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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

    • Picking peas
      This time of year, the focus on the garden has shifted from weeding to harvesting. So far we've harvested strawberries, raspberries, and peas. Right now I'm picking blueberries, which I'll do for the next few weeks as they come ripe. Garlic is next,…
      - 4 days ago 9 Aug 20, 2:45pm -
    • More on becoming "anti-fragile"
      Here's a piece I wrote for Daisy Luther (the Organic Prepper) called "How to Become Anti-Fragile." It's a follow-up to an earlier piece I wrote on the same subject.I gotta hand it to Daisy. The very first comment posted on her site under the article…
      - 6 days ago 8 Aug 20, 1:14pm -
    • Pretty porch
      I have a penpal in Maine. She's been harvesting onions and garlic from her garden this week, and sent me a photo of her porch with produce set out to dry. I thought the photo was so pretty, I asked permission to post it.(Oh, and the sign says: "Just…
      - 6 days ago 7 Aug 20, 4:52pm -
    • Hummingbird wars
      Who doesn't enjoy watching hummingbirds during the summer months?I mean really, it's such cheap entertainment. An inexpensive feeder, a bit of sugar-water, and voilà: Hours of birdwatching.But let me tell ya, it's a good thing these little guys aren…
      - 9 days ago 4 Aug 20, 3:16pm -
    • Irish dancing sensation
      I came across a story the other day that made me grin from ear to ear.I love Irish dancing. Don and I have seen Riverdance twice over the years, when it passed through Spokane. There's something about the precision of this dance form I find thrilling…
      - 10 days ago 3 Aug 20, 11:29pm -
    • A little night music
      I stumbled across this video yesterday. Cracked me up.(If the above video won't play, here's the direct YouTube link.)
      - 13 days ago 31 Jul 20, 10:32pm -
    • The passing of a legend
      I received an email today from Glenda Lehman Ervin, VP of Marketing at Lehman's, as follows: "Dad passed way Sunday at the age of 91. I thought you would want to know."She was referring to Jay Lehman, founder of Lehman's non-electric store in Ohio.I…
      - 14 days ago 30 Jul 20, 11:08pm -
    • The benefit of multiple income streams
      Here's a piece I wrote for Daisy Luther at the Organic Prepper entitled "Why Everyone Should Have Multiple Streams of Income to Survive What’s Coming."Hop on over and take a look.
      - 14 days ago 30 Jul 20, 6:24pm -
    • Ah, the little dramas of life...
      This is our garden gate.At the base of the gate, lying in the shade, is our mighty hunter barn cat.At the top of the gate is a wary chipmunk.Bottom of the gate, cat.Top of the gate, chipmunk.Any questions?
      - 17 days ago 28 Jul 20, 1:16pm -
    • Someone has "issues"
      In the tribute piece I put up bidding adieu to actress Olivia de Havilland, someone left a comment that was so unrelated, so hostile, so out-of-the blue "huh?" that I decided to post it separately:"You baby boomers destroyed your own children's futur…
      - 17 days ago 28 Jul 20, 12:36am -

    New Life on a Homestead

    • newRaising Ducks vs Raising Chickens – Which One Is Right for You?
      So, you want delicious, naturally raised, farm fresh eggs on your homestead but cannot decide which is better to raise – ducks or chickens. That question is becoming pondered more and more, as duck keeping (for eggs and not just as cute farm pets),…
      - 11 hours ago 13 Aug 20, 3:22pm -
    • 15 Ways to Protect Your Garden From Frost
      I finally finished planting the last round of tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers in the hoophouse! It’s still summer, so it might seem odd that I am planting in an insulated greenhouse. However, I’m trying to plan ahead for November – when I plan…
      - 4 days ago 10 Aug 20, 1:48pm -
    • 21 Kick-Ass Tips to Keep Your Homestead Organized
      Staying organized is tough – and if you have a homestead, you might find that’s doubly true. There’s a lot going on both inside the house as well as outdoors, and getting organized always seems to me to be an uphill battle. I’ll get one aspec…
      - 7 days ago 6 Aug 20, 7:25pm -
    • How to Raise Happy Goats
      Making the decision to officially become a goat farmer is an exciting moment for many homesteaders. A few seconds later reality sets in, and you have to actually get to work figuring out how to actually buy and raise the goat herd. Keeping goats, be…
      - 9 days ago 4 Aug 20, 10:30pm -
    • 20 Medicinal Herbs You Can Grow Indoors
      Cultivating medicinal herbs indoors increases the homegrown seasonings and herbal remedy ingredients available on the homestead year-round. Unlike traditional crops, herbs and medicinal flowering plants do not take up much space nor do they require d…
      - 14 days ago 30 Jul 20, 3:29pm -
    • Water Bath Canning Step by Step
      Learning how to can seems daunting at first, but water bath canning is easy! Once you get the hang of the steps, you will be able to can so many different things to store in your pantry. Jams, jellies, sauces, and salsas are at your fingertips. Befor…
      - 17 days ago 27 Jul 20, 2:02pm -
    • How to Make Dandelion Salve – and Why You Should
      Dandelions have gotten a bad rap for far too long. They have summarily been dismissed as mere weeds, and get sprayed with chemicals to kill them every time their cute little flower heads pop up out of the dirt. Not only are these common backyard flow…
      - 22 days ago 23 Jul 20, 12:45pm -
    • 150 Things Pigs Can Eat and 43 They Shouldn’t
      Pigs, or hogs as we call them in my neck of the woods, are omnivores. The traditional farming and homesteading type of livestock are incredibly biologically similar to people and can eat nearly anything recommended for a healthy human diet. Hogs are…
      - 25 days ago 20 Jul 20, 11:11am -

    Granny Miller

      Down to Earth

      • newWeekend 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…
        - 4 hours 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…
        - 7 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…
        - 14 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…
        - 21 days ago 24 Jul 20, 4:30am -
      • Weekend Reading
        This week I've been reading through a recently published book, The ultimate guide to preserving vegetables. I've really enjoyed it and found a lot to inspire me.  Written by Angi Schneider, she writes about canning, pickling, fermenting, dehydratin…
        - 28 days ago 16 Jul 20, 11:35pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        Hello everyone. I had a good break and feel better for it. I did a lot of thinking while I was away, it's amazing how clearly you focus when you're sitting outside in the fresh air with birds swooping by. I've decided to use Instagram as the main too…
        - 35 days ago 9 Jul 20, 10:06pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        I'm taking a break from posting here and on IG. I'll sign off for now but I'll see you again soon. Thanks for your recent emails and comments. They really do make it more interesting for me.I hope you enjoy this week's reading.🍃🍃🍃
        - 56 days ago 18 Jun 20, 7:50pm -
      • Valuable and useless vegetables
        We're learning hard lessons lately. The ongoing drought and coronavirus have taught me that to be resilient enough to bounce back time and time again, I need to strengthen my systems, learn as much as I can about what I want to do here and then put i…
        - 59 days ago 15 Jun 20, 11:35pm -
      • Weekend reading
        We're quietly working away in our home with a day out here and there for Hanno's doctors' appointments and grocery shopping.  Life at our home is a mix of house and garden work, sitting in the garden, morning teas on the verandah, reading, knitting…
        - 63 days ago 11 Jun 20, 10:43pm -
      • Weekend Reading
        We've been really busy this week. Hanno's had a couple of health issues and had to go for an unexpected checkup with his eye specialist. The doctor uncovered a problem, a retinal vein occlusion,  and did an operation on the spot.  As I'm writing th…
        - 70 days ago 4 Jun 20, 11:41pm -

      Common Sense Homesteading

      • Best Non Perishable Foods (For Home Use or Donations)
        When you're stocking your own pantry or helping others in need, non perishable foods should be on your shopping list. These foods are great for emergencies when the power goes out, for camping, or simply for planning ahead. (Food prices almost always…
        - 5 days ago 9 Aug 20, 12:24am -
      • Foods to Stock Up On (for Daily Use or Emergencies)
        We'll help you choose the best foods to stock up on for a working pantry and short term emergency food supply. My favorite grocery store is a half an hour away, so I do my best to always keep pantry staples on hand. Stocking Up The Smart Way First, a…
        - 11 days ago 3 Aug 20, 2:41am -
      • Everything You Need to Know About the 18650 Battery
        What is an 18650? This post tells you everything you need to know about 18650 batteries. An 18650 is a lithium ion rechargeable battery. Their proper name is “18650 cell”. The 18650 cell has voltage of 3.7v and has between 1800mAh and 3500mAh (mi…
        - 13 days ago 1 Aug 20, 12:12am -
      • Raising Pastured Rabbits – Book Review and Recommendations
        “Raising Pastured Rabbits For Meat” by Nichki Carangelo is all about raising meat rabbits for profit in a pasture based system. Raising rabbits is a rewarding and cost effective source of meat. They are an ideal addition to many homesteads becaus…
        - 14 days ago 31 Jul 20, 1:36am -
      • Digz Garden Gloves – Review and Tips for Use and Care
        I received some Digz garden gloves to review earlier this year. My hands take a beating since I spend time in the garden nearly every day, so I use gloves regularly. In this article, I'll review four types of digz garden gloves, discussing fit, const…
        - 18 days ago 26 Jul 20, 9:16pm -
      • No Bake Cheesecake (Easy Recipe, Fun Serving Ideas)
        This easy no bake cheesecake recipe is one of our favorite summer desserts. It's smooth and creamy, and pairs perfectly with fresh fruit. Plus, you don't need to heat up the oven. We'll share the no bake cheesecake recipe, plus tips for storage and s…
        - 40 days ago 4 Jul 20, 10:47pm -
      • Strawberry Vanilla Preserves (Small Batch, Low Sugar)
        Strawberry vanilla preserves are a yummy twist on homemade strawberry jam, perfect for showcasing small, sweet berries. It's wonderful on ice cream or cheesecake, or drizzled over biscuits. We'll share the recipe for the preserves and answer some com…
        - 40 days ago 4 Jul 20, 7:46pm -
      • Attracting Beneficial Insects for a Better Garden
        Creating a healthy garden doesn't just mean eliminating bad bugs – you also want to welcome good bugs. These “good bugs” are also known as beneficial insects. We'll talk about what beneficial insects do in the garden, common species, host plant…
        - 47 days ago 28 Jun 20, 1:22am -
      • Natural Pest Control in the Garden – Get Rid of 20 Top Pests
        Are you looking for natural pest control options for the garden? From ants to squash vine borers, we'll cover natural pest control for 20 common garden pests to keep your garden healthy and save the harvest. Like many home gardeners, I started growin…
        - 47 days ago 27 Jun 20, 3:57pm -
      • Lambs Quarters – Wild “Spinach” that Tolerates Hot Weather
        What if I told you there were wild greens that you can use like spinach, which are even more nutritious than spinach, and you can get them for free? Lambs Quarters (Chenopodium album) is a favorite wild food because it's easy to identify, harvest, an…
        - 54 days ago 20 Jun 20, 2:47pm -

      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 -