Homestead Barn Hop #172

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 “Cultivating the Homestead Community”

I enjoy raising pigs, I really do… I love their personalities and how excited they get when I bring out the scrap bucket each night. They are also wonderful rototillers, which is great if you need your garden turned up. However, it is less-than-wonderful when they rototill your front lawn. Like this—>

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Needless to say, they aren’t really helping my meager landscaping efforts. Thankfully, they are about ready for the freezer, and I’m looking forward to having a fresh supply of sausage anyway! ;)

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a HomesteadWeed Em and Reap, and The Elliott Homestead.

Did you share any homesteading related posts on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below! Even if you don’t have a blog, we always welcome your comments!

Some Simple Guidelines:

1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the Barn Hop.

2. Please remember this is a family-friendly link up. Any pictures or posts linked to the hop which aren’t appropriate for our children to view or read will also be deleted immediately. We’re pretty conservative, so we ask that you use good judgment and err on the side of caution.

3. Make sure that you link to your Barn Hop post, not your blog’s main page, so your guests won’t have any trouble finding your great tips.

4. Please link back to the Homestead Barn Hop in the post that you share.

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How to Train a Heifer to Become a Family Milk Cow

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Today I’m welcoming Ashley from The Browning Homestead to the blog! Not all of us are fortunate to start off with a quiet, trained milk cow (I wasn’t!), so Ashley is sharing her expertise on how to start with a heifer, and end up with a quiet family cow!

We all have that dream of having our own milk cow. She gives us gallons upon gallons of milk each day. We’ll make yogurt, sour cream, butter, mozzarella cheese, and have lots of milk for the other barnyard animals.

While that was certainly my vision when I purchased my family cow, it didn’t quite turn out that way. We had trouble getting her bred and she didn’t give much milk. But she calved easily and was a gentle cow and terrific mother. So we decided to buy a few more milk cows: HEIFERS.

Training a heifer (a young female cow) to become a family milk cow can be a bit tricky sometimes. Following these few simple guidelines can set you and your milk cow up for a long, productive relationship together!

Practices for Pre-Calving

1. Bring your heifer (or cow) to your homestead before she calves. This will help her to become familiar with YOUR set-up. She’ll become comfortable and less nervous about where she will calve and who will most likely be around (kids, dogs, chickens, and other barnyard friends)

2. Practice your milking routine (without actually milking her). Tie her up to a post or put her in your milking stanchion. Give her a flake of good hay and practice your routine. Spray her down with fly spray and brush her all over. Don’t forget to tell her sweet nothings into her ear: what a good cow she is and how she’ll be a great mama cow!… [Continue Reading]

How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter

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I’m a slow learner sometimes…

I’ve been canning for quite a while now, yet I always seem to inadvertently mop my floors right before starting a new canning project.

(And mind you–mopping does NOT happen frequently at my house!)

It’s like I subconsciously can’t help it.

This week, it was peach butter. Of all the things you can preserve, peaches are one of the stickiest, and I proceeded to splash that sticky peach puree all over my cabinets, countertops, stovetop, and yes, the freshly-mopped kitchen floor.

But it’s all good. The end result was totally worth it, and we’ve been enjoying the results of that sticky afternoon ever since.

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What’s the Difference between Fruit Butter and Jam?

Sweet Preservation generously sent me a big box of peaches, so I was left with the agonizing decision: what do I do with them?

There are so many options when it comes to preserving peaches…

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I finally settled on turning them into peach butter. Fruit butters are somewhat related to jams, but they don’t require pectin. They are thick and opaque and absolutely perfect as a spread on homemade bread, or flaky homemade biscuits, or crepes, or waffles, or… you get the picture.

How to Make Homemade Peach Butter

You will Need:

  • Fresh, ripe peaches (roughly one pound of peaches per pint… roughly…)
  • Sweetener, to taste (optional– I used a bit of sucanat (aka unrefined cane sugar) see notes below)
  • That’s it! (Really!)

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Homestead Barn Hop #171

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 “Cultivating the Homestead Community”

The garden is going crazy! And it’s actually going crazy with vegetables this year, instead of just weeds, thanks to my deep-mulching efforts. The Prairie Kids and I spent lots of time in the garden this week adding mulch, harvesting vegetables, and studying bugs (bugs are their new favorite topic lately…).

I grew kohlrabi for the first time this year, and am getting a bumper crop. Now I just need to figure out how I want to eat it! Thanks to all the suggestions on the Prairie Homestead Facebook page, I have lots of ideas. :)

This hop is hosted by The Prairie Homestead, New Life on a HomesteadWeed Em and Reap, and The Elliott Homestead.

Did you share any homesteading related posts on your blog this week? If so, we’d love to have you link up below! Even if you don’t have a blog, we always welcome your comments!

Some Simple Guidelines:

1. Please remember that the Homestead Barn Hop is meant to be a place to share homesteading related encouragement and inspiring ideas specifically related to homesteading. In an effort to keep our weekly round-up clutter free, links which are not specifically homestead related, and any promotions such as giveaways, contests, carnivals, etc, will be deleted in order to maintain the integrity of the Barn Hop.

2. Please remember this is a family-friendly link up. Any pictures or posts linked to the hop which aren’t appropriate for our children to view or read will also be deleted immediately. We’re pretty conservative, so we ask that you use good judgment and err on the side of caution.

3. Make sure that you link to your Barn Hop post, not your blog’s main page, so your guests won’t have any trouble finding your great tips.

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