Bare(ly) Homesteading: A How-To DIY Cooking Series for Harried Moms

Can I make jam without buying something called “pectin?” Can I make sun-dried tomatoes on a cloudy day? Do I really need cream of tartar (or was that tartar sauce?) to make Play-Doh?

Everyone wants to save money, be greener and healthier, be self-sufficient and feel like a superwoman. Suddenly keeping up with the Joneses feels more like keeping up with the Amish, even on the Upper East Side! But what if you are utterly terrified by the idea of canning?

This little series will offer a how-to guide for even the most clueless urban dweller. Learn how to take advantage of cheap, simple self-sufficiency even if you can’t keep a houseplant alive.

How to make Oven-Dried Tomatoes that taste like candy:

  1. Cut tomatoes in halves or quarters depending on size and scoop out seeds with your fingers.
  2. Lay on a baking sheet and sprinkle with olive oil and salt.
  3. Bake at a super low temperature, like 150 degrees, for about 8 hours.


Eat them all in one sitting.


Published on: October 08, 2012
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Paige Wolf is a publicist, author, and green living expert who uses her media savvy and personal moxie to promote manageable eco-chic living.

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