Urban Homesteaders

Growing and do things the old way. Do you grow your own vege, make soap, use herbs, cut your own firewood, long for the pioneer days where it literally came from your own back yard. If you do then this is the group for you.

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Fermentation 17 Replies

does anyone have any idea on how to ferment foods ?I know how to make ginerbeer and have found a wonderful video on youtube that take me step by step through it...but i would luv to know how to…Continue

Started by Linda Lucas. Last reply by kiwi brown Jan 24, 2013.

Trouble rolling/flaking oats

Hello everyone,I was excited to try out my new Family Flaker Mill on some hulled oats but it isn't working properly. The roller will flake wheat and rye with no trouble so there is nothing wrong with…Continue

Tags: Flaker, Mill, Family, Flaker, roller

Started by Katie Jul 26, 2012.

Making your own home cleaning products. 14 Replies

Hi AllJust wondering if people may be able to share there "How to make home cleaning products" recipes with me.Clothes washFloor washTable polishSoap (husband has sensitive skin)Oven Cleaner (and by…Continue

Started by Rachel Gardiner. Last reply by Donna Mac Rae Jun 24, 2012.

Make your own toothpaste? 5 Replies

Hi Fellow Ooooby's Does anyone out there make there own toothpaste? A friend of mine is wanting to do so but has no computer at the moment. All replies would be FABBO!!!!!! Thanks RachelContinue

Started by Rachel Gardiner. Last reply by Roxy Hart Feb 22, 2012.

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Comment by Jane Maarie on February 11, 2011 at 9:09am
How very interesting, I didn't know that about the kahikatea or the rimu trees. Another berry you can eat comes from the Karaka Tree which crops prolificly.  It has oval fruit the size of a plum & is orange when ripe from about Jan/Feb. It is the inside kernels that is the important part. The kernels are poisonous if eaten raw so you need to cook them in water for about 3 or 4 hours. They have an unusual but plesant edible taste.  My life as a child was always about hunting & gathering food to feed a large family. We were all roped into collecting these seed pods into sacks then taking them home where the older ones would prepare them. We only collected the berry when there was no trace of orange flesh on them.
Comment by Kelly Ronayne on February 10, 2011 at 2:19pm
You can also eat Kahikatea & Rimu berries, which are quite similar. You eat the sweet, sticky, gelatinous red flesh & spit out the seeds on the end.
Comment by Lynn on February 10, 2011 at 11:41am
Though I have never tried them, Jane, they sound lovely. I do know that medicinally, the berries are very good for dysentery/diarrhea. I wonder what they would be like in a conserve. Of course, people would need to positively identify the tree/berry before consuming.
Comment by Jane Maarie on February 10, 2011 at 11:29am

Heres a thought....has anyone tried totara berries? Back when I was a kid, gathering these berries were a real treat for me & my siblings.  They are bright orangey/red & yellow tiny little berries with green at one end & very  similar looking to the goji berry & you will find them all over mature totara trees.  The birds love them of course so it was always a race to get them but they are never enough to feel satisfied as I have always seen them as a tease treat hehe.


Comment by Lynn on January 28, 2011 at 3:49pm
Oops...forgot to mention on the pickles...when ready to put into freezer containers, fill with vegetables to 3/4 and then cover with brine, leaving a space for the liquid to freeze
Comment by Lynn on January 28, 2011 at 1:32pm

Hi Mirko...thanks for that info. Handy to know when passing through Palmy.


Mercurious...thanks heaps, two mallowpuffs will go down a treat! :) Recipe for washing powder supplied

PS. I may try making liquid washing mix next time...will let you know how it goes. I have been making my own powder for the past 18 months and saved heaps.

Comment by Lynn on January 28, 2011 at 1:29pm

Oops..accidentally clicked the delete 'x' - starting again




  • 4 large cucumber, sliced paper-thin
  • 2 large onions, sliced paper-thin
  • 2 large red capsicums (optional – but lovely!)
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons celery seed
  • 2 cups white vinegar


  1. Mix vinegar, sugar, celery seed and salt together in a suitable pot. Bring to the boil, stirring. Switch off and let stand during preparation and standing period for vegetables.
  2. Slice cucumbers, onions and capsicums into very thin slices.
  3. Let stand for 2 hours. Then mix brine into veges in a large container and let stand in fridge for two days, stirring well twice a day. Pack into small containers and freeze.



500g Washing Soda

250g Borax

250g Bicarb Soda

1 bar soap (I use Sunlight)

Grate soap. Bring Soap and Washing soda to a powder, in a blender. Mix with the other ingredients in a clean, dry bucket. Store in container with a lid.

I usually make a triple batch and I keep the spare in a sealed plastic bag.

Comment by Mercurious on January 28, 2011 at 1:11pm
Well done Lynn. Have two mallopuffs! Would you like to share the washing powder recipe?
Comment by Earl Mardle on January 28, 2011 at 10:59am
Great work Lynn. What recipes do you use for the cucumber pickles (we have a truckload on the way) and for the washing powder?
Comment by Mirko Wojnowski on January 28, 2011 at 10:43am

Just found this company for Borax:

Has anyone ordered from them?


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