Getting Started With Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch Oven Cooking - Cook anywhere and anyplace. Indoors, outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven. #castiron #castironcooking

If you can cook in a dutch oven you can cook anywhere and anyplace–literally and figuratively.  Yes, you can cook indoors and outdoors, in a stove, over a fire, in a hearth, on a wood stove, even in a sun oven, which is all pretty amazing. But there is something about that knowledge that spills into other parts of your culinary life.  Maybe, it’s the nostalgic images of our ancestors cooking over an open flame in a dutch oven that gives you confidence that the way has been paved, perhaps it’s simply the knowledge that if you can’t get it to work the way you want with one method you can find another, or maybe it’s just the attitude of if they’re hungry they’ll eat it as people have done for centuries because what is cooking in the dutch oven is what’s for dinner.

Getting Started with Dutch Oven Cooking

Dutch ovens can be made of ceramic, clay, or cast iron. I will be focusing on cast iron dutch ovens in this post as they are the most common and most versatile dutch ovens. [Read more...]

Getting Started with Home Food Drying

Getting Started with Home Food Drying - 6 Things You Need to Know Plus a Great List of Resources

Want an easy way to store and preserve food?  Need a food storage method that doesn’t take up much space and requires very little equipment?  Want to make healthier snacks for your family to enjoy at home or on the go?  Looking for portable food for camping or backpacking?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should learn about home food drying.

What Equipment Do I Need to Dehydrate Food at Home? [Read more...]

Getting Started with Homestead Goats

Homestead Goats - What breed should you choose? Five Popular Dairy Goat Breeds for the Homestead. Basic goat care - What Do You Need to Raise Goats?

Nimbrethil, an Alpine doe, takes a break from carrying gear on a multi-day pack trip in the Oregon Cascades.

Raising your own homestead goats as dairy animals is a great way to get connected to your food source. Goats are not only a fabulous source of high quality milk, but are an incredibly versatile animal on a homestead; they can also provide meat, fiber, carry a pack, clear brush, or serve as a livestock companion. Dairy goats have endearing personalities, which make them a joy to keep on virtually any size homestead.

What Goat Breed Should I Choose?

If you asked five dairy goat owners which breed to pick, chances are you’d get five different answers. When choosing the right goat for your homestead, consider the following factors: [Read more...]

Getting Started with Essential Oils – Address Common Ailments with Natural Solutions

Getting Started with Essential Oils - Address Common Ailments with Natural Solutions + Giveaway

Getting Started with Essential Oils – Address Common Ailments with Natural Solutions

When I started looking into living more naturally the first thing I was concerned about was what was lurking in my medicine cabinet. I started pouring over ingredients and expiration dates. To say I didn’t love what I found is a slight understatement. Did you know that most medicine contains artificial colors and flavoring, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, as well as ingredients that could cause liver damage, drowsiness, stomach ulcers, hyperactivity…you get the idea. [Read more...]

Getting Started Vermicomposting – Raising Worms

Getting Started Vermicomposting - Raising Worms @ Common Sense Homesteading

Vermiculture composting (Vermicomposting) is the act of creating rich, organic humus for your garden or lawn by allowing red worms to help in the decomposition process. The resulting castings enrich soil by improving texture, increasing nitrogen, trace minerals, and natural growth hormones from the worms themselves.

In this article I will discuss how to get the absolute most out of small scale, indoor vermicomposting without expensive or complicated equipment.  You probably already have most of the tools you’ll need to get started. [Read more...]