We have a long list of self-sufficiency skills that we’ve been meaning to learn, but they somehow always get pushed down the priority line in our day-to-day life. We’ve decided to create a little challenge for ourselves to get back on track. We wrote up a list of all the skills we want to learn over the coming months, and our aim is to try at least one of these new skills per week, and then blog about it for your amusement. While there may be the occasional week where we just don’t get to it, we’ll try to make up for that with other weeks where we fit two challenges in. We won’t be completing the challenges in the order they’re listed below, but rather in the order that makes sense given the season, weather, and availability of products. We may add other challenges to the list as they occur to us, so consider this an ever-evolving project.
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Here’s our list!
Make homemade pickles
Make homemade pasta
Make red pepper jelly
Prepare starter plants for the garden and don’t kill them this time
Learn how to use the sewing machine
Organize and stock the pantry
Make a sourdough starter (and then use it to make bread)
Brew hard cider
Make and preserve jam
Make homemade ketchup
Brew homemade wine
Build a DIY bike cargo solution
Make rock candy
Learn how to darn socks
As I mentioned above, this is an evolving list and we’ll probably add other challenges as ideas occur to us, but this is definitely a start and should keep us busy over the spring and summer!