Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

making White Wine Vinegar

I have been interested in the making of vinegar, as a cheaper version for all my home cleaning...I am slowly ridding my home of most chemicals..including cleaning chemicals.
I will use this vinegar for meal preparation and cleaning.

After googling and taking bits of info from everywhere, I found that I could make my own White Wine Vinegar.....and it was free too......

I had been carting some old bottles of wine around for a long time.....(actually from my 18th and 21st) well 20 years is a long time,....lol...
so I cleaned out the stash, I had 5 bottles all up....poured them into one bucket and also added 2 litres of homebrand vinegar to give it a kick start.....
I modified the lid.....so that I could get good ventilation and the plastic tube goes to the bottom so when you add any left over wine (not that we drink much anyway, but just in case), well if you add any through the hose, you are not disturbing the 'vinegar mother' that is growing on the top....Oh I also put a rubber band on both sides of the plastic tube to act as a grommet and stop it slipping down.

if you look in the photo you can see what I mean.....

I had all the equipment needed to make the vinegar vat...I threw out the 5 empty wine bottles, so can I add 5 items to me 2011 = declutter challenge ???

It's been 5 weeks and I can now start to smell the fermenting process...... free vinegar for cleaning .....here it comes, well not for a while..lol


  1. loved your blog, I too have most of that in my garden and purpose to recycle and use as much as I have in front of me..

  2. I have just started to read your blog and am already hooked. Thank you so much for passing on a wealth of information that you have learned. The very next thing I will do tomorrow is to start making the lemon cleanser. Great blog!


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