Book Review: The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook

Book Review: The Vegetable Garden Pest Handbook

Homestead How-To was provided with a review copy of this book by Cool Springs Press. Vegetable garden pests are the worst. You spend all spring growing seedlings indoors, prep your beautiful garden beds, and plant your baby seedlings outdoors only to have them EATEN by 

How to Clean & Season Cast Iron Pans

How to Clean & Season Cast Iron Pans

Cast iron pans are literally one of my favorite homestead kitchen tools. They heat up well, don’t stick too much, can go from stovetop to oven, and last decades (if you take care of them). Learning how to clean and season cast iron pans is 

How to Make Jerky Treats for Dogs

How to Make Jerky Treats for Dogs

This method for making homemade dog jerky treats comes to us from guest author, Devon Dams O’Connor, a writer from upstate New York who is also an inspiring cook, gardener, and community-builder. I’m on a constant quest to make things for less than the cost 

How to Grow Onions: Three Ways

How to Grow Onions: Three Ways

Growing onions in your vegetable garden can sometimes be tricky. But with a few hints and a bit of practice, you can learn how to grow onions and successfully harvest and store almost a year’s worth of these flavorful bulbs! Onions can be grown from 

How to use Reverse Osmosis for Maple Syrup

How to use Reverse Osmosis for Maple Syrup

Making maple syrup is a labor of love, especially for a hobby sugaring operation with small equipment. Reverse osmosis is a process that can speed up syrup production by removing a significant amount of water from the sap before you put it in your evaporator.  

How to Clean Maple Sap Buckets

How to Clean Maple Sap Buckets

Cleaning maple sap buckets after you collect sap, or in preparation for this year’s collection, is essential for food safety. Clean sap buckets ensure that you are not introducing any pathogens or bacteria into the sap that you are collecting to make maple syrup. Cleaning 

How to Reduce Waste at Home (A Book Review of “Towards Zero Waste”)

How to Reduce Waste at Home (A Book Review of “Towards Zero Waste”)

Reducing waste is not a problem of the past. Just because we can now recycle, and more and more consumer goods are being produced with recyclable or even compostable packing doesn’t mean the problem has gone away. And if you find that trash and recycling 

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

Homemade pumpkin puree is so much better than the canned stuff you buy at the store. The flavor of homemade puree is much richer, and the texture can vary depending on how you want to use it. If you grow your own pumpkins, you can 

Acts of Kindness for 2020

Acts of Kindness for 2020

Looking for a kindness list that is safe for social distancing? We see a lot of lists of acts of kindness come out during the holiday season, but in 2020 there are many that don’t apply. We can’t as easily give hugs, visit a local 

Black Friday Deals for Homesteaders (2020)

Black Friday Deals for Homesteaders (2020)

This article contains links to Black Friday 2020 deals that we think are worth checking out if you want to be more self-reliant. We’ll update it throughout the weekend with ONLY items that we endorse because we’ve used them (or something similar to them). VITAMIX