What You Can, and Can’t, Can
August 26, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

Just about anything you would grow in your garden may be preserved by canning. Only a few foods cannot be safely canned at all, some may be canned in one form but not another, and still others don’t hold up well under the prolonged heat of processing.

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How to Create a Cattle Pasture for Optimum Flavor and Fat Cover in Grass-fed Beef
August 24, 2020 · · Cattle

With Spencer Smith – Creating the right blend of forages and grasses in a pasture to finish (fatten for slaughter) cattle is not as simple as turning the cattle out to grass. It requires timing the “finishing season” for maximum flavor and health benefits.

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Making Shampoo Bars
August 22, 2020 · · Soapmaking

Making shampoo bars is a very different process from making body soap in a lot of ways. Unlike body soap, it is important to limit the number of unsaponifiable substances in a bar made for hair.

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DIY Fence Installation and Maintenance on the Homestead

When building a new fence, you need to consider whether to go with DIY fence installation or hire it to be done. Probably the most crucial part of fence maintenance is whether the fence was put up well, with quality materials.

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5 Hog Breeds for the Backyard Homesteader
August 21, 2020 · · Pigs

Raising pigs for meat is a great step toward self-sustaining living, and there are several hog breeds that appear on guides to pig farming for beginners.

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How to Safely Use a Pressure Canner
August 21, 2020 · · Canning & Kitchen

Low-acid foods must be processed at a temperature that is hotter than boiling water. Compared to water bath canning or steam canning, which processes jars at 212ºF, a pressure canner processes at 240ºF, the necessary temperature for destroying food spoilage organisms in foods with a pH greater than 4.6. Such low-acid foods include poultry, seafood, meats, and most vegetables.

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Wash With Nuts…Soap Nuts!

Want to save a ton of money on laundry detergent and household cleaners? The long unnoticed soap nut is nothing but 100% natural and has a plethora of uses.

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Chainsaw Safety Gear to Get the Job Done Right

Chainsaw safety gear, albeit costly, is a necessary addition to any operator’s collection of farm tools and equipment. Unfortunately, farmers tend to be prone to disregarding safety devices, safety equipment and user warnings.

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Soap Making Oil Chart
August 18, 2020 · · Soapmaking

In creating a soap making oil chart, I am hoping to clear up some confusion regarding which are the best oils for soap making. Different oils have different fatty acid content and give different properties to the finished soap.

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How to Build a Portable Pig Feeder
August 18, 2020 · · Pigs

In 2017, I raised two pigs as an experiment. I wanted to see how much work and cost goes into raising feeder pigs. The final cost of the pork was much lower then what the supermarket charges and the taste of the meat was superior.

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