Educational Tools for Homestead Beginners

How We Homestead

So, today is my birthday and I want to share some of my gifts with you! BirthdayGifts

Since my interests this past year have all been geared toward homesteading, I received some wonderfully rich tools to help educate and guide my experiences. Maybe these tools can help you too!

A subscription to MaryJane’s Farm Magazine. This woman is the shiznit! She did what I am currently doing almost 30 years ago…somewhat ironic considering I am 32 today. Her idea to start a homestead, live organically and create natural recipes far preceded my dream of doing the same. What a wonderful magazine to help me, and other woman, find a voice with our dreams of simple living.

I received a few great books too. They are listed here:

These books will help…

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Advice From a Not-Quite-Rookie Butcher

Not that I have ever butchered anything, but this is very interesting read.

chasing piggens

There’s a nip in the air today, bizarrely. At the football games these past two evenings, we’ve been grateful for the picnic quilt that’s always somehow left in the back seat. The cool night air got me to thinking of friends in Maine who are planning to butcher their own hogs for the first time very soon. We have to wait for colder nights before we tackle Levi and Sizzle, but it’s a good time to start mentally preparing.

This is the list of things we need to find, clean, sharpen and jury rig before the big day:

  1. A variety of knives
  2. A butcher’s saw
  3. A fairly level location with running water and something to hang the carcass from
  4. An indoor (bug and possum free) space to hang the halves
  5. A barrel and plenty of dry firewood
  6. A (working, ahem) vacuum sealer and plenty of bags
  7. Clean containers to sort sausage scraps and lard chunks into
  8. Trays for freezing or…

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What To Do With Your Garden Abundance

Pacific Current Magazine

As posted on WestSound Home & Garden Magazine’s blog:

by Elise Watness

If you have a vegetable garden, you probably want all your produce to be used well. But there is a limit to how much produce one household can consume.

Puget Sound gardeners get an average of 10 pounds of tomatoes from each plant (and as many as 25 pounds), according to The Brothers Greenhouses tomato trials. These kinds of harvests call for more than a few snacks in the garden. During busy summer harvest, it’s nice to have recipes at the ready and plans for garden gifts.

Garden Abundance

Most summer crops are versatile for various cuisines. This is good news for those who tire of the same harvest dinners.

If you grow tomatoes, consider that they’re the base of many dishes — from Indian curry to Southern jambalaya.

Do you have garlic and basil? Dice with tomatoes into Italian bruschetta…

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