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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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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DIY All Natural Extracts

March 15, 2017

I have been on a breakfast shake kick lately and have been using a lot of mint in the shakes. It doesn’t take very long to strip a small mint plant of all its leaves, though. I needed a way to make my mint last longer, so I decided to pick all of the leaves and make mint extract with them. This way, I can use a bit of the extract in my shakes and make the leaves last a lot longer!…

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Amish Cough Syrup

Homestead Bootcamp
March 14, 2017

Our family has been fighting some germs over the past couple of weeks, and the coughing was getting to be a little much. It was time we brought out the big guns – Amish cough syrup.

I came across this recipe online about a year ago on The Milk Mans Wife blog. The tincture on the blog is referred to as Snake Juice.

The recipe calls for lemons, onions, honey, peppermint schnapps, and blackberry brandy.…

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100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe

March 8, 2017

One of my all-time favorite foods is pizza. Since I am the one who cooks all of the food in my house, I decided that every Friday is pizza day. I like to have total control over what goes on my pizza because it makes it easier to please everyone who will be sharing it. I can put onions and mushrooms on my half and leave them off for those who want the boring half. One thing I NEVER do is make a plain cheese pizza.…

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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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