How to Make Homemade Chocolate

How to Make Homemade Chocolate

Homemade chocolate. Just the idea of it is music to my ears. Chocolate that doesn’t have a ton of extra ingredients and can be made on demand. Chocolate that tastes decadent and can be dressed up any way you want. Chocolate made in my own 

How to Stretch your Food Budget and be more Self-Reliant in the Process

How to Stretch your Food Budget and be more Self-Reliant in the Process

Making your food budget go further is a huge goal for self-reliant folks.  We’d like to feed ourselves more from our own backyard and spend less money at grocery stores.  But we don’t want to sacrifice good food in the process. Stretching your food budget 

How to Grow Salad Greens Inside

How to Grow Salad Greens Inside

Growing salad greens inside is a great way to add homegrown produce to your plate year-round. With just a few simple supplies, and a few helpful tips, you can get a rotation of salad greens going that will grace your plate even when the ground 

How to Make Crackers at Home

How to Make Crackers at Home

Homemade crackers are a delicious alternative to store-bought, and can be made in a pinch with just a few ingredients. With experimentation and creativity, you can make a snack you and your family will love. Here we share a basic method for making wheat crackers 

How to Substitute Ground Flax Seed for Egg

How to Substitute Ground Flax Seed for Egg

Flax seed eggs can be substituted for regular eggs in many recipes. There comes a time in every baker’s life when comfort baking is needed, but the egg carton is empty. In more extreme times, we may need sustenance for our family but have to 

How to Boil Sap more Efficiently

How to Boil Sap more Efficiently

Over years of experimentation with maple sugaring methods, we’ve learned a few important tips for boiling more efficiently.

How to Make Quick Berry Jam

How to Make Quick Berry Jam

Quick jam, also sometimes called refrigerator jam, is basically an easy to make jam that can be made in small batches. Quick jam can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks, or in the freezer for a few months. Because it 

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

How to Boil Sap to make Maple Syrup

This article is the third in a series on backyard sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. We appreciate their partnership in helping us to test out the process and share with our readers! You’ve tapped your trees, and in your sugar woods is 

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

How to Collect & Store Sap for Maple Syrup

This article is part of a series on Backyard Sugaring in partnership with the Vermont Evaporator Company. Check out the first article – How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup – and then use this one to get you to the next step in 

How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup

How to Tap a Maple Tree for Syrup

This post was contributed by Kate Whelley McCabe from Vermont Evaporator Company, our partner in a series of articles on backyard sugaring for February 2020. You’ve decided! You’re going to make maple syrup on the homestead for the first time this year. You’ve identified your