Double duty

This cold weather, the dehydrator pulls triple duty. It dehydrates food, acts as a space heater for the house and helps to incubate my yogurt cultures.

I think it was a pretty good investment all round.

My first strawbale garden veggies.

The veggies in the straw bale garden are rocketing along. There’s even enough to share with the slugs!

Pic 2 shows one of the benefits of using pea straw… free peas!

Everything’s settled in after 2 -3 months, we have green veg leaves, kombucha, both water and milk kefir, the worms are a breeding and we have no green waste leaving the house.

Double duty

Marlon’s improvised defroster…an upturned metal collander that fits snugly onto our slow cooker. This captures and uses waste heat from the cooker, not that the heat is really wasted at this time of year – it contributes a little to keeping the house warm. In this way, the electricity used for the cooking is used in 2 additional ways.

I suppose, given time, that this system could have cooked the meat too.

This is a great example of what I’m trying to explore – things that can be done around the suburban home to reduce costs and ecological footprints with a minimum of expense.

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