Bottling Hard Apple Cider from a Mr. Beer Kit

Homestead Bootcamp
March 7, 2017

We have moved on to the next step of making hard apple cider with our Mr. Beer kit.

This time we are on the bottling step. First, we sanitized our bottles and added a little sugar to aid in the carbonation. We could have left the sugar out and went with a flat cider, but we don’t particularly like the taste of hard cider in general so that didn’t seem like the route we wanted to go.…

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Brewing Hard Apple Cider Using a Mr. Beer Kit

Homestead Bootcamp
February 28, 2017

You saw us making homemade apple cider last fall (check it out here if you didn’t). The apple cider is really delicious, but we decided to see what else we can do with it.

When my daughter was out and about shopping a few weeks ago, she came across a Mr. Beer Hard Cider Home Brewing Kit and decided to buy it. We figured we’d give it a shot with what was in the box, and if it turns out maybe we’ll try it with some of our homemade apple cider.…

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Bleach That You Can Bathe In (If You Really Wanted To)

Homemade Bleach
February 22, 2017

I have 3 kids, so light colored clothes don’t usually stay clean for all that long. And I have never liked or bought commercial bleach. It stinks. It can ruin clothes. And I have been known to spill and/or drop liquids from time to time, and spilled bleach is a bad idea.

Recently, my grandma complained that the kids white clothes looked a little grungy, so I decided to find a way to “bleach” their clothes without the bleach.…

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Making Goat Milk Farmer’s Cheese

Homestead Bootcamp
February 21, 2017

During the milking season, we quite often have an abundance of goat milk. We do drink the milk, but we also make a lot of cheese with it. I usually save up the milk and then spend a day making several batches of cheese which are frozen for later.

The type of cheese that I make is a mozzarella style farmer’s cheese. It is quick and easy to make and yet still produces a delicious end product that we use on everything!…

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2 Ingredient Homemade Laundry Detergent (or 3 if you really want)

February 16, 2017

I was given a recipe for home made laundry detergent several years ago that had both a powdered version and a liquid version. The liquid version took longer to make and more room to store, so in favor of speed and ease, I chose the powdered version.

The original recipe called for Borax, Super Washing Soda and Fels-Naptha soap. However, I found the Fels-Naptha undesirable because it seemed to put a coating on my clothes and my washing machine.…

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Making & Canning Tomato Juice

Homestead Bootcamp
February 14, 2017

I plant a lot of tomatoes in my garden every year. And I mean a LOT of tomatoes. My husband and I load up several 5 gallon pails for days. Sometimes I feel like I am drowning in tomatoes, and by the end of the canning season I don’t want to see another tomato for weeks!

I had already processed about 700 pounds of tomatoes by the time we shot this video. I make spaghetti sauce, salsa, tomato paste, and tomato juice.…

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Freshly Ground Flour

December 21, 2016

A few years ago my husband bought me a Kitchenaid. I absolutely love it (and him)! Since then, we have bought a couple attachments for it that I have been very pleased with. Today I will share my experience with using the grain mill attachment.

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Prior to purchasing the grain mill attachment I used my mother’s Champion grain mill. The flour that was made was a rather coarse whole wheat flour. I didn’t have a problem with it, but some might.…

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Egg Shells for Chickens

I have recently started feeding my chickens egg shells. Why do I do this? Simple. Egg shells contain large amounts of calcium. Chicken need calcium for producing eggs. Egg shells=eggs. 🙂 This is what I do to feed the egg shells to my chickens.

After I use an egg I will rinse the eggs out thoroughly. I place them onto a drying rack with paper towel underneath.
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Once the shells are dry I throw them into a bucket (that I only use for egg shells).…

December 14, 2016
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Protecting the Orchard Using Soap

Winter weather has come to Wisconsin. Snow has fallen and the cold wind is blowing. It’s that time of year for me to do what I can to insure my orchard will be happy and healthy next spring. I think that the biggest “predators” for my apple and cherry trees are deer. I have heard it mentioned numerous times that Irish Spring soap is the best at keeping deer away. I’m going to share with you how I use the soap method to deter deer from eating my trees.…

December 5, 2016
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Fresh Apple Cider

Homestead Bootcamp
October 27, 2016

A couple weekends ago we invited one of our daughters and a couple grand kids over to try out the new Whizbang apple grinder and cider press that we just finished making. The basic instructions for both devices came from Planet Whizbang.

The apple grinder is made using half of a double sink and a garbage disposal connected to an open end PVC pipe. The stand is all made with metal scraps because my husband works at a metal fabrication shop.…

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