With all the nonsense that is going on in the world, it’s wonderful to see a revolution, a real revolution which means it won’t be televised, the main stream fake news outlets won’t dare report on it and those losing their power are doing their best to keep it from growing with their censorship and suppression of information with no real progress. People are waking up more and more every day and taking action, lots of action, to take back their power, their food, their economy, their country and their lives. It’s an honor to be a part of the solution and to give the problem a big fuck you. We’re the power and they know that which is why it’s not part of the good ‘ol American corporate approved indoctrination. You can’t divide and conquer those who know their power and see through the game being played.
Independence is an individual choice that results in many actions to reach the goal. One thing that is important to me is lessening my independence on big corporations, disconnecting from the Matrix and supporting local businesses. There are many ways I do this, one of the most fun, rewarding and money saving ways is to learn to make my own products. This is something I feel we all can do as it’s no harder than looking up recipes online or getting a book or two or three, attend local classes or online classes, talk to someone you know who makes things, etc. Trading what we make would be the next step and should be the goal.
Being an herbalist, I’m no stranger to making my own medicines, foraging and growing my own food and saving my own seeds. These things save me a ton of money and keep me from supporting corporations, as long as I buy my ingredients and herbs I don’t grow myself from small farmers and companies. I’ve expanded into make more household and food products. I looked at what we buy in the stores on a regular basis and learned to make some of the most expensive products we buy. There’s still a seemingly a never ending list of things I need to learn to make or find someone local who makes them and support their business.
Before I get into what I’ve been making, I want to share a bit about sourcing your ingredients. As I’ve walked this journey of independence, my shopping list has become more ingredients rather then products. This brings a wonderful opportunity to support small, local businesses, or as local as I can get. I do buy ingredients in bulk which saves money and has me shopping less which is something I appreciate as I’ve never really enjoy shopping. When buying ingredients, it’s very important their not fucked with franken ingredients which is horrible for you and every living creature on this planet. Make sure your ingredients are as clean as possible, non-GMO, organic and sustainably sourced. I personally find small local farmers and companies to be more open and honest about their products than the big corporations and their easier to talk to.
Every time I learn to successfully make a product I feel a little victory. I withdraw my support to any corporations I was buying the product from, I create a lot less waste for the already over stuffed landfills and I don’t have to run to the store when I need something. I have full control over what goes into my products, I can better protect the health and well being of myself and my loved ones. I’ve been making products a while and, after I get the hang of making a product, it’s always better than what I once bought in taste and performance.
One of the things that keeps me motivated is the money saved however, making your own products can cost a bit of money up front. I recommend not buying your ingredients in bulk until you’ve mastered your product. If you don’t care for the finished product or decide you want to switch out ingredients, buying the ingredients in bulk right away could be a wast of money if your no longer use them. I strongly recommend, from experience, not to buy anything in bulk until you know you’re going to use it on a regular basis to make products you love.
Recently I’ve made my own laundry soap. I’ve tried a few different recipes and decided I like liquid laundry soap made with Zote soap. It’s easy to make although the recipes I found online were big, making buckets at one time. This is great if you’re selling it or have a large family however, it was a bit much for me. I cut the recipe down to an appropriate size for me, since then I did find smaller recipes. I put the soap in a recycled plastic jug saved from the last time I bought laundry soap. I pay less than a dollar to make 100oz of concentrated laundry soap. This soap works better than any of the eco-friendly soaps I’ve tried and better than the conventional ones too. It is safe for high efficiency washers as well as smaller, more portable ones. It’s easier to store bars of Zote soap than it is to buy expensive laundry soap and throw the plastic bottles into a land fill and continue to support the production of plastic bottles. The bars of soap do come wrapped, just be sure to recycle the wrapper. There are a ton of laundry soap recipes online, give a few a try and see which one works for you.
Here is a link to a simple Zote soap recipe, don’t be afraid to tweak and make it your own. https://blog.finnfemme.com/2015/05/easy-homemade-liquid-laundry-detergent-using-zote-flakes/
I just recently learned to make mayonnaise. In this house we always liked Hellmans mayo however, mayo in general is expensive, particularly when you buy organic. Other organic and/or vegan brands out price Hellmans, mayo is expensive. Mayo also comes in a jar which could be recycled or end up in a landfill and supports the continued production of more jars. Jars can be repurposed however, I’ve found that I’ve repurposed jars to the max, I literally have no more use for the glass ones and I don’t reuse plastic jars. This one took a bit of experimenting on my part. At first the mayo varied from batch to batch as far as thickness. Sometimes I didn’t get it thick at all. For me, this was just a practice issue. I made ranch dressing out of the runny mayo so nothing was wasted. Here is the recipe I started with, I’ve since tweaked it. If you like the flavored mayo, you can experiment with hot sauces, spices, etc.
Here is a link to the recipe I started with: https://www.food.com/recipe/just-like-hellmans-mayonnaise-copycat-clone-110801
Have you tried organic salad dressings? I have and find them to be bland, runny and not very satisfying. Their also costly. I have made 2 dressings so far and their both delicious. The first one being honey mustard. This is a simple recipe in which I make the mustard and mayo. It turns out thick, tasted great on salads or as a dip and takes minimal time. I’ve also made ranch which turned out delicious and full of fresh flavors. How could it NOT taste good with fresh, organic spices? When I’m using mayo I made that turned out too runny, I use it instead of the water or mix it with thicker home made mayo. I’ve experimented with adding hot sauce to the ranch, it was pretty good. Again, we’re saving bottles from ending up in a land fill, making the dressings for pennies on the dollar and taking control of what is in our food. Here are the recipes for both:
I’ve tweaked this recipe in different ways, it’s a great on to start experimenting. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/173697/yummy-honey-mustard-dipping-sauce/
This is a vegan ranch recipe however, I used the mayo I made with egg. I’m mostly vegan with the exception of eggs, honey and occasional fish. Any recipe can be made vegan or non-vegan. https://veganheaven.org/recipe/vegan-ranch/
Now let’s talk spice blends…those little packets with a tiny amount of spices for way too much money or jars of blended spices. These things are WAY too overpriced and you get more packaging than product. They often contain fillers and, unless you buy organic, aren’t made with clean plants. These are easy to make and store for a lot less money. Again, you’ll throw less packaging in the land fills as the little packets generally aren’t recyclable. Here are a few recipes:
Italian Seasoning https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/34450/italian-seasoning-i/
Vegan Beef Boullion https://www.food.com/recipe/vegetarian-beef-bouillon-seasoning-mix-316890
Independence and freedom comes in many forms and we get neither if we don’t decide to take them. Doing things for yourself in more traditional ways will bring both. There is a learning curve however, this is knowledge you can use throughout your life and pass on to loved ones. When the economy changes, we don’t have to stress about having what we need and want because we’re less dependent on corporations, buying their products and we need less money to live on. We don’t have to make the last minute run to the store or recruit our spouse to do it. We save money which can go to other parts of our lives we’re making more independent.
What are some ways you disconnect from the Matrix and corporate products? What are you favorite recipes?
Stay well, stay woke, stay independent