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Brewing Kombucha

Brewing Kombucha

Around here on the Traditional Catholic Homestead we like to have lots of things in the fermentation crock so to speak.  One of our favorites, adults and kids alike, is brewing kombucha.  What is kombucha?  Well, in a nutshell, it’s a sweet tea that is fermented so that much of the sugar is used up in the end product.  How does it do that?  There is a “mushroom”, as many call it, that holds the key.  The mushroom is really…

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Preserving the Harvest: Biltong

Preserving the Harvest: Biltong

I know you might be thinking “What the heck is a biltong?”, but stay with me for a second and all will be revealed!  Simply put biltong is like South African style jerky… sort of.  There are some significant differences in how biltong is made vs. jerky, but they are both ways to preserve meat by drying it.  While you may be more familiar with how jerky is made, I hope you will appreciate the simplicity, flavor, and low energy…

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Comfrey Salve: Homestead First Aid Essential

Comfrey Salve: Homestead First Aid Essential

Here at the Traditional Catholic Homestead we absolutely love comfrey!  One of the byproducts of comfrey propagation is lots of leaves.  Making a comfrey salve is a traditional use for all of those leaves.  This healing comfrey salve is just another reason every homesteader should be growing this garden standout.  There are many herbs that might be more effective for some of the things we use comfrey for, but none of them are more versatile, perennial and hardy.  Add to…

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Preserving the Harvest: Lacto-Fermented Kale

Preserving the Harvest: Lacto-Fermented Kale

Kale is one of those polarizing veggies that you hear so much about!  You either love it or hate it, most folks have an opinion once they’ve tried kale.  There is a lot to love about kale (even if you can’t stand the flavor, or texture, or whatever!).  Kale is one of the most nutrient dense greens you can grow.  Couple that with it’s cold hardiness, and the fact that it actually gets tastier once it gets hit with a…

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Grass Beef Progress July 2015

Grass Beef Progress July 2015

I made a quick video of the Devon cattle (I don’t think they appreciated the publicity, you’ll see what I mean!): And I went a picked up the cut and wrapped beef from the butcher today.  This is two of the grass fed/finished bald faced steers that I finished off this spring.  The butcher said the meat was pretty lean, but he still gave me a 20 gallon garbage sack full of extra fat that we are going to render…

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Homemade Sourdough: From Starter to Loaf!

Homemade Sourdough: From Starter to Loaf!

  For years I’ve wanted to delve into the world of bread making.  I’m a bread lover at heart.  But the task of making the perfectly, crispy, chewy loaf of bread was so overwhelming to me that I put it off for far too long.  We have several kids with allergies and eczema, so I decided now would be the optimal time to work on our diet in terms of keeping the over-processed and over-hybridized wheat out of our home.  (Note: this…

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Preserving the Harvest: Morels

Preserving the Harvest: Morels

Here at 4100 ft elevation we are just beginning to see the annual flush of morels (they’ve been popping up for weeks down in the river valleys).  We are fortunate enough to have some pretty good hunting (and believe me it is hunting) spots right near our home, so we don’t have to go far and they tend to show themselves in the same areas year after year. Around these parts, and I believe pretty much any where they are…

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Preserving the Harvest: Kefir

Preserving the Harvest: Kefir

A big part of homestead life is providing for yourself with the abundance that the land and your community provides.  Along this line I’ll be periodically making posts on Preserving the Harvest.  This will essentially be a how-to with a little how-come, on preserving seasonal abundance on the homestead.  The natural ebb and flow of abundance on the farm and in the garden is something that we have moved away from with the artificial, industrial, commodity based, extraction model of…

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