Finding information on how to make chewing tobacco is really tough.
When I wrote my little booklet The Survival Gardener’s Guide to Growing Tobacco, I did quite a bit of research into tobacco curing and processing. In the past I’ve rolled cigars, cured tobacco for cigarettes, make my own faux latakia pipe tobacco and even chewed green tobacco leaves to see how they tasted.
It’s a hard life, doing science.
Tobacco is one of the best barter crops you can have if things get ugly. I tell a story in my booklet about a man who did quite well for himself via trading cigarettes. Even if you aren’t a smoker, being able to supply smokers with their nicotine during a crash or even just an ongoing Depression like the one we’re in now… that’s valuable.
Chewing tobacco grosses my wife out but I have made it anyway. I just posted a video on how you do it:
How To Make Chewing Tobacco – The VIDEO!
Learn to grow tobacco and you’ll be set. It can be used for insecticide even if you don’t consume it. It’s also a pretty plant that attracts hummingbirds and just looks cool in the garden.
I sent out the above video on making chewing tobacco in my last newsletter. I need to do one on making pipe tobacco before too long, but life has been busy.
Get the booklet if you even have a little interest in tobacco growing. You’ll at least find it entertaining… plus you help fund this weird little horticultural corner of the internet.
(By the way – be sure you listen to the music over the closing credits of the video – it will make you laugh.)
Catch you tomorrow!