Homesteading · Prepping · Preserving

Dehydrating Mushrooms

Overall I prefer freeze-dried ingredients for long-term storage over dehydrated, but there are a few things i far prefer dehydrated. Mushrooms are one of those things. The act of dehydrating changes the structure of the mushroom. Freeze-drying mushrooms leaves them intact and raw, but when you dehydrate them, the heat slowly cooks them. It removes… Continue reading Dehydrating Mushrooms

Homesteading

May On The Homestead

It was cold. It was wet. But even then things grew. And if anything, it has been lush due to the cooler month of May that was. The hours of daylight increase even if it doesn't seem as strong this year. Tiny stalks of aspragus. Apple trees blooming. The first bell pepper blooms. Tomatoes in… Continue reading May On The Homestead

Recipes

Great Depression Era Recipes: Hoover’s Sour Cream Cookies

Growing up my Mom made sour cream cookies often. What I didn't connect is her recipe was very close to the Herbert Hoover recipe, that is in his Presidential Library and Museum. Apparently it was a favorite of his. I know my Mom's recipe came from an ancient version of the Red Plaid Cookbook, so… Continue reading Great Depression Era Recipes: Hoover’s Sour Cream Cookies

Recipes

Great Depression Era Recipes: Poor Man’s Meal

Poor Man's Meal is a classic recipe. You can have it with or without baked beans added, but it is far more filling (and tasty with it added). As a recipe in the Great Depression it filled the belly, but also tasted pretty good - and used relatively inexpensive ingredients, but also ingredients that lasted… Continue reading Great Depression Era Recipes: Poor Man’s Meal

Gardening · Homesteading · Prepping

Growing To Eat Versus Growing For Hobby

One of the things I do yearly is test my boundaries. The boundaries of growing plants. To see what can I push to the edge, and still work. But to explain it, not that many years ago we were urban homesteaders, living off the luxury of having our mini-farmstead right out the back door, with… Continue reading Growing To Eat Versus Growing For Hobby