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How To Render Lard & Tallow

Pork Fat Being Released From The Tissue

Knowing how to render lard and tallow is a basic homestead skill. That’s because pure lard without preservatives can be hard to come by now a days and tallow is almost impossible to find. If you don’t already know, lard comes from pigs and tallow comes from cows. I use lard in some baked goods…

How To Can & Freeze Sweet Corn

Fresh Picked Sweet Corn

Sweet corn like most vegetables is a low acid food and is only safely and dependably processed via a pressure canner. If you understand the basic principles of pressure canning you should have no trouble canning it. The are two different ways to can sweet corn: raw pack or hot pack. The raw pack method…

A Guide To Canning & Freezing Tomatoes

Jars Full Of Tomatoes In A Water Bath Canner

Most tomatoes are a high acid food and are safely process in a water bath canner. Some modern tomatoes should be processed with lemon juice to insure acidity. Always select firm, red ripe tomatoes. Don’t use overripe tomatoes. It’s important that the tomatoes not be too ripe because the acidity of tomatoes declines the riper…

How To Plant Daffodils

Husband & Wife Trees

If you ask me, daffodils are the most carefree of all springtime perennial flowers. Their blooming is a sign that winter has finally come to a close. Even if they didn’t proclaim the end of winter, daffodils would be an important perennial garden flower in their own right. Unlike tulips, daffodils are seldom bothered by…

How To Dock A Lamb’s Tail

Lambs With Newly Banded Tails

All lambs born on my farm get their tails docked. There are many different ways to accomplish tail docking and it varies by location, culture and tradition. Tail docking (shortening of the tail) is usually done in the United States to protect sheep against blowfly strike. Sometimes when young lambs or adult sheep are on…

Cook Stove Basics

Cook Stove

I use a cook stove for about 7 to 8 months out of the year. A cook stove is a lot of work, but from my point of view it’s a lot of independence and security too. No matter what the weather brings or what happens with energy costs, I will always be able to…

How To Use A Steam Juicer

Grapes In Steam Juicer Colander

I have found that the easiest way to make juice for drinking or for jelly is with a steam juicer. The first time I used one was when my neighbor offered me the use of his. After using it just one time I knew there was no going back to the old way of making…