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23 Things You Must Know To Can Meat Safely

23 Things You Must Know To Can Meat Safely

February 25, 2015 – 10:49 am

A detailed list of everything you need to know to can meat safely. Many of these precautions are never mentioned in canning recipes. Get familiar with them before beginning to can.

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Snowbound.

February 27, 2015 – 5:52 pm

Snowbound

Since I’ve started keeping a garden journal and writing down the dates of our area’s frosts and snow days, I’ve noticed that for the past few years we’ve always gotten our first winter’s snow in mid to late February. Yesterday we got our second decent snow, a mere 4″ but enough to cover our driveway and weigh down the trees. Here is the view from the top of our driveway looking down. At the bottom of this hill, the drive curves to the left, then takes a sharp right to go across a wooden bridge and up a steep hill to bring us to the top of our road.

2015 snow right side driveway

It doesn’t take much snow to trap us at home. Our driveway being so steep can be very difficult to escape, even with a 4-wheel drive vehicle. Most of the gravel road is shaded and remains pure ice long after the main roads, which have been salted, are safe to travel again. It makes me grateful that we have provisions stored away just in case we can’t get out for several days.

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Old Fashioned Lemon Chess Pie

February 25, 2015 – 5:17 pm
Old Fashioned Lemon Chess Pie

From-scratch lemon chess pie uses simple ingredients you probably already have on hand. An old fashioned favorite you’re sure to love!

Homegrown Popcorn

February 19, 2015 – 11:05 am
Homegrown Popcorn- tips and experiences! via http://newlifeonahomestead.com

Homegrown popcorn is an excellent snack food you can grow yourself!

How I Helped My Speech Delayed Toddler

February 13, 2015 – 10:56 am
How I Helped My Speech Delayed Toddler With Essential Oils

My son was over 3 yrs old but still using one-word sentences. After one week of consistently applying this oil blend to the back of his neck, he said his first complete sentence!! We were in shock.

A Vegetarian Homestead?

February 4, 2015 – 8:37 am
garden produce

Could there actually be benefits to running a vegetarian homestead? This couple believes there are many. Maybe even for non-vegetarians.

Grow Your Own Tea Garden

January 30, 2015 – 6:33 pm
tea plant

Here are a few plants I’m growing in our tea garden, to provide us with a variety of herbal teas to enjoy hot or cold.

The Easiest Way To Clean Vomit From Carpet

January 25, 2015 – 1:52 am
easiest way to get vomit out of carpet

No more sopping and gagging. Here’s the absolute easiest way to clean throw-up from your floor.

Herb Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes

January 22, 2015 – 8:08 pm
jerusalem artichokes

A delicious recipe for roasted Jerusalem Artichokes (Sunchokes) and parsnips or carrots, tossed with fresh rosemary.

Wood. Wood. Wood.

January 22, 2015 – 11:06 am
wood pile

Having enough seasoned firewood for heating and cooking is critical for off grid survival.

Vacuuming Off The Grid

January 18, 2015 – 9:26 am
vacuuming off grid

The ideal off-grid home will have hard flooring throughout. Unfortunately for us, we’ll likely be stuck with carpet for a few more years. Here’s how we plan on keeping our floors clean, even without electricity to run a vacuum.

The Toothbrush That’s A Chewing Stick

January 13, 2015 – 12:29 pm
miswak natural toothbrush

This little stick can effectively replace your toothbrush, toothpaste, mouth wash, floss, and teeth whitening products!! And the best part, it’s completely natural.

Winterizing Fruit and Nut Trees

January 13, 2015 – 8:08 am
winterizing fruit trees

Two easy steps to take to protect your young fruit and nut trees through the cold winter months and into the coming year.

How To Bake A Pumpkin, From Start To Finish

January 8, 2015 – 8:00 am
pumpkins

Yes, there is actually more you can do with those decorative Fall pumpkins than just use them as a center piece! Cook and puree them for fresh pumpkin bread and pies year round!

How To Can Strawberry Jam

January 7, 2015 – 10:15 am
canning strawberry jam

Strawberry jam can be canned from fresh or frozen strawberries. Here’s how to make your own homemade strawberry jam no matter the season!

How To Can Chicken Stock or Broth

January 2, 2015 – 9:53 pm
how to can chicken stock

Homemade chicken stock or broth is extremely good for you. Once you’ve learned how to make it, the next step is learning how to can it so your pantry never runs out! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to show you just how easy it is.

Immune Boosting Elderberry Syrup

January 1, 2015 – 12:10 am
elderberry syrup immune support

A super simple elderberry syrup recipe to help keep you well through the cold and flu season!

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa

December 31, 2014 – 5:35 am
from scratch hot cocoa

Homemade hot cocoa is super easy to make and much healthier than the store bought powdered stuff. It’s a lot cheaper, too! Here’s the recipe I’ve been making for years.