Category Archives: food

Make Kombucha – A How To Guide

How To Make Kombucha

Kombucha. You’ve heard the homestead folks and natural-living folks raving about it. You tried it. You love it, but you don’t love the price tag and you want to make kombucha at home. I’m right there with you! With bottles of commercial kombucha coming in at four or more dollars each, we’d have to tweak the grocery budget a bit to keep the big Daddykirbs family supplied with this fun, fizzy beverage. Continue reading Make Kombucha – A How To Guide

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The Skinny on Canning Food

Canning is one of the newer forms of food preservation used today. Before we had the versatility of canning, people largely used drying, smoking, fermenting, and freezing for preserving food. Thankfully, canning is easier, more reliable, and can really stretch your food budget, plus decrease waste. In this primer for the ultimate canning newbie, we will discuss the types of canning, why acid plays an important role in which method chosen, and ways to get started.

Types of Canning

There are two main types of canning: using pressure or water bath Continue reading The Skinny on Canning Food

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How To Make Fermented Hot Sauce

Homemade Fermented Hot Sauce

This experiment in fermentation was fun. Last night I had hot sauce on my dinner. I kept thinking “Will this make me sick?”. We are so brain washed by our culture to believe if it doesn’t come out of a plastic wrapper then it is bad. I’m working on clearing my brain of this kind of thinking, but it lingers. … and no, I did not get sick. It just tasted yummy. Continue reading How To Make Fermented Hot Sauce

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Chicken Garden Soup: Cooking Homegrown Food

Chicken Garden Soup: Taking Pride in Growing and Cooking Homegrown Food

This post really should come with a few of warnings.

1. I’m not a chef
2. I have no food photography skills
3. I am a man that loves growing food!

Great, we got that out of the way so I can tell you how excited I am about making soup. This soup is special because it was created on a whim when I asked “What’s for dinner?” and got “I don’t know.”

This was a great time to go “shopping in the garden”… Continue reading Chicken Garden Soup: Cooking Homegrown Food

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Commercial Grains Addiction

Yep, I’m a junky. I have to have it. My current lifestyle depends on it.

That is a sad way to start a blog post for a guy that is presenting a lifestyle of self sufficiency, permaculture, homesteading and gardening.

If we are honest with ourselves we can recognize our real challenges. I admit that I am addicted to commercial grains, therefor I can work on finding a remedy.

The first step to finding a solution to a challenge is admitting there there is a challenge, right?

I have a Commercial Grains Addiction.

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