FOOD

Inflation Busting

Inflation Busting

Prices are rising. I've felt it for a while. We see some official numbers, but none of the official numbers measure the things that I actually buy.  To figure it out, I created "the chicken grain report." I measure other things, too, like gas, the price of milk, and...

Empty Shelf Cooking (“No Fear” meals)

Empty Shelf Cooking (“No Fear” meals)

We're okay. I went shopping right before the pandemic. Things looked good. There was bread and milk Less than a week later, lines wrapped around the big store. Shelves emptied. People rushed the fork lift guy who was refilling the water at the warehouse store. They...

Egg Overdose: Ideas to Use Extra Eggs

Egg Overdose: Ideas to Use Extra Eggs

What to Do with Your 10M Eggs Egg overdose is not just for Easter. It's a very real thing on a homestead. Many homesteaders--even poser homesteaders fall victim to "chicken math" whereby you think chickens are cute and you get too many even though you only planned to...

BUY HALF A COW

BUY HALF A COW

With pink slime, mad cow, salmonella, and other industrial food supply contaminants, it's hard finding good beef. You have two choices--source your meat correctly or raise it yourself. If you're a real homestead, you're probably already raising your meat this. But if...

Your Pantry–Your Best Friend

Your Pantry–Your Best Friend

For $2999 I can get an entire year's worth of freeze-dried "desserts," powdered drinks, and... things I'd never eat because I'm not an astronaut. None of the marketing mentions taste--it's all about "price per calorie." There are 30-year tubs that'll last longer than...

Blueberry Corn Muffins

Blueberry Corn Muffins

This is my original recipe. I started with a master recipe in a cookbook, but changed it over the years. The corn flour and yogurt make this a much better muffin than using 100% flour. [recipe title="Blueberry Corn Muffins" servings="8-12" time="10 mins prep, 25...

Free Yogurt for Life

Free Yogurt for Life

You can make your own yogurt for pennies--and you should. Yogurt making isn't that hard at all. You don't even need a yogurt maker if you choose the right kind of yogurt. I hate paying two bucks for over-sweetened yogurt that tastes like guar gum. I also hate getting...

Swiss Chard and Mushrooms

Swiss Chard and Mushrooms

I'm buried in Swiss Chard. It's time to eat some greens! I love this, which is good because I'm going to be eating it for the rest of the summer. INGREDIENTS Swiss chard...

“Can I freeze these foods?”

“Can I freeze these foods?”

Freeze food now. Avoid shopping and cooking later. "Can I freeze...." It's the trending Google search in the UK right now.  At first I thought Londoners were having a cold snap hunting down ski coats. Not so. They're freezing food. With people on lockdown and supply...

Small Homestead? Get Grafted Fruit Trees

Small Homestead? Get Grafted Fruit Trees

TL;DR: Get some fruit trees. Grafted fruit trees can really save the day. Don't kill them. Don't let the birds and deer eat your fruit. "How can I stop buying fruit every year and be more self-reliant? I don't have much land..." If you've got a smallish Poser...

(Recycled Food Series) Bread Pudding, Bread Crumbs, and Stuffing

(Recycled Food Series) Bread Pudding, Bread Crumbs, and Stuffing

This another recycled food recipe, where we take an ingredient that's perfectly healthy but in some way or another past its prime, and upcycle it into culinary greatness. Bread pudding is a canvas for greatness. Crumble your bread products, add eggs and liquid (milk,...

Banana Bread (Don’t toss those black ones!!)

Banana Bread (Don’t toss those black ones!!)

This is an old favorite recipe for saving slimy, overripe bananas from death. When a banana gets that "yuck" texture--that's when it's at its best for banana bread. It's part of the "Recycled Food Series" aimed to get us to rethink a lot of what we throw away. America...