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Tag archives for self-sufficiency

Homesteading

How to Render Pig Fat

How to render pig fat you ask? You didn't? Let me share anyway because you never know when you will need to. Wilbur and Mabel lived a good life complete with back scratches, sprays with the hose on hot days, and lots of goat milk as treats. Well, all good things must come to an end and that end was the butcher making a house call. Not going to lie, it was pretty cool, and…
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Frugal Living

Homemade Yogurt

  I made yogurt! Using my new to me dehydrator!   I used Organic whole milk and Chobani with live cultures.   bring to 180ish degrees. Enough to scald it. After it gets to 180ish degrees let it cool to removed it from the heat for this. The add 2T of live culture yogurt. After this first batch I will use some of THIS yogurt. I then put it in quart size Mason jars  …
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Prepping

Homemade fire starters

As part of our journey to self sufficiency we made fire starters. These will be great for camping or just bon-fire starting. We use egg cartons dryer lint candle wax wood chips We received 2 black garbage bags FULL of wood wouldn't purchase these otherwise. The fire-starters are fine with just the lint, which I have an abundance of. For candle wax I just purchased a used candle from a thrift store and melted it…
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Lifestraw Water Filter

Christian Living

Homemade Crockpot Apple Butter

Safeway had a sale on organic apples. .99 a pound! So I bought a a few pounds. I ended up with 9 full trays for the dehydrator. I am hoping I can have enough to store. The kids eat it faster than I can vacuum seal it. I had a few left over so I decided to can some apple-butter. Because I am lazy I didn't bother to peal. I did wash them well though.…
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Christian Living

Started our Garden Indoors

We are going to attempt to start our Square Foot Gardening again. You can read about last year's attempt here. This year, with my new found hobby of Preparedness, I am DETERMINED to have a healthy garden so I can can our bounty. One way we are attempting to do better than last year is to start before MAY! We also started inside.     These are obviously temporary homes for the seeds. It was…
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Christian Living

Dehydrating Fruit

I had a request from our oldest for dried mango. These were $1 a piece at Costco. We also did pears. We were cutting them by hand. Then decided to try my ! It worked! Much more efficient! You can't dehydrate without doing bananas! I was going to vacuum seal they are being eaten faster than I could seal them. We didn't peal the fruit to save time. Some of the pieces were ok with…
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