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Making Goat Milk Farmer’s Cheese

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)

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

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

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).…

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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.…

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Fresh Apple Cider

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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Chicken Plucker & Scalder

We recently released a video showing the entire process we go through when butchering egg laying chickens. This video is a break down of our chicken scalder that had its maiden run when butchering those chickens. We also briefly show our chicken plucker which is also featured in its own video.

The scalder is made using the instructions from Planet Whizbang. This is also where we got the instructions for our chicken plucker and our apple grinder and cider press which will be featured in a video coming in November!…

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Butchering Egg Laying Chickens: From Barn to Can

We recently had to make room in our chicken castle for some new egg layers, so the old birds had to go! Older egg laying chickens are not usually ideal for eating because they are very tough and just don’t have much meat on them. The best thing to do with these old birds was to can them. Canning chicken makes it wonderfully tender even on these less than ideal hens.

This video goes through our process from catching the chickens all the way to cooking them.…

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From Mirror to Chalkboard

I really enjoy up-cycling items. I find that it can be scary when I take on a project I’ve never done before. But on the other hand it’s very rewarding and a great learning experience (especially if the project had some difficulties). 

The first project I took on was an old chair.

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This poor chair was chewed on and smelled like mice had used it as a bathroom. Not very pleasant, but had potential. With help from my dad and my grandma, we were able to turn this chair into this chair….…

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