Category Homesteading Skills

Learn how to Freeze Fresh Garden Vegetables

As the garden harvest comes rolling in, many of us are left with more vegetables than we can comfortably eat. As always, to help your neighbors, offer some to them, trade with other gardeners for things they both of you didn’t grow, hot water can some, and freeze some for the winter.

Have you ever tried freezing your own vegetables? Because many of them contain enzymes that will cause them to lose color while frozen, it can leave you with a colorless bunch of vegetables, which don’t look appealing. I recommend blanching them before freezing them, it helps keep their color vibrant, and also makes cooking them from frozen easier.

Homemade frozen vegetables are healthier than store bought ones, since you know you’re vegetables have been grown organically. They are also friendly to the walle...

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Save Money by Cooking at Home

By the end of a busy day most parents are very tired from working all day. It’s very tempting to just pick up fast food on the way home. Preparing home cooked meals don’t have to take a lot of time. Cooking dinner at home will save a family a lot of money every month. There are many ways to make cooking at home easy and fun.

Look at Weekly Grocery Store Ads for Sales and Specials

When the weekly ads come in the mail don’t just throw them in the trash. Plan the family’s weekly meals around what the store has on sale. If a busy family buys the items on sale, it makes eating at home much cheaper than eating out. When planned accordingly there are many meals a family of four can make for under $5. Using coupons is also a great way to save money on groceries.

Buying in Bulk can Save Money

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Different Learning Theories: A Complete Guide

Educational theorists, from philosophers like Socrates and Rousseau to researchers like Howard Gardner today, have addressed theories of learning. Many of their ideas continue to influence homeschoolers as well as traditional educators. A little familiarity with some of the ideas most popular among homeschoolers will help you make sense of the wealth of available materials when you begin to make choices for your family.

Overview of different learning theories

By Unidentified (Ensian published by University of Michigan) – 1968 Michiganensian, p. 91, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=30316389

Jean Piaget and Cognitive Development

Jean Piaget proposed that children go through several distinct stages of cognitive growth.

  • First comes the sensorimotor stage (birth t...
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Water Bath Canning

water bath canning

Water bath canning is the process of killing potentially harmful microorganisms through boiling. This method is also referred to as boiling water method, it is said to be the simplest and easiest method for preserving high acid foods. It destroys any active bacteria and microorganisms in your food that makes it safe for use at a later time. High acid fruits and vegetables are suitable for water bath canning because most of the present microorganisms in high acid foods are killed even through boiling only. In this process a temperature of 100 degree Celsius must be maintained to kill these microorganisms.

Most canned foods like jellies, jams, relishes, pickles, conserves, preserves, marmalades and acidified tomatoes are processed under water bath canning...

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The Best Soy Yogurt is Homemade: How To Make Nutritious Yogurt At Home

homemade soy yogurt

Soy yogurt is a wonderful food, providing a nice balance of protein and carbohydrates, as well as a dose of calcium. Soy yogurt, when not heat-treated, is also a good source of probiotics, or the beneficial bacteria that encourage digestive health. This easy, healthful food can be made at home with little trouble and thus enjoyed without the sugar and other additives found in most store bought yogurt. Try preparing the recipe below and serve homemade soy yogurt with fruit, jam, honey or maple syrup for a delicious and healthy snack.

Recipe for Homemade Soy Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons unflavored live, active culture yogurt (or yogurt starter, as directed on the package)
  • 1 Quart of soy milk

Instructions:

  1. Bring the milk to the boiling point and cool to 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix th...
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Home Made Additive Free Gherkins: Delicious Natural Pickles Made With Bread, Sunshine and Some Herbs

Delicious Natural Pickles Made With Bread, Sunshine and Some Herbs

Gherkins, or pickles, appear in the cuisine of many countries. They are delicious as a relish, a salad vegetable, give extra bite to sandwich fillings and salads, and they are also used as an accompaniment to hot dishes – a pleasant contrast to the warm food. They are also an excellent, healthy snack food.

Additive Free Gherkins

You can easily make your own additive free pickles, free from artificial colorings, flavors, or preservatives. This is a simple Hungarian recipe that doesn’t require much effort. The gherkins will taste, of course, slightly different to the store brought variety, but that’s because they are completely natural.

Summer Treat

This particular recipe is not good for long term storage – that is, keeping them over winter This recipe is one of what is called “summer tr...

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Natural and Frugal Sunburn Treatments

It’s happened to us all at least once: The sunscreen may have failed, or been sweated off without re-application, or a small spot may have been missed. The result is an angry red patch of skin, and in extreme cases, blistering and peeling.

For those who are reluctant to get an over-the-counter solution, there are more eco-friendly solutions that are neither expensive nor complicated. In fact, you may already have some in your home right now.

Aloe: A Green Alternative to Burn Ointment

A handy houseplant to keep in the kitchen is the aloe plant (featured in the photo.) This member of the succulent family of cacti contains juices that are extremely soothing when applied directly to burn...

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Apartment Container Gardening Can Offset Rising Food Prices

 This is a guest post submitted from a fellow Urban Homesteader:

 

 

I have never had the inclination to become a farmer, but if food costs keep going up at the current rate, I may have no other option but to start a garden on my balcony. Every week the prices for basic foods are higher than the week before. No one is saying anything, but I am sure everyone has noticed. At this current pace, our weekly groceries will equal our monthly rent payment before the end of the year. I have no clue what is driving these prices, but something is going to have to give.

The economy and jobless statistics are still too unstable. Prolonged unemployment has thrown crushing blows within our family for the last two years. We have had to downsize from renting a house to an apartment...

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Summer Gardening To Do List: Tasks and Projects for Summertime Garden Maintenance

Annuals

Annuals should be dead headed (the dead blooms picked or cut off with pruners) regularly in order to stimulate continued growth. Any annuals that have died should be pulled and – if the plant otherwise seemed healthy – should be tossed in the compost pile.

Weed your annual beds regularly to keep them neat looking, and add mulch as needed to keep moisture in.

Perennials

Dead head any spent blooms to keep the flowers coming on your perennial plants – the plant uses energy on spent flowers instead of growing new ones.

Stake up any taller perennials that might sway in the wind and break.

Prune rose bushes and cut off any spent flowers as they begin to brown in order to promote new flowers. Fertilize and check the plant for diseases and pests, and treat as needed.

Be on the lookou...

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Household Repairs Anyone can do

household repairs

Whether you are an urban homesteader or a rural homesteader, in the home there is always some aspect of the property that needs a little fixing up. Unaddressed, small problems and tasks become large and expensive eyesores, requiring professional attention, precluded by a sizable withdrawal from your bank account. Granted, not everyone has the skill set to remodel a house, or for that matter, even change a light switch. But everyone does have the ability to complete simple household repairs, and thereby save money and preserve their homestead.

A list of household repairs anyone can do should be approached from a perspective of maintenance, you’re just attempting to fix what you can properly to preserve a pleasant environment...

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