Maddie’s Crockpot Greek Yogurt

Sweet Maddie Miller, from our Facebook group, was generous enough to share her recipe for crock pot Greek yogurt. Looks like I will head to the dairy in the morning and grab a few gallons of raw milk. – Enjoy – The Homesteader’s Wife


1/2 gallon of milk, raw or store-bought
1/2 cup yogurt, store-bought or from […]

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Breakfast Tarts

Quick, easy, and so much better for the kiddos. Fill them with your favorite jam or apple sauce for handy snack or breakfast on the go! Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife


2 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour (you can also use freshly-milled whole wheat flour from soft white wheat)
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup cold butter, cubed
2-3 tsp […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Emergency Substitutions

1 egg (for baking) = 2 egg yolks or an egg-sized dollop of mayonnaise.

1 cup cake flour = 2 tablespoons cornstarch the fill with all-purpose flour (AP) to one cup.

1 tsp dry mustard = 1 T prepared mustard

1 cup butter = 1 cup coconut oil, lard or shortening and ½ tsp salt.

1 c. corn syrup […]

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Homemade mayonnaise

I like mayo- no sense in lying, but I like one particular brand. Since they are sponsoring me, I am not gonna name names. If you haven’t noticed mayonnaise is getting expensive. Hmmmm… now that I have learned how easy it is to make and how much better it tastes- I will never buy it […]

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