Zachary Bauer

Zachary lives with his wife, two sons and his wife's parents on An American Homestead deep in the mountains of the American Ozarks. They all moved there together in July of 2013 where they began to build the homestead. They are off-grid with the exception of a phone line.

Building Our Smokehouse!


Our smokehouse is finally complete. We have lots of plans to show you how we are going to use this cold smoker through the winter for a number of tasks including to preserve and cure meats. Building plans are available at:

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Molly Green Homesteading Magazine


Jaimie from An American Homestead is proud to be one of the writers for the Molly Green Homesteading Magazine.  The magazine can be found at various book stores and is now coming to a Walmart near you!  Pick up a copy.  If you love the topic of homesteading, we know …

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Deer Camera Results


Every since we set up our deer camera, folks have been asking to see the photos. Well, here you go! We had to move our camera from its original location and found a better one. Also I share with you how I’m bringing in the traffic. We are already having …

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The Great American Homestead Smokehouse


Long before we started homesteading, I wanted to build a smokehouse. I love the taste of smoked meat and often thought why not make this on my own rather than pay big bucks for someone else to do it? As a child, I would read books about the early American …

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Homesteading Is Not Vacation


It seems sometimes people think that homesteading is a vacation where you can sit back and just enjoy nature and see the pretty sites but not really do anything. I don’t care if its a 1000 year old tree. It’s a maple tree and it serves a purpose for my …

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Marking The Maple Trees!


Today we are going out and marking all of our maple trees for tapping this winter. We have located about 30 maples and are hoping to get at least a couple gallons of maple syrup our first year. Better yet, YOU will have the chance to get some of this …

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Canning Raw Pack Meat – Venison


It’s time this fall to harvest and put up meat for the winter and spring. One of the ways we preserve meat long term is to raw pack it in canning jars before we put them in the pressure canner. Today, everyone is busy helping Jaimie get some deer meat …

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Choosing Livestock For Your Homestead


We have learned a lot about livestock over the last 2 years. We are still learning and making adjustments as we go. There are three things I would recommend for new livestock owners based on what we have learned so far. Cattle, sheep, goats, chickens and other farm animals can …

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Ham Radio on the Homestead


I get asked all the time on how hard is it to get your HAM license. It’s very easy and there is a very easy study guide you can use. It’s called the NO NON-SENSE HAM STUDY GUIDE. And IT’S FREE for the technicians license.

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Kydex Holster Review

kydex-holster-review sent us 3 new kydex holsters to use around the homestead. I know there are a lot of guys out there making holsters, but be sure to check these guys out and give them your business if you need a holster. They won’t let you down.

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