What is the difference between freeze dried food and dehydrated food, and why does it matter for homesteaders? At first blush, freeze-dried food and dehydrated food – or using a freeze dryer vs. using a dehydrator to preserve food – may seem the same. So why would I buy a home freeze dryer when I […]
I was so excited when I learned elderberry grew on our homestead. As you might already know, elderberry is a scientifically studied treatment for the common cold and flu, and is also used by herbalists to treat sinus infections, respiratory problems, and inflammation. Now imagine how sad I was when elderberry season finally appeared…and the […]
Why I added a home freeze dryer to our homestead food preservation repertoire. Well, I did it. I pushed the button on a home freeze dryer. I can hardly believe it – but I feel great about the decision! Yes, it’s a little bit of an investment, but I have some specific reasons for adding […]
My first encounter with horsetail didn’t impress me much. My mom-in-law pointed out the plant growing near a beach, explaining that native Indians used it to scrub with, much like we’d use a plastic bottlebrush today. The plant she pointed to was easy enough to recognize – a stalk with stiff “bristles” coming out on […]
Remember when I told you we thought my daughter’s pet rabbit (practice for meat rabbits here on the homestead) was pregnant? We mated the doe, and she immediately started showing signs of pregnancy, including moodiness (which is not like her), beating up the buck she usually adores, making a nest, and pulling fur to line […]
Why you don’t have to worry about whether your seeds are GMO. It’s that time of year when people are buying and starting seeds for their vegetable gardens, and it seems everywhere I go someone is asking “Where can I buy non-GMO seeds?” Trust me, friends; this is something you don’t have to worry about.