Podcast #42 Grinding Your Own Flour + 6 Fresh Flour Baking Tips

Grinding your own flour plus fresh flour baking tips. It took me 5 weeks to figure out how to use fresh flour. Excellent tips for altering your regular recipes to using fresh flour and which kinds of wheat berries are best for baking and where to get them. If you've ever wanted to grind and use your own flour, you need to read this now!

Grinding my own flour at home makes me feel like a real pioneer woman. However, the first few weeks of baking with my fresh ground flour left me more than a little frustrated with dense breads and spread out pancake cookies. I've now been grinding my own flour and using fresh flour in all of our baking for almost two years and I've learned some tips to save you some time. … [Read more...]

11 Ways to Cook Off-Grid Without Power

11 ways to cook off-grid without power. Learn which is best for you before the winter storms hit so you won't be caught without a way to cook for your family.  If you don't know how to cook without power you need to read this immediately.

One of my favorite things about the pioneer days is their ability to accomplish so much without electricity. It's amazing when one looks at how they lived and what they did. Many of us would be hard pressed to make it a few days, let alone years, without our electricity and stores. … [Read more...]

How to Make and Can Tomato Sauce- Waterbath and Pressure Canning

How to make and can tomato sauce. Both water bath and pressure canning instructions

If you're anything like me, any time you purchase something ready made from the store, you wonder if you can make it at home. (Can I get an amen I'm not the only one who has these thoughts?) So if you ever opened a jar of store bought tomato sauce and thought, "how can I make tomato sauce at home" then you're going to love today's post. And if you ever wondered how to make your own cream soups for recipes instead of the condensed chemical filled ones from the store, then you'll love my processed replacement make your own cream of soup replacement. Now that's a whole lotta foodie love happening. You might think organic tomato sauce isn't too expensive to purchase from the store, but all of the tomato sauce in my neck of the woods from store, even organic, is in metal cans. And we all know tomatoes are a bit acid, which means the bad chemicals in the metal cans is leached out at a higher rate than regular vegetables. You can read Why You Should Never Use Canned Tomatoes here. So … [Read more...]

8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How

8 Foods You Should Be Storing and How

Everyone knows we should be storing some kind of food in our home pantries for both emergencies and preparedness. But how do you know where to start or which foods to store? I see lots of lists on foods folks think you should be storing for your long term food storage. Some of them I agree with, but a lot of them, they're not practical. … [Read more...]

How to Grow Swiss Chard in your Fall Garden

Mike the Gardener from Seeds of the Month Club

I don't know about you, but if I don't know how to do something, I'm not shy about asking. Because no one knows it all right? Between you and me, if someone does seem to know it all, I usually don't like to hang with them for very long. While I'm a pretty old hand at gardening, there is a lot I'm still learning. And one of those things is increasing our fall vegetable garden. … [Read more...]

Low Sugar No Pectin Blueberry Jam

Pureeing blueberries for low sugar no pectin blueberry jam

This low sugar no pectin homemade blueberry jam might just be the best jam I've ever inhaled  tasted. I don't make this claim lightly. The hint of lime makes this sing on your taste buds, dare I call it, sublime. (Yea, I'm kind of dorky that way) … [Read more...]