Homemade butter was my intro to homesteading…in a sense. While I had a small garden, growing food was common in my family, and I didn’t see the beauty of it at first. We just did what we had to. Making homemade butter opened up a whole new world of curiosity for me. For one, it […]
Preserving food includes canning, dehydrating, and freezing food that we grow ourselves. We preserve food from the garden, but also meat that we have raised ourselves.
Dried herbs are a key ingredient in most recipes. They enhance the flavor and punch of our food. In addition to taste, they boast a wide range of health advantages. Homemade dehydrated foods are typically healthier than those you purchase from a store because they usually contain just one whole ingredient that has been dried
Chives make a tasty addition to many dishes. If you have been buying chives at a supermarket or a specialty store, you may be interested in learning how to grow your own. You can also learn how to dehydrate chives so you can enjoy this delicious herb whenever you wish. The most common way to
It’s not always easy to know how to sterilize canning jars. But, the process of sterilizing empty jars is really simple. There are several different methods that we’ll cover. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Choose the one that makes sense for you. Home canning is a proven method of home food preservation and one
Preserving potatoes for winter is a great way to have fresh potatoes all year long. There are many methods of preserving potatoes, but the three most popular are freezing, root cellar, and canning. My favorite is storing them in a root cellar, but that’s not possible for many people. We just harvested our potatoes yesterday.
Whether you have a surplus of raspberries, or just want to learn how to make raspberry juice, this delicious and simple recipe will be sure to please. It only contains three ingredients and is chock full of raspberry flavor. We planted raspberries on our homestead six years ago. I first planted thornless raspberries but had
It’s been a couple of weeks of restocking our freezers. We’ve been overloaded with a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, the summer months are short and sweet. Pea and bean season only last about 3 weeks around here, and unless you plant multiple harvests, that’s not a long time to enjoy them. The
It’s almost raspberry season, and I’m getting excited! Raspberries are held in high regard around here. Knowing how to freeze raspberries will help you preserve their deliciousness throughout the year. While frozen raspberries will never taste the exact way their fresh counterparts do, they rival them in other ways. Freezing raspberries makes better jam than
There are two main canning methods, that are very popular. Water bath canning, and pressure canning. What is the difference? Today we’ll compare pressure canning vs. water bath canning. Water bath canning is one of the easiest ways to start learning how to can foods. It’s not quite as intimidating as pressure canning, because you
This homemade pasta sauce recipe is so good. It is the best pasta sauce recipe that I have found. You can use fresh tomatoes for this recipe, but you can also use frozen tomatoes if you have some that need to be used up. In the fall when I am out of canning jars, and