Dehydrating for Fun And Profit: Capsicums

Dehydrating Capsicum

On Sunday I had a spur-of-the-moment desire to get the hell out of the house for a while. So Chipmunk and I went to the Farmer’s Markets at the Adelaide Showgrounds.

We had gluten free donuts and quandong flavoured ice cream. They were amazing.

GF donuts and quandong ice cream
Above: donuts that taste BETTER than store bought, gluten-filled donuts.

Then we went and got fruit and vegetables. Among our finds was a stall selling 5kg bags of seconds capsicums for $8. So naturally I grabbed a bag.

Which meant Monday found me in the kitchen for a few hours, chopping and dehydrating capsicums. And since I’m such a forward thinker (OK, the idea only hit me part-way through chopping), I thought I’d do a photo tutorial on it.  Continue reading “Dehydrating for Fun And Profit: Capsicums”

Water filter update: Berkey’s Home at Last

It turns out Berkeys are, in fact, all they’re cracked up to be.

A few months ago I wrote a post discussing a few of the many at-home water filter systems on the market. After further research and deliberation, we decided to go with a Berkey system. I even splashed out and got their stainless steel water container instead of heading down the DIY path. We have a small child in the house, and I’m not always a picture of grace and serenity when doing things in the kitchen, so a sturdy, hard to break container sounded sensible.

After several marathon Google sessions, the most cost effective place I could find to order from was Durand Pottery. Shipping was fast and included in the cost of the filter. I ordered over a weekend and had the package on my doorstep Monday morning – it’s hard to argue with that sort of efficiency! Continue reading “Water filter update: Berkey’s Home at Last”

Crazy Frugal Madness: DIY Bean Bag Beans

Every now and then, an idea comes along that’s so frugal, it’s insane. I’m not talking your standard “take your lunch to work and buy a coffee thermos” frugal. I’m not even talking “wash out your ziploc bags and reuse them to save $12 a year” frugal. I’m talking “I keep getting heaps of plastic bags from the fruit shop and I have no idea what to do with them. I think I’ll make bean bag beans” frugal.

A little back-story is possibly required. Continue reading “Crazy Frugal Madness: DIY Bean Bag Beans”