Podcast #56 Preserving Rhubarb & Spring Canning

3 Ways to Preserve Rhubarb at Home

Preserving rhubarb is one of my favorite spring canning forays. In today's podcast we'll talk spring canning recipes and three ways to preserve rhubarb.  I post new episodes every Friday morning. You can subscribe via RSS and receive every episode for free. Or subscribe via Itunes  Learning to live more frugally and more self-sustainable includes using and eating season foods. It's a bonus if you grow it all yourself, but it's almost impossible to grow everything and there's no reason to … [Read more...]

Historical Recipes: Honey Date Squares

1940's Honey Date Squares Recipe

Honey Date Square Recipe, straight from the 1940's and Andrea's great-grandmother's recipes collection. Are you swooning with me? There is nothing I love more than sharing recipes with a history, except when someone is sharing a new one with me. Confession: I am a recipe addict. Show me a reliable, tastes amazing, and uses only whole food ingredient recipe and I'm hooked! That's why we're about to become best friends, right? Too soon, okay, how about good friends with room for growth. … [Read more...]

How to Preserve Basil in Salt

Want the fresh taste of basil for months on end? Use 3 ways to preserve basil in salt in minutes. I can't believe how easy this is!

Learning how to preserve basil in salt isn't something I knew I needed to know how to do until now. Seriously, where has this been all my life? Fresh basil and savory tinted salt, all in one jar, all ready to marry up with my meats and sauces.  I had no idea you could preserve basil in salt, bacon and ham, yes, fresh herbs, never thought about it. My culinary side met my homesteading side and I knew this was a match made in heaven. In heaven ya'll. Because my southern roots come out when I'm … [Read more...]

Podcast #55 7 Reasons to Cook with Solar Power in a Sun Oven

Learn how to use Solar power with the Sun Oven to cook food, purify water, and preserve food, without any fuel or heating up the house!

Ever wanted to be able to cook without electricity, fuel sources, or heating up the house? Even in the Pacific Northwest, the Sun Oven is an amazing tool for every household. The Sun Oven is an oven that allows you to cook with just solar power, your only fuel is from the sun. I got one a few months ago and I've been using it and I actually had a whole bunch of questions so I contacted Paul, the president of Sun Oven and asked him if he would be on the podcast with us today. I post new … [Read more...]

12 Tips on How to Raise Pigs for Meat

Ever wanted to raise your own pigs for meat? These 12 tips will help you avoid mistakes and raise your own pigs for meat. There's nothing like homegrown bacon and pork. Read this now to become more self-sustainable.

Learning how to raise your own pigs for meat is a great option for any homestead or farm wanting to become more self-sustainable and without the level of commitment of raising beef cattle. We have been raising pigs on our farm for well over 10 years.  We began raising just a few piglets for our own consumption and now actually breed piglets for sale and raise milk fed, heirloom pork for customers, which is the main venture on our farm. I really think pigs are one of the easiest animals … [Read more...]

How to Make Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Need a finger licking good supper? Learn how to make sweet and sour meatballs from scratch with this recipe. I love that the sauce can be made with different jellies for a slightly different flavor. and the gluten free options.

I've never met a meatball I didn't like. It's like baby meatloaf bathed in finger-licking-good sauce. And when you add in sweet and sour, I get a little giddy. Are you ready to learn how to make sweet and sour meatballs? This sweet and sour meatball recipe from Maria is fun because it's from scratch and I love to pair meatballs with jars of our homemade fruit jellies or jams. Grape is a particular favorite, but Maria's got some other tasty options as well. Maria: It's spring!!! Which (for … [Read more...]

Why I use a Vacuum Sealer (and you should too) + Giveaway

FoodSaver & Freezer Label Giveaway  3 prizes up for grabs to help you preserve food at home

Being able to preserve food at home is a big deal at our house. It allows us to build up our food storage and save money. My husband wanted a vacuum sealer forever. I fought him. I didn't want one more thing in my kitchen and I hate to spend money. Freezer bags worked fine, right? Have you ever thrown out food because it got freezer burnt? My hand is raised. I have the best intentions of rotating my food, keeping records up to date and using it before it can go bad, but guess what, freezer … [Read more...]

Podcast #54 How to Convert Recipes for Canning + Safety Tips

Wanted to know if a recipe was safe for canning? Learn how to safely convert your recipes for home canning, plus other canning safety tips. Home canned food is frugal and a great way to be prepared, but safety is important. Read now to make sure you're recipes and techniques are up to date.

Want to learn how you can safely convert recipes for canning? Learn these important safety tips for home canning, plus how to convert your combination recipes into safe canning recipes! Canning safety is very very important and I do see a lot of misinformation passed around on the internet on what is safe to can at home and proper guidelines. Today we're going to be talking about canning safety and safe ways to convert recipes to make them safe to can. We're talking with Sharon from Simply … [Read more...]

16 Ways from 1913 to Save Money and Live Frugally

Need to save money and live frugally? These are 16 tips from my great-grandmother in 1913 that still apply today. Read now for time tested tips to stretch your dollar

Are you looking for ways to save money? Trying to live frugally? Wondering how to make meals for less? You are not alone! The web is full of information on how to save money, pay off your mortgage, live more frugally, and do more with less. My great-grandmother grew up in England at a time before television, telephone, internet, credit cards, and shopping malls. She owned few clothes by today’s standards and it was not a fashion faux pas to wear the same thing more than one day in a row. … [Read more...]

How to Make Beeswax and Lard Candles at Home

Wanting a more natural self-sustainable lifestyle? These easy homemade beeswax candles contain just two ingredients, come together in 30 minutes, and use natural resources. Perfect for being prepared or cutting out the chemicals. Read now to get your candle making on!

Every old-fashioned soul needs to know how to make candles at home. Is there anything more cheery than the flickering light of a candle? Or romantic... which makes my kids go eww.  Every homesteading soul wants to learn how to make homemade candles with beeswax and lard. Or, you will after reading Amy's post on how to make homemade beeswax and lard candles, come on, don't leave me hanging, you know you do. Putting to use all of the items on our homestead is being a good steward and using … [Read more...]