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Papalo Seeds for Summer!


Those of us who love cilantro in the summer with zesty salsa and salads are usually out of luck. Cilantro is usually bolting and not doing well at all in the high summer heats of the south. So by the time you have lots of shiny red tomatoes fresh from the garden, the cilantro has bolted and is about over …

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Artisan Cured Meats


When we decided to make artisan cured meats on the homestead, it was not out of a desire to sell to a market or create a business. It was out of a necessity to save meat for long term storage. Being off grid means we don’t have abundant electricity beyond what our solar panels provide. We can pressure can meat, …

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What to Look for When Shopping for a Wood Cook Stove


This shopping guide was prepared by, US sellers of La Nordica wood cook stoves. Wood cook stoves are new to the 21st century home dweller. Most have seen them in history textbooks and many remember them in their grandmother’s homes. Some have even used them, but very few have actually had to buy one. As a result of the …

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Homemade Canned Salsa


One of my husband’s favorite foods is salsa. Give him a bag of chips and a jar of really spicy salsa, and he is happy! Our garden is full of tomatoes this time of year and at least half of them will be made into salsa. I plan to can around 60 pints of salsa this year, knowing that it …

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Baker Creek’s Red Russian Kale Review & Recipe


I’m a big fan of Baker Creek and the seeds they sell.  If you are into organic/natural gardening methods and have the same loathsome feelings as I do toward the genetic modification that is creeping into every aspect of the farming world, then you are probably a fan of Baker Creek as well. At our homestead, we want to grow …

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

There are so many things to love about homemade flour tortillas. Sure, it’s easy to pick up a package at the store, but they will probably taste like cardboard in comparison to the flavor of homemade. At least that is what my grandson says! He loves these tortillas and can’t wait to eat them straight out of the pan. If …

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How to Hang Cast Iron on a Wall

Homesteading and cast iron go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cast iron pans can transition easily from an open fire to other more conventional cook tops. They are absolutely the only cookware I trust in my wood oven. I love my cast iron and I’m collecting more all the time. They are durable, versatile, and timeless. I know that …

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Homemade Pudding (Vanilla and Chocolate)

Have you ever tasted homemade pudding? I mean the real stuff made from milk, eggs and sugar? When I was growing up, my mom taught me to make many things from scratch. By the time I graduated from high school, I was very proficient in the kitchen, having the skills to make all kinds of meals, pies, bread, and even …

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Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

Before we moved off-grid, I would not have thought about making my own vinegar. However, when my husband got some chickens, he discovered that it was good for their digestion to add apple cider vinegar to their water. This product, raw and unfiltered, is rather expensive to buy. So he asked me to make some, and even found me a …

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9 Ways Our Homestead Cooks Off Grid

Looking around our home and outside on our homestead, we have nine different ways of cooking. None of them require electricity! I recently counted them all when I was getting ready to write this article and I was surprised at the number. Wow! Most of them use wood (readily available on our wooded homestead property). A couple use the energy …

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