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Why You Should KISS Emergency Preparedness

By Patrice Lewis, Idaho How many of you are confident the economy is solid, your employment is secure, the value of the dollar is sound and the power grid is permanent? …

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Owning A Wood-Fueled Cookstove

By Sue Robishaw Steve and I knew we wanted a wood-fueled cookstove when planning our homestead so many years ago, it was in the drawings from the start. I grew …

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10 Skills for Homesteading Today
March 13, 2019 . · Homesteading

There are many skills to learn about homesteading today. Learning these 10 basic skills will help you on your journey. I know you may feel overwhelmed, but take a deep …

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Stocking Your Food Pantry with Emergency Essentials

By Nancy Farris – When planning your emergency food pantry, you should first ask yourself two questions: If an emergency occurs, what are the things I will most likely lack; …

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How To Make Sauerkraut

By Linda Baccei This is a method I adapted that combines getting things started with dry salting and then using a brine solution as needed. You will need a large glass or crock container—no …

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Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Makes 7 quarts        14 pounds of tomatoes run through strainer (weigh them before straining)        1 cup of olive oil        ½ garlic …

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Water Bath Canners
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

Two canner styles are suitable for processing high acid foods: water bath canners and steam canners. Either type is a good starting place for anyone just learning to put up home …

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What You Can, and Can’t, Can
March 13, 2019 . · 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 …

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Why Can?
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

By Gail Damerow Whether you are a veteran home canner, or have just begun taking your first tentative steps into preserving your own homegrown food, you already know many of the …

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It’s Time To Preserve Your Tomatoes

By Kay Wolfe Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most common plants grown in backyard gardens. Everyone loves fresh tomatoes picked from their own vine, but if you planted more …

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Trash to Treasure: Canning Chicken Stock

Stock is delicious and so useful in many dishes, especially soup. It can be expensive to buy at the store, and homemade stock is much more nutritious because the nutrients …

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Food Preservation Methods Got us Through the Great Recession
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

I should have made shirts declaring, I survived 2009. If I said that food preservation methods saved us, would you believe me? How many of us don’t have scare stories …

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A Guide to Canning Tomatoes

Featured in the Countryside Summer 2017 e-edition. Subscribe for more great stories like this!  By Kay Wolfe – Tomatoes are one of the easiest and most common plants grown in backyard …

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Understanding How Botulism Causes Illness
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

It’s the Big Evil in canning. Botulism causes paralysis, death, and long-term rehabilitation for survivors. But understanding how botulism forms, and how to prevent it, keeps you safe. Erica Strauss, …

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Portable Electric Burners and Other Heat Sources for Canning
March 13, 2019 . · Canning & Kitchen

  Whether your kitchen has all the modern conveniences or you live off the grid, for canning purposes, some heat sources work better than others. When I bought the cooktop …

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