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

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

Dehydrating Honey Step by Step

dehydrated honey

I’d never really considered dehydrating honey on the homestead, however, the other day I was gifted a lot of honey and I really wanted to use the five-gallon buckets that it came in for another project on the homestead. So I did some research and came up with some ways to store the honey that … Read more

10 Foods to Never Dehydrate and Why

avocado

Dehydrating food is a great way to preserve it for future weeks, months – perhaps years, depending on what exactly you’re preserving… I love dehydrating herbs in particular, as this makes it easy to store them for later use. Herbs definitely aren’t the only foods you can dehydrate, though. You can also dehydrate fruits, vegetables, … Read more

40 Foods You Can Make in Your Dehydrator

dried fruit in mason jars

If you’re a homesteader, preserving food is an absolutely essential skill. If you want to live a sustainable, low-cost lifestyle, you need to be able to optimize the foods you grow, harvest, hunt, forage or buy, so you have a healthy, low-cost supply on hand during cold weather, or during tough times when food is … Read more

How To Ferment and Can Sauerkraut

cans of sauerkraut

Sauerkraut, either you love it or you hate it. I love it, but my household has mixed emotions about it. It takes several weeks to ferment your cabbage, and to make it you need lots of cabbage and pickling salt. What is Sauerkraut? Sauerkraut is much simpler than it sounds, it is just finely chopped … Read more

How to Dry Flowers in an Oven or Microwave

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Drying flowers to preserve them has been a homesteading tradition going back hundreds of years. The only downfall to the process is all of the patience it requires. Pressing flowers between boards or sheets of cardboard takes weeks. These oven and microwave flower drying techniques take only an hour or less. There are many reasons … Read more