So I catch myself thinking sometimes “Well I’ll have to buy this plastic thing, there is no other alternative” or “I guess I’ll have to buy these expensive petroleum based products because it’s the only safe way to do it”.
Is that really true?
How did they wax cheese before petroleum (paraffin) based waxes? And how can a petroleum based product be good to smother all over your food?
How did they freeze things before plastic and not have them get freezer burnt? Ice boxes and winter have been around longer than plastic.
How did they seal roofs before rubber liners? I imagine it was some kind of pine tar or something.
How is it possible that hybridized plants, whose seeds are sterile, contain as much nutrition as an heirloom plant? The sprouting process of the seed is the most nutritious part, so if they can’t sprout or are sterile, how can they be the better choice? Quality over quantity.
Everyone is so terrified not to use plastic, because it’s “unsafe” to do otherwise. Funny how they people who get to determine safety are making money off the products that are deemed “safe”. For example, BBQ sauce has been being made for a long time, a lot longer than plastic and pressure cookers, but somehow everyone online (and in books) is saying it’s unsafe and impossible to can BBQ sauce without a pressure cooker. I’m gonna call it right now, bullshit. It took me a bit of searching, but I found a recipe for it that uses a water canning bath. But that’s not really the issue. The issue is that my generation, even my parent’s generation, is so far removed from useful skills, that we have NO IDEA what we are doing. I’m attempting to pull all this old knowledge out of thin air, but I’m having a hard time. Thankfully I’ve been able to find some of it, but it seems really stupid and irresponsible of people to have let this knowledge disappear. I promise to do my best to preserve it if I find it, but I have to find it first.
If you know answers to the questions above or have some insight into old fashioned skills or knowledge, please share it. We all need to be able to do these things for ourselves. I, for one, cannot afford to pay everyone for everything, I have to be able to do some of it myself.
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