Home Canning – Water Bath Canning or Pressure Canning, Which is Right for You?

March 20, 2011

I think that we have all found ourselves in a situation where we have been blessed with an abundant harvest or we have stumbled into a heck of deal on fresh produce or fruit. So there we are with more fruit or produce than we can possibly eat in the short term or store in [...]

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For the Homesteader, Is it Better to Grow Your Own Hay or Purchase Hay?

March 17, 2011

As a homesteader, you will probably arrive at a point where you decide to raise livestock of some kind. If you choose to keep cows, goats, horses or any other kind of grazing animal, you are going to need hay. And ultimately, you will have to decide whether or not to grow your own hay [...]

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Extra Parts – How Purchasing Extra Maintenance Parts Can Save You Time and Money

March 6, 2011

How many times have you found yourself with a maintenance problem around your place and wished you didn’t have to make a trip to the hardware store?  Years ago, at our old place, we were 40 minutes round trip to the hardware store (I’ve got friends that would consider that close to town!).  On some [...]

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3 Steps to Reduce Wastage of Feed Hay

March 4, 2011

In Texas over the last few years, it’s been either feast or famine when it comes to hay production.  But regardless of of how much hay you have available, there is no point wasting any more than you have to.  Whether you buy your hay or you grow it yourself, there are costs associated to [...]

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Hogs Don’t Have to “Stink Like a Pig” – How to Reduce the Odors Associated with Raising Hogs

March 4, 2011

There is no doubt that raising hogs is not for everyone.  I doubt you would find many situations for the urban or suburban homesteader that would allow them to keep pigs.  But for those of us with a bit of land outside of the city limits, there is no reason not to raise a hog [...]

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An Easier Way to Clean Up Old Cast Iron Cookware

March 1, 2011

I’m always looking around thrift stores and garage sales for deals on old cast iron cookware. A lot of those times when I do find a good deal, the cast iron is crusted and coated with years of grease and grime. In the past I’ve tried to use good old fashioned soap and water, a [...]

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