The Many Uses of Stinging Nettles

Stinging Nettles
April 26, 2017

Over the past couple of years, I have unintentionally grown a pretty nice little stinging nettle garden on the border of my rhubarb garden. The young nettles are starting to come up now, so it is time to start harvesting them when they are in their prime.

So, what do you do with stinging nettles?

In a previous post, we talked about the benefits of nettle tea, but there is so much more than you can do with nettles.…

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Making Hot Process Aloe Vera Soap in a Crock Pot

Homestead Bootcamp
April 25, 2017

We are showing you how to make your own aloe vera soap using a crock pot for all the hard work. This is a fast and easy soap that can be made in an afternoon and used the following day. It is great for your skin, too!

Gear:

  • safety goggles
  • gloves
  • white vinegar
  • kitchen scale
  • metal bowls
  • mold (Pringles can)
  • stick blender
  • crock pot/slow cooker
  • spoon, knife, spatula

Ingredients:

  • 8.4 oz olive oil
  • 7 oz coconut oil
  • 3.5 oz lard
  • 4.18 oz water
  • 3 oz aloe vera juice
  • 2.77 oz lye

Process:

  • Measure out oils/fats and add to crock pot on low heat.
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Housing New Baby Chicks

Homestead Bootcamp
April 19, 2017

We like to keep a rotating group of egg laying chickens to keep up the egg production. This spring we got a new batch of baby chicks to replace the older chickens that we plan to butcher this fall.

I bought 35 baby chicks from the local feed store. I was planning to keep 25 for myself and give ten to a friend. The friend was having second thoughts, so I am still not sure if I will be keeping 25 or 35 babies.…

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No More Pink Eye – Calendula Tea Instead

April 12, 2017

Pink Eye can be a bit of a nuisance on a dairy farm.  What makes it even more annoying is that it’s zoonotic.  That simply means that it can be transferred between animals and humans.  Several years ago, I developed a severe case of pink eye and went to the clinic to try to get rid of it.  They gave me some eye drops, and I was quite happy to use them as I was desperate for relief.  My eyes, however, just continued to worsen as the whites started to swell out past the iris.  I just kept using the drops thinking it would eventually help but to no avail.  After a quick call to the local clinic, I was advised to discontinue the use of the drops as I was having an allergic reaction to the sulfa in them.  That’s when I began my quest for a more natural remedy.…

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Extracting Unframed Honey

Homestead Bootcamp
April 11, 2017

We have kept bees for several years now, and we have had two hives for the past several years. We have had to deal with swarming, disease, and wintering. Some winters our bees make it through fine and some they don’t because we live where the winters are harsh and unpredictable, and it is difficult to know how best to help our little honey making friends survive.

Last year, our bees did not survive. Sadly, we had both hives die out.…

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100% Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

April 5, 2017

I started making my own bread shortly after getting married almost 15 years ago. I started with store bought white flour and a bread machine. It was amazing! Later, I moved to store bought whole wheat flour. This was less than awesome. It just didn’t rise nice like it was supposed to. Even with wheat gluten added in, it was still basically a failure, so I stopped baking bread and just started buying 100% Whole Wheat bread from the store.…

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