food

How to Keep Cool This Summer

Add to Favorites By Alexis Griffee With summer fast approaching, we look forward to longer days, barbecues and more time to enjoy our family and farms.  Despite our appreciation for summer, …

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Foraging for Mushrooms

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges, California Knowledge of edible wild mushrooms can really enhance your outdoor experience and give you a little bit of self-reliance. Yet, there is this mystique …

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Apple Cider Vinegar on the Homestead
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Believe it or not, apple cider vinegar is not a new trend among homesteaders. Using raw apple cider vinegar has been around for thousands of years, and has …

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Farming In The San Luis Valley, Then And Now

Add to Favorites By Karin Deneke, Photos by Chuck Reel and Karin Deneke You cannot miss the hay trucks when traveling east on La Veta Pass. Loaded with heavy bales of …

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How to Survive a Flood

Add to Favorites By James Smith Across the United States, most Americans are living in or near natural disaster zones of some type. Earthquakes, tornados, mudslides, hurricanes, fires, flooding, volcanoes …

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Foraging For Prickly Pear Cactus

Add to Favorites By Christopher Nyerges, California Though generally regarded as a desert plant, the prickly pear cactus is actually rather widespread. Perhaps the only area where you won’t find it …

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Wood-Burning Cook Stoves: How and Why

Add to Favorites The sound of wood cracking against an ax, the hollow thuds of the blocks hitting the ground, the popping and hissing of evaporating moisture as the fire …

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What to Cook in a Solar Oven
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Several years ago, we added a solar cooker to our homestead tools. We have long, hot summers and cook from scratch every day, which was taxing our …

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A Day in My Life in an Off-The-Grid Home
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Are you thinking of moving to an off-the-grid home? Ever wonder what it would be like to live off grid? Come spend the day with me. Hopefully, …

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A Complete Bug Out Bag List
March 13, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Some call it a 72-hour kit; others call it a get home bag. List what you need for three days, pack it in a portable container, and …

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Your Guide to Farm Pond Design

Add to Favorites By Crow Miller – You can create an effective farm pond design, whether you live on a few acres or 500. The water from a small stream is …

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Off-Grid Battery Banks: The Heart of the System

Add to Favorites By Dan Fink – Anyone who owns a vehicle likely already has a love-hate relationship with the starting battery inside. It’s heavy, dirty, expensive, dangerous, and always seems …

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How to Can Game

Add to Favorites By Tammy Trayer, Idaho Every year, our family gets excited for the annual harvest of meat. Typically, we are hunting elk or whitetail deer, but three years …

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DIY: Make Peanut Butter

Add to Favorites Grow Your Own Peanut Butter! By Jim Hunter, Arkansas Peanut butter is one of our favorite foods. We became disenchanted with the commercial brands after seeing other …

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How to Make Homemade Granola
March 13, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites Running out of homemade granola during blueberry season is a capital offense at our house. One of the reasons we tend to run out is that homemade …

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