One thing to consider about living off grid is your access to food
We recently spent about a week at our friend’s cabin, and found the food to be amazing!
Now mind you we don’t have access to many fast food joints around here, Subway in fact is the only thing remotely close, so we eat at home all the time. Why was her food so much better than ours? Okay I’ll give you that, I can cook but possibly not as good as she can! But seriously, what was it that made the food taste so much better? I’ve narrowed it down to a small list.
First of all, no electronic devices are used! That’s right no microwave, no coffee maker, no toaster, it’s all made from a labor of love. I have a feeling this has a lot to do with the final product, but there is more to it.
Most of the food is FRESH! Yep when I say fresh I mean that exactly, home grown, blood, sweat, and tears put into it fresh. For example the homemade raspberry jelly made from wild raspberries picked from various berry bearing places! It was cooked down and canned in jars. OMG that was to die for! Mashed potatoes and potato salad made of potatoes from a friends garden, my mouth is watering just writing about it! We even had farm raised chickens grown up over the summer, the flavor of the meat, unbeatable!
We also had some other things we don’t normally eat like reindeer sausage soup, it is SO good! Try it if you get the chance. We promise you won’t be disappointed.
Then there were those other tasty elements we can’t find locally, like the special mayonnaise you can only get from that hometown company in North Carolina that added a special twist to the deliciousness.
While there were some store bought ingredients like bacon, the lasting impression we came home with was the freshness and love put into the food, really changes the way we eat and think about what we eat.
Considering all these things, we’ve found living off grid away from major stores and fast food could be the savior of home cooked meals and gardens grown far and wide.
Keeping this in mind when building your off grid cabin, consider what food you can grow and where. Will you need a hoop house, green house or raised bed? What location are you in? Can you grow certain things better than others? For example, corn has a hard time growing in Alaska but pumpkins and potatoes grow fantastic in hot houses.
One major key according to my Uncle Mick is the soil you use. His trade trick was to add Epsom salts and water before planting; however, your soil needs nutrients as well as water retention. There are many options out there, so pick one useful to you.