You want to be more self sufficient? Well here's a way to grow your own cooking oil.
Place to grow sunflowers
Seed oil Extractor
(plastic bottle tubing small funnel wire screen strainer)
Step 1: Step One: Sunflower Seeds Buying, Growing, Harvesting
There are two basic kinds of sunflowers, confectionery the kind you eat, and black oil. the kind you feed to birds. The black oil sunflower seed is the kind you need. These have twice the amount of oil as the confectionery. These seeds are easy found at almost anywhere. i bought this 40 pound bag. for $14.00. This is enough seeds to grow as many sunflowers as you need. I used two flowerbeds on the back of the house and the back of my garage.
And covered the beds with seeds, i had so many it was like a carpet of sunflower seeds.
And that was it. Sunflowers grow like weeds they need little water, little room, and grow almost anywhere. And you can grow a large amount in a small space.
Once they grow and there heads get big and full of seeds, you know when to harvest them when the pedals drop off and the head falls over. Cut off the head and store them in a plastic bucket until they dry out, then shake them the seeds come out pretty easily.
at the end of summer you should have enough seeds to make cooking oil for the rest of the year.
Unless you deep fry a lot or something.
But since i didn't want to wait a year to show you the seed oil extractor and how to use it i started grinding the oil out of what was left of the seeds i bought.