There’s nothing like a homemade gift to warm someone’s heart at Christmas. The time and love put into a handcrafted present make it special. If you enjoy country living, you have an excellent opportunity to make and grow gifts that will touch others. Need some inspiration? Consider these ideas:
Looking for the perfect gift for the homesteader who loves to garden and cook? Take a look at these handy cookbooks: All New Square Foot Gardening Cookbook Solve the question of what to do with all that produce! This colorful little cookbook offers a variety of suggestions for making the most of homegrown vegetables andContinue reading “3 Books for the Homestead Kitchen”
If you keep your own flock of laying hens, it can be very difficult to throw that beautiful orange egg yolk down the drain. After all, you know that one of your own chickens worked hard to produce that yolk, and you might even know which hen produced it! Besides, that vibrant homegrown egg yolkContinue reading “Eat Your Egg Yolks”
While many factors affect cucumber flavor, cucumbers will not become extremely bitter unless they are genetically predisposed to do so.
Many direct marketers like to have a distinctive edge, something that sets their products apart from the rest. In the home-raised beef realm, distinctiveness can take many forms. As pointed out in How to Direct Market Your Beef by Jan Holder, direct marketers can stand out by selling beef that is anything from gourmet grassfedContinue reading “What is Kobe Beef?”
Rhubarb is one of the first offerings of the garden each spring. When baked in a pie it adds a delicious tart flavor to the sweet custard filling. What a great way to start the growing season!
The gardening season is picking up. Some of you are probably starting to bring in the fruits of your efforts—literally. Ready to try out some new and creative ways to use your fresh vegetables this year? Here’s a Storey Country Wisdom Bulletin that contains some ideas that you might like experiment with: Fast and EasyContinue reading “Fast and Easy Ways to Cook Vegetables”
Looking for a fun kitchen gift? Perhaps someone in your family would love to make their own popcorn. Here’s a simple way to do it on the stovetop: the Whirley-Pop. The Whirley-Pop is quick and simple. Add oil and popcorn kernels to the pot, snap on the lid, and turn the handle to keep theContinue reading “Whirley-Pop”
As the first radishes start to come in, you may be looking for a simple way to enjoy the fresh goodness of raw vegetables. Try this easy dip. You can whip it up in less than five minutes, the recipe is easily adjusted to make large or small batches, and the use of salad dressingContinue reading “Versatile Veggie Dip”
The possibilities of a fresh, homegrown tomato are nearly endless. The simplest uses, such as sandwich toppings and BLTs, are by far the best. However, when you have a surplus, experiment. Dice them and use them instead of canned tomatoes in your favorite recipes. Cook them to make salsa or tomato sauce. Even green tomatoesContinue reading “Tomato”