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19 Things to Do on the Winter Homestead

19 Things to Do on the Winter Homestead

Winter.  Just the word sparks dread in many people, and I don't understand why!   There's so much to do and learn during the winter, so today I want to uncover "19 Things to Do on the Winter Homestead"! Spring and summer on the farm are crazy!  Like 15 hour days crazy! Baby chicks need tended to, my bees need to be cared for and managed, gardens need planted and general Spring clean-up from the winter are enough to excite, but exhaust the most ambitious of homesteaders!  So when winter rolls around, I'm very ready for a change of pace! Winter brings it's...

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how to preserve carrots

How to Preserve Carrots

Pressure canning can be very intimidating for new canners, I know it was for me!  But truth told, once you pressure can a couple of times, you'll see how simple it really is!  I want to take you through the process, step-by-step, as we learn "How to Can Carrots in a Pressure Canner for Beginners"! I prefer to can carrots by the "raw pack" method, meaning that the carrots will not be cooked, but rather packed raw.  I feel that more nutrients are preserved this way. First, we're going to need some fresh carrots to can!  I picked up these carrots...

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how to be self sufficient in an apartment

How to Be Self-Sufficient in an Apartment

What does it mean to homestead?  Is it even possible to be self-sufficient when living in an apartment?  YES, it is!  Here's "How to Be Self-Sufficient in an Apartment"! Homesteading isn't as much about where you live as it is how you think and live your life! Loosely defined, homesteading is simply living a life of self-sufficiency, where one provides for many of their own needs. Self-sufficiency is accomplished many different ways and it doesn't have to include living in the country! Much of what's written about homesteading in an apartment or "small space homesteading" is directed to those who are working towards...

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saving heirloom tomato seeds

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

As our gardens wind down for the season, it's time to harvest tomato seeds from our best heirloom tomato plants to save for next year's garden!  Today, I want to show you how you can save your tomato seeds for next years planting with 2 different methods, both of which are very simple!  Here's "How to Save Heirloom Tomato Seeds - 2 Simple Ways". Before we begin, people often ask if they can save hybrid tomato seeds? The answer is yes, however, hybrid seeds, also know as "indeterminate" seeds, may or may not give you the same attributes as before.  If...

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how to make ghee at home

How to Make Ghee at Home

What is ghee, also known as clarified butter?  How is it made and what are it's uses?  Why would a homesteader be interested in ghee?  Well, I've got some answers for you today with "Easy Clarified Butter Recipe"! Ghee originated in the Indian culture and has been a staple in Indian households for thousands of years.  It is simply made by removing the milk fat from butter, thus leaving just the butter oil.   Ghee is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and medicinal qualities. Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India, recognizes ghee as an essential part...

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Canning Tomatoes for Beginners

Canning Tomatoes For Beginners

Summer is tomato season!  Oh tomatoes, how many ways do I love thee??  Now is the time to capture that fresh flavor in jars for the winter months!  Today, I'm going to show you how with "Canning Tomatoes for Beginners"! First, you're going to need fresh-picked, fleshy tomatoes for canning!  Often times, I'll pick up a couple of cases to can, long before my own garden tomatoes are ready.  I don't want to miss a single opportunity to enjoy tomatoes on sandwiches, omelettes, pasta or in fresh marinara! How to Overwinter Your BEST Tomato Plants Here's what you're going to need: Beautiful fresh...

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How to Prepare Your Family for a Food Shortage

Would you know how to prepare your family for a food crisis, should one happen?  Or, do you think that because you live in the US that such a thing would never happen? Unless you've been in a cave for the last few months, you've watched the world become an entirely different place due to a virus called the "coronavirus". Not since the Y2K crisis have I seen such wide-spread, worldwide panic. But it seems that every year brings it's challenges. Last year, we dealt with certain food shortages due to #noplant19, brought on by catastrophic rains that kept farmers from planting their spring...

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how to make perfect strawberry jam

Easy Strawberry Preserves Recipe

This "Easy Strawberry Preserves Recipe" is one of our family's favorite things to eat!  When made with homegrown berries, it's even MORE of a treat!  Let me show you how to make perfect strawberry preserves every time! Making fruit preserves is one of the first canning skills I learned because it's so simple.  Preserves are simply a proportionate combination of fruit, juice, sugar and pectin.  Different fruit require different amounts of sugar, depending on it's sweetness and juice content.  Some fruit can be made into preserves without pectin, but strawberry preserves is best made with it. Here's everything you're going to...

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how to grow a salad container garden

How to Grow a Salad Container Garden

  "How to Grow a Salad Container Garden" is for those folks who LOVE summer salad veggies, but don't have the room or time to grow them!  You can grow a salad container garden on a back porch or even in a sunny window! This little project is perfect for: Folks who don't have access to soil to garden. Those who work a lot of hours and don't have much time. Urban dwellers with sunlight from a window or balcony. Avid gardeners who may need to take a year off for illness. New mothers who don't have time to garden. It starts...

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