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Homesteading Fuel

When we think of homesteading, we often think of  hard work and the simple pleasures.  Two essential ingredients in our homestead  are coffee and beer.  One gets the day going and the other pushes you to get to the finish line.  The thought of an ice cold beer as a reward will get you through… Continue reading Homesteading Fuel

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Homestead upgrade, “un-tapped” potential

its coming be prepared

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IMG_5136On warm winter days, our thoughts often turn to making maple syrup.  This is the first food that we will produce for the coming year.  A major component of making maple syrup is the evaporator.  This is what we use to take the sap from 2% sugar to 66.7% sugar.  The entire process is about getting rid of water through evaporation.  When we first started making maple syrup, we would boil it in a small pan over a fire. As you wait for the water to boil off, you have a lot of time to think about how you could speed up the process. A maple syrup pan can boil off one gallon of sap an hour for each square foot of surface area.  So a pan that is 2’x4′ can boil off 8 gallons an hour.  This is the most time consuming part of the process.  As you sit…

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Home Made Turkey Stock, how to make your own liquid gold

When we made the decision a few years ago to try and raise and grow all of our own food on our precious little homestead, we never knew how much we would take pride in using every little bit of every fruit, vegetable and even animal. If you follow us regularly, you know that this… Continue reading Home Made Turkey Stock, how to make your own liquid gold

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Wood Heat, You Will Never Go Back To Oil

Yes folks, it's that time of year.  The weather outside is frightful, the days are short, and the wood stove is cranking.  Looking through a frosty window pane, we stare out at our garden covered in snow, and think about how nice it is to be warm. Only fellow homesteaders know that winter time is… Continue reading Wood Heat, You Will Never Go Back To Oil

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How To Make Tostones

great for the game

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If there is one thing that life on the homestead revolves around, it is food.  We are always trying to grow more of it and we love to cook it.  As hard as we try, there are always foods we enjoy that we can’t grow on the homestead.  Every once in a while we treat ourselves to one of these foods.  This week while at the store, the checkout clerk handed Tracy a free plantain.  What a wonderful gift, since we love to make tostones from  plantains.  We acquired our recipe from a Dominican gentleman I used to work with.  The recipe is perfect in its simplicity, and it reminds us that good food does not have to be complicated.

You begin with a green plantain, it should be firm but not hard, it should also not be turning yellow or it will burn due to a higher sugar content.

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