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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Chicken Plucker & Scalder

Homestead Bootcamp
October 20, 2016

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

Homestead Bootcamp
October 11, 2016

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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Saving Spinach Seeds

Homestead Bootcamp
September 23, 2016

In this video, I am showing how to save spinach seeds. You might be asking, “Why not just buy new seeds every year?” There are several reasons to save seeds.

Save Money
I realize that seeds are very inexpensive, but if you buy a lot of them it starts to add up. Saving your seeds may not save you a noticeable amount of money, but for some families every little bit helps.

Know What Works
We live in a plant hardiness zone where a lot of crops don’t do well because of our short growing season and extreme cold in the winters.…

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How to Make Elderberry Juice

Homestead Bootcamp
September 15, 2016

The ditches near our homestead have an abundant supply of elderberries in the late summer, so we like to take advantage of nature’s bounty by making elderberry juice.

Elderberry juice is not a drink that you take for the taste. It is often sweetened to make it more palatable. My husband and I each put a tablespoon of unsweetened elderberry juice in our daily dose of kombucha (which is a fermented drink). The addition of elderberry to kombucha makes both a little more pleasant to drink.…

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Homestead Bootcamp Has Launched!

Homestead Bootcamp
September 8, 2016

We are excited to announce that we have launched our new YouTube channel called Homestead Bootcamp. It will feature videos of our family teaching you how to live off the land!

Our first video shows how to pick and preserve Puffball mushrooms which can be found in areas throughout the world. You could be missing out on delicious mushrooms growing right in your backyard!

We know that there may be some questions, so here are some answers to a few that you might have.…

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Homestead Journal

We moved!!! Yay! We finally bought my dream home.

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My husband is such a wonderful man. He grew up in a ranch style house that was “simple”. There isn’t much guessing when it comes to most ranch style houses. He has just always been more of a cautious man and doesn’t really take many risks. While looking for a house to buy he really was leaning more towards a ranch style home. I, on the other hand, love old farmhouses.…

June 30, 2016
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