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How to Safely Use a Pressure Canner
June 19, 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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The Versatile Mint: Peppermint Plant Uses

Peppermint plant uses are endless; this versatile mint does a lot more than make a refreshing drink. Peppermint is indispensable in my herb garden and so vigorous I can pull handfuls up by the roots and it always comes back, as fresh as ever.

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The 6 Best Houseplants for Clean Air Indoors
December 12, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites We’re all aware of the rising health risks from indoor air pollution. It can be frightening and we may feel helpless to protect ourselves. I have great …

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Wash With Nuts…Soap Nuts!

Add to Favorites By Rebecca Snowden Want to save a ton of money on laundry detergent and household cleaners? The long unnoticed soap nut is nothing but 100% natural and …

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An Earthy Guide to the Best Composting Toilets

Add to Favorites By Patricia Baird Greene In order to find and follow your own path to the best composting toilet for your family and self-sustaining living situation, it may …

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An Old Fashioned Mustard Pickles Recipe
September 2, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites What do you do with those renegade cucumbers that hide under the vine until suddenly they appear — huge and yellow? You could, of course, relegate them …

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10 Frugal Homemade Fire Starters for Your Hearth or Emergency Pack
August 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Save money on your survival gear list by making items from scratch. Homemade fire starters combine free or upcycled materials with inexpensive combustibles. Whether you need to …

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20 Easy Zucchini Recipes For Your Surplus
August 21, 2019 · · Canning & Kitchen

Add to Favorites If you’re new to gardening, you’ve probably researched when to plant squash, how to grow zucchini and which zucchini varieties to choose, only to hear jokes about locking your …

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How Do Blueberries Grow?
August 10, 2019 · · Growing

Add to Favorites How do blueberries grow in my garden when there seems to be so much stacked against them? For the last few years, I have been enjoying homegrown …

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How to Make a Hydrosol

Add to Favorites By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist Hydrosols are becoming more well-known in the home and natural health care communities, and this is causing many to wonder how …

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15 Essential First Aid Kit Contents
July 27, 2019 · · Self-Reliance

Add to Favorites Though we know we should carry a first aid kit, contents can vary box by box. Should you purchase ones sold on department store endcaps or build …

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Safely Limbing and Bucking Wood

Add to Favorites By Ben Hoffman Bucking wood isn’t as easy as it looks. Learn how to limb a tree and buck wood safely. Many country folks buy their firewood in long …

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Raising Sheep for Meat – Flavor-Based Success

Add to Favorites By Alan Harman – Raising sheep for meat that are from the “land of fire and ice,” Barb Gunness’ flock of Icelandic sheep are right at home …

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11 Fly Deterrent Tips for Effective Pasture Management

Add to Favorites By Ken Scharabok – Flies can bother livestock to the point they become stressed and growth or overall health is affected. Fly deterrent strategies probably follow the 20/80 rule (20 …

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Backyard Bugs: Identifying Insects for Good
March 14, 2019 · · Homesteading

Add to Favorites Creep, nuisance, vermin, trouble, and costly are synonymous when identifying insects. It’s a shame, too, because without insects, our world would be very different. Yes, we may …

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