Thursday, March 2, 2017

DIY Olive Oil Lamp

Olive oil lamps burn very small quantities of oil. They are the essence of economical lighting and more affordable than most candles. I love to add a few drops of essential oils like tea tree or lavender to the oil; it smells divine.

I made this DIY olive oil lamp with a half pint mason jar. Be creative with lamp vessels - fabricating an olive oil lamp using a sea shell can be fun! There are many appropriate glass, metal or stone containers for creating olive oil candles. Plastic and wood are not recommended for use as lamp vessels. If you burn your lamp in an open bowl, dip your fingers into the warm oil to use as massage oil.

You will need:
  1. Cotton oil candle wicks (or some 100% cotton something)
  2. A vessel for oil (like a half pint glass jar)
  3. Wire
  4. Pliers
  5. Olive oil (not pictured)


Step one create the wick holder. To assemble your own olive oil lamp create an apparatus out of the wire for holding the wick. I made a freestanding spiral that holds the wick lightly-pinched though the hole at the top. Careful not to squeeze the wick too tightly because it must stay saturated with oil for efficient burning. You can design a metal hook that hangs from the side of your jar into the olive oil. The side hook method makes the wick easy to lift out and light.


Or if you’re talented with wire art here’s a lasting design perfect for a small jar:

homemade olive oil lamp burner

Step two: adjust wick to burner.
Adjust the wick so about 1/4” sticks above the wire burner.

Step three: add olive oil
Place your wire wick assembly into your container. Add olive oil just above the top of the wire. Squeeze the tip of the wick slightly to remove extra oil and light it with a match or lighter. It is often easiest to light when the coil is lifted and tilted slightly. The key to burning olive oil is to keep the wick saturated with oil at all times.


About Oil Candle Wicks: I bought a roll of inexpensive industrial cotton string to make my thin small oil candle wick; which produced a small amount of light suitable for reading. I’m new at making my own oil lamps, but with 300 feet of cotton wick I can experiment worry free. No worries if a wick gets ruined in bad oil. If you want more light use a bigger wick. This rope oil candle wick is twice as big and super sturdy.

Read more about burning olive oil in a lamp here.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spice things up with herbs and spices from Red Hill General Store!

Smart cooks know that adding a dash of herbs and spices to your food helps to take the flavor of your dish to another level. Did you also know that there are a multitude of health benefits that go along with that added deliciousness?

We stock a wide variety of herbs and spices at Red Hill General Store that will add just the right touch to your meal.

Dill seed, for example, not only tastes amazing sprinkled over grilled salmon or mixed into potato salad, but it also contains iron and calcium and the natural oils block certain carcinogens. Rosemary contains fiber, iron and calcium and improves circulation and digestion and the woodsy flavor is great for roasted meats. Crushed red pepper adds a kick of  heat to your dish and is a natural pain reliever and reduces inflammation in the body. Ground jalapeno is a great source of vitamin C and capsaisin, which promotes healthy blood flow in the body.

Stock up on your favorite herbs and spices at Red Hill General Store and get creative and healthy in your kitchen!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

New Year's Resolution Help!

Weight loss is always at the top of everyone's resolutions list at the beginning of a new year. Why not make 2016 the year you actually lose those stubborn pounds? Our Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar can help!

So, what's so special about this apple cider vinegar? Lots of things! 

Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar is raw and unfiltered and contains the "Mother" of the vinegar, which is a chain of protein enzymes chock full of healthy benefits. Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar supports normal metabolic functions in the body, which will keep your metabolism soaring. It's a natural heartburn remedy, helps to keep blood glucose levels steady and is rich in potassium and B vitamins to keep your muscles and heart strong.

"But how will it help me lose those stubborn holiday pounds?' you might be asking.
Raw and unfiltered apple cider vinegar contains a special little thing called acetic acid, which is the main component in the vinegar. Acetic acid interferes with the body's ability to digest starches. This means less starch from foods (and carbohydrates) are broken down into calories in the bloodstream. Less calories = easier weight loss!

So, start your new year off healthy and grab a bottle of Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar at Red Hill General Store! A teaspoon mixed into a glass of water about 30 minutes before each meal is all you need to reap the benefits!

Here's to a happy and healthy (and hopefully lighter!) 2016!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Honeys, jams and jellies make Christmas sweet!

Christmas Eve is tomorrow! I can't believe it. This year really went by in the blink of an eye (or a twitch of Santa's nose!) Hopefully, everyone has finished up all that last minute shopping. I, however, have not. I always end up with one or two people that I forgot.

Food is always a centerpiece of any holiday celebration and the thoughts of all the yummy dishes that await me tomorrow and on Christmas day instantly turned my mind to a food inspired gift to wrap up the last minute folks I had left on my list.

We carry a wide variety of honeys, jams and jellies at Red Hill General Store that will make everyone excited on Christmas morning! What could be better than smearing a thick drizzle of pure comb honey on a hot, just out of the oven, biscuit on Christmas morning? My tummy growls just at the thought! Or what about some apple butter on toast or fig jam mixed with butter? The options all sound so delicious!

We also carry jelly and jam samplers when you can't decide on just one!

Season's Eatings and...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Everything's Better Cooked In Cast Iron!

Remember those old tried and true cast iron skillets your grandma used to make everything in from stews to cornbread? I remember walking into my grandmother's kitchen to sneak a peek what she had cooking for our Sunday dinner and always seeing her trusty cast iron skillet on the stove. Her cast iron pan has been passed down through the generations and is still in use today!

Lodge cast iron cookware is proudly sold here at Red Hill General Store! Lodge opened their first foundry over 100 years ago and is still producing quality cast iron products every day, so you know it is a name you can trust!

There are a lot of surprising benefits in cooking your food in cast iron skillets!

Cooking with cast iron pans fortifies your food with iron! Using cast iron cookware is a very easy, very effective way to increase iron levels in your diet. Acidic foods, like tomato based dishes, are particularly good at picking up the iron from the cookware. 

Cast iron cookware is chemical free! Did you know that the coating in non-stick cookware contains PFCs or perfluorocarbons. PFCs have been linked to cancer and liver damage among other health problems. 

Cast iron skillets are incredibly sturdy and durable. They will last for years if cared for properly. If they are seasoned correctly, they are naturally non-stick. They also hold heat longer than other types of pans, which allows for a more even cooking temperature and more uniformly cooked food. 

Grab your cast iron skillet and try cooking some of our delicious maple sausage that we carry here at Red Hill! Mixed into a casserole or eaten alone with eggs, the hint of maple flavor will be a hit on your Christmas morning breakfast table!

Only 7 days until Christmas!


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