Would it surprise you that you can make a carpet cleaner for pennies that cost a hundred times more in the supermarket? Or that you can make your own bacon, and good bacon at that, for almost the price of cheap pork? Would you like to be able to make sauces at a few pence a bottle or seriously wonderful bread for half price? Or that most washing powder is based on an old school chemical – washing soda – and this product works just as well at a fraction of the cost?
In the unstable world we live in, this book points a finger to a different way of living and shows that much of what we is packaged for our convenience is all too frequently too expensive, too pollutions and often ineffectual.
It was borne out of the realisation that the food I buy from the supermarket has chemicals and ingredients in it that were not meant for me at all, but rather the seller of the product in order to make it last longer on a shelf. We decided to leave it on the shelf and make our own.
Of course you have to buy things from the shops, and the supermarket stranglehold on the shopping of the modern world means you cannot buy inexpensive food without buying from them. A visit to a good butcher is almost a middle class luxury. In order to survive in a competitive world, small shops, farmer’s markets and local producers cannot compete on price. In a way they cannot compete on quality because the supermarket has been able by advertising to set the standard for what we think is quality. Moreover, the supermarkets have certainly influenced what we perceive to be necessity purchases. We buy things today that at one time would simply have been considered to be something you make from scratch.
These posts are a trip around the supermarket pointing out how to make many of the things you find on the shelf.