Homesteading Quick Tips

Did you know you can dry greens for your green juice? Dry your lettuce, dandelion greens, and other greens until crisp. Powder in the blender. Mix with water for green juice when you don’t have the fresh stuff.

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Stop spending so much money on household cleaners! Most cleaning can be accomplished with baking soda, vinegar, old newspapers, and rags made from worn out clothing.

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Wet weather making your compost moldy? Add brown leaves, straw, or shredded newspaper, cardboard, etc. Give it more air.

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Make homemade vitamin C – dry out citrus peels, with white pith, and powder them in blender.

Take up to 1 teaspoon a day in juice or tea.

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Winter’s coming. Get out the warm blankets before you start turning up the heat.

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Homemade bread warms up the house and the heart.

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Reuse your junk mail. Save papers (without account numbers) with a blank side for use in the copier. Cut other blank papers and envelopes to consistent sizes and staple together for notepads.

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Check out medieval homesteading practices on youtube #talesfromthegreenvalley http://snip.ly/rc9jd

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Pumpkins and winter squash are in stores already. Time to stock up on healthy, hearty winter veggies. Hard squash will keep for at least a couple months stored in a cool, dry, dark place. Just make sure to protect it from rodents

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Eat more fresh produce. Juice and freeze once a week for energy boosting veggie shots all week long.

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Put a rice therapy bag in the freezer to help you cool off.

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Mulch trees, lawns, gardens to save water. Use grass clippings, crumpled leaves, straw, etc. Check for free mulch days in your community.

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Combine leftovers to make a completely new meal – mix taco meat, mac n cheese, cauliflower, top with extra cheese and heat – yum!

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Use instant potatoes to thicken soups and sauces.

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Go camping in the back yard, sleep out and cool off.

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Cook outside to keep the house cooler. Use a camp stove, the barbeque, or even a small electric hotplate or griddle.

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Cool off in a splash pad made from an inexpensive tarp and hay bales, 2x4s, blocks, or whatever you have on hand. Search online for ideas and instructions.

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It’s not too late to start a garden. Plant lettuce, radishes, potatoes, flowers and other quick producers. Check seed packets for days til harvest.

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Still throwing out food scraps? Make a $2 compost bucket. http://www.grit.com/farm-and-garden/do-it-yourself/small-space-composting-zb0z1607.aspx

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Reuse dryer sheets for quick, disposable dust rags, especially for tv screens and electronics.

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A glass on its side can be a rolling pin.

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Use a folded towel for a potholder.

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Don’t throw out that old tshirt! Cut it up in 12×12 squares for cleaning rags, swiffer pads, and filtering used cooking oil.

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Lentil sprouts make a cheap, nutritious, green veggie. Crunchy goodness in salads and stir fry.

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Pour used cooking oil through a coffee filter to remove particles and use again.

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Use newsprint to soak up grease from frying instead of paper towels.

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We’ve all been down with colds. In trying to keep the cold medicines to a minimum, we have been drinking lots of hot water with lemon slices and raw honey; chicken and other bone broths; hot raw milk and raw honey. Peppermint throat spray and peppermint candies are soothing to sore throats.

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To save space, time, work and money, try compressed wood fire bricks. I have read mixed reviews,but we are trying them out and are very pleased. We start them with a newspaper and kindling teepee and they burn longer than much of our cordwood, putting out just as much heat from the woodstove. We got them on sale at Tractor Supply. http://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/redstone-fuel-blocks

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Got some leftover baked potatoes, French fries or hash browns that you hate to throw out? Make potato pancakes. Grate all the potatoes, add more grated leftover veggies, if you have them, add 2 eggs, ¼ cup flour and enough milk to make a batter. Season to taste, we like salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, turmeric. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a hot, oiled griddle or cast iron pan. Brown on both sides. Serve with catsup, mustard, salsa, sour cream or gravy.

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Wonder why your chickens aren’t laying? Egg production tends to slow down and sometimes stop during the darkest months of winter. Chickens need about 14 hours of daylight for optimum egg production. Put a light bulb on a timer in your chicken house, to turn on a couple hours before sunrise and off after. Same in the evening. See if you notice an increase in egg production.

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Wish you could preserve the great end-of-season prices on pumpkins, pears and apples? Two words: canning jars.

If you’ve never canned before, apples and pears are perfect to start with. If you’re more experienced, there’s nothing like pumpkin pie made from home canned pumpkin. Pick up a Ball Blue Book for the basics to get you started. Also check out Canning Granny and Canning Homemade for more great ideas and recipes.

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Want to cut down on paper waste? Whip up some cloth napkins! You can buy fancy prints or use clean, old shirts or other cotton material. Cut into 12 inch squares and hem or use a pinking shears to finish edges. Serging also works. Make a few dozen and you’ll have plenty for every day use. You can make some nice ones for when company comes. Wash in hot water. Ironing may not be needed, depending on the fabric you use.

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Need some inexpensive bedding to keep your rabbits and chickens dry and cozy? Get an inexpensive paper shredder and shred your junk mail. Use this for bedding and change out as often as desired. Soiled bedding can go into the compost heap, even glossy pages will start to break down with the moisture from being used for bedding.

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Need to remove blood or sweat stains from fabric? Run under hot water, then pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain. Let it bubble for a few moments, then wash out with a good bar soap and hot water. May I recommend my own awesome, all natural milk or castile soaps? Available now at http://mrsdshomestead.com/site/shop/soaps-n-more/

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Salad greens wilting? Cut off about ½” from the bottoms and plunge into cool water. Let soak for several hours. Leaves should wick up water and get crispy again, lasting for several more meals. If not, discard into compost.

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Living on the road full-time might sound opposed to homesteading. We have found ample opportunity to exercise our homesteading chops. Today, the boy and his dad fixed the auntie’s fence. A few days ago it was the garage door. We plan and cook meals from scratch. Here in Oregon, trash is required to be separated into garbage, recyclables and compostables. These are much the same as what we do on the homestead. Homesteading is a lifestyle and becomes a habit. Look around you and see how you can use what’s available and conserve resources.

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Need more freezer space? Freeze leftovers flat in Ziploc bags. Just fill bag and zip shut, squeezing out excess air. Now flatten bag as much as possible and put in freezer. Takes up much less space than other containers do, and thaws faster when you need a quick lunch or dinner.

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