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Making CLEAR Turkey Stock

Every Thanksgiving I make turkey stock.  Whether I roasted the bird or not, I always call dibs on the turkey carcass where ever I go. The last couple of years, I made a good, strong turkey stock, with lots of herbs and spices.  Last year, I decided to make a clear stock. It’s pretty easy […]

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13 Non-Sweetener Uses For Honey

Honey is a food every prepper should have on hand. Aside from its sweet taste, honey also won’t ever spoil. If it ever crystallizes on you, simply heat the jar in some warm water for a bit, and it will flow smoothly again. Also, if becoming a beekeeper might be of interest to you, the […]

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5 Medicinal Plants You Should Know

Though most people are used to getting their medicine from a pharmacist or at the local department store, Mother Nature has provided her own versions too. For preppers, homesteaders and survivalists who know where to look, there are incredibly potent medicinal plants all around. Personally, I’ve got a huge interest in natural remedies.  I will […]

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Septic System Maintenance

If you are living out in the country, you probably have a septic system, rather than being connected to a city sewage system. If so, good for you. I was thrilled to find that my home had a septic system, rather than city sewer service. Where I live, the city sewage systems tend to back […]

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3 Old-School Survival Foods

There’s a misconception out there that survival foods can’t possibly taste good. You’re supposed to be “roughing it” after all. However, pemmican, beef jerky, and fruit leather are all three options that have both stood the test of time and proven this assumption otherwise. These are the old-school survival foods with a modern twist:  We’ll […]

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Pruning Fruit Trees and Grape Vines

When we moved into our new house, I was thrilled. For the first time, we had enough land to do something with. Now, I realize my few acres may not seem much like a homestead to some, but when all you’ve had is postage sized yards, having one with about an acre of arable land […]

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Making Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most useful and flavorful of all the vinegar varieties. While it is readily available at the grocery store, you can make much better apple cider vinegar right there at home, adjusting the flavor to your personal likes and needs. If you have apple trees on your homestead, making […]

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Hand-Milking A Cow Or Goat

Adding a milk cow or goat to a homestead is a great way of increasing self-sufficiency. Before we purchased our rural property, the city where we lived wouldn’t allow me to have one. This is something you need to consider before buying a goat, in particular, for a suburban property.  You can pretty much forget […]

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Raised Garden Beds

As the traditional growing season comes to a close, many are starting their “wintering” plans for their garden beds.  This might be a good time to consider a significant re-design of your garden by using raised garden beds next season. As the name suggests, raised bed gardening is a special type of gardening methodology which […]

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Homesteading Rabbits

When we first considered becoming more self-sufficient, we realized we would need a source of meat. Without much acreage, we decided something smaller would be best – rabbits fit the bill perfectly. If you’ve never raised rabbits, there’s a surprising amount of information out there and it can be somewhat confusing. To help you get […]

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Vermiculture: Worm Farming

Vermiculture is worm farming – you could even call it worm growing. This process of farming worms has many benefits. In addition to reducing the amount of waste your household throws away, it is also very beneficial for your garden. Here is what you need to know to get started: What is Vermiculture? Vermiculture is […]

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Wind Turbine Generators

The first introduction most of us have to harnessing the power of the wind is through the iconic image of a windmill on a rural property.  Most likely, that wind mill was used to pump water from a well to provide irrigation and drinking water for the farming family. Things have changed! Green living is […]

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Eating Weeds

“A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered,” – Ralph Waldo Emerson. To that, I’d like to add “or whose virtues we’ve forgotten”. When my wife and I first started homesteading, we went to a lot of trouble to keep “weeds” out and only grow vegetables and fruits. Little did […]

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Homestead Fowl Primer

When we first started considering homesteading, I had visions of raising a flock of chickens, enjoying fresh eggs daily and fresh meat on a regular basis. Little did I know that the hybrid breed of chicken I bought wasn’t really suited to homesteading – they’d been designed for life in a modern chicken house, with […]

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