Preparing homegrown food is either extremely complicated or insanely easy... Depending on how you look at it. Such is the case with homegrown meat. If you take into consideration the time and effort required in buying or breeding the animal, keeping it alive to butchering age, making sure you feed it properly and efficiently as possible, and then processing it into neatly wrapped packages, you'll find yourself staring at the roast chicken or … [Read more...] about Easy Pan Fried Pork Chops
Flaky pie crusts. Creamy homemade cheese. Juicy grassfed meats. Fresh homegrown veggies bursting with flavor. Is it any wonder food is one of my favorite parts of homesteading?
It's a bird... It's a plane... It's the world's tiniest washing machine... Nah, it's actually a home freeze dryer. Although I'm pretty sure the friends and family who've walked past the robin egg blue machine in our basement the past few months have silently wondered, "What the heck are these strange people up to now??" You see, it started out with an email from a company called Harvest Right... that I almost deleted. I get pitched a lot … [Read more...] about Harvest Right Home Freeze Dryer Review
Ain't nobody likes a mushy pickle... It's a problem that's plagued pickle-makers for centuries: how do you find a pickle recipe that results in perfectly crisp cucumbers with that highly sought-after 'crunch' when you take a bite? In the past when I'd go to make my homemade pickles, Prairie Husband would always cautiously raise an eyebrow and say in this questioning tone of voice, "They're gonna be crunchy pickles, right?" To which I … [Read more...] about 5 Secrets for Crunchy Pickles
My mint is trying to take over my life right now. Now I'm not exactly complaining, because with the gardening year I've had thus far, I'm just happy to see something, anything, growing out there... It hasn't been a good growing season for my poor little garden. I suspect I have an issue with contaminated compost, and while I can't say for absolute certain yet, it ain't pretty... As I wrote in my newsletter last week, my carefully tended … [Read more...] about Simple Mint Syrup Recipe