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.
2 mason jars filled with dehydrated carrots, then a 3rd mason jar behind it with fresh whole carrots
Preserve Your Harvest

How to Make Dehydrated Carrots (EASY!)

Making dehydrated carrots is SO EASY and a great way to preserve your harvest to enjoy later on a cold winter day! Not only that, but they are super simple to add to your dishes (think soups and casseroles) and they last up to a year in the pantry. A win-win! In this article, I’m

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Preserve Your Harvest

Can You Reuse Canning Lids? Is It Safe?

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.

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Preserve Your Harvest

How to Store Farm Fresh Eggs

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

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A photo showing an All-American canner on a range with a wooden background
Preserve Your Harvest

Pressure Canning: A Step-By-Step Guide

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.

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A photo of carrot sticks in glass mason jars with carrot greens behind it.
Preserve Your Harvest

Principles for Food Preservation

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

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A braided string of onions laying on a wooden background
Preserve Your Harvest

How to Braid Onions for Long-Term Storage

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

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