100 Days of Useful Homesteading Skills: Day 11 – Know What You Can Throw or Give Away

grass-fence-street-lawn-old-wall-689469-pxhere.comWhen you have obligations on an active and time-consuming new homestead, the last thing you want to do is come indoors after a long day outside and deal with clutter. The best way to deal with this is to edit your belongings now, before you make the move.

It is hard, we know. There are many things we don’t wish to part with because we have sentimental attachments, or because it cost a lot of money, or because we might need it later… There are always reasons to keep it, you must find reasons for letting it go.

Sometimes this involves some subconscious trickery on your part. We do various things to prove to ourselves that we don’t need certain things anymore. Continue reading

100 Days of Useful Homesteading Skills: Day 9 – Live Within Your Means

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We all have this dream that if we could just move to the country and raise our own food, we would be self-reliant and have fewer bills. However, the fact is that if you can’t live within your means now you won’t be able to do so when you are homesteading.

We have several tips that can help you live within your means now so that you can be prepared.

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100 Days of Useful Homesteading Skills: Day 8 – Baking Bread

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Baking bread is a true homesteading skill. Almost a lost art, though it is making a come back.

There is nothing quite like biting into a freshly baked loaf of hot bread.

A friend once asked us why we bother to bake bread when it can be purchased so inexpensively in the store. There are many good reasons and these are what we shared with her. Continue reading

100 Days of Useful Homesteading Skills: Day 6 – Canning

plant-food-produce-vegetable-natural-fresh-573617-pxhere.comCanning isn’t complicated it’s just time-consuming. That’s why so many people choose now to freeze foods. However, that method takes up valuable freezer space that is better used for fresh meat.

Many fruits and vegetables lend themselves well to canning and everyone who cans has their favorites. In our family, we can tomatoes, stone fruits, apples, and pickles. The rest of the year we just eat what’s in season.

It’s important to note that there are two primary methods for canning: the water bath method, and the pressure canning method.

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100 Days of Useful Homesteading Skills: Day 3 – Gardening

plant-fruit-food-salad-harvest-produce-879579-pxhere.com.jpgGardening is a very basic homesteading skill but almost anyone can start gardening anywhere, even in an apartment with very little light.  Continue reading