How to Naturally Treat Bee Stings

Homestead Bootcamp
June 2, 2017

Honey bees only sting when they feel threatened because a bee sting means the death of the bee, and each bee can only sting once. When a honey bee stings, it leaves the stinger stuck in the skin.

The first thing to do when treating a bee sting is to remove the stinger to keep the venom to a minimum. Bee venom is acidic which can cause a severe allergy in some people. Many other insect stings, such as wasps, have an alkali venom, so you may be allergic to bee stings but not wasp stings.…

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Dehydrating: Drying Foods for Long Term Storage

May 16, 2017

When planning and planting your garden, consider how much produce you can use and how much you need. You don’t want to plant rows and rows of spinach only to have most of it go to waste because you can’t eat it fast enough and you find that you only enjoy it fresh. Most produce can be frozen, canned, dehydrated or otherwise stored to be used throughout the winter months when nothing is growing. Due to a variety of reasons (some more practical than others), our clan has been slowly moving away from freezing and focusing instead on canning and drying.…

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Rhubarb Bread

Rhubarb
May 3, 2017

I like to make quick breads for my kids to eat with their breakfast. One of the most popular is banana bread. I also shred and freeze zucchini in the fall for making zucchini bread throughout the winter. I don’t like to feel trapped with making the same breads over and over, so I set out to find something new.

I was quick specific in my searching because my rhubarb is starting to come up, and I wanted to use up some frozen rhubarb from last season.…

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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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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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Oil Pulling For Whiter Teeth And A Cleaner Mouth

March 22, 2017

Oil pulling is basically using oil as a mouthwash. Our oil of choice is coconut oil since it has antibacterial properties and it tastes nice.

The process is simple. Just put about a 1/2 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning. Then, swish it around and pull it through your teeth as much as possible for 10 minutes or so, trying to touch every spot in your mouth.  When you are finished, spit it in the garbage (not in the sink).  It’s also important to mention that you do not swallow it or gargle with it as it is full of bacteria.…

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Identifying and Tapping Your First Maple Tree

Homestead Bootcamp
March 21, 2017

Sap season has started here in Northern Wisconsin. We have tapped 105 trees this year, and as of today, we have collected a total of 445 gallons. This will result in approximately 11 gallons of syrup.

In the video, I will show you how to get started by identifying and tapping your first maple tree.

We make syrup strictly for the use of our family and friends. We don’t have a commercial operation, but we do try to mke as much as possible because our crew uses quite a bit over the course of a year.…

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