What Rural Living is Really Like

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So, you’re tired of the hustle and bustle and high prices of city living, and considering a move to the country. Maybe you plan on planting a large garden, buying some livestock, and raising your own food. And those Mother Earth News articles about off-the-grid living have piqued your interest, too. Good for you! Moving … Read more

Cranberry Walnut Conserve Step by Step

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Cranberry walnut conserve is easy to make at home and preserve for use over the next year. It is also impossible to find in stores. And as a homesteader, you’re all about making as many things by hand that you can and improving the life experiences your family and you have, right? Well, let’s look … Read more

Homemade Salsa, Step by Step

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It’s time to make some delicious salsa! If you’re a homesteader, you pride yourself on a full pantry. Every homesteader wants to keep a wide variety of preserved foods on hand, and enjoy the bounty of their garden and the farmer’s market all year long. But if you’re not careful, your pantry shelves will be … Read more

Crunchy Dill Pickles Step by Step

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If you’re a homesteader and preserve foods, sooner or later you’re going to make pickles. When starting out with preserving foods, pickled cucumbers are often one of the first vegetables that people decide to can. Cucumbers are easy to grow en masse, and are inexpensive to purchase at grocery stores and farmers markets. And crunchy … Read more

How to Make Dandelion Wine, Step by Step

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All homesteaders should learn how to make and enjoy dandelion wine.  Dandelion wine is hard to find, unless you make it yourself. Fortunately, it is very simple to brew at home. No matter how big or small your homestead is, it is easy to gather enough dandelions up to make this delightful beverage. And dandelion … Read more

Dealing with Job Loss on the Homestead

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When you’re starting out as a homesteader, time and money are your most critical resources. So what happens if you lose your job, or have your work hours cut significantly? Dealing with job loss on your homestead can be challenging and stressful. Job loss is one of the most stressful experiences Americans deal with, and … Read more

Dilled Carrots Step by Step

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If you’re a homesteader looking to fill up your pantry with preserved foods, dilled carrots are one of your best bets! These pickles taste delicious. Carrots are also plentiful all year round at the grocery store, and are inexpensive as well. Jars of bright orange dilled carrots will help add variety to your canned goods … Read more

Raising Chickens: The ULTIMATE Guide

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If you’re a homesteader, or about to become one, chances are you’re itching to buy a small flock of chickens really bad. In fact, it really doesn’t seem like you are even a homesteader at all until you have your own flock, right? But before you take the plunge, you should do some research first.  … Read more

Slow Cookers – Everything You Need to Know

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photo: slow cooker by Pseph under the CC BY 2.0 license with changes Slow cookers are great, and definitely belong on any homesteader’s must-have item list. A good slow cooker will save you time and money, and can help you get the most out of the food you prepare; it can even make your whole … Read more

15 Great DIY Compost Bins For Homesteaders

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If you’re a homesteader or aspire to be one, sooner or later you’re going to make a compost bin. Turning yard waste, kitchen scraps, and manure into rich fertile compost is just plain common sense, right? If you’ve always wanted to have a compost bin, but don’t know where to start, don’t worry; this article … Read more

Planning Your Garden Season By Season

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Plans are nothing. Planning is everything. – Dwight D. Eisenhower If you want to have a great garden, you have to plan for it. All year long. Your garden is the heart of your homestead. You rely on it for all of your fresh fruits and vegetables. You can and preserve other garden items to … Read more

20 Cold Weather Crops to Farm or Forage

A crafty homesteader never stops harvesting, even when the weather turns cold. Most people call it quits when the first frost hits; they let their gardens sit fallow through fall and winter, and wait until spring thaw before they bother tending to it again. And they rarely take the time to venture into the woods … Read more

Dehydrating Kale And Apples: Step By Step

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If you haven’t made kale chips, or apple fruit leather, or apple chips, you’re really missing out! These dried foods are delicious, long-lasting, and very useful to have around the homestead. They are light and easy to pack if you’re going to be outdoors for a long time. Dried kale and apples are great snacks … Read more