Farm House Breakfast Sausage

We have been playing with sausage recipes here at the farm. Now y’all have another one to add to your collection! Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife.

1 pound of ground pork (COLD)
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp rubbed sage (or more)
1/4 tsp cracked black pepper (fresh)
1/4 tsp dried thyme (or more)
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes […]

By |May 17th, 2015|Butchering, Recipes|Comments Off on Farm House Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Italian Sausage

What are you gonna do with all that ground pork? Well, today I am making homemade pizza! I love experimenting with different flavors and styles of sausage, and since we are having pizza tonight, I figured this would be a good day to tell y’all how I make my Italian sausage. This recipe is for […]

By |April 27th, 2015|Butchering, Homesteading, Recipes|Comments Off on Homemade Italian Sausage

Curing Bacon

Bacon!!!! Bacon, bacon, bacon, and more bacon. Here is the first of your homemade and cured bacon recipes. Once you experience REAL bacon- Oscar Meyer will never satisfy the itch. Slice it thick and bake it in a cast iron skillet at 350 degrees F for easy splatter free crispiness.


20 to 25 pound batch with […]

By |March 16th, 2015|Butchering, Recipes|Comments Off on Curing Bacon

Fresh Mozzarella

Fresh Mozzarella is the best for Caprese salad, homemade Pizza, or on antipasto trays. It is so easy to make. I always use Ricki Carroll’s recipe and heat the cheese in the microwave to heat before stretching. Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife



1 gallon Milk, not ultra-pasteurized
1 1/2 tsp. Citric Acid powder, dissolved in 1/4 cup room-temperature water
1/4 […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Cheese Making, Homesteading, Recipes, Uncategorized, Vegetarian|Comments Off on Fresh Mozzarella

Traditional French Duck/Goose Sausage

Toulouse-style sausages are the classic ingredient in cassoulet. This is my version of a very rich and flavorful French sausage; it is a mild sausage seasoned with rosemary and thyme. We love it stuffed into casings or used as pan sausage. Traditional Toulouse sausages are all pork, and are minced by hand rather than ground […]

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How to Cut-up a Whole Chicken

If you aren’t going to roast or grill a whole bird, it needs to be cut up and here is how ya do it. You’ll get 2 breast halves, 2 thighs, 2 drumsticks, 2 wings, and the back bone. Special thanks to the folks over at Eatin’ Well- Enjoy – The Homesteader’s Wife

Lay the bird […]

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Washing Soda Hacks

Washing soda is a naturally occurring, highly alkaline chemical compound. It’s kinda like baking soda but harsher; this makes it great for deep cleaning or heavy-duty jobs such as descaling bathroom tiles or stripping floors of wax. Its high pH level is what give washing soda its natural cleaning power, but it is also caustic. […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Hacks, How To, Old Wive's Tales|Comments Off on Washing Soda Hacks

March Madness: Making Corned Beef

It’s almost March and I am thinking about making corned beef from scratch. I don’t mean buying a slab of gelatinous prepackaged stuff and throwing it in the crock pot either. I am thinking about brining my own! “Why bother?” And the answer is simple: Homemade corned beef is better. The commercial stuff, especially the […]

By |February 18th, 2015|Entree, Homesteading, How To, Recipes|Comments Off on March Madness: Making Corned Beef

Pressure Canning Meat

Canning meat (beef, elk, deer, pork, rabbit, chicken, rattle snake, or whatever else your bunch eats) is so easy. Yes, it is time consuming. Yes, it tastes a little different than fresh cooked meat. Yes using the raw pack method does create its own juices. Yes, it’s safe. Yes, you can use it in any […]

By |February 18th, 2015|Canning, Homesteading, How To, Recipes, Sustainability|Comments Off on Pressure Canning Meat

Growing Asparagus

If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love asparagus. Not just to eat, but the romantic notion of it. Every year, I plant a few more crowns of asparagus; it has become almost a rite of spring. Asparagus grows for generations and to me, it feels as though each crown I plant is […]

By |February 18th, 2015|Farming, Gardening, Homesteading, How To, Permaculture, Sustainability|Comments Off on Growing Asparagus