Category: Homesteading

Tips for Canning Food

In our previous post, we learned about the benefits of canning. After reading that post I’m sure you’ve decided that you want to give canning a try! To help you get started in your canning journey, I have asked Kristina to come guest post with her tips on canning and the different methods. Choose The Best Be sure to pick the nicest food to can. Don’t try to preserve anything that is of questionable condition. Only the very best, freshest produce should be used. If you start with poor quality produce that is bruised or overripe, you are not going to...

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Benefits of Canning

Canning… ahhhh a great comfort word.   Canning has been around for many many years.​ It was the most used form of food preservation before the invention of freezers and even today, many decades later it is a very popular method on many homesteads. My mother taught me to can when I was about 10 years old and it is one of my favorite methods of food preservation. Just hearing the word “canning” brings happiness and excitement to me. Canning brings warm memories of family time together in the kitchen during harvest.   It ensures that what is in your pantry​ is the...

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Preparing to Raise Chickens

With the price of eggs beginning to skyrocket all over the country, I am willing to bet that there will be a rise in backyard chickens. They are fun to watch, fairly maintenance free to keep and can provide you with delicious, healthy eggs. Chickens are also great for eating bugs and giving you nitrogen rich fertilizer for your yard and garden. A total win-win. Before you go all “gaga” at the feed mill, farm store, or in the catalog you need to have a few things ready. First, you need to know where the chicks are going to...

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6 Reasons to Homestead

The term homesteading might lead you to envision living on a farm in the middle of nowhere. While that type of living most definitely can be homesteading; it isn’t the only way to have a homestead. Homesteading is basically a life style of self-sufficiency. Of course, the degree of how self-sufficient you want to be will determine what your homestead looks like. If you want to be self-sufficient in food then yes, you will likely need a farm with animals and a large garden. However, even a person living in the tiniest apartment can have a homestead. Homesteading can...

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Smaller Ways to Live Sustainably

I’ll be honest, I never really think about what I’m doing as sustainable. As shocking as it might be, I’ve never been a “Save the Earth”type girl. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great thing but for me, saving the Earth is a bonus to being crunchy. When this carnival came up, I really didn’t know what to write about. The word sustainable conjures up images of gray water, large gardens, and homesteading to me. My family does not have any of that and so I felt like I had nothing to write about. But I kept...

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