Do-It-Yourself Ideas

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

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

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

How to Rotate Your Own Tires

Knowing how to care for your car can help you become more independent and self-reliant. Not to mention, if there was a breakdown in the economic structure and you had to start maintaining your own car, would you know how to do it?
The knowledge and ability to rotate your own tires is a good skill... Read More

How to Milk a Goat

If you have ever wanted to keep an animal, goats are a great option. Not only are they friendly and sociable animals, they can also contribute to your self-sufficiency with their milk. Goat milk has become increasingly popular because of its higher fat content, which makes it ideal for making cheeses. It is also easier... Read More

The Pros and Cons of Canning Your Own Food

Canning food has been a long standing method to storing food in your food storage. You can create and preserve delicious foods and meals for yourself that will be able to store on your shelf for years to come.
But what are the advantages and disadvantages to canning your own food? Below are a few pros... Read More

Egg Substitutions in Recipes

Egg substitution in a recipe is a common occurrence. Whether it be for health reasons, culture, personal beliefs, or you just plain ran out of eggs, there are many different options that you can use and probably have on hand in your pantry. These substitutions will give you almost the same end result, depending on... Read More

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