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Nourishing Traditional Diets-Weston A Price Foundation (Video)

Nourishing Traditional Diets-Weston A Price Foundation (Video)

Healthy, nutrient dense food is the cornerstone of good health. Our ancestors knew this and there is a lot that can be learned from the nutritional heritage of our ancestors. No one is a bigger advocate for educating and promoting these traditional diets than Sally Fallon-Morel of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Enjoy the full DVD presentation here…

Preserving the Harvest: Fermented Garlic

Preserving the Harvest: Fermented Garlic

Garlic is one of those homestead staples that goes in just about everything around our place so we grow quite a bit.  With this season’s garlic harvested, cured, and next season’s planted it seemed like it was time to do something with last season’s leftovers.  We had a pretty good crop last year so when harvest time came around this year we still had a bunch of garlic left over.  We took out all of the bulbs that were still…

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Homestead Harvest….Using the Whole Chicken!

Homestead Harvest….Using the Whole Chicken!

It’s one of those sad realities of life on the homestead that the day will come when Little Red Hen will out stay her welcome on the farm.  When that fateful day finaly comes it is incumbent upon us, the homesteaders, to honor that ultimate sacrifice by harvesting and making use of as much of that animal as possible.  This leads us back to Little Red Hen, and her compatriots down at the hen house…fall is the traditional time of…

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Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

Make Your Own Elderberry Syrup!

I couldn’t decide whether to go with a Homestead Health segment on this one or Preserving the Harvest….elderberry syrup can literally go into either category!  I extolled the virtues of the humble elderberry in my last post, so it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear how beneficial it can be for your health.  Elderberry syrup is a traditional preventative and cure for both colds and flu.   The juice is naturally high in vitamins A, B, and C to stimulate…

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How to Create the Self-Sufficient Homestead Pantry (pt. 2)

How to Create the Self-Sufficient Homestead Pantry (pt. 2)

In part 1 of How to Create the Self-Sufficient Homestead Pantry  I addressed a low cost, easy to implement technique for stocking your homestead pantry shelves with shelf stable food staples.  This go around I’ll try to give you guys some ideas for covering your other food needs.  Keep in mind that we are not creating some kind of obscure prepper pantry here, these are the  normal food items that you use on a daily basis from the list of…

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Preserving the Harvest….BACON!

Preserving the Harvest….BACON!

So it turns out making your own bacon is super easy, way cheaper, and way tastier! A while back I attended a butchery course taught by Brandon Sheard of the Farmstead Meatsmith. We were cutting a beef, but one of the things we talked about quite a bit was curing meat. Brandon has used a super simple cure on all types of meat with great success, and I’m gonna let you in on that secret here…. A basic dry cure…

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Preserving the Harvest: Homestead Chicken Sausage?

Preserving the Harvest: Homestead Chicken Sausage?

It’s a bit overdue, but we butchered a few of our meat chickens yesterday.  We didn’t harvest them all, just the roosters and one gimped up hen (RIP Limper).  We’re keeping the rest around for a while since they started laying eggs!  That’s right meat birds that lay eggs, breed, are hardy, forage, aren’t morbidly obese, and are interested in more than just the feed dish….I’m talking about the Red Ranger meat chicken.  We got ours from Murray McMurray Hatchery, needless to say we…

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Preserving the Harvest: Rendering Tallow

Preserving the Harvest: Rendering Tallow

How to Make Your Own Tallow Keeping with one of the quintessential homestead values of frugality, we decided to have our butcher set aside all of the trimmed fat from our grass finished beef from this year.  Now a person might wonder why would someone want to render beef fat. First off it seems wasteful and almost disrespectful to the animal to not keep and utilize this fine resource.  The fat from your animal harvest is part of God’s bounty…

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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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