The Basics Of Baking

the basics of baking

Before I began my homesteading journey, I was laid off from my job, as were many other Americans following the 2008 financial crash. It was not my fault, and my company was simply downsizing. That’s when I discovered baking, which helped me a lot in my quest for self-sufficiency.

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Dehydrated Watermelon – Tips And Recommendations

dried watermelon

Now that it’s the peak of the summer growing season and you can find watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydew melons at nearly all supermarkets, curb markets, and roadside stands, you can pig out on the juicy delights. And each taste is made a little sweeter by the realization that within a few weeks, there will be no more melons for months and months.

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Butcher Basics For The New Homesteader

butcher basics for the new homesteader

Most homesteaders and small farmers are quite self-sufficient. Many raise their own chickens for eggs and meat, plant large gardens to grow their vegetables, and have sheep or goats around to keep the grass down in the pasture and provide delicious, protein-rich meals.

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Simple Steps For Tanning Hides

simple steps for tanning hides

I got started tanning fur purely by accident. My longtime friend and hunting partner, Robert, started a taxidermy business and decided to offer his customers in-house tanning. I happened to be in his shop one day as he was combing out some wolf pelts he had just finished tanning. I was amazed at how soft and supple they had turned out.

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How To Make Your Own Dyes Using Plants

how to make your own dyes using plants

Dyes have been used since ancient times to add color to fabric or other items and to oneself. Before the 19th century, commercial dyes were not available, and dyes were primarily made from natural materials, generally whatever was available in a given region.

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Basic Fruit Tree Pruning Tips – When, Why, and What to Prune!

basic fruit tree pruning tips when, why, and what to prune!

Pruning is best described as a horticultural practice involving the selective removal of certain parts of a plant, such as branches, buds, or roots. This may be done for a number of reasons, with the method and timing being of some importance, particularly when flowering and fruiting plants are the subjects – and we wish to achieve a good yield of high-quality produce.

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How To Make Survival Energy Bars

how to make survival energy bars

If you get caught up in an emergency situation after a pleasant time spent in the woods, energy bars are a great addition to your diet.

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Intelligent Remodeling Ideas for Your New Garden

intelligent remodeling ideas for your new garden

Each year, Americans spend over $3.5 billion on landscaping and exterior home maintenance. Spending money on beautifying the outside of your home is worth it due to the appeal and value it will add to your residence. One of the best ways to showcase the beauty of nature is by growing a garden. Whether you use your garden for flowers or food, making this area as appealing as possible is important.

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How to make green cleaners for your household

how to make green cleaners for your household

With a few items from your pantry, you can clean and refresh your home using only natural ingredients. With some basic kitchen items and a bit of elbow grease, you can easily remove stains and kill germs.

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How To Make Dandelion and Burdock Wine

how to make dandelion and burdock wine

Walking along any country lane at different times of the year reveals a pleasing assortment of wildflowers, even in early spring. Many varieties of these flowering plants can contribute a delicate bouquet to many wines.

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The Basics Of Making Fruit Wine – Step By Step Guide

the basics of making fruit wine – step by step guide

The pleasure of wine is doubled when you make it yourself for a few cents a bottle, using your own fruits and without unnecessary additives.

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Burning Garbage

the do’s and don’ts of burning garbage

Getting rid of garbage in the countryside is very different than it is in the city. Out here, nobody picks up our rubbish from the ends of our driveways, so we have to improvise. We turn to recycling or composting as much as possible. However, what we can’t reuse, we must burn or bury. So, we have burn piles.

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How To Make Candles In The Wilderness

how to make candles in the wilderness

The fascination with fire, and its integral role in the success of the development of us as a species, continue to inspire and “spark” discussion across any campfire, and I am sure yours too. It’s a subject I never get tired of. It is easy to restrict thoughts on the subject of fire solely to the campfire, cooking, and warmth. However, fire also provides us with many other resources, one of which is light.

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