62 Dandelion Recipes You Won’t Want To Miss

dandelion petals in a bucket

It’s springtime on the homestead, and along with spring come spring flowers, including, the ever so abundant and humble, dandelion. Dandelions are actually an herb, also referred to by their Botanical Latin name of Taraxacum-officinale. My grandma would gather us up as kids and we’d head outside with our little garden tools and pick dandelion … Read more

So, Does Sugar Go Bad in Heat?

sugar spread on table

There is a lot of debate over whether sugar goes bad in heat. Some people say that it does, and others say that it doesn’t. So, what’s the truth? You can bake with sugar and there aren’t any problems, but what about leaving it at a lower temperature for longer? Does sugar go bad in … Read more

So, Is Dehydrated Food Good for You?

apple slices loaded in the dehydrator

There are a lot of questions about dehydrated food. Is it safe? Is it healthy? Is it appropriate for long-term consumption? Though naturally dehydrated foods have been eaten around the world for ages, the proliferation of factory produced dehydrated provisions and homemade dried food for survival readiness has raised health questions among some homesteaders. So, … Read more

51 Pear Recipes for Smoothies and Desserts

Pears have been used as culinary treats for years, and the sugary flavor ensures that’s not going to change anytime soon. The soft texture can be quite pleasant, and the flavor makes it great for smoothies and desserts. With that in mind, I thought we’d look at 51 recipes for pear desserts and smoothies. Desserts … Read more

51 Strawberry Recipes for Smoothies and Desserts

strawberries vanilla dessert

I love strawberries, they’re not the cheapest fruits you can get here in South Africa, so we don’t get them very often. When we do get strawberries, we enjoy them in a number of desserts and milkshakes/smoothies. With that said, I thought we’d look at some smoothie and dessert recipes which use strawberries. Let’s get … Read more

How to Can Beef Vegetable Soup

canned beef vegetable

Is there a more satisfying meal on a cold winter day than a slice of warm bread and a bowl of hot soup? Growing up, we had a wood stove for central heat and some of the best days were when my parents would cook up a large pot of soup on the woodstove. I’ve … Read more

How To Can Corned Beef – Step By Step

canned corned beef

Ok, this is not your mom’s corned beef… Quick story. My dad always has corned beef hash the night before hunting season opens as a good luck charm. He cooks up corned beef and potatoes, stories are told, and the tradition remains alive for another year. For decades, he cooked Hormel Corned Beef. Then, one … Read more

How Long Does Beef Jerky Last?

thinly sliced beef jerky

Beef jerky is a popular, tasty treat that’s perfect for anywhere and everywhere. Depending on whether you buy it at your local butcher or make it yourself, you want it to last. So, here’s the question: how long does beef jerky last? Store-bought beef jerky will last for 1- 2 years if properly stored. Homemade … Read more

How to Can Chicken Of The Woods Mushrooms

I’m a homestead author, jack of most trades, and a mushroom forager. I learned about safe mushrooms to forage around a decade ago and haven’t put on the breaks yet. One of the biggest challenges has been how to enjoy them all year. But I’ve finally found a solution: canning! I’m not talking about the … Read more

How to Can Pork – Step By Step

canned pork

Protein is one of the most difficult foods to put up in volume. They are expensive when purchased commercially, don’t last as long as other prepper foods such as grains, and the selection is often limited. There are several options to rack and stack your protein. First, you can purchase cans of pork, beef, and … Read more

How to Can Hot Peppers Step by Step

cans of hot pepper

Hot peppers are literally the spice of life. Left with the decision of leaving my mother-in-law or my hot peppers behind at the end of the world…. Well, I’d at least ask her to carry a case of peppers on her lap. I love fresh hot peppers, but what is the best way to enjoy … Read more

Is Raw Milk Good or Bad?

pouring milk into jars

Usually when we think of milk, we think of supermarkets, plastic bottles, or cardboard cartons. We also typically think of pasteurized milk not the raw, unpasteurized milk that comes straight from the cow. This begs the question: is it good for you? No, raw milk is NOT good for you. There’s a lot of conflicting … Read more