Easy White Bread Recipe: Secrets To Great Bread Anyone Can Learn

Easy White Bread Recipe: Secrets To Great Bread Anyone Can Learn

Baking great bread isn’t a talent I was born with, but I’ve learned by trying easy recipe after recipe.

 

But, as I took homesteading more seriously, and because I wanted to avoid all the preservatives and “what the heck is that?!” ingredients in store bought bread, it was time to get off the pot, and learn a to make homemade bread.

 

So I started learning, but was intimidated by all those recipes that show a gorgeous loaf, perfectly prepared.

 

It’s insane! I never felt like I could be that good.

 

So, I started developing a recipe so I could make healthy bread, in my own kitchen, without having to worry about chemicals and the like.

 

It wasn’t that hard, really!

 

While my bread is still hardly Pinterest-worthy, it’s a good example of the kind of bread you can bake, easily, in your own home.

 

And the best part?

 

It doesn’t take much time or kitchen-savvy.

 

Just a half hour or so, and a desire to learn.

 

There’s some secrets I’ve learned to baking good bread consistently, which I’ll share with you in this easy bread recipe. 

 

I developed this recipe for people like me in mind, who don’t have much time, but want to avoid buying bread at the store.

 

You can make my easy bread recipe for pennies on the dollar, and you’ll have a healthier, preservative-free product in the end.

 

I also want fast results, and a recipe I can turn to time and again.

 

This is that recipe.

 

My easy bread recipe yields one loaf of versatile bread that you can eat simply, with butter, or as part of a larger meal.

easy bread dough recipe

I like to eat it under homemade chili to make the meal heartier.

 

With my bread recipe, you’ll know your family is getting nourishing, healthy bread.

 

But first…

 

I’ll let you in on my bread secrets

 

So far, I only have a few bread secrets, but they’re big ones, and are important to this recipe.

 

For me, they’ve meant the difference between hard lumps of something that resembles bread, and a light loaf of crumb.

 

So, what are these secrets?

 

Secret 1: Always, always, always use bread flour

 

The all purpose stuff will work, but a good bread flour is essential.

 

You can find it in the same grocery store aisle.

 

 

Secret 2: Use warm water, 110 – 120 degrees to let your yeast activate. No warmer, no colder.

 

Warmer water might kill the yeast, and cooler water might prevent them from activating. Both mistakes can kill your bread making attempts.

 

The yeasts are freeze-dried, remember, but they’re living organisms, and they need to be activated to do their job in your bread recipe.

 

I’ve made the mistake of using 100 degree water, and the bread in this recipe came out very dense, and not at all light. 

 

So, the temp does make a difference.

 

I do use a thermometer, which you can easily find at any store selling baking materials (suggestions at the end of this article).

 

You can either microwave the water for 1:30 minutes, making sure to test the temperature after to make sure it’s right for the recipe.

 

You can also heat water on the stove until it’s risen to the right temperature.

 

Give our yeasty friends a warm bath, and they’ll help you out in this bread recipe.

 

Secret 3: Let the yeast activate until you see a lot of foam.

 

Following secret 2 is this secret.

 

Yeast are living creatures, and their job is to produce a gas that will make your bread light and fluffy. 

 

The longer they’re allowed to activate and do their thing (within reason), the better your bread will be, and it’s more likely you will have success with this recipe.

 

I let mine activate for 1/2 hour to 1 hour before dumping them into the other recipe ingredients. 

 

Seriously, this step will change your bread making.     But don’t skip the next step either….

 

Secret 4: Allow the dough to sit overnight before baking

Ok, I know this step kind of sucks because you need to wait.

 

But giving those yeast an extra few hours to do their thing yields incredible results.

 

If you want to bake right away, your bread will still be good.

 

But wait a few hours, putting your dough in a warm place…

 

Makes GREAT bread.

 

You’ll thank me.

 

Alright, now that we have that out of the way….

Ingredients

2 cups water (110 – 120 degrees)

1 cup white sugar

1 tbsp plus

1 tsp yeast

2 tsp salt

1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing

6 cups bread flour

1 tbsp butter, for brushing


Directions

In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and salt.

 

In a separate bowl, combine the water and yeast, and stir to incorporate the yeast into the water.

 

Allow to sit for 30 – 60 minutes, or until you see a lot of foam.

 

This lets you know the yeast is doing its thing.

 

Right before adding the yeast, add the 1/4 cup of olive oil to the flour mixture.

 

Once the yeast is established, incorporate it with the flour mixture.

 

With your hands, start mixing the dough together, incorporating the yeast water and the oil to create the bread dough.

 

wet dough bread recipe

 

This only takes a few minutes, and you’ll know it’s done when the dough is fully incorporated and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

 

To mix everything together, I like to mash the dough through my fingers, folding a couple times.

 

Once you’ve made your bread dough, brush some olive oil onto each side to prevent it from sticking.

 

This also gives it a nice flavor.

 

Cover the bread dough, and let it sit for 1 hour.

 

After 1 hour, return, and fold the dough in half once.

 

Allow to sit over night to let the yeast develop.

 

If you make your dough at night, you can allow it to sit until the following night, when you get home from work.

 

You can also simply pop it into the oven in the morning if you’ll be home all day.

 

Once the dough has risen, and it should have risen a lot, pour the dough into a non-stick loaf pan.

 

Make sure to smooth down the top of the dough so you don’t get any lumps in the crust.

 

Make one vertical slice lengthwise on the top of the dough, it does not have to be deep.

 

Then make two horizontal slices width wise.

 

These slices are to allow the dough to rise evenly in the oven without creating any weird lumps in the crust.

 

Cover the top of your dough with aluminum foil. This will allow the bread to bake consistently in the pan.

 

Preheat your oven 400 degrees, and wait for the correct temperature before putting the dough into the oven.

 

Bake for 30 minutes.

 

After 30 minutes, the dough should have risen and look like bread.

 

Now, remove the aluminum foil and brush the top of the bread dough with butter.

 

Place under the broiler, uncovered, for 10 minutes to darken the crust.

 

If it does not darken evenly, don’t worry – that’s part of the fun of making homemade bread in this recipe!

 

After the crust has darkened, remove the bread and allow it to cool for 30 minutes to an hour before cutting. This allows you to make even cuts without destroying the soft interior of the bread.

 

There’s a lot of steps, but after you make this recipe a few times, it will go like clockwork.

 

I’ve found this bread recipe to be pretty fool-proof, and if I can make it, so can you!

 

I’d like to hear from you!

What’s your favorite part of baking bread? Do you have a favorite recipe? Email me at [email protected] or comment below!


Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Pie Spice Tutorial

Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Pie Spice Tutorial

Now is the time of year that I get superpsyched – time to make pumpkin puree!

I get excited for the post-Halloween time not just because I can make pumpkin puree, but because those round orange squash become super cheap at the store – which means I can feed pumpkin to my chickens and pigs for a very low price.

 

But back to pumpkin puree (which you can feed to chickens too, by the way).

 

Pumpkin puree is really easy to make, and you won’t believe how much better it tastes than the stuff in the cans. 

 

And of course, as homesteaders, we like buying items we can use in multiple ways, and pumpkin is no different. 

 

Grab some pumpkin and let's make pumpkin puree! It's a versatile pantry staple, and I've even thrown in a pumpkin spice recipe to get you started. From FrugalChicken

 

In addition to pumpkin puree, you’ll also have seeds for toasting and the remaining guts to feed your chickens.

 

This method for making pumpkin puree works also for other squashes, like Hubbard, you name it, so feel free to become a puree making fool this fall!

 

So, let’s look at how to make pumpkin puree for pies, soups, or whatever your imagination can think of!

 

 

Grab some pumpkin and let's make pumpkin puree! It's a versatile pantry staple, and I've even thrown in a pumpkin spice recipe to get you started. From FrugalChicken

How to make pumpkin puree

 

For this recipe, we’ll just use sugar pumpkins (also called a pie pumpkins) – they’re the most commonly used for homemade pumpkin puree, and easily found at any market in the fall.

 

They’re called sugar pumpkins for a reason: They’re the best for baking and making pumpkin puree

 

Typically, they’re 6-8 inches in diameter, which is an easy size to lift and cut up without getting too overwhelmed, and you can expect about 16 oz of pumpkin puree.

 

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees (as you know, food should not ever be put in a cold oven or on a cold pan if you plan to roast, so pre-heating is a very important step.)

Grab some pumpkin and let's make pumpkin puree! It's a versatile pantry staple, and I've even thrown in a pumpkin spice recipe to get you started. From FrugalChicken

Remove the guts of the pumpkin, set aside to remove the seeds for roasting later.

 

Slice up your pumpkin into 1 inch size pieces. 

 

Grab some pumpkin and let's make pumpkin puree! It's a versatile pantry staple, and I've even thrown in a pumpkin spice recipe to get you started. From FrugalChicken

 

Place in a roasting pan that already has 1/2″ of water in it. The water is necessary to keep the pumpkin from burning.

 

Cook until done, which should be about 45 minutes. Pierce the pumpkin with a fork or knife to check if it’s done – if it slides right off, it’s ready!

 

Remove the pumpkin from the oven, and allow to cool.

 

Once the pumpkin is cool, scoop the flesh away from the peel. (The pumpkin peel should be relatively soft, so feel free to give it to your animals, or compost).

 

Blend the remaining flesh in your blender until a puree is formed. 

 

Grab some pumpkin and let's make pumpkin puree! It's a versatile pantry staple, and I've even thrown in a pumpkin spice recipe to get you started. From FrugalChicken

 

You can use the puree right away in your favorite recipe, or store in the fridge for 2 days.

 

If you’re not going to use your puree right away, store it in the freezer.

 

You can also freeze enough pumpkin puree to last the year – just make sure to hit the sales after Halloween to grab pumpkin at a cheap price.

 

Now that we’ve made pumpkin puree…

Let’s talk about spices.

 

Making your own pumpkin pie spice is as simple as…well…making pumpkin puree.

 

Grab some pumpkin and let's make pumpkin puree! It's a versatile pantry staple, and I've even thrown in a pumpkin spice recipe to get you started. From FrugalChicken

 

Grab the following (if you’re not sure where to buy fresh spices, we’ll talk about that in a minute):

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 tbsp + 1 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp all spice

1 star anise pod, ground

1/2 tsp nutmeg

 

Combine in a mason jar to store, or just immediately with any recipe using your pumpkin puree.

 

Now that wasn’t hard, was it?

 

Okay, as promised, here’s where to buy your fresh spices:

 

I’d like to hear from you!

How do you think you’ll use pumpkin puree this season? How about the spice? Contact me at [email protected] or comment below!

Planting Organic Garlic: The Basics & Common Questions

Planting Organic Garlic: The Basics & Common Questions

Planting organic garlic is one of those autumn activities that can make you feel like a real homesteader.

 

During a time when most gardeners are shutting down their patches for the season, you can create a 4th season with organic garlic, and get a head start on next spring.

 

For years, I didn’t plant garlic. I didn’t see much point.

 

Organic garlic, especially in urban areas, is pretty cheap and pervasive. I had no trouble sourcing it (you can even get it shipped to you by Amazon.)

 

But there’s something about planting and harvesting your own organic garlic that screams independence.

 

Planting organic garlic is one of those things that makes you feel like a ''real" homesteader. Here's what you need to know to successfully plant organic garlic. From FrugalChicken

 

Maybe it’s because as homesteaders, we tend to have the gardening itch year round, and, with our autumn crop choices being fairly limited, planting garlic lets us continue to live self-sufficiently during even the coldest months.

 

And, as it turns out, planting organic garlic is also fairly simple.

 

So, let’s dive in to the basics!

 

Planting organic garlic is one of those things that makes you feel like a ''real" homesteader. Here's what you need to know to successfully plant organic garlic. From FrugalChicken

 

Sourcing Organic Garlic

 

There’s plenty of places to source your organic garlic for planting, but here’s a (short) list:

 


I’m sure there are others out there, but these are the only companies with which I have experience.

 

The number one thing when sourcing your organic garlic is to look for a reputable dealer (like those above) that will sell seed garlic that has a high likelihood of growing.

 

I’ve purchased seed garlic from big box stores, and there’s a measurable difference.

 

The garlic from the big box store was dry, brittle, and probably a few years old.

 

The garlic from a reputable source, however, was clearly harvested this year, robust, and could be used in cooking (a tell-tale sign of quality).

 

Since your organic seed garlic will be in the ground for a few months, you don’t want it rotting, and an inferior product has a higher likelihood of trouble.

 

You get the picture.
Do yourself a favor and go to the right source. You probably won’t even pay any more than you would at a big box store.

 

When to purchase your organic garlic

 

It’s never too early to get your order in for your garlic. Most companies don’t ship until late summer/early fall (another sign of quality).

 

Why?

 

Because they sell seed garlic from the same year’s crop, meaning you have to wait for the seed garlic to be ready.

 

To ensure you get the type of garlic you want (more on that later), getting your order in around July is a good idea.

 

They ship based on when your order was received, so if you wait until the last minute, you might be waiting in line.

 

Reputable organic garlic dealers will also send a set of planting instructions with the garlic, and might even have some sort of guarantee. 

 

When is the best time for planting garlic?

 

 

The ideal time for planting organic garlic is September and October, depending on your location. 

 

In the South (where we’re at), October is a perfect month. Up North, where October might mean snow and frost, September is a better option.

 

Planting well before the first frost date in your area will ensure your garlic is able to set roots before the winter freeze comes on.

 

Either way, planting your garlic in the fall for a summer harvest is best – a spring planting rarely yields satisfactory results.

 

How much organic garlic should I purchase?

 

Well, that depends on how much garlic you want to harvest. 

 

Bear in mind that each individual clove in a head of garlic will be planted and should grow into it’s own head. 

 

Generally speaking, 1 pound of seed garlic is enough for a 25 foot row.

 

So, to determine how much organic seed garlic to order for planting, guesstimate how much garlic you will use in the next year, then reverse engineer.

 

Bear in mind, also, that different types of garlic will yield different amounts.

 

Planting organic garlic is one of those things that makes you feel like a ''real" homesteader. Here's what you need to know to successfully plant organic garlic

One pound of Elephant garlic does NOT equal one pound of Siberian garlic in terms of the amount of organic garlic heads you will eventually harvest.

 

In one pound of Elephant garlic, you might only receive 10 cloves, while you might receive 50 cloves of Siberian garlic – so the amount of organic garlic you will harvest in spring will differ.

 

Something to keep in mind while gazing wistfully at those catalogues. 

 

Planting Organic Garlic

 

Once your organic garlic has arrived, you’ll want to plant it as soon as possible, when the seed garlic is freshest.

 

You want to ensure the garlic can establish itself after planting, and before winter sets in. 

 

When you’re ready for planting, separate the garlic into it’s cloves. 

 

(note: some organic garlic might already be separated. I learned this one the hard way after crushing a couple cloves when I wasn’t paying attention).

 

Leave the papery skins on! Don’t remove them – they provide a necessary barrier so the garlic doesn’t rot in the ground. 
If some skins are removed by accident, don’t sweat it, but don’t intentionally peel your garlic at all.

 

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Next, dig a trench about 4 inches deep – deep enough so you can plant your garlic 2 inches or so below the frost line. 

 

Where the frost line occurs will depend on your location. When in doubt, go for 4 inches, and be sure to pile straw on top of the planting location (more on that in a minute). 

 

Planting below the frost line is necessary to keep the organic garlic from dying off during the cold weather.

 

next…

 

Plant your organic garlic cloves pointy side up – the pointy side is what produces the green scapes, while the bottom is where the roots will shoot out from.

Planting organic garlic is one of those things that makes you feel like a ''real" homesteader. Here's what you need to know to successfully plant organic garlic

 

I like planting my garlic first, then going back to fill in the soil.

 

Once you have each clove buried, top with a 4 or so inches of straw or hay, and leave it there throughout the winter, adding as necessary.

 

 

The straw will act as an additional barrier against the cold, making sure your garlic cloves are in a great position to start growing bulbs.

 

When to harvest your organic garlic

 

Your garlic will be ready for harvest several months after planting, usually in July or August. 

 

The good news is that in the meantime, you will have other garlic goodness to harvest, such as early shoots and scapes.

 

When June rolls around, snap off any scapes to harvest them – this will help the bulbs will grow to maturity before you harvest.

 

Planting organic garlic is one of those things that makes you feel like a ''real" homesteader. Here's what you need to know to successfully plant organic garlic

 

I’d like to hear from you!

 

Which garlic will you plant this year? Contact me at [email protected] or comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 Homesteading Skills You Can Learn By Video (Essential AND Easy!)

40 Homesteading Skills You Can Learn By Video (Essential AND Easy!)

One way I’ve increased my independence is by learning new homesteading skills.

And what’s an easier way to learn than by video?

 

Here’s 40 essential (and easy) homesteading skills for you to master!

40 Homesteading Skills You Can Learn By Video From FrugalChicken

Make laundry detergent

Making your own laundry detergent is probably one of the easiest homesteading skills to master on this list.

 

All it takes is a few ingredients to master this homesteading task. These ingredients are safe, and it’s exactly how I make my detergent.

 

 

If you’re a reader, check out my article about this homesteading must!

 

Snag them on Amazon here:

 

Graft fruit trees

 

When you graft trees, you increase your yield (over time) without having to wait for new trees to grow and produce fruits.

 

You can also graft your best trees on to healthy and hearty root stock for healthy trees that will last.

 

It’s one of many traditional skills our ancestors used to survive!

Kill a chicken humanely

Warning: This video is graphic.

 

She’s humane and very kind and her method is simple and straight forward without need for any specialized equipment.

 

To learn how to kill your own chickens to improve your homesteading skills, I recommend this guide. But fair warning.

 

Here’s a great article on 9 Knives for Homesteading Women. My favorite in the article is the Kershaw Chive.

Dehydrate vegetables off-grid

When you have too many peppers, you’ll wish to start preserving them. Learning how to dehydrate them off-grid is one of the best skills to learn – you can do it without any special equipment!

 

Can food

Canning food is one of the most essential homesteading skills to learn, and when your up to your ears in squash, it becomes pretty important.

 

Why?

 

Because you’ll want a way to save all that produce you harvest.  

 

Here’s the exact mason jars I use!

 

Milk a goat

Milking a goat isn’t hard as far as homesteading skills go, but it can be tricky if you haven’t done it before.

 

The key is to not pull, but squeeze.

 

Be sure to use a stainless steel milking pail – much easier to sanitize!

 

Milk a cow

Milking a cow versus milking a goat are slightly different skills – but equally important.

 

Be sure to be safe as you practice. Like any large animal, cows can do a lot of damage to a person accidentally simply because of their size (speaking as a person who gets kicked by wayward colts a lot).

 

Light a fire in the rain

If you plan to preserve your produce by canning outside over a fire, knowing how to light a flame in the rain is one of those homesteading skills you should learn.

 

You don’t always get to choose the days you have available to preserve your harvest! 

 

This is essential if you live off-grid as well.

Make butter

Making butter is one of those essential homesteading skills that’s super easy to try and master.

 

I don’t use a blender when making butter, but if you want to speed up the process, a blender will do that in a snap.

Make yogurt

I’m going to be honest, I use a Yogotherm to make yogurt, but learning to do it without a yogurt maker is one of those frugal homesteading skills to have.

 

Of course, using a yogurt maker is perfectly fine too.

 

When you have a dairy animal, you’ll want to find new ways to preserve all that milk!

 

Here’s the exact yogurt maker I use:

Make beeswax candles

One of the simplest skills to learn!

 

If you’re electricity goes out, or if you’re off grid, you’ll be glad to have this homesteading skill.

 

You can order beeswax and other candle-making supplies:

 

Make tallow candles

Using tallow is another way to produce candles for your homestead, and to use up the extra fat if you raise and butcher your own cattle (great skills to learn too!).

 

It’s easy, and way to use the whole animal, which is important when homesteading.

 

Here’s where to snag supplies:

Hatch chicks

If you want a sustainable chicken population, consider incubating eggs. It’s not one of the more difficult skills to learn, but it does take some knowledge and experience.

 

If you’re shopping for an incubator, I recommend one with a turner. It’s a little more pricey, but it pays off over time.

 

If you work all day, or if you have children, you don’t always have the time to turn eggs 3 times a day.

 

This is the exact model I use, and I’ve had great success.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGTaUIe-GZ4

Make soap using all-natural ingredients

Making soap safely is one of the easiest skills you can try at home, no matter where you are.

 

I do recommend using molds, since it will make the process smoother. 

 

Be sure to take safety precautions – you will have to use lye, since it’s essential to this homesteading activity, but plenty of people successfully use it.

 

Use your best judgement.

 

Make a quilt

Once you decide on fabric and a pattern, quilt-making is a snap – it just takes time and patience. 

 

Given the prices of quilts these days, if you have even a smidgen of sewing talent, you can put together a quilt, learning how to block and sew it, and save a ton with these homesteading skills.

 

 

Candle an egg

Candling and incubating are homesteading skills that take some experience to master, but once you get it, it’s super simple. 

 

This video is on Day 10 of the incubation process – the day when you start to know pretty much which eggs are developing, and which are duds. 

 

You can use any flashlight, but this is one I’ve had success with:

Save seeds

Seed saving is one of those skills essential to building a sustainable homestead.

 

You’ll produce fruits and vegetables that work well for your particular soil and year after year, your harvest will be better and better. 

 

Ferment foods

For centuries, our homesteading ancestors fermented foods to preserve them, and get the most nutrition possible from their harvest.

 

It seems intimidating, but it’s one of those skills that will make you proud to be a homesteader. If I can do it, so can you. You just have to be sensible, and if anything looks or smells off, toss it. 

 

Here’s 2 books I like:

 

Make sauerkraut

As an introduction to fermenting, consider sauerkraut. It’s pretty foolproof – and an easy homesteading skill to start with!

 

This kit is one I use, and it makes fermenting simple. 

Sprout seeds to check viability

Let’s say you come across a packet of seeds, but they look pretty old. You don’t want to toss them, but you can’t waste garden space either (been there, done that!). 

 

 

Here’s how to test those seeds for viability.

Grow fodder

If you’re looking for an easy way to reduce your feed expenses while raising the nutritional value of your grain, try to growing fodder.

 

 

This is one of those homesteading skills that’s easy to learn, and it increases the nutritional value of your feed up to 600%.

 

 

Preserve foods by making jams

You don’t just have to preserve strawberries, you can preserve any sort of fruit.

 

I have a guide about these homesteading skills, too, and this video is a great introduction.

 

If you plan to use pectin, consider finding a deal and buying in bulk – some recipes call for a whole packet. This is the brand I use:

 

Render lard

You’ll need to know how to render lard if you’re big into baking or have purchased a pig (or half a pig) to butcher.

 

Rendering lard is one of those homesteading skills that you can learn anywhere.

Make homemade apple cider vinegar

Homemade apple cider vinegar completely smokes store bought vinegar. When you taste the difference, you won’t go back. 

 

Read my step-by-step guide about this essential homesteading skills!

Make organic lip balm

This is one of many very frugal homesteading skills that’s simple to master.

 

It’s pretty luxurious, being able to concoct a year’s worth of delicious, organic lip balm in the span of an afternoon.

 

Here’s what to buy:

Make lotion bars

Interested in another easy DIY project made with organic ingredients? Lotion bars are an easy option!

 

Although not specifically homesteading skills, these are still frugal options for beauty products (and a great way to spend an afternoon!). Here’s what to buy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ofcAyXbkBE

Butcher a pig

If you’re going to have livestock, butchering them is one of those skills that will save you a ton of money.

 

This video is graphic (although you don’t see them actually killing the pig in this video), so be warned.

Build a compost bin

If you decide to save money on fertilizer, or want to use your manure productively, building a compost bin is a must. You don’t need specialized tools, either. 

 

You can build a compost bin with pallets (make sure they’re safe for this kind of homesteading project!) or you can use new wood (make sure it’s heat treated, and not treated with chemicals).

Pasteurize milk

There’s lots of reasons to pasteurize your milk. Here’s an easy guide to doing it without any specialized (or expensive!) equipment.

Make cheese

Making cheese is a simple homesteading skill to master, and one that will increase your independence.

 

Try mozzarella first – it’s easy and requires few ingredients.

 

Right now, you can snag my free ebook about making cheese! Be sure to hop on my mailing list!

Clean a fish

Now that we’re building an aquaponic system, these are homesteading skills I need to get better at!

 

Whether you fish or raise fish to harvest, this tutorial is for you.

Give a goat an injection

When my goat was attacked by my dog, I relied on this homesteading tutorial to give her antibiotics, since I didn’t even know where on my goat to give an injection! 

 

Before doing anything, though, I would talk to a vet (which is what I did).

Give a chicken an injection

Chickens are actually very easy to give injections to if you’ve never done it. I’m able to do it with my chickens without using the towel, but if you have a scared, flighty chicken, then you’ll definitely want to use a towel.

Break new ground for a garden

We established several new gardens this year, and breaking ground can be tough! Follow these steps to make it easier.

Make sausage

Just like anything homemade, sausage from scratch tastes so much better than anything store bought. Freshness just can’t be competed with. You can use any recipe, but here is a basic step-by-step guide.

Use a pressure cooker

You can use a pressure cooker to can homesteading goods such as bone broth, and you can use it to cook as well. While pressure cookers might have blown up a few years ago, now they’re pretty safe, as long as you use good judgement.

 

I’d love to hear from you!

Which homesteading skills are you working on? Which do you want to learn? Email me at [email protected] or comment below!

 

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4 Homesteading Podcasts Your Family Needs to Hear

4 Homesteading Podcasts Your Family Needs to Hear

I was recently told that podcasts are dead, but there are plenty of homesteading podcasts out there, and they’re a rich resource of information.

 

They also happen to be a convenient way for a homesteader, who’s likely busy about the farm or with children, to absorb information.

 

The best part? They’re free.

 

When you’re out and about, planting an orchard, tending a sick goat, or breaking ground on a new bed, you can still educate yourself with homesteading podcasts without losing the pace of your work (and this time of year, who can afford to stop working?) and without spending a dime.

 

At least, that’s what I do.

 

Although milking Dahilia is riveting work, I like to multitask. When you visit my farm, you’ll find me mucking about with earphones listening to homesteading podcasts, learning about time-tested skills or ground-breaking research that will improve my farm.

 

Homesteading podcasts are also a good learning tool for children, because even if your child can’t read yet, he or she can be introduced to self-reliance and traditional skills by listening.

 

I’ve found several homesteading podcasts that I listen to regularly that are full of helpful, relevant information. Whether you’re an urban farmer, live on 10 acres, or are lucky enough to have a hundred acre plot, the value of these homesteading podcasts remains the same.

Hit the Subscribe Button on These 4 Homesteading Podcasts:

 

 

UPDATE:

 

Since writing this article, I’ve started my own podcast about keeping chickens for fun & self-sufficiency. 

 

You can subscribe on iTunes or view all the episodes on FrugalChicken here.

 

Each week we look at a different aspect of chicken ownership, and you’ll learn stuff like:

 

My podcast is weekly, and comes out on Fridays.

Mountain Woman Radio at TrayerWilderness.com

The Trayer family lives on a 100% off-grid homestead in Idaho. In addition to focusing on on different homesteading skills, the Trayer Wilderness podcast, interviews every-day homesteaders about their experiences on their farms.

 

Her interviewees are from diverse homesteads, both suburban and very rural. There’s something to be learned from both.

 

I’ve personally been a guest on Mountain Woman Radio, and Tammy strives to fill her listeners in on the homesteading life, and to make it accessible.

 

The guests on Mountain Woman Radio often discuss their products, such as books or other learning tools, so in addition to all the great information on the podcasts, there’s bonus resources for you listen to, buy, or watch.

 

I’ve had a lot of “ah ha!” moments, which always happens when I listen to other homesteaders and how they run their farms. With over 94,000 subscribers to TrayerWilderness.com, you know it must be good, and it’s one of the best homesteading podcasts out there.

 

Pioneering Today at MelissaKNorris.com

 

Melissa teaches different skills on her homesteading podcasts, many of which are becoming lost arts. Learn how to salt cure a ham, save time cooking from scratch, and make candles among other skills.

 

A lot of her podcasts merge traditional skills with modern needs, such as saving time. For example, her latest podcast 7 Time Saving Tips when Cooking from Scratch is for busy homes that still want to eat nourishing food.

 

One of my favorite episodes is How to Make Bone Broth & 5 Ways to Preserve it at Home, and Melissa isn’t just a resource for homesteading skills; she mentions where she finds her information, so her listeners have even more material to use.

Know Your Food Podcast from GNOWFLIGNS

 

I’ve recently become a fan of Wardee and her website, GNOWFLIGNS.

 

The Know Your Food Podcast focuses on eating and cooking traditional, whole foods and getting as much nutrition from them as possible through methods such as fermenting, pickling, and culturing. (These methods also add new and complex flavors to foods, I should mention).

 

This podcast covers a diverse range of topics from help for seasonal allergies to nourishing breakfasts, to advice on how to start your day out great.

 

They’re easy, informative homesteading podcasts with a wealth of information that take a holistic approach to living.

 

The bottom line is podcasts allow a group as geographically broad, diverse, and time strapped as homesteaders to stay connected, share information, and celebrate our lifestyle, while keeping traditions very much alive and accessible.

 

Which homesteading podcasts do you listen to? Share your favorite podcast or learning tool in the comment section!

 

I’d like to hear from you!

Which homesteading podcasts are your favorite? Email me at [email protected] or comment below!