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Canning Granny

  • Most Requested... French Onion Soup
    "Award Winning French Onion Soup"Kim Foster SchonefeldThis recipe makes a pot of soup that serves 6. I triple it if I am going to can it that way I get 7 quarts with enough left over for lunch or dinner. Ingredients: 6 large yellow onions (sliced…
    - 27 Oct 17, 11:48am -
  • Broth & Stock... Bone Stock and Bone Meal
    Bone Stock and Bone MealBy Kelly Kindle CheneyBe the master of the bird and don't waste a thing.Get your money's worth out of any meat bones. The difference between stock and broth is stock is made with bones, broth is made with meat only. St…
    - 18 Oct 17, 2:07pm -
  • Broth & Stock... Brodo
    BrodoFound on pinterestMakes 3 quarts NOTE: Brodo is Italian for ‘broth’ - and it’s a thinner, less concentrated stock than the traditional chicken or beef stocks. Brodo is typically made from a mixture from beef and poultry.3 pounds chopped,…
    - 15 Oct 17, 5:27pm -
  • Broth & Stock... Asian Chicken Stock
    Asian Chicken Stock Found on pinterestMakes 4 quarts 3 pounds of chicken bones5 pound chicken fryer6 chicken feet, or 6 chicken necks, or one turkey wing6 chicken wingsEnough hot tap water to cover2 ½ ounce peeled and sliced ginger1 full bunch of…
    - 14 Oct 17, 1:22pm -
  • Good Fillings... Zucchini Mincemeat
    Zucchini MincemeatFound on allrecipesOriginal recipe makes 4 pintsIngredients· 6 cups peeled, chopped zucchini· 6 cups apples - peeled, cored and chopped· 2 cups raisins· 1 cup dried currants· 1 cup distilled white vinegar· 1 orange, juiced and…
    - 12 Oct 17, 10:14am -
  • Good Fillings... Tropical Topper/Pie/Tart Filling
    Tropical Topper/Pie/Tart FillingFound on SBCanningYield 1 quart or 2 pints3 cups chunked fresh pineapple3/4 cups shredded coconut1 cup sugar1/4 cup + 1 tbsp Clear Jel2 cups Orange JuicePreparation: Cut, core, and cube a fresh pineapple. Make sure to…
    - 29 Aug 17, 8:28pm -
  • Good Fillings... Strawberry Pie Filling
    Strawberry Pie FillingFound on sbcanningFor 1 quart3-1/2 cups Strawberries Fresh or Frozen (thawed)3/4 cup + 2 Tbsps Sugar1/4 cups + 1 Tbsp Clear Jel1 cup Cold Water3-1/2 tsps Bottled Lemon JuiceFor 7 quarts 6 quarts Strawberries Fresh or Frozen (th…
    - 27 Aug 17, 10:27am -
  • Good Fillings... Rhubarb Triple Berry Pie Filling
    Rhubarb Triple Berry Pie FillingFound on Canning Only RecipesMakes 4 quarts with some left over. -8 cups water-4-1/2 cups sugar-1 cup Clear Jel-7 quarts fruit- You can use 5 quarts of chopped rhubarb and a 3 lb. bag of frozen triple berry blend with…
    - 23 Aug 17, 11:09am -
  • Good Fillings... Rhubarb Blueberry Pie Filling
    Rhubarb Blueberry Pie FillingFound on Canning Only RecipesINGREDIENTS 2 and 1/2 lbs rhubarb, rinsed, trimmed and sliced into 1/2-inch pieces1 and 1/2 lbs (about 4 cups) blueberries, rinsed and picked throughZest and juice of 1 large lemon or use 1 t…
    - 15 Aug 17, 5:48pm -
  • Good Fillings... Raspberry Pie Filling
    Raspberry Pie FillingFound on Canning Only RecipesTo make 1 quart jar of filling3-1/2 cups raspberries1 cup sugar1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp Clear Jel1-1/3 cups cold water1 Tbsp + 1 tsp of bottled lemon juiceTo make 7 quarts of filling6 quarts of raspberries7 c…
    - 13 Aug 17, 11:54pm -

Are We Crazy, Or What?

    Patriot Rising

    • The two types of preppers and what each one can teach you about survival
      To an outsider, the prepping lifestyle may seem paranoid and unnecessary. But if you’re curious about the world of preppers, keep an open mind so you can learn crucial skills from two common types: the homesteaders and the survivalists. (h/t to AY…
      - 15 Feb 19, 10:35pm -
    • Chickens Are The Most Valuable Animal On The Homestead

      Chickens Are The Most Valuable Animal On The Homestead

      When I was a child, I used to read and re-read the chick section in our Sears and Roebuck catalog. Imagine! For only two cents you could buy a perfectly good baby chick. Of course back then I didn’t understand that one had to buy a minimum of 25 ch…
      - 25 Aug 18, 6:52am -
    • 7 Reasons You Need to Start a Home Garden Today
      I, for one, never really cared about gardening. The whole “start a home garden” trend seemed like another part of the organic eating phase. If you’re still on the fence about starting your own garden because you don’t buy into the organic tre…
      - 18 Jul 18, 1:04am -

    Rural Revolution

    • newLeaving the city
      I've been collecting links to articles about people leaving the cities. Here are a few: • Can you blame anyone for fleeing what cities have become? • The Great Conservative Migration And What It Means For The Future • Massive exodus from NYC le…
      - 9 hours ago 28 Sep 20, 3:46pm -
    • Logo of the Year
      This made me laugh. It's being called the Logo of the Year.
      - 1 day ago 27 Sep 20, 12:56pm -
    • Dehydrating onions
      Boy howdy, did the onions do well this year in the garden. Now that it's time to harvest, I'm tasked with preserving this abundance. To this end, I decided to dehydrate most of them. Because there are so many onions, I'm harvesting just one bed a…
      - 6 days ago 22 Sep 20, 10:02pm -
    • Closed for business?
      Here's a staggering headline: "Yelp reveals 60% of business closures are now permanent." According to the article: "Yelp pointed out an increase of permanent business closures over the past six months, now reaching 97,966, or about 60% of closed bu…
      - 11 days ago 17 Sep 20, 10:18pm -
    • The year "annus horribilis"
      So here we are, three-quarters of the way through the year annus horribilis. You might say 2020 has been a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year.The one theme Don and I (along with many friends and neighbors) keep returning to is how fast things…
      - 14 days ago 14 Sep 20, 2:17pm -
    • Book review: The Ultimate Prepper's Survival Guide
      Oh wow, you have got to see this:This is the latest masterpiece by James Wesley, Rawles entitled "The Ultimate Prepper's Survival Guide."Let me tell you, this baby is beefy. (Hmmm. Separate imponderable: Could it be used as a blunt-force weapon in cl…
      - 16 days ago 12 Sep 20, 5:53pm -
    • Lest we forget
      Never forget.
      - 17 days ago 11 Sep 20, 12:51pm -
    • Tankards are available
      In what will likely be our last production run for the year, we now have tankards available on Etsy.Just so everyone knows, these tankards are suitable for either hot or cold beverages. We do NOT recommend they be placed in the dishwasher (hand-washi…
      - 20 days ago 8 Sep 20, 11:34pm -
    • An adventure. That's what it was.
      Earlier this week, on a rare cool day, Older Daughter talked me into An Adventure.Specifically she wanted to hike the Crystal Lake Trail, an unassuming "moderate" 2.8-mile excursion through what promised to be some spectacular scenery.This trail was…
      - 21 days ago 7 Sep 20, 10:21pm -
    • Thank you! Thank you!
      Whew, what a day yesterday!I am blown away by everyone's support for the release of my romance novel "The Amish Newcomer." SurvivalBlog kindly gave me a shout-out. Several readers said they promoted the book on their social media platforms. Even my d…
      - 24 days ago 4 Sep 20, 2:06pm -

    New Life on a Homestead

    • Should You Really Get Ducks?
      Buying ducks can be an exciting, rewarding, and fun experience. But, keeping ducks might just not be for everyone. While duck keeping may involve a bit more space than keeping chickens, these egg and poultry birds can be kept not just on large rural…
      - 3 days ago 25 Sep 20, 6:21pm -
    • How Nitrogen-Fixing Works – And the Top 30 Plants
      Whether you practice permaculture, agriculture or traditional gardening, you will come across the words nitrogen fixing more than once. The practical application of using nitrogen fixers is universal. Whether you are a small traditional gardener or a…
      - 6 days ago 23 Sep 20, 11:43am -
    • How to Make Rosemary and Lemongrass Soap
      Rosemary and lemon soap is not only good for your skin, but will help eliminate odors from your skin after working in the kitchen with onions, garlic, fish, and other odoronous foods. Lathering up with a natural homemade soap with these two sweet sme…
      - 7 days ago 21 Sep 20, 6:00pm -
    • What’s That Lump On My Chicken’s Chest? Does It Have A Tumor?
      Every now and then, there are things that happen with my chickens that just make me shake my head in disbelief. From hens that suddenly start crowing to chickens that all of a sudden start laying their eggs in strange places, these fun backyard compa…
      - 11 days ago 17 Sep 20, 1:29pm -
    • 29 DIY Natural All-Purpose Kitchen Cleaner Recipes
      Cleaning your kitchen is a chore that should help keep your family safe and healthy. Why expose your loved ones to toxic chemicals or volatile organic compounds when you have a choice? DIY natural all-purpose kitchen cleaners can remove germs from th…
      - 14 days ago 15 Sep 20, 12:03pm -
    • How and Why to Grow Red Winter Wheat
      Growing red winter wheat does not require a large homestead with double digit acres of fields. Nope, you can grow this shelf-stable food in small patches or even in 5-gallon gardening containers. By cultivating your own wheat your are not only saving…
      - 17 days ago 11 Sep 20, 3:12pm -
    • 35 Scarecrow Designs for Your Garden
      My garden is my pride and joy. I love looking out at it while sipping a cup of coffee on the back deck, admiring all the hard work I’ve put into it and the bounty that it continues to produce. However, there is nothing more frustrating than watchin…
      - 18 days ago 10 Sep 20, 4:33pm -
    • How to Start a Permaculture Garden for Free
      Now we know how to save money if we have some dispensable income to dedicate to our garden, but what if you don’t. Let’s see how we can create a permaculture project completely free. The difference from having the financial resources, and doing i…
      - 21 days ago 7 Sep 20, 5:00pm -

    Granny Miller

      Down to Earth

      • Weekend Reading
        We had "scheduled maintenance" on our NBN on Thursday and now we have limited broadband and no explanation why. Anyhow, I'd already added these readings to the list so I'll post them now while I can access the net (I hope).  It's 2.45am. I'll be bac…
        - 3 days ago 25 Sep 20, 4:45pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        Tomorrow is Hanno's 80th birthday so our family will be here for lunch and celebrations. I met Hanno when he was 37 and I was 28, we sure have come a long way since then 😳.
        - 11 days ago 17 Sep 20, 11:19pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        Yesterday afternoon, I'd just planted some snapdragons.I've never grown Californian poppies before but some were in a bee and butterfly seed mix I broadcast over the garden a couple of months ago. I was surprised and very pleased when I saw these cha…
        - 18 days ago 10 Sep 20, 11:19pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        Each week the weather is warmer and each week I try to do more in the garden because I know that come November, I won't want to be outside.  It's peaceful here. We hear trees rustling in the wind, there is sometimes a faint buzz of traffic in the di…
        - 25 days ago 3 Sep 20, 11:39pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        The backyard at 3pm with Gracie's woollen blanket drying in the sun.Hanno having a rest while he fixes the pathway in the chook run.  That's the mini Cavendish banana in the foreground. He's going to cut the pups off and transplant one to that bare…
        - 32 days ago 28 Aug 20, 1:02am -
      • Weekend Reading
        More work in the garden this week. It's been good to be outside although the wind is annoying as it dries out the soil too quickly. Hanno is preparing the corner of the garden to transplant some banana pups so we have more bananas and, hopefully, at…
        - 39 days ago 20 Aug 20, 11:23pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        I've spent time every day in the garden this week. The warmer weather has promoted growth and the two tomato plants have grown a lot in a week. There are plenty of flowers out now too. Today I'll finished the planting with a punnet of foxgloves - sur…
        - 46 days ago 13 Aug 20, 10:04pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        I showed you a photo of our sofa recently but I've gone closer now so you can see the Australia cushion made by my sister, Tricia. She upcycled an old wool blanket, made the little pom-poms from scrap materials and embroidered the Coat of Arms. I…
        - 53 days ago 6 Aug 20, 10:54pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        I will never tire of looking at this face. Gracie was under the table on the back verandah with the sun streaming in. She enjoys being there on winter afternoons because it's warm and out of the wind.  Good girl, Gracie!We got another stimulus payme…
        - 60 days ago 30 Jul 20, 10:23pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        I forgot it's Friday! 😳  I just came home from grocery shopping and it clicked. I'm glad I remembered now and not Sunday afternoon.  Making finger lime and lemon cordial. The little floaters in the pot are finger lime pearls.It's been a busy wee…
        - 67 days ago 24 Jul 20, 4:30am -

      Common Sense Homesteading

      • Schmaltz – How to Render Chicken Fat, and What to Do With It
        Confession – I never heard the term “schmaltz” until sometime during adulthood. Growing up on the farm, rendered poultry fat was prized for cooking and baking, but I didn't realize it had a name other than chicken fat, duck fat, goose fat, etc.…
        - 1 day ago 27 Sep 20, 3:01pm -
      • When to Harvest Pumpkins (and the Best Ways to Store Them)
        Fall has begun, and we're using a welcome respite of warm weather to continue gathering garden goodies. In this article, I share when to harvest pumpkins, how to cure them, and how to store them. These guidelines also apply to winter squash. Winter s…
        - 2 days ago 26 Sep 20, 10:52pm -
      • 4 Reasons Your Tomatoes Are Not Ripening + How You Can Help
        Tomatoes not ripening? Here are the four main reasons why your tomatoes aren't turning red, and what you can do (if anything) to help ripen your tomatoes. Why do tomatoes turn red? Tomatoes turn red because of their lycopene content. What is lycopene…
        - 13 days ago 15 Sep 20, 2:57pm -
      • How to Protect Yourself from Unemployment Scams
        Unemployment scams are old, but they have gotten steadily worse during Covid19. The number of reported crimes increased dramatically since the CARES Act was passed. As part of my work with cyber security, I've been getting a lot of questions about th…
        - 16 days ago 12 Sep 20, 10:34pm -
      • Creamy Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream Dressing
        Creamy cucumber salad is one of our favorite summer side dishes. The sour cream dressing and fresh dill are a perfect compliment to the crisp cucumbers. It's great for picnics and grilling – or simply using up the bounty of summer cukes! The prep w…
        - 16 days ago 12 Sep 20, 9:40pm -
      • Maple Pear Jelly – Easy Jelly with Rich Caramel Notes
        The maple syrup adds delicate caramel notes to this easy maple pear jelly recipe. Just a half a cup of maple syrup sweetens the entire batch. Here on the homestead, we do a lot of canning and preserving. Some things we grow ourselves, some we buy loc…
        - 23 days ago 5 Sep 20, 11:50pm -
      • Pear Ginger Jam Recipe – The Perfect Flavor for Fall
        This yummy pear ginger jam teams up the sweetness of pears with the warmth of fresh ginger. This recipe uses less sugar and makes a unique gift. Our neighbors have a large pear tree that is over 50 years old, and each year my sons and I help them wit…
        - 23 days ago 5 Sep 20, 11:39pm -
      • How to Make Apple Jelly With Just Two Ingredients
        Learn how to make apple jelly with no added pectin and your choice of sweetener – sugar or honey – to enjoy for fresh eating or canning with this easy recipe. The natural pectin in apples prompted the authors of Stocking Up III to call apple jell…
        - 35 days ago 24 Aug 20, 1:00pm -
      • Yarrow – The “Plant Doctor” for Your Yard and Garden
        Common yarrow, Achillea millefolium, is a wonderfully useful herb for humans and makes a great companion plant. We'll share how to find it (or grow it) and how it's used. What is Yarrow Used for? In the garden, yarrow: Deters pests with its strong sc…
        - 37 days ago 22 Aug 20, 3:28pm -
      • The Lost Ways Book – Does it Live Up to the Hype?
        We saw “The Lost Ways” by Claude Davis being advertised widely and purchased a copy. It has a a few interesting items, and a lot of recipes. Overall we do not recommend it. We'll explain why, and share the books that we prefer. The Lost Ways Book…
        - 44 days ago 15 Aug 20, 8:39pm -

      Homestead Basics

      The Wannabe Homesteader

      Homestead Revival

      • Hello, Homestead Revival Friends!
        It's been a while, I know. Too long in fact. Thank you to everyone who still reads and references Homestead Revival's archives.The nearly 3+ year absence has been needed to re-establish our homestead in a new location. I took a full time job (and I d…
        - 19 Jan 19, 3:00pm -
      • Pie Safe Love!
        On my last post I showed you MOST of the dining area... but not all of it. There was one wall that was in progress. Since moving in 3 months ago, I moved several different pieces of furniture from around the house into that spot trying to find just t…
        - 16 Aug 15, 2:04am -
      • No Pantry? No Problem.
        So I created one...BTW... as you scroll through the photos you need to know that editing them takes a ton of time. So in keeping with simplifying my life, I'm using my iPhone, making only a few minor adjustments so you can see what is in the photo (l…
        - 27 Jul 15, 1:41am -
      • A New Homestead Journey
        I did not expect to find myself on this path.Just a little over a year ago, I was a SAHM living in a big farmhouse and homeschooling. My husband had full time employment and we were planning a wedding for our oldest daughter.  On the negative side,…
        - 11 Jul 15, 4:21pm -
      • Understanding Companion Planting
        From bacteria in yogurt making to the Amazon anywhere something grows there is an ecosystem. As homesteaders our goal is to cultivate the perfect ecosystem for plants and repelling the pests that would destroy it. Companion planting is more than not…
        - 5 Dec 14, 8:00am -
      • Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook!
        There are so many wonderful ways to communicate and we want to start giving you more opportunities to connect with us! Connect with us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter! Homestead Revival is more than a blog, it is a community of like minded people…
        - 3 Dec 14, 8:00am -
      • Square Foot Gardening vs. French Intensive
        While there are many alternative methods we will discuss in future posts like straw bale gardening, today we are focusing on the main ones, Square Foot Gardening and the French Intensive Method. Each system is a tool that gives something to your gard…
        - 1 Dec 14, 8:00am -
      • Plan To Eat... Black Friday SALE!
        Now is the time to renew your Plan To Eat subscription or take advantage of their annual half price sale and kick the tires so-to-speak. If you tried it before and haven't seen the new lights and bells that make it even better, be sure to check it ou…
        - 28 Nov 14, 9:00am -
      • It's Thursday....
        Happy Thanksgiving!
        - 27 Nov 14, 8:00am -
      • A Couple Things I'm Thankful For
        This year has been a year of firsts, so I wanted to take the time for the small things I'm thankful for. 
        - 24 Nov 14, 7:28pm -