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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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Seed Potatoes and How To Plant Potatoes In A Raised Bed

March 25, 2015 – 8:14 am

What’s A Seed Potato?

The first time I ever heard someone talking about planting potatoes from seed, I wondered to myself, “Where are the seeds in potatoes? I’ve never seen seeds.” I was completely serious. I can laugh at myself now, knowing what I know, but for those who are starting out where I started out (completely naive), let me fill you in.

holding seed potato

This, my friends, is a “seed potato”– otherwise known as an old, sprouting potato spud. Once planted, those sprouts will grow into beautiful green plants, and the developing roots will form brand new potato tubers in the ground below. Sometimes when you buy seed potatoes they may not be sprouting yet. That’s okay. The sprout will grow at the “eye” of the potato over time, whether left in a pantry or buried in the garden.

Although potato plants do bloom and go to seed if you leave them long enough, potatoes are not typically planted from these seeds. Most people plant potatoes from sprouting spuds, however you can collect the seeds from a mature potato plant and grow more plants from true seed. I have to warn you though, potato genetics are funny, and most of the time you never know what kind of potato you’ll end up harvesting when planted from true seed. It is likely it will not be the same kind of potato you originally planted. Might be a fun thing to experiment with though!

seed potatoes in bin

My seed potatoes are potatoes that are leftover from last year’s harvest. They’ve been sitting in a crate in my kitchen since last Fall. They shriveled before we could get to them, so I let them sit and sprout, waiting to be repurposed in this year’s garden. Every now and then I sorted through them and removed any rotten potatoes. There weren’t many, but a few.

colorful seed potatoes

I love growing colored potatoes alongside our white ones. These purple and red potatoes have gorgeous sprouts, don’t they?

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March 2015: Garden

March 22, 2015 – 10:40 am
underneath row cover

The cold weather crops are planted. Here’s what the start of our 2015 garden looks like.

How To Can Ground Beef In A Pressure Canner

March 18, 2015 – 5:08 pm
How To Can Ground Beef

Learn how to can ground beef for longer storage than a freezer, and quick meal prep!

Testing Out The New Hand Pump on Our Well

March 11, 2015 – 10:20 am
Jerry using hand pump on well

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet, but a few months ago we were finally able to afford to get a hand pump installed on our well. We went with a Simple Pump, because …

Snowbound.

February 27, 2015 – 5:52 pm
Snowbound

It’s not so bad being stuck at home. There are so many beautiful things to enjoy!

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!