Monday, December 28, 2015

New Supplies for Homemade Products

Hi everyone! I have received a new batch of supplies for making my soaps and salves. I am also going to try my hand at lip balms this time as well.

I had to purchase a new scale along with beeswax, melt and pour soap, essential oils, Castile soap, Shea Butter and Vitamin E Capsules.

I also bought some new amber colored jars and lip balm tubes. I will get started and update soon with photos of how things turned out! 
Happy New Year to you All!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Small Batch Canning and Dehydrating

Well made a small batch of Black Raspberry Preserves, and dehydrated zucchini and yellow squash..filled a pint jar which when re-hydrated will yield 6 squash! Can't wait to make beef jerky and more veggies. Cooking down the apples for applesauce as well. Good day!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Making Relish and Getting Ready for Fall!

Made my first batch of Zucchini Relish! Starting with small batches to make it easier. Next I will be making Red or Black Raspberry Jam and some Pickled Spiced Plums to serve with Pork Roast or Beef. The Fall centerpiece here on the table was an idea from Pinterest..thought it was pretty cute and easy to make.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Dutch Oven Cooking Free Books

Here are just two of the many guides and books to dutch oven cooking for your campsite or homestead! Enjoy!

Camp Chief - Dutch Oven Cooking Guide

Idaho State University - Dutch Oven Cookbook

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Growing Fruit Trees From Seeds

You can save big bucks growing peaches, apricots and nectarines from seeds. Growing fruit trees from seeds is remarkably easy on you and your wallet!
Most fruit trees are best grown from grafted trees that cost $25 to $35 each. But with peaches, nectarines and apricots, you can cut your cost to zero by growing fruit trees from seeds.
Because cross-pollination between varieties produces variable results, apples and some other fruit trees are usually not grown from seeds. (Instead, cuttings or buds of the best varieties are grafted onto rootstocks to produce trees that bear fruit just like the parent tree’s.) But the almondlike seeds in pits from peaches, nectarines and apricots do a good job of carrying on the desirable traits of their parents. You can simply sprout and grow a seed from a great-tasting specimen, and you have a good chance of sinking your teeth into sweet, juicy fruit from your own tree in only three to five years.
Summer is the best time for growing fruit trees, because you can seek out mid- or late-season varieties grown in your region. The best seeds come from fully ripe fruit. Avoid seeds from early maturing varieties because their seeds may not develop enough to sprout. Locally grown varieties are more likely to prosper in your garden compared to varieties grown a thousand miles away, and looking for likely candidates is tasty fun! Eat lots of peaches from farm stands and farmers markets, and save the pits from those that taste like peach heaven. And if you live where you can get local apricots and nectarines, you can try growing them from seeds too.

Cracking in Safely

Let the pits dry on your kitchen counter for a few days. Drying allows the seed inside the shell to shrink slightly so it’s easier to get out. The shell also becomes more brittle and easier to crack as it dries.
When the pits look and feel dry, you can crack them open to harvest the actual seeds, which look like almonds, a close botanical cousin. You can hold pits on edge and tap them with a hammer, which works well for a few pits but can cause high casualties in terms of accidentally smashed seeds (and fingers). You will lose far fewer seeds by cracking the pits with a vise, lodging both sides of the pit’s long seams between the opposing jaws. (See photo in the Image Gallery.) Crank the vise closed slowly — be careful for your fingers! — until the pit cracks.
If you don’t have a vise, try a nut cracker. Or you might get enough pit-cracking compression from another type of screw clamp, including the one that holds your food grinder, juicer or hand-cranked grain mill to your kitchen counter — you never know until you try! After you get the seeds out, put them in a closed container in your refrigerator or other place cool enough to store raw nuts.

Strategic Stratification

The time for vegetables and flowers to sprout from seeds to transplants is measured in days or weeks, but with peaches and most other temperate-zone tree fruits, the pregermination process adds two to three months to the timetable. Natural sprouting inhibitors present in the seeds must be deactivated by exposure to cool temperatures for a two- to three-month period. In nature, this chilling period occurs naturally as winter cold comes, fluctuates and invariably leads to spring. You can simply plant peach, apricot and nectarine seeds in pots and bury the pots in a corner of the garden. Seeds that are not discovered by marauding squirrels, curious dogs or other vagaries of the great outdoors will probably sprout in spring.

By Lee Reich 
Photo by William D. Adams

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Making 50 Hour Soy Survival Candles

All you need are some half pint glass canning jars, a 5 lb. bag of soy wax, some wicks, aluminum foil and a #10 can.

Check out this wonderful site to get the tutorial!! Enjoy!

Chicken Tunnel to Build

Build your own chicken tunnel and create an effective and versatile way for your chickens to move around your homestead.
The purpose of a chicken tunnel is to provide a pathway for your chickens to navigate when they want to be out of their coop. A yard or a garden that has weeds or overgrowth is a great place for your chickens to find food. Another reason to build a custom chicken tunnel is to keep your chickens in confined area, but permit them to walk around.

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