friends have been sharing a link on Facebook to a site that sells beeswax food wrappers. We decided we’d better write about how to make your own.

Beeswax food wrappers can take the place of plastic cling wrap or aluminum foil. They offer the clinging/molding qualities of each while being reusable. The beeswax in the cloth clings to itself (like cling wrap) molds somewhat rigidly, similarly to aluminum foil. The beeswax contains and restricts moisture and odors. It’s all natural, reusable, reduces household waste, and adds an interesting decorative flair to the kitchen.

Beeswax wraps on a block of cheese (l) and smaller jobs. The one on top fits under a ring to seal a jar (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Beeswax wraps on a block of cheese (l) and smaller jobs. The one on top fits under a ring to seal a jar (Photo: Mark A. Zeiger).

Michelle started making these last year, first for personal use, but soon for family Christmas presents.

They’re very useful, eco-friendly, and extremely easy to make. Here’s how:

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