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Firestarter – Toilet Paper Rolls and Dryer Lint

Learning different techniques to get that heat and/or cooking first started can be a matter of life and death. Today I am going to focus on one that we use all winter in our house. Being that we do heat our house with a wood stove (I have propane central heat that we do not use often). Our woodstove heats…

Freeze Dried Orange Juice
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Freeze Dried Orange Juice

In the 2-1/2 years that we have had our freeze dryer, I have never tried to dry orange juice (or any other drinks for that matter) We ended up with a case of Tropicana Orange juice and using our new Modular Moulds from https://www.frozenright.com/products.html Check out this video of both freeze-drying and reconstituting orange juice. There were even a few…

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Being Prepared – List of things to help you have the essentials in your home.

In my journey of having a large family, I have researched and researched what I feel is a necessity of having in case of a natural disaster or another catastrophic event. (I include the thought of losing a job or being short on your luck this month in this category!) Fresh and safe water. – This could be a number…

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Freeze-Dry Cheat Sheet

I have searched high and low online for a copy of the freeze-dry cheat sheet. And I couldn’t find a print copy. So here is one that our family will add to as we gather and research more. Come back often to see if it has been updated! – (Last updated 10/29/2019)

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Freeze Dried Offals, Shrimp, Shredded Chicken, and Grapes

Did you have any idea that you could make healthy dog treats and food in your freeze dryer? I am here to tell you! Yes, you can!! We like to make our dogs healthy and “raw” treats and food when we can. Over the last few years, I have been collecting offals (hearts, livers, etc) from many of the animals…

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Saving Food by Freeze Drying

Saving Food by Freeze Drying 2-1/2 years ago, our family took the plunge and purchased a Harvest Right Freeze Dryer. I wasn’t certain if the price = what we would save. Well, I can honestly save that after 2-1/2 years I LOVE my machine and I think that I have had enough time to test it. I did blow out…

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Arizona 2019 Snowpocalypse – Were you ready?

I live in an area that does get some snow…. But most of the time, that snow melts down by the next day, we get 2 or 3 inches at a time. But, this was the storm of the “century”. The first day (yesterday), by 5pm, we had 24 inches at our house. We are sitting at about 28 inches…

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Seed storage and other tips to start your garden

Download the 2019 Yavapai County Planting Schedule Over the last 20 years, I have been able to streamline how we store and use our seeds for our gardens. Check out the quick video below!

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Using Freeze-Dried Chicken

I love having my freeze dryer. My favorite item that I love to freeze dry is not Ice cream (Although “Astronaut Ice Cream is Delicious – Remember Astronaut Ice Cream from the 1980’s?? check out this link if you have a minute: https://amzn.to/2OU33ai Yes, I literally make this now with my Harvest Right Freeze Dryer and my kids love freeze-dried ice cream)….

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Raising mealworms for animal feed

The Benefits Of Raising Mealworms  Mealworms are an ultimate healthy snack for chickens, ducks, geese, and quail. They are jam packed with protein and something that your critters absolutely love. We raise our mealworms to feed to our hatching babies in the house. We raise (Grand Champion) Quail. The babies go CRAZY over the mealworms that we put in their feeders….

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Elderberry Syrup for those winter colds

My children know that when they are starting to feel yucky, they can just go into the fridge and get out the elderberry syrup. And all they need to do is to take a spoonful. We have been making this for years.  Ingredients 3/4 cup dried elderberries (There are many places to get these… The best price that I have…

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Himalayan Salt Lamp

I have been doing a lot of research on the Himalayan salt lamp and all of the benefits that it has. (This is psuedo-science and many western medicine doctors don’t believe that they are any more than a pretty light. But many eastern medicine and natural paths believe otherwise. ) However, after looking into more “natural” medicines in my home, I have found…

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Firestarters to make it easier in the winter

Here is a download of this oathkeeper class if you want it as a printout: [download id=”5488″] Learning different techniques to get that heat and/or cooking first started can be a matter of life and death. Here are a few tricks for fire-starters to get you started on some survival knowledge. These work great too in your own fireplace, wood stove,…

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Days 2 and 3 – Reestablishing Fodder

By day 3, you should have 2 trays with sprouting seeds and another soaking. Little roots are starting to sprout out of the seeds and a network of roots will begin to grow and intertwine together over the next few days.  This morning we put out tray #3 with seeds. We are growing ours in our feed storage barn. I am…

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Revisiting – Raising your own meat, Oathkeepers

[download id=”5070″] I love that my children can stand up in front of a group and share everything that has to with their homestead animals and the meat that comes along with it. Shelby and Elwyn had a GREAT presentation for the Oathkeepers.  (August 2017) by Shelby Fullmer – August 12, 2017 Rabbits Food – Alfalfa pellets, basic greens like…

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Four Pemmican Recipes

I am sharing this set of recipes this morning. This is an amazing super-food perfect to keep in your to-go or bugout bag or even as an emergency mini-snack for your kiddlings.  This is a re-posted article from http://www.wildernesscollege.com/pemmican-recipes.html  http://www.wildernesscollege.com/pemmican-recipes.html   By Filip Tkaczyk Are you looking for some excellent pemmican recipes? Wait, what is this thing called pemmican and where…

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Creating your own firestarters – Oathkeepers Preparedness Class

[sdm_download id=”4785″ fancy=”0″ new_window=”1″ color=”green”] Learning different techniques to get that heat and/or cooking first started can be a matter of life and death. Here are a few tricks for fire-starters to get you started on some survival knowledge. These work great too in your own fireplace, wood stove, manual pellet stoves or your outdoor fire pit. (We use a…

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Raising Chickens – Oathkeepers Preparedness Class – January 28, 2017

[sdm_download id=”4793″ fancy=”0″ new_window=”1″ color=”green”] January is the planning month to get going on your homestead. Besides saving food for your monthly stash and getting ready for your spring gardening, you need to start thinking about other things that you could do. Poultry can provide eggs and meat for you and your family. Our family has chosen to raise a…

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Basic rules for home food storage

GREAT website full of information – www.pssurvival.com Basic rules for home storage: Rule 1: Store what you eat, and eat what you store. It would be too bad to have a supply of food you would only eat with the greatest reluctance. Also, you can spend a lot of money on a supply of food and other provisions now, but…

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Local Plants in Yavapai County – Oathkeepers Preparedness class – October 8, 2016

Download this article Yavapai County Planting Schedule Every time you walk outside, take in nature around you. Many plants that grow in your back yard and neighborhood are edible. (There are many however that are poisonous, so please do your research.) Stepping outside my own house, I can spot so many different plants that are used as food or as…

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Oathkeepers Presentation – Prepper 101 – month supply of food

With all of the research that our family does on being prepared and in lines with sharing that information with others, we came across a GREAT article – ADDED BELOW!  For a demonstration of the the foods, we pulled and brought the amount of foods that they listed below. It all stacked neatly in our farm’s garden cart.  [sdm_download id=”4534″…