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TAG : Missouri

Vegetable Processing and Preservation

When the euphoria and celebration of a bountiful harvest subsides, we gardeners and homesteaders are presented with a new task: preserving the abundance so that it will feed us rather than rot. After the long season of planting, growing and harvesting, we are fatigued and somehow the work of ...

Canning, Freezing and Dehydrating: Which Preservation Method is Right For You?

Whether you're brand new or a veteran homesteader, you're probably at least somewhat acquainted with different preservation methods.  Most everyone has frozen produce and many have dabbled in dehydrating or water bath canning. But are you aware of all the different preservation methods out ...

How to Reduce Food Waste on the Homestead

Photo by Jenny Underwood I would absolutely love to tell you that I've completely eliminated food waste on our homestead, but unfortunately, that wouldn't be true. I have, however ,greatly reduced it and ultimately my goal is to continually do a better job. So how do you go about reducing ...

Start Preparing for Food Self-Sufficiency Today

Photo by Jenny Underwood The sentiment that our world as we know it may come to a collapse is one we hear increasingly often. The general consensus can seem to be, oh well, I'll just grow a big garden and live off the land. While this may be possible and is definitely an aspiration I want to ...

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Train Children to Hunt, Forage, and Identify Plants

Our world has never introduced more technology into our individual lives, offering our children so many roadblocks to natural learning. That's why it's so important that parents make a concentrated effort to train our children in almost-forgotten skills of plant identification, foraging and ...

Cultivate a Slow Food State of Mind with These Kitchen Practices

Photo by Sarah Joplin Cooking is not only a skill set but also a mindset. Slow food is actually a way of life. I used to be a workaholic with a mild eating disorder. Now I’m a cook-aholic comfortable in a country kitchen with a stocked pantry and meal planning a common train of thought. In ...

Homestead Archaeologist: Unearthing History on a Rural Property

The table on our front porch that greets you with the “Welcome to the Boonies” sign is also decorated with odds and ends showcasing items of interest that we’ve found over the years. There is something about making discoveries on the land, of finding artifacts both natural and human-made, ...

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