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...]

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...]

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...]

How to Salt Cure Ham Old-Fashioned Preserving

Tired of store bought meat? Learn how to salt cure a ham with old-fashioned preserving skills.

How to salt cure ham at home has been on my homesteading bucket list for a few years now. Being able to preserve food with old-fashioned techniques, like salt curing pork, is a skill I find as fascinating as I do yummy. Bring me the bacon! And ham! When Lee from Tennessee Homestead offered to teach me and you how to salt cure a ham I got all kinds of excited. Lee, teach away! Salt curing ham is an age-old tradition on our homestead.  We use a dry rub cure to make the best-tasting hams … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Mozzarella in 30 Minutes

Ever wanted to make homemade cheese but don't want to wait for months for it to age? Learn how to make homemade mozzarella in minutes with this easy step by step tutorial.

Ever wanted to learn how to make homemade mozzarella? Score! Me, too. Learning how to make my own from scratch food instead of relying on the grocery store is a huge plus for me and homemade mozzarella in less than 30 minutes, oh my goodness. Not to mention, it's an easy introduction to cheese making. But I've never made it, so I asked my friend Maria to walk us through making homemade mozzarella. Because homesteading folks love to share their knowledge and teach others. Maria- I love, … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Live Like the Pioneers

Ever wanted to live like the Little House books? Here are 8 tips to live like the pioneers and Pa Ingalls from The Little House books. The basic skills are something everyone should know, but fewer people do. Read now to make sure you know these!

One of the reasons I wanted to live like the pioneers was due to Pa Ingalls and The Little House books. He cared for his family and had an adventurous spirit. The Little House on the Prairie® is probably in part responsible for almost all of us modern homesteaders. The idea of being able to live off the land, being self-sufficient, and returning to simpler ways and times holds a certain nostalgia for most. Truth of the matter is this homesteading and pioneering today is hard work. People … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Live Like Little House on the Prairie

Did you ever feel like you were born a century too late? Learn how to use these simple 8 ways to live like Little House on the Prairie today.

Laura Ingalls Wilder was my best friend growing up and I always wanted to live like they did on Little House on the Prairie®. My mother read every night to me from the Little House on the Prairie® books and when I was older, I read through them on my own. We watched the television show and much of my play time was spent pretending I was with Laura running wild in the big woods or through the "prairie" grass of our back pasture. As you may have guessed, my love didn't die as I grew into an … [Read more...]

6 Tips to Avoid Food Storage Mistakes

Food storage mistakes can be costly and unnecessary. Read these 6 tips to avoid food storage mistakes and get your food storage organized.

Use these 6 tips to avoid food storage mistakes in week 2 of our Spring Cleaning challenge. Want to know one of the costliest mistakes in food storage?  American's throw out more than $165 billion dollars in food every year. In one year. That amount is staggering. And I'm willing to bet if you and I were honest, we've thrown out more food than we'd like to admit. One of the things I love most about the pioneering today mindset is doing more with less, being wise stewards with what we have, … [Read more...]

When and How to Plant Fruit Trees

Eager to start gardening but still in winter? These 9 fruits are planted in winter and will provide you with a harvest for years to come. Tips on where to get your stock, how to plant it, even if you don't have any land or a yard! Read this to get your fruit plants in.

Late winter and early spring are the time to plant fruit trees and bushes. While I love my veggie garden, there is a beauty in only having to plant something once and being able to harvest if for years to come. Can I get a holler? No, sheesh, this is exciting stuff, okay, at least a high five. Having a fruit source on your homestead is a great step towards self-sufficiency and lowering your grocery bill. Plus, there is nothing and I mean nothing, like fresh ripe fruit straight off the vine... … [Read more...]