Preserve Your Harvest
You've expanded your garden and have a surplus of produce... now what?
Food preservation is a critical skill for those looking to become more self-sufficient. Having a shelf full of food to carry you through the winter is such a blessing! There are many ways of preserving and I'll fill you in on each and every one, plus the nutritional aspects that come along with processing.
So, you’re neck deep in a canning session, and gasp, you realize that you’re short on fresh canning lids. What do you do? Can you reuse canning lids? Is it safe? This is a common and controversial topic in the homesteading world, especially since we like to live by the “nothing goes to waste” principle.
Whether you’re a backyard homesteader or have access to a local farm, you may be wondering how to store farm fresh eggs the RIGHT way. Should they be washed or remain unwashed? In the fridge or on the counter? How long do they last? What is a bloom coating? If you’re wondering these questions, you’re
Pressure canning can feel really scary in the beginning. I get it! I was nervous when I started too, but with my step-by-step guide it’ll feel like a breeze and you’ll wish that you had tried it earlier! Pressure canning is a wonderful way to open up your options beyond just pickles and tomato sauce.
Growing your own food is an excellent start to self-sufficiency, however, once you master the main principles for food preservation while maximizing nutritional value… you’ll be unstoppable! There’s nothing more fulfilling than enjoying your homegrown veggies on a -20 degree day in January. It’s also incredibly comforting in today’s world of food insecurity. In this
Learning how to braid onions is fun, easy and very functional! Braiding them allows for great airflow (reducing the risk of them rotting or getting moldy) and they are easy to hang for long-term storage. No need for storage bins! I always feel like I’m tapping into the old frontier days when I’m sitting on
Fermented eggs are delicious, nutritious, and SUPER simple to make! Move over boring hard-boiled eggs, fermented eggs are so much more fun. You’re going to LOVE them! When eggs are coming in from the coop by the basketful in the spring and summer, it can be hard to know what to do with them all.