Tips for being self-sufficient food-wise

Natural Living: Food

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Raising Chickens

Derek Thompson

Is a chicken a valuable commodity or a beloved pet? Either way, it can be hard to explain to those who aren't in the know exactly why you're raising chickens.

Chicken Tractor

Pamela Parks

The chicken tractor is the modern homestead version of a chicken coop. For those of us "urban homesteaders," a chicken tractor may be the answer to our organic egg quest. It is basically a big wooden-and-wire cage with no floor. For those of us intimidated by the thought of keeping chickens, this is a way to keep them contained, out of the neighbors' yards, and safe from predators.

Pressure Cooker Canning

Pat Veretto

A boiling water bath is simple to use for some things, but pressure cooker canning is necessary for many vegetables, and all meats, poultry and seafood. As with boiling water bath canning, the food is packed into jars and closed with rings and lids, then put into canner. The difference is that a pressure canner uses two to three inches of water, just enough to create a pressure when closed and heated.

Boiling Water Bath Canning

Pat Veretto

Canning in a boiling water bath is safe for most tomatoes and fruits when the natural acids and sugars are enough to help preserve them. It's safe to make jam, jelly and other preserves when sugar is a principal preserver, and pickled products when acid is the principal preserver.

Self-Sufficient, Food-Wise

Pat Veretto

Learning to be as self sufficient as possible will only make us more secure and less apt to be hurt financially no matter what. Nothing beats the quality of fresh food, home grown, harvested and preserved by hand, and being self sufficient food-wise can be the beginning of a very satisfying lifestyle that's more frugal than you ever thought possible.

Why I Buy Organic

contributed by Brenna

I would say at least 60% of my grocery budget is spent on organic food, and 100% is spent in locally owned, neighborhood groceries who feature local fresh produce and other regionally produced staples, like grains, locally made cheese, honey and maple syrup. Is my choice the "cheapest"? Strictly speaking, no! And it isn't right for everyone. But I believe that my choice creates benefits for many more people than myself.

Simple Dehydrators and Other Ways to Dry Food

Pat Veretto

The basic concept of making dehydrated or dried food for storage is to remove the moisture that allows pathogens to live and multiply and to stop natural enzymes that cause spoilage. Removal of moisture is accomplished by exposing food to warm, dry air.

Growing Herbs for Tea

Cyndi Roberts

There are many benefits to growing and making your own herbal teas. Gardening itself is very relaxing and rewarding. With herbs from your garden, you can soothe away your troubles with a cup of chamomile tea or make yourself a refreshing cup of peppermint tea after a hard day at work.

Chickens in Your Backyard

Susannah Morris

Indoor Herb Gardens: An Inexpensive Luxury

Rebecca Faill

Bottled Water for Less

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Harvesting and Storing Herbs

Brenda Hyde

Organic Food for Less

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Decorating Easter Eggs the Natural Way

Jenny Wanderscheid

Whole Grain Meals in Minutes for Pennies

Rita Bingham

Solar Ovens

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Vegan Crockpot(r)Recipes and Resources

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Organic Food: Cheap Sources?

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