Strawberry Jam Yo!

It was 93 degrees today with a humidity of 84%, sounds like a perfect day to stand barefoot in the kitchen over a hot stove and make some jam. Don’t you think? I mean, when really is a good time to can. No matter what, you are going to be dripping sweat so, I say F it….. Can it up yo! I love canning food. It is just so empowering to take a delicious piece of food, homegrown or from the farmers market and preserve it at its finest. But canning to many can be super intimidating. When really, it’s not. Today we will can up some delicious strawberry jam. Now, back in the day rule of thumb was a…

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Damn Delicious Spaghetti Sauce

Alright y’all, I feel as though it is time that I share our spaghetti sauce recipe. I get it, there are thousands of recipes out there, so why should you try this one? Because it is mutha f-ing delicious that’s why. This recipe has been handed down from my mother-in-law, thanks Gail! And now I hand it down to you. Enough with the bull s*** let’s do this thang already ***Yo, use as many organic ingredients as possible, I feel like at this point I shouldn’t have to say it but I am…….so do it! Ingredients: 3 cans tomato sauce 3 cans of stewed tomatoes 1 lb ground beef or turkey (we use turkey) 4-5  sweet Italian sausage links 1…

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Fermenting Carrots,With Brine!

So you have some carrots do ya. And you want to ferment them do ya. Let’s do this thing yo! Fermentation doesn’t always have to be about making sauerkraut, the sky’s the limit when making fermented foods. Whatever your favorite vegetable is, you can ferment it to give it a ton more health benefits. Or if you harvest to much from your garden and can’t think of what to do with it, ferment it up, yo! We are going to talk about fermentation using a brine rather than only salt. When do you use brine? When you have a vegetable that does not allow liquid to be withdrawn easily. For example, cabbage,  when you put salt on cabbage and massage…

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Sauerkraut

Hey y’all, let’s make some good ol’ fashion sauerkraut shall we. If you have not already checked out why you should eat fermented foods, like ALL.DAY.LONG. Check out this post. Sauerkraut gets a bad rep, most people think it just goes on hot dogs and it’s gross. But when you realize how good it is for your belly, all of a sudden it has an interesting taste that you can get behind. Sauerkraut is one of the simplest recipes you can practice with if you are just starting out fermenting. Lets be honest, what the F is Sauerkraut? Sauerkraut is fermented cabbage. Fermented foods are created through the act of live organisms converting carbohydrates into alcohol or an acid. In…

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Homemade Elderberry Syrup

If you haven’t already read the medicinal herb series post on Elder, I suggest you stop what you are doing and mosey on over there. Elder is incredible stuff especially during cold and flu season. Every year there is huge talk about how this years cold and flu season are the worst they have seen yet. Every year it’s the worst one? Crap, I am scared to see what next year brings. So I plan on stocking up on this stuff to help prevent any nastiness that may come our way. Right now I am putting all my faith into this stuff, well this and a handful of other herbs, my household is battling a stomach bug and I am…

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Kefir: You Got A Question? I Got An Answer!

I have received a ton of question around Kefir. So I thought I would compile them all together and help take the fear out of fermented milk. When people hear the words fermented milk they immediately shut off. Seriously people, this stuff is the best stuff in the world for your entire well being. When I encourage people to make it at home, they look at me like, there is no way in hell I can make this stuff. Then they look at me and ask, are you sure it’s safe to drink? So lets take the fear out of it and start feeding our bellies with homemade Kefir. What is Kefir: Kefir is a probiotic. It is a fermented…

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How To Juice a Pomegranate Like A MoFo

So come to find out these “seeded apples” are absolutely amazing for you. I mean, we all kinda figured. Pomegranate is an incredible little fruit that contains tiny little seeds. Around the seeds are ruby colored juicy pieces of fruit. If you have ever tried to enjoy a pomegranate, I’m sure you’ve discovered they can be extremely messy. If you have never had a pomegranate, they can be extremely messy. We are going to be juicing a pomegranate today people. And even though it was incredibly tedious, I really enjoyed the whole process. It was actually relaxing. Ok, so why are we juicing a pomegranate? Well, like mentioned before if you have ever tried to enjoy a pomegranate it can…

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No Refrigeration Required?!

  Let’s talk eggs people! Now I’ve gotten some eyebrows raised when I tell people we keep our eggs out on the counter. Wait, you think we are crazy too? Well listen up y’all, FRESH-OUT-OF-THE-CHICKENS-BUTT EGGS do not have to be refrigerated. You see when the chicken lays an egg, the egg has a protective antibacterial coating over it, called the “egg bloom”. The bloom closes all the pores on the egg preventing bacteria and oxygen from entering the egg, allowing it to stay fresh longer without refrigeration. Once the egg is cleaned, the bloom is removed and it must go into refrigeration. We leave our eggs out on the counter for about a week. Yes poop, straw and all…

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Simple Beet Kraut

Let’s  do a little fermenting shall we. We harvested some beautiful looking beets and carrots a few weeks ago. So I decided to ferment them. Man, the world of fermenting has just got me. It is so much fun. What made this batch even better, was that we grew it. The word ferment, scares people. But it shouldn’t. Read here to see why. We are going to get on with this simple beet kraut that is quite delicious. What you need: 1 head of purple cabbage 2-4 medium size beets 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt 1 clove of garlic (optional) Quart size mason jar, crock or fido jar Airlocks (optional but highly recommended) Weights Directions: Rinse cabbage and peel off…

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Cooking with Cast Iron…Finally

Oh man, has it been fun learning how to cook on one of these bad boys. When you first start your journey into homesteading, cast iron is a no brainer. That is until you bring home your first pan without really doing a ton of research and you attempt to scramble up some eggs. If you are a cast iron user, I am sure your cringing and smiling at the same time. Well when all but a bite of egg was stuck to the bottom of our pan, we tossed it aside and said no way. Well as the years have gone by and cast iron always in the back of our minds, we decided to give it a go…

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A Peaceful Garden

Is it time for an update on the garden? I think so. It amazes me how fast everything blooms. How fast it takes off and thrives. I caught a nasty flu this past weekend and was in bed. But what brought me peace was being able to look outside our sliding door into a world of pure beauty. As the wind blew, the delicate leaves of the peach tree swayed back and forth. As the leaves danced I caught a glimpse of perfectly round peaches and my heart filled with happiness. Mmm peaches….. Each time I got out of bed I saw something new. Like how incredibly happy the comfrey was. Or how bright and full the beet leaves were….…

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This Is Our Homestead

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Blaukraut Recipe

    Let’s ferment some deliciousness, shall we. We are talking blaukraut recipes here people. This batch of fermented veggies came out much more mild than my last batch that had more onion flavor. This recipe calls for caraway seeds, which I had never experienced before. They are very interesting little seeds. They give the kraut a minty, spicy weird taste. There were times that I was like, “wooo okay, I can dig it.” Then there were times where I was like, “damn it, why are there so many?” If you have not figured it out by now, we are honest here, people. Take it or leave it. We still gobbled down two jars of this stuff, well because it…

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Drying Lavender

Oh man, was today a delightfully pleasant day. A day where the kids just went with the flow and there was no bickering involved with anyone. A day where you just feel like you utilized and appreciated every second.  I’m sure my Arborvitae essential oil and chamomile tincture didn’t hurt the situation either. Oh more to come on that, for sure. But for now let’s do a short post on drying lavender. Oh lavender, how I love you so. I mean, who doesn’t love the sweet delicate smell of a beautiful lavender bush. I looked out into our back yard and all the flowers were just blooming all over the place. So, time to do a little cutting and make…

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Propagating Like A MoFo

Let’s propagate some stuff up, man. Taking cuttings from plants to make more plants is super duper easy. Did I just say super duper? Yes, yes I did. When you have plants thriving all around you, all you want is more and more to grace your presence. So what do you do? Cut a piece off a plant and make some more. You can literally do this with any plant. Do what exactly? Well, let me show you. First thing first, find the plant that you would like to propagate. Well, first things first, what does propagate mean? Propagate means to breed specimens of a plant from a parent plant using a natural method. So back to our first things…

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Freeze That Cheese

So you are walking down the isle of Costco and you see that huge block of cheese. You think to yourself, “I really need cheese but not that much.” Here is the thing homie, you can freeze that mofo. We purchased our FoodSaver a few years ago. A purchase I didn’t think we would ever really use. Holy moly, we use the crap out of this thing and I just love it. I freeze spaghetti sauce, chili, soups, meat, I mean you name it I’ll freeze it. We go through a lot of cheese and that block of cheese at Costco, has always enticed me but I knew we would waste most of it. So I did a little research…

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Kefir? What’s That?

Holy moly have I been dying to write this post. It’s homemade kefir time people. For those who have never been introduced to the lovely world of good bacteria, kefir is a great place to start. Now, either you are raising your fists in the air with your head tilted back whispering, yeeeesss. Or you are scratching your head wondering what in the world is kefir. Kefir, my friends, is fermented milk. Now now, before you start judging and thinking why would anyone drink fermented milk? Kefir is one of the best ways to put the good bacteria back into your gut. Why is that important? Well let’s dive in shall we. We tend to lose the good bacteria in…

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Save Those Banana Peels Yo

What in the world does one do with a crap ton of bananas? Eat them silly! Now what in the world does one do with a crap ton of banana peels? Use them in your garden silly! Let’s talk about that delicious piece of fruit that contains oh so many uses. Now you’re probably wondering why in the world do they have so many bananas. I know that’s what you’re thinking. We are banana eaters people. We freeze them and our kids mow on them like they are going out of style. Who am I kidding we do to. Frozen bananas are our ice cream. When we want something sweet we bust one of those frozen bad boys out and…

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Purple Sweet Potato Baby Food

Let’s indulge our little sweet human in the deliciousness of purple sweet potatoes shall we. Making baby food is really not that difficult. I think many mamas get a little intimidated and don’t even try but seriously, try. It’s so easy and what better thing to feed your brand new little baby then homemade pure food. Am I right or am I right! Purple sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C and in magnesium. They are a super food. Purple sweet potatoes are high in vitamins B6, iron and potassium. Purple sweet potatoes are perfect for your baby! I mean come on, you should be eating this delicious potato as well. And seriously, how beautiful is the color.…

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What are fermented foods?

All about fermented foods I am having so much fun learning how to preserve and ferment food. Canning food just seriously makes my heart smile and now I am learning the world of fermentation and I gotta say, I’m a diggin’. So my husband introduced me to the world of fermentation a while back. I was not so sure about the whole process. What would it taste like? Sauerkraut? Um no thank you. Then I learned about all the amazing benefits of fermenting food. Most importantly, I learned about what eating fermented foods does for your gut. I have so many issues with my stomach. I have acid reflux, (or had?! Who knows!) I was constantly fighting my gut, I…

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Canning: Chicken Stock

It’s getting fun up in here with some chicken stock people. We love making chicken stock. Now, it does take some time and effort and sometimes we just don’t feel up to making it. But when we do man, oh man do we love it. Now when I say we, I’m mostly saying my husband. He’s been the real master mind around this chicken stock making adventure. This post is really a big fat thank you to my husband for taking time after working all day to make us this deliciousness. The feeling that comes from popping open your own delicious can of chicken stock, is like no other feeling in the world. You feel accomplished, satisfied. How do we…

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7 Uses for Lavender

Let’s talk lavender for a second. Who here loves lavender, anyone? I mean come on, how could you not. Am I right. Think about it, it is this gorgeous plant with these beautiful delicate purple flowers. When you run your hand through the soft willowy strands of leaves, this aroma consumes you. It brings you to a state of purity and peacefulness. You inhale the deep, rich scent of calmness. It is no wonder that this plant is used for so many things. Let’s dive into lavender itself shall we. Why should lavender be apart of your life: Umm well because it is down right amazing, that’s why. Not only does is smell so delicious, it has medicinal properties to…

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Propagating Lavender

Let’s root some things shall we. We have a ton of lavender plants that have blossomed like you have never seen. So I thought I would share that love and start rooting these bad boys. Lavender is just such a beautiful plant to have in your garden. It smells divine and the flowers are these delicate purple blooms that just make your heart smile. Lavender is a wonderful medicinal plant to have around. It can be made into a tea to help relax the mind and soul or to help smooth an upset stomach. It can be used to bring down the swelling of a burn or bug bite. It can help reduce headaches and toothaches. It is an anti-inflammatory,…

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Introduction to Canning: Everything You Need

  This post is going to be the muther of all posts and won’t have a lot of pictures. Normally I like to keep my post short, sweet and to the point. However, with this being a blog about preserving, I feel like I should break it down to the nitty gritty for you. So bare with me. Let’s talk about the equipment you need, utensils, jars, preservers, labels and books. Ready, set lets preserve some stuff up homie. Equipment: Canners Pressure Canner: There are so many canners out there and to each there own. I am not here to tell you I have tried them all or that one works better then the other. I’m just going to tell…

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Harvesting Tomato Seed

We are going to get down and sticky with the inside of a tomato today. We are harvesting tomato seeds for next years garden. This process is a tad bit lengthy, a whole lot messy, and totally worth it. So grab a jar, gloves if your girly and all your tomatoes. Let’s do this. First things first, wash those bad boys. Next you want to cut them length wise so that you are cutting the core all the way down, not just in half. Take your spoon and spoon out the seeds and its gelatin into a jar. Now if your are preserving these tomatoes, which most likely you are, take a knife and cut the core out. You’ll save…

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Canning prep list

Let’s talk about what we need to prepare for all our canning adventures. Canning food is a long process that is very detail oriented. Surprisingly for someone who has ADD, me, I get it and it just works. Don’t ask! Ok focus, so here we we’ll get down and dirty on all the good you need for almost every canning project. This is a quick list and reference for your project in case you need a refresher before your projects. I’ll make a more detailed post about all the equipment, utensils and other goodies. Let’s get to it. 1. Depending on your project get your correct canner going first thing. 2. Bring out all your utensils. 3. Get all your…

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Canning:Jalapeños

Jalapeño, don’t mind if I do. Let’s can up some delicious jalapeños people. Many recipes for canning jalapeños include sugar, which helps balance the hotness of the pepper and the acidity of the vinegar. This recipe does not include it, my husband doesn’t like sweet, even a hint of it, when it come to his peppers. Or anything really. This canning project is super easy. As with all canning projects get yourself ready (read here) Let’s roll. First thing first, get your water bath canner boiling on the stove. That bad boy takes some time to get going. In this project I only used 8 oz jars. So you don’t have to fill up your canner all the way if…

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Canning: Tomato Sauce

Hmmmm homegrown tomato sauce, yes please. This canning project can be processed in a water bath. Tomatoes are usually a high acid food, which makes them safe for a water bath method of canning. However, not all tomatoes have the same acidity so you want to include 1 to 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Now, you may think oh I can just use fresh lemon juice from a real lemon. Unfortunately you can’t, the lemon juice that comes in a jar ensure it contains the proper amount of acidity. By adding the lemon juice you are increasing the acidity, making it safe for canning. You can also use citric acid to increase the acidity. Depending on the food you are…

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