Do-It-Yourself Ideas

Garlic Herb Cheese Bread in a Can

When most people think of tin cans, they are associated with having no real purpose other than to store food. But when it comes to learning how to be more self sufficient or prepared for an emergency situation, knowing how to reuse items in your home can be a valuable skill. In a previous article... Read More

Brew Your Own Beer: American Pale Ale

Brewing beer has been a popular hobby among humans for thousands of years. In most cultures, curiosity stemmed from people experimenting with fermenting rice, grain, wheat and barley. The oldest evidence for barley beer is believed to have been found in Mesopotamia about 6,000 years ago on a Sumerian tablet. They have been recognized for... Read More

Build a Smokehouse out of Pallet Boards

It’s that time of year where friends and families have barbecues and late night summer parties. And what better way to celebrate than to smoke your own pork, sausages and steaks? Some may have the means to purchase an expensive smoker while other homesteaders prefer to be a little creative and use already accessible materials... Read More

8 Tips To Help Your Chickens Lay More Eggs

If you start to raise chickens to be more self-sufficient, you want them to be as productive as possible. But what if they aren’t laying as many eggs as you’d hoped?
The most common reasons that chickens aren’t laying eggs is because they are too young, too old, the hours of daylight are too short, it... Read More

Basic Carpentry Skills: Joints

Homesteading can be fun, challenging, and beneficial. Part of self-reliant means being able to make or construct items that meet your current challenges or needs. For instance, you may want to raise chickens or rabbits and need an enclosure for them, or you might decide to make raised gardening boxes. Whatever the present need, the... Read More

How to Clean a Fish

Fishing has been an age-old hobby, sport, and way-of-life in many cultures. Many people enjoy eating fish, but many do not know how to clean one. Cleaning a fish is a skill that brings a sense of independence and can prove to be useful in survival or everyday situations. For those who have never cleaned... Read More

How to Quilt a Queen Size Blanket by Hand

Learning how to quilt by hand is a very valuable skill among people who homestead or live in rural areas. Not only will your newly hand sewn quilt keep you warm but it will also give you a fun, time-consuming project to work on. Some homesteaders who enjoy sewing will sell or trade their quilts... Read More

How to Pluck and Dress a Chicken

We’ve talked previously about caring for chickens on a homestead. But most people aren’t raising chickens just as pets - they’re raising them to eat!
So, what is the best way to kill, pluck and prepare a chicken?
Below, we’ve prepared some instructions on how you can do that. Take a look at the instructions and be... Read More

Storing Your Water in the Winter

Water is the most important item to keep in your storage because it is essential to survival. However, this can become more difficult in the winter when temperatures drop below freezing. If your water freezes, you’ll need to use precious energy and heat to thaw it out for use again. But there are precautions you... Read More

6 Ways to Pay Off Your Debt

If you are carrying a large amount of debt it can feel hopeless and seem impossible to get yourself out of the situation. Debt can be very limiting and controlling, and your life can be lived much more freely when you don’t have that hanging over your head. However, there are steps you can take... Read More

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