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Thursday, September 12, 2013

How to Make a Grapevine Survival Basket



This video shows how to make a grapevine basket.

Baskets are extremely important for skill situations because it can be used to collect materials and food, storage of items, and even used as fish traps.

Watch the video and see how it is done.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Wild Grapes or Culitivated?



I was walking my dogs the other day and found some wild grape vines. The size of the grapes was much larger than wild ones.

The vine is located outside of an abandoned house. I believe that these are a cultivated grape variety and were planted here at one time.

This is a great resource! I can't wait to come back and harvest these later.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Wild Blackberry Fruit Leather Sun Dried



Today, I taking some blackberries I picked and making a primitive fruit leather out of it.

First step is to crush the blackberries up by squeezing all the juice out of them. Then, take the crushed berries and run them through a strainer.to get the seeds out. Cover the fruit leather in a dish and place in the sun.

If I did this again, I would boil it down to speed up the sun drying.

Enjoy and see you next time.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Wild Blackberry Picking



Here's another video on wild edibles. Today, I am picking blackberries. When picking Blackberries remember to change your angle alot and look under the branches so you find the hidden ones.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Making New Orleans Style Coffee with Wild Chicory Root




How to make New Orleans Style Coffee with Wild Chicory Root

In my last videos, I show you how to identify Chicory, http://youtu.be/rA5qvbn6c44, and roast and grind Chicory, http://youtu.be/z9HUb6gwj74. This video uses my ground Chicory to make a delicious beverage called New Orleans Style Coffee.

Since the Chicory is caffeine free it reduces the total amount of caffeine in your coffee. It also cuts some of the coffee bitterness adding an almost toffee-like sweetness.

To make our New Orleans Style Coffee, add 1 part of chicory for each two parts of your regular coffee blend. In the video, I am using a double scoop so I fill the coffee maker with 6 cups of water and add 2 scoops of coffee with 1 scoop of Ground Chicory. Brew as you normally would for regular coffee.

Pour in a mug and enjoy!