Summer, along with its oppressive heat and humidity, has arrived. Some of the best stuff on the homestead happens in summer (like the arrival of ducklings and a garden that’s starting to produce), but summer comes with struggles as well. Get summer tips for the garden, your livestock, and even tips for staying cool while you cook.Read More
Our family has made solar ovens in the past from cardboard boxes and aluminum foil. Such a tool made a great Boy Scout or grade school science project when I was young, a curiosity or home school activity more recently. We built devices that could at least warm leftovers on a very sunny day, but never produced anything sturdy enough to last, nor worthy of preservation for repeated use. I all too readily accepted the conventional wisdom that Alaska’s high latitudes made solar ovens all but useless, a tool better suited to sun drenched states in the Lower 48.Read More
Canning tomatoes can be very rewarding, but it can also be very tedious and time consuming. The hardest part, in my opinion, is peeling all those tomatoes. Do you have any idea how many tomatoes are in fifteen pounds of tomatoes? It’s a lot. Enough to make your fingers wizzled.
I’ve got a way to get through the peeling phase so much faster. This method is great for those of us in colder climates who only get a few tomatoes at a time.Read More
Coconut Oil. It’s like heaven in a jar. I use coconut oil for everything, not only for it’s healing properties, moisturizing abilities and healthy fats, but you have got to love that smell. I thought it would be fun to make a list of all of the uses for coconut oil. Some you may have already known about, but some may just surprise you.
A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science showed that coconut oil is able to penetrate the hair shaft because of its fatty acid structure.Read More
Goat’s milk gets a bad rap. I’ve heard people describe goat’s milk as “goaty” or just plain gross. But when handled properly, it isn’t that way at all! I’ve become a goat’s milk advocate of sorts, trying to get people to just take a sip. There are several factors that can affect goat’s milk. Find out how you can love your goat’s milk.Read More
I hope all of my U.S. friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope my non-U.S. friends had a great Thursday. I let my mom take on the challenge of Thanksgiving. I don’t really cook meat and so with the centerpiece being the turkey, this is a meal that seemed out of my comfort zone.Read More
Introducing our new series, 104 Seconds with The 104 Homestead. This series will be short (104 second long) videos showing you tips and tricks to homesteading. Today I am going to be showing you how to remove the yoke of an egg with a soda bottle. Don’t get whites on your hands or break yokes anymore.Read More
We all know that farm fresh eggs look and taste better, but have you ever wondered why farm yolks are so dark? Does a blood spot mean it’s fertile? Does the shell color change the flavor? Discover the answers to these frequently asked questions about farm fresh eggs.Read More