Jill Winger

Old Fashioned On Purpose

Have you ever felt uninspired by modern life? Does the idea of living a simple, wholesome lifestyle speak to you and your family? Join best-selling author and homesteading mentor Jill Winger every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for practical tips, inspi...
Old Fashioned On Purpose

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Have you ever felt uninspired by modern life? Does the idea of living a simple, wholesome lifestyle speak to you and your family? Join best-selling author and homesteading mentor Jill Winger every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for practical tips, inspiration, and stories from a decade of modern homesteading. If from-scratch cooking, organic gardening, backyard chickens, or rows of mason jars light you up, this is the podcast for you!

Link: www.theprairiehomestead.com

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Episodes

73. Why & How I Use Heirloom Seeds in my Garden

Jan 24, 2020 1059

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 As a gardening fanatic, one of my favorite times of the year has arrived.  I don’t know about you, but when my seed catalogs arrive at the beginning of the year I find it hard to contain myself.  About seven years ago I started using heirloom seeds exclusively.  Why did I make the switch?  On today’s episodes I dive into many different reasons why I prefer heirloom seeds and the characteristics that make them different from traditional seeds.  I even provide my two favorite resources for heirloom seeds.  If you’ve ever been curious about heirlooms, this episode will give you everything that you need to know to get started on your journey.

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

My Two Favorite Sources For Heirloom Seeds:
True Leaf Market:  trueleafmarket.com
Rare Seeds:  rareseeds.com

72. How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter

Jan 22, 2020 872

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I’ve failed in nearly every way imaginable attempting to make sourdough.  So why would you listen to me?  I’ve taken the lumps so you don’t have to.  On today’s episode, I’m walking you step-by-step through my favorite way to make a sourdough starter.  Not only have I found this method to be extremely effective, but you’ll be amazed at how simple this process really is.  I’m here to show you that heritage cooking doesn’t always have to be difficult. 

•  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

71. Homesteading with Kids: How We Do It

Jan 20, 2020 1383

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While I thought that some people might question how we pull off homesteading with kids, it turns out this is one of the most-asked questions among listeners.   The truth is, it has everything to do with our parenting style.  While I’m sure there are people who will disagree with some of our ideals, this is just me explaining what works for our family on the homestead.  It’s not perfect by any means, but our ultimate focus is to get our kids comfortable with being uncomfortable, teach them how to deal with challenges, let them learn how to entertain themselves, and so much more. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

70. Are the Old Ways Gone Forever?

Jan 17, 2020 830

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With the rapid evolution of technology and modern conveniences in our society, it’s easy to ask if the old ways are falling to the wayside.  While it’s true that some things are bound to disappear, it’s also true that from the hustle of New York City to the calm of the Wyoming countryside, more-and-more people are discovering homesteading each and every day.  It might not be a full-on homestead as you and I know it to be, but people are growing their own food and raising animals despite their location and climate restrictions.  Even with the growth of society at large, today I discuss why I don’t see the old ways disappearing anytime soon. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

69. Your First Cast Iron Pan- What You Need to Know

Jan 15, 2020 834

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Cast iron can be intimidating.  With all of the misinformation floating around, it’s easy to understand why some avoid it all together.  Cast iron is by far my favorite way to cook, but it can present some real challenges for any new user.  Today we cover the difference between standard cast iron, enamel coated cast-iron, when you should and shouldn’t season your pan, what to do with a pre-seasoned pan, some brands to check out, and so much more.  I explain what to look out for with garage sale and Goodwill finds, and I also go why you basically can’t go wrong with any cast iron.  If you’ve been wanting to get into the cast iron game but didn’t know where to start.  This episode is specifically for you. 

•  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 



68. How I Shop for Organic Food in a Rural Area

Jan 13, 2020 1097

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While I absolutely LOVE living in the country, there are certainly some challenges you have to deal with.  One of the biggest challenges is grocery shopping.  While we do grow and produce many different food items on our homestead, due to our growing seasons and climate restrictions it simply isn’t possible to produce everything we need on our own.  So how do we cope?  I’m glad you asked!  On today’s episode I’m going to layout my method for supplementing our own produce with market and store bought items, big box stores, online marketplaces, and much, much more. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



67. I'm Not Sure I Like the Name Homesteading Anymore

Jan 10, 2020 1049

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Yes.  I said it.  I don’t like ‘homesteading' anymore.  When I first got involved with ‘homesteading’, the word carried a certain endearing quality.  It somehow encompassed the animals, the open fields, the freedom, and the community.  Most of all, ‘homesteading’ represented being a bit of a maverick.  In the very beginning there weren’t that many homesteaders.  Today, it seems everyone is taking their shot at homesteading.  No longer is what we call homesteading confined to the farm in Wyoming.  All across the U.S. and all around the globe people are diving into what I’m now referring to as an old-fashioned lifestyle.  Listen today to find out exactly what I mean by this and how you can get involved now. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



66. My Non-Fancy Homeschool Routine

Jan 8, 2020 1365

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On previous episodes, I’ve discussed how homeschooling has reaped massive benefits in my life.  I’ve even discussed how my children are benefitting from the exact same practice.  On today’s episode I’m here to pull back the curtain on how Christian and I homeschool our children.  I discuss everything including schedules, books we use, the main differences between homeschooling and public schooling, and so much more.   

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

65. What's In My Everyday Preparedness Pantry

Jan 6, 2020 1101

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When it comes to homesteading, one of the most overlooked essentials is a well-stocked pantry.  Whether it’s an unexpected road closure, a blizzard, or a few additional guests, planning for the unexpected is sure to save you time and stress.  On today’s episode, I walk you through the absolute must-haves from my very own pantry.  Learn why to buy meat in bulk, what fats I always keep on hand, and so much more. 


• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

64. The Most Important Thing I've Taught My Kids

Jan 3, 2020 1260

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It seems that today that many kids lack one of the most important skills that leads to long term success in every area of life.  This of course is creativity.  It seems that creativity could be getting stifled by the evolution of technology.  As things become easier and easier to access at the push of a button, we’re filling our free time with mindless activities that don’t allow for precious boredom to set in.  Creativity essential to develop is because it teaches us how to solve problems, how to deal with failure, and how to overcome obstacles.  Listen today to find out how I’m personally developing my own creativity and how my kids are as well. 


• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

63. I'm Not Hiding Anymore

Jan 1, 2020 1294

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Intentionally or unintentionally, sometimes we can hide parts of ourselves that others would really like to see.  If you follow me on social media or any of the other places my brand shows up to the world, it might be easy to assume that I always live some perfect curated life.  The truth is, we all have things about ourselves that might surprise other people.  On today’s episode, I’m here to share some things about myself that I’ve never openly talked about.  I’m sure that this episode will turn some people off and that’s fine.  today’s all about releasing things that you’ve been suppressing and shifting into the truest version of yourself. 


62. My End-of-the-Year Rituals

Dec 30, 2019 917

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Once again we’ve arrived at that magical time of the year.  The special time where hope springs eternal and a new year is upon us.  I’ve always loved this last week of the year because it gives me the opportunity to reflect on the past year and plan what’s to come.  On today’s episode, I layout the steps I always take to ensure I’m ready for success going into the new year.  This includes picking out books to read, personal and family goals,  

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


61. Do You Need a Heat Lamp for Your Chickens?

Dec 27, 2019 937

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One of the most common questions when it comes to homesteading is “What do you do to keep the animals warm in the winter?”  Naturally, our first instinct is to grab lamps or other forms of heating elements.  The thing that most of us forget is that the vast majority or animals are designed to withstand the cold own their own.  Above anything else, animals just need a way to get out of the wind and a way to stay dry.  On today’s episode I’m going to explain what we do in our coop and provide the essential elements need for ever coop. 

•  To grab Harvey Ussery’s book 'The Small-Scale Poultry Flock’ that was mentioned in the episode, click here!


60. How I Grew my Homestead Blog into a Full-Time Income

Dec 23, 2019 1659

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Looking back on how things started, it’s truly quite incredible to reflect on how I arrived at the point.  For anyone that has followed for any length of time, you’d know that my entire venture into entrepreneurship started with a blog.  When I first started, I had no intention of making money.  All I really wanted to do was tell my story.  It wasn’t until a friend reached out to me asking for advice that I realized the possibilities that were in front of me.  If you’ve ever wondered where I got my start and how I’ve progressed in the business world, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  I can only hope that this inspires you to start a journey of your own. 

•  If you have your own business or are looking to start one, this might be just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  I’m opening up a few slots in my mentorship program for people serious about growing their business.  If that’s you, email me at Jill@theprairiehomestead.com for more info. 

59. Choosing Hard But Good

Dec 20, 2019 1084

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Modern life is convenient, but is this always a good thing?  Generally speaking, if something is becoming easier, quality is likely being sacrificed in the process.  As things become easier, we become more-and-more comfortable.  We become complacent and eventually stop growing.  While I’m not here today to bash technology and all of our wonderful modern conveniences, today I’m here to explain why taking on a challenge is essential for our long-term growth.  For me, it’s chopping firewood in the cold.  What is it for you?  

•  If you’re ready to start cooking and eating like a farmer no matter where you live, head to http://www.heritagecookingclass.com to get three of the best videos from my Heritage Cooking course.




58. How & Why We Heat Our Home with Wood

Dec 18, 2019 1171

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Winter in Wyoming means frequent trips outside to grab firewood for our wood stove.  So why heat with wood in the first place?  Economy, efficiency, and independence highlight the incredible benefits of heating your home with a wood stove.  While I do profess the use of wood, there are a number of things you need to consider before jumping in and installing a wood stove in your home.  Man sure to check out the link below for even more information! 

• Want to see how Christian and I installed the wood stove on our homestead?  Check out this link to see the whole process!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhXSfmX-URg

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.






57. Homesteading in Wyoming: Pros & Cons

Dec 16, 2019 921

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Although I was born in Idaho, I still call Wyoming my home.  Wyoming is an incredible place, but before you pack up the chickens and head this way, I’m here to explain the good, the bad, and the ugly about homesteading in Wyoming.  In today’s episode I describe why your diet can affect where you choose to establish a homestead, why weather needs to be a serious consideration, and how to determine the ideal situation based on your needs.  If you’re still sitting on the sidelines when it comes to homesteading, this episode will provide a number of important things to consider before jumping in. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

56. How We Care for Our Livestock in the Winter

Dec 13, 2019 1225

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Depending on the part of the country you’re in, you’re likely finding yourself in the thick of winter.  While I’ve learned to love some of the winter moments, there are several keys you must keep in mind to ensure your animals stay safe throughout the cold months.  On today’s episode, I layout how we stay prepped for the rough weather.  This includes anything from shelter, watering systems, adjusted feeding schedules, and so much more.  No matter if you’re a seasoned pro or a homestead newbie, you’re sure to take a lot of value from this podcast. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

55. My No-Fuss Cast Iron Care Routine

Dec 11, 2019 915

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As I detailed in a past episode, there’s a lot of misinformation and folklore when it comes to cast iron.  This incredible cookware is a staple in my kitchen and it deserves a special place in yours as well.  For anyone who has been intimidated by cast iron in the past, this episode will not only ease your fears, it’ll give you the confidence to use cast iron on a regular basis.  I even explain how I cook scrambled eggs in cast iron!  Tune in to find out how to start utilizing this amazing tool in your kitchen. 

•  If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 



54. How I Learned to Love Winter

Dec 9, 2019 942

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Are you dreading the oncoming winter nights?  For quite some time, winter really got me down.  More than anything, I was bored.  After spending almost all of my time outside in the spring and summer months, I felt sequestered to my house as the frosty months passed by.  I’m happy to say this has drastically changed over the years.  By picking up new hobbies, learning to appreciate the change in seasons, and generally getting outside my comfort zone, I’ve learned how to shake the cold-weather blues. 

• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.




53. What I Learned from Making 27 Freezer Meals in 4.5 Hours

Dec 6, 2019 1228

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Are you struggling to keep up with an increasingly busy schedule filled with 4-H, homeschooling, tending to the milk cows, and all of the other wonderful things that come with life on the homestead?  I’m in the thick of it right now and let me tell you, it ain’t no joke ya’ll!   Like most of you listening, I’ve always felt a certain way about freezer meals.  My first association had always been bland, lifeless casseroles.  As a proud homesteader, they always felt like cheating to some degree.  It wasn’t until I took a serious deep dive into into meal prep that I realized the power and convenience of well thought out freezer meals.  On today’s episode, I explain how and why my mindset shifted around freezer meals.  I also offer up my favorite tips and tricks to maximize flavor and make efficient use of your time.  Let’s get cooking! 

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

•  Click here to check out my favorite way to plan and prep for freezer meals. 



52. 4 Ways to Make Money on Your Homestead

Dec 4, 2019 1569

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This is what we all dream of, right? Of course our love of the homestead life is why we get involved in the first place, but the idea of actually making a living off the homestead (or even just a little extra money) can seem far-fetched. Today I’m not just here to explain why this is entirely possible, but I’m also providing 6 proven ways to start making money off your homestead. From selling animal products to creating homestead experiences and everything in between, I know one of these ideas are sure to spark something in your mind. Have you done anything to make money on your homestead? If so, be sure to share!

• For more ideas and inspiration on growing a profitable homestead on your own, be sure to grab my free ebook at https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/income



51. Behind the Scenes of Writing a Homestead Cookbook

Dec 2, 2019 1763

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Have you ever dreamed of publishing your own book? I can tell you from experience, it is one of the most challenging and rewarding processes you can ever undertake. On today’s episode, I’m drifting a bit from the traditional podcast. Come with me as we take a journey from initial idea to published book. We’ll talk literary agents, the difficult editing process, the computer crash that nearly broke me, and everything in between.  Whether you're interested in writing a book or not, you'll gain immense behind-the-scenes insight on how my cookbook was actually assembled!

• If you haven’t grabbed a copt of the cookbook yet or you just want to take a peak inside, head to https://www.homesteadcookbook.com



50. The 5 Most Annoying Myths about Cast Iron

Nov 29, 2019 996

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The word 'cast iron’ exudes strength in-and-of itself.  For some reason, the internet might have you believing these types of pans are delicate little flowers. No matter what you think at this point, I’m here to bust some common cast iron myths that will have you converting in no time flat.  Listen today to learn how to properly season your pan, how to save rusty pans, and hear me bust the largest, most common myth when it comes to cast iron. 

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 




49. 3 Home Dairy Recipes You Need to Make ASAP

Nov 27, 2019 1149

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Milk is magic.  It’s an incredibly versatile liquid that has the ability to morph into so many amazing things.  Today I’m focusing on three of my all-time favorite milk recipes that will leave you coming back for more.  Specifically I’m talking about yogurt, ricotta, and buttermilk.  These three recipes are not only delicious, they’re also easy to make!  Want to make these phenomenal recipes in your very own kitchen?  Follow the link below to get a detailed guide on how to do just that! 

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.







48. 5 Meal Planning Tips from a Non Meal Planner

Nov 25, 2019 1335

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Time is by far our most valuable asset.  While I love cooking delicious, healthy, and wholesome food, it can be an extremely time consuming task.  I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve wasted in the kitchen on a daily basis Today I provide my favorite tips and tricks to save time every single week.  Find out the staples that are always in my kitchen and on the shopping list, how to batch, and why it’s important to keep a list of easy-to-make meals on hand.  If you’re spending too much time in the kitchen on a daily basis, this episode is a must listen. 

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

•  My favorite place for spices and other kitchen essentials http://www.thrivemarket.com





47. How to Homestead in Suburbia

Nov 22, 2019 1027

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Do you ever dream of the homestead life, but shutter at the thought of living so far away from town?  I can’t even begin to count the number of people that’ve voiced this exact concern over the years.  Don’t worry.  I get it.  The full-on homestead life isn’t necessarily for everyone.  Don’t fret my friends, today I’m here to offer up ideas on how you can get a taste of the homestead life without ever leaving suburbia.  On this episode I cover everything from gardening to keeping your own animals.  This is a must listen for anyone that wants to get a taste of the homestead life! 

• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 




46. My Fool-Proof From-Scratch Thanksgiving Menu

Nov 20, 2019 1524

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My Fool-Proof From-Scratch Thanksgiving Menu

Are you tired of the same old processed foods you’ve been eating at Thanksgiving?  I’m here today to show you why cooking Thanksgiving the homestead way is the absolute best way to go.  On today’s episode I’ll explore my favorite way to cook a turkey, why mashed potatoes are the best, my ideal way to prepare cranberry sauce, and so much more.  This episode will provide the blueprint for crafting the most incredible home-cooked Thanksgiving ever! 

Follow this link to gain access to your Free Mini Heritage Cooking Masterclass

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

•  Find the entire from-scratch menu with recipes here:   https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/11/from-scratch-thanksgiving-menu.html



45. How to Cook the BEST Thanksgiving Turkey

Nov 18, 2019 1271

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How to Cook the BEST Thanksgiving Turkey

Yes my friends, it’s that wonderful time of the year.  Thanksgiving is upon us and for most of us that means one thing:  turkey.  On today’s episode, I’m thrilled to share my favorite way of cooking a turkey.  Brining offers the best combination of deep flavor and juiciness.  Beyond brining, I’ll share some of my favorite turkey related stories.  If you’re stressed out about the big day, fear not.  This show will provide all the information you need to make cooking your turkey a breeze. 

Follow this link to gain access to my Heritage Cooking Crash Course 

• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.

•  Find my favorite brine recipe here:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/11/cook-pastured-turkey.html




45. How to Start Using Einkorn Flour

Nov 15, 2019 2473

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Have you ever used ancient grains in your cooking?  If you’re new to the game, you’ll likely realize that using Einkorn flour produces a much different experience when it comes to cooking and baking.  Today we’re going to explore the health benefits of using Einkorn and other ancient grains.  We’re also going to dig into different uses and what to expect when you first go to use ancient grains in your cooking. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Substitution guides for recipes A special gift from me to you! 

•  Check out my favorite source for pantry items at https://www.thrivemarket.com
Follow this link to gain access to my Heritage Cooking Crash Course
• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.
• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.
•  Check out https://www.jovialfoods.com for my favorite place to order einkorn flour. 



43. Where to Start if You've Never Homesteaded Before

Nov 13, 2019 1396

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There is no shortage of information out there when it comes to homesteading.  The unfortunate thing is that most of it is just fluff.  Today I’m here to provide you a quick start guide so that you can get on the correct path on your journey.  Learn why food is always the top priority on the homestead and how you can start weeding out poor choices immediately.  Find out why the most important part of starting a homestead will always be taking action. 

•  Check out my favorite source for pantry items at https://www.thrivemarket.com
Follow this link to gain access to my Heritage Cooking Crash Course
• If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.
• To begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



42. Home Dairy Recipes You Need to Make ASAP

Nov 11, 2019 1021

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If you’ve followed me for any period of time, you’d certainly know my deep love for all things butter.  It’s by far my favorite dairy-made product.  Today you’ll learn the process of making your own butter at home and the incredible advantages it provides over store bought butter.  To be honest, you’ll be shocked at how easy this really is to do.  I hope this inspires you to start making butter of your own today! 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Equipment you’ll need to make butter A special gift from me to you! 

If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.



41. 3 Common Home Dairy Myths that are Holding you Back!

Nov 8, 2019 1237

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Home dairy is a bit of a status symbol in the homesteading community.  However, there are three very big myths that prevent most homesteaders from even getting started.  In today’s episode I expound on these myths as well as outlining many incredible uses for home dairy  (hint:  it’s not just milk). 

Some highlights from the episode: 

My foray into banned milk products My favorite home dairy products 

If you're ready to start your home dairy journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cheese to access the guide mentioned in the episode.



40. A Day in My Life

Nov 6, 2019 1567

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What’s it like to be a homesteading, homeschooling, entrepreneur, from-scratch-cooking, mom-of-three?  I’ll be the first to admit, it can be exhausting.  While I work to keep a set schedule, depending on the seasonal duties I have I need to keep things a little fluid.  Fair warning, my schedule isn’t to be used as a template for everyone.  I’m simply here to show you how I manage my busy life with the hope that you can take some bits and pieces to improve yours. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why simple is best when it comes to breakfast One special secret to gain time as an entrepreneur 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



39. All About Broody Hens

Nov 4, 2019 1302

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When push comes to shove, I always prefer to let a broody hen hatch her eggs rather than getting chicks from the feed store.  However, sometimes it’s just not that simple.  If you’ve ever been curious about broody hens or have dealt with this yourself, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  What I have for you today is a crash course on everything you need in order to successfully deal with a broody hen.  Keep your pen and pad handy.  This episode is full of useful gems. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

What’s a broody hen? How to spot a broody hen Downsides of broody hens 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



38. How Being Homeschooled Helped Me Later In Life

Nov 1, 2019 1221

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As I sit here today, it’s very clear to look back and see how homeschooling gave me the tools needed to succeed.  The disciplined instilled in me at young age allowed me to build the habits that let me excel in college and in business. It gave the me the freedom to explore passions that I never would’ve been able to if I attended public schools.  To be very clear, I’m not saying homeschooling is the only way or that public schooling is bad.  I’m here to relay my experiences and explain how homeschooling can be beneficial in the long run. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why homeschooling gave me time to play How my passions in high school became my living 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



37. Why We Have Dairy Goats Again After an 8 Year Hiatus

Oct 30, 2019 652

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No, the title isn’t a mistake.  After gaining a reputation online as “the milk cow” girl, once again we have milk goats.  Why do we have milk goats again after all these years?  Our daughter Mesa decided to use some of her fair money to buy two Paper Nigerian Dwarfs.  Listen today to find out why I’m excited to once again have goats on the homestead and what we could be doing with them in the future.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

Uses for raw goat milk How these goats could become a 4-H project 

If homesteading is definitely in your future, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/homedairyrecipes to access my Home Dairy Handbook.  This handbook will allow you to Skip the farm store and make safe, natural products for your milk cows & goats at home.



36. 5 Things I Learned as a First Time 4-H Mom

Oct 28, 2019 1006

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4-H played a pivotal role in my life growing up.  Because of this, I have been counting downs the days until my daughter was able to start participating.  Though I had experience of going through 4-H as a kid, it’s entirely different going through it as a parent.  In today’s episode, I’m here to share the most valuable tips I learned from my first go-round as a 4-H parent.  My goal with this episode is to prepare you and your family for success with 4-H. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why you should hang out outside your club Why you should be ready to learn at all times 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



35. How to Use Essential Oils for Cooking

Oct 25, 2019 1471

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Cooking with oils tend to be looked at as a no-no in the culinary world. However, with a little practice and some care, essentials oils have become a vital addition to my kitchen cabinet. Today we’re going to investigate how to asses any dangers with essential oils, the efficacy of cooking with them, and the incredible flavor benefits from good oils. Most important, you’ll learn how to separate the good oils from the bad so to ensure you’re putting quality oils in your food.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why ingesting oils and cooking with oils are two different things My favorite oils to use in my cooking Why using herbs and oils is the best bet  

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/essential-homestead-ebook to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

Click here to find out why Doterra is my one and only source for all things essential oils.



34. How & Why to Cook with Maple Syrup

Oct 23, 2019 2183

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Have you ever wondered how you can eliminate sugar from your recipes replace it with 100% natural sweetener that’s actually good for you? This might seem like something made I just made up, but I promise you this is a real ingredient that you can start using immediately. Today I’m joined by homesteader, author, photographer, and maple syrup expert, the incomparable Michelle Visser. Michelle walks us through the incredible process of how to make syrup from beginning-to-end. She also digs deep into why homesteading matters and why she initially had a difficult time with the transition from suburbia.


To taste the wood-fired, single-sourced syrup Michelle always recommends first to her friends go here: https://www.bearmountainmaple.com/?ref=3

For a sneak peak into Michelle’s new book (including a few delicious recipes): soulyrested.com/order

To download Michelle’s conversion chart, for baking with maple syrup: https://soulyrested.com/2019/07/14/substituting-maple-syrup-for-sugar/

To download Michelle’s comparison chart, comparing maple to refined sugar: https://soulyrested.com/maplesugar/

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Facebook group “Maple Syrup Making”: https://www.facebook.com/groups/136771923048656/



33. The 3 Fats You'll NEVER Find in My Kitchen (and what I use instead)

Oct 21, 2019 1600

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For many health conscious individuals out there, fat might as well be a four letter word.  The sheer thought of using fat to cook might even send chills up your spine.  Fear not my friends.  Not only do the right fats add a ton of flavor, but many are even good for you.  I did a ton of research while building my ideal homestead kitchen, and fat was the common ingredient tying the best recipes together.  Listen today to find out all of my favorite fats and receive an incredible offer on my favorite olive oil! 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why vegetable oils are a non-starter Why you should avoid any fat that is heavily processed 

Visit Fresh Pressed to get your $1 bottle of olive oil  https://www.getfresh23.com 

If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 



32. 5 Kitchen Tools I Can't Live Without

Oct 18, 2019 1168

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Let’s face it.  The modern kitchen isn’t built for the homestead lifestyle.  Even after several renovations, my relatively small kitchen requires several key tools to create maximum functionality.  If you’ve ever wondered the key items I simply can’t live without, well today is your day.  From dutch ovens to wooden spoons and everything in between, load up on these simple tools to make your daily food preparation a breeze. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why cast iron is a must have Spoon Butter:  What it is and why you need it The true workhorses of my kitchen 

For my exclusive spoon butter recipe, click the link below.
https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/01/homemade-spoon-butter-recipe.html

If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 



31. How We Found Animals for Our Homestead

Oct 16, 2019 1455

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It’s no secret.  Out of all the aspects of homesteading, the animals are the one thing I can’t live without.  Today I’m going to walk you through everything you need to consider prior to adding your first animals to your homestead.  You’ll learn where to buy, what to look out for before buying, why quality is always the best route, and so much more.  Discover why bloodlines not only lead better animals, but also more dollars in your pocket.  Even if you currently have animals on your homestead, this is an episode you won’t want to miss! 


Some highlights from the episode: 

Why zoning laws can determine what animals you can have Can you afford to feed the animals? Why impulse buying isn’t the way to go 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



30. Why Homesteading Matters (The Homestead Manifesto)

Oct 14, 2019 1138

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Without a doubt, by far the question I get asked the most is how I got started in homesteading.  In reality, the better question to ask is why does homesteading even matter in the first place?  In today’s episode, I take a deep dive into why homesteading serves such an important purpose in today’s ever increasing technological world.  The truth is, no amount of convenience can replicate or replace the satisfaction that comes from homesteading. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

How soil can have anti-depressant effects Why working with your hands can create a sense of accomplishment 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



29. 4 Things to Consider Before You Buy a Homestead

Oct 11, 2019 1033

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If you’re on the verge of stepping into the homestead life, this episode is a must listen.  Today I’m diving into the most important issues to consider before making an investment in a property.  Find out why thinking small can leave you stuck, why climate considerations matter, and why overall lifestyle is important to keep at the front of mind.  No matter if you’re purchasing your first homestead or if you’re on the lookout for an upgrade, you’ll find plenty of information to help you make a more informed decision. 

Some highlights from the episode: 

How to spot hidden HOA fees Why there’s no such thing as a perfect homestead 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.




28. How to Use a Crock for Fermenting

Oct 9, 2019 1253

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Fermented foods can be a polarizing topic.  For quite some time, they literally left a bad taste in my mouth.  Have you ever experienced this yourself?  It wasn’t until I ventured into the world of crocks that I finally cracked the fermentation code.  No matter what side of the fermentation fence you sit on, today’s episode will provide a thorough guide to help you get started.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

Different kinds of fermentation tools Why food should stay below the brine How to properly prep vegetables Want to download the special bonus videos  I mentioned in the episode?  Head to https://www.homesteadcookingclass.comClick here for my blog post on fermentation crocks. Follow this link to gain access to my Heritage Cooking Crash Course For all of your homesteading equipment needs, head to Lehman’s Hardware https://www.lehmans.com/




27. How to Extend Your Growing Season

Oct 7, 2019 813

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Winter is slowly creeping up on us, especially here in Wyoming.  After our first frost last week, I knew it was time to start prepping for the season ahead.  That being said, we don’t have to give in and close up shop at the first sign of winter.  There are a number of different tactics we can utilize to squeeze the last bits of life from our gardens.  In fact, the tips I’m outlining in today’s episode have the potential to extend the life of your garden by 6-8 weeks!  Pretty incredible, right?  Tune in today to discover there easy and relatively inexpensive ways to keep your garden producing into the early stages of winter.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

Hoop houses:  what are they and why do they work? How to build a cold frame 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide



26. Cover Crops: Your Garden's Best Kept Secret

Oct 4, 2019 1464

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Today I’m here to provide you a very organic, extremely affordable way to fertilize your soil, suppress weeds, increase organic matter, and prevent erosion.  I know what you’re thinking-- This sounds way too good to be true!  I’m happy to tell you, this is very, very real.  On this special episode I’m joined by Parker from True Leaf Market, the non-GMO seed company that is literally a dream come true for homesteaders like you and I. I've ignored cover crops for YEARS because I had a hard time getting straight information on when and how to plant them-- that changed after this interview. Join Parker and I as we dig deep into cover crops and how they can transform your garden.

Some highlights from the episode: 

What is a cover crop? The easy solution if you're confused over which type of crop to plantExactly WHEN and HOW to plant your own cover cropsCover crops options for a no-till garden

Check out True Leaf Market: http://bit.ly/2ViiP3U

Grab the Cover Crop Printable: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/cover

More Cover Crop Info on The Prairie Homestead Blog: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2019/10/garden-cover-crops.html



25. How (& Why) to Can Apples at Home

Oct 2, 2019 1079

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Apples hold a special place in my heart.  This incredible fruit is the very first thing I ever canned on my own.  In today’s episode I detail my favorite way to preserve apples for the long-haul.  Find out which apple varieties are the best for canning and why naturally sweet apples are always the best choice.  Today’s episode will teach you how you can create incredibly tasty, crispy apple slices with minimal use of sugar.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

The best types of apples for canning The proper equipment needed for canning apples 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 



24. How to Prep Your Garden for Winter

Sep 30, 2019 1327

Description:

The seasons are changing.  Depending on the part of the country you’re in, winter can mean vastly different things.  While it’s great to enjoy the current harvest, a homesteader always has to plan ahead with the upcoming season in mind.  On today’s episode I dig deep into my favorite tactics on preparing for winter, including amending your soil, cleaning up your plants, adding compost, and so much more.  Use this episode to get prepared for the cold weather so you can make it through winter with your peace of mind.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why tidying your plants with help future yields Why soil tests helps you spot problems with current crops 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

As mentioned in the episode, head to https://www.trueleafmarket.com for all of your seed and garden needs. 




23. How to Dig Up & Store Potatoes for Winter

Sep 27, 2019 920

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Potatoes are by far my favorite vegetable.  I’d imagine it’s pretty safe to say I’m not alone in my affinity for spuds.  No, it’s not even due the fact I was born in Idaho, better known as the home of the potato.  My favorite part of harvesting potatoes is the act of digging them up.  It’s like treasure hunt every time.  Today’s episode is dedicated to everything potatoes.  From harvesting to storing to preparing and everything in between, this will prepare you and your family for the coming harvest.

Some highlights from the episode: 

The best tools for removing potatoes from the ground Why you should abstain from washing your potatoes The optimal way to cure your potatoes Which potatoes store the best 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.




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22. How to Preserve Fresh Herbs for Later

Sep 25, 2019 924

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Herbs have always seemed to be hit or miss for me.  While I love the flavor fresh herbs bring to my cooking, I tend to either have more than I know what to do with or none at all.  If you’v ever experienced this problem, this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  I detail my four favorite methods of preserving herbs for the long haul.  Many of you are likely aware of dried herbs.  While I do cover dried herbs, I dive into three other techniques that are less common but just as effective.  If you want to prepare tasty meals through any season you don’t want to miss this episode.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Drying herbs is simple, but is it most effective? How long dried herbs last Why ice trays are my secret weapon 

For my complete guide on how to eat like a Farmer even if you live in the city, head to http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com right now to get started. 


21. How to Pickle Any Vegetable

Sep 23, 2019 762

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If you’re anything like me, you’re always searching for different ways to maximize the yield from you harvest.  While I love canning, sometimes the volume of your harvest simply doesn’t warrant going through the process.  On today’s episode I’m detailing my favorite way of quickly preserving even the smallest amount of vegetables.  Listen to find out the entire process of quick-pickling, the tools you’ll need to pull it off, and some of my favorite recipes.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

A “canning-free” method of preserving vegetables Quickly preserve vegetables for several months in the fridge Why you should avoid pickling leafy veggies 

For my complete guide on how to eat like a Farmer even if you live in the city, head to http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com right now to get started. 


20. How We're Raising Our Kids Like It's 1955

Sep 20, 2019 1402

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On today’s episode, you’re going to learn how Christian and I are managing to raise old-fashioned kids in the modern technological world.  How our we accomplishing this?  Mostly by providing our kids with unstructured time.  It turns out that allowing time for your children to be bored will actually increase their creativity.  Who knew?  Listen to find out why letting go of your kids is actually the best thing you could ever do as a parent.

Some highlights from the episode: 

How and why we limit screen time Why letting go helps your kids with problem solving Why giving kids responsibility helps them grow 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


19. How to Start a Homestead When You Feel Overwhelmed

Sep 18, 2019 1206

Description:

When is the “simple life” not always simple?  For those of you transitioning into the homestead lifestyle, it’s pretty much all the time.  From barn construction to dairy goats to him baked bread and so much more, it’s a never ending cycle of building and improving.  How do I know?  I’ve been there.  Even with all the homesteading experience Christian and I now have, we still find ourselves overwhelmed at times.  Today I’m going to demystify the process of starting a homestead and provide every tip and trick you need to take action today.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why a planner can cure all anxiety How to prioritize your action items Why action always cures fear Comparison derails progress 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


18. How to Cook from Scratch When You Have No Time

Sep 16, 2019 1465

Description:

Whether or not you are currently a homesteader, I’m willing to bet that we both share this common problem.  Time is our most valuable commodity, and usually the first and easiest thing to sacrifice is a good home cooked meal.  Today I’m here to not only explain why you don’t have to sacrifice cooking from scratch but also provide the tools you need to make your home cooked meals a reality.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why humans are born to create Why menu planning will save you time and money Why big batches are your friend The  best tools for prepping meals 

If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 


17. How We Started a Homestead on One Income

Sep 13, 2019 1084

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When Christian and I first started out, we were relying on his single income as an electrician.  By staying out of debt and focusing on doing anything we could do to earn extra money, it allowed us to build our homestead piece-by-piece.  Regardless of where you’re at financially, it’s possible to get into the homestead game.  Before you begin on your journey there’s some key things you should know.  First and foremost, it’s going to take a serious amount of discipline along with rock solid intent.  Second, there’s no right or wrong way to do this.  Listen today to find out how Christian and I managed to make our dream a reality and learn some tips and tricks so you can do the same.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why staying out of debt is key for success Why you should buy everything used DIY everything you can 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


16. Dairy Goats vs. Milk Cows: Which is Best?

Sep 11, 2019 1472

Description:

Today I’m going to be taking a deep dive into one of the more controversial topics on the homesteading front.  Although both dairy goats and milk cows are viable options, find out why Christian and I eventually moved to milk cows and sold our goats.  Learn the main differences when it comes to cost, pasture space, transportation, and overall taste of milk.  If you are considering entering the world of home dairy or contemplating making a switch, this episode will provide everything you need to make an informed decision.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

The pro’s of owning dairy goats Why zoning is important to consider Why goats are a challenge to keep fenced in 

For everything you need to about getting into the dairy game, head to  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/homedairyrecipes to download your complimentary guide. 


15. How We Built Our Raised Garden Beds

Sep 9, 2019 1332

Description:

Greetings friends and family!  Back in episode 3 I explained the benefits of raised garden beds and why we chose to use them on our homestead.  Today I’m going to talk about several different options on how you can create raised beds on your own.  You’ll also get a detailed explanation on how we built own very own, incredibly unique raised beds made out of steel.  I’m hoping this episode will make it clear that there’s no right or wrong way to build a raised bed, it simply comes down to finding something that fits your specific needs.


Some highlights from the episode: 

How to build a raised bed garden on any budget Learn why it’s always better to invest more for durability and longevity Tips for minimizing weeds in your raised beds 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

For complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow


14. Is Home-Canned Food Less Nutritious?

Sep 6, 2019 695

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Eating fruits and vegetables fresh off the vine is always the preferred method for optimum nutritional value.  Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to consume our fresh foods before they go bad.  So what’s the best way to preserve the harvest?  Research shows that proper canning is the best way to ensure nutrients remain locked in your foods as long as possible.  Listen today to discover everything you need to know about the shelf-life of nutrients when it comes to preserved foods.


Some highlights from the episode: 

Tips on the best recipes for preserving nutrients Canning, freezing, or dehydrating? How not to preserve your food 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


13. Our Biggest Homesteading Mistakes

Sep 4, 2019 1295

Description:

We all make mistakes.  Let me tell you, Christian and I have made quite a few on our homesteading journey.  In today’s episode, I’m going to dive into the top 5 mistakes we’ve made over the last few years.  These learning experiences are sure to save you time, money, and headaches in the process.  No matter if you own a homestead, are interested in becoming a homesteader, or simply enjoy learning about the lifestyle, there are valuable lessons to learn throughout.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why doing it right the first time is always the best way to do it Why thinking bigger is better You can’t do it all at once, so don’t try 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


12. 5 Canning Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Sep 2, 2019 1297

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As we’re approaching harvesting season on the homestead, it’s crucial to be prepared for the bounty of food that’s about to roll in.  Whether it’s coming from your own garden, a farmers market, or other local producers, understanding how to properly preserve the harvest will provide wonderful meals for months to come.  Today we’re going to focus on my favorite method of food preparation:  canning.  In particular, I’m presenting the 5 most common mistakes people make when it comes to canning.  Listen to find out why the “old fashioned” canning techniques can be harmful, which modern methods aren’t always safe, why acid is essential to safe canning, and so much more.  

Some highlights from the episode: 

Different methods of preservation:  freezing, fermentation, dehydration, canning and more Bacteria and food safety Why you should always follow canning recipes as they’re written 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


11. Weed Control Tips for the Organic Garden

Aug 30, 2019 1454

Description:

Have you ever struggled to keep your weeds at bay?  It’s one of the most common problems for any homesteader.  I don’t know about you, but I sure don’t want to be spending three hours a day in my garden just to keep my weeds under control.  Over the years I’ve tried dealing with this issue in many different ways.  Today I’m here to share my most effective tips in weed control.  These will not only save you time, but they will also give you peace of mind.  Make sure to stay tuned for my favorite home made weed spray! 

Some highlights from the episode: 

Preventing weeds from seeding Why mulch is the best tool for preventing weeds How fire can be your friend 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.


10. 5 Tips for Making Crunchier Pickles

Aug 28, 2019 828

Description:

Are you tired of dealing with soft, squishy pickles?   I’m sure I’m not the only one who has dealt with this problem.  After years of experimentation and fighting with different recipes, I’ve collected these 5 simple tips to take your pickles to the next level.  We’ll learn why small cucumbers are the best, why immediate canning leads to crunchy pickles, and why the blossom end might be our biggest enemy.  You’ll also hear about my favorite way to keep pickles fresh for the long-haul.

Some highlights from the episode: 

Why you should always use small cucumbers  What is tannin and why you should use it How Tea can power up your pickles 

Do you want to start canning but don’t know where to begin?  Head over to https://www.learnhowtocan.com for everything you need to get started today! 


9. Natural Fly Control Strategies

Aug 26, 2019 980

Description:

Yes, it’s that special time of year that we all love: Fly Season! For all of my fellow homesteaders currently in the throes of fly season and the ones about to experience it, I’m here to deliver my top four strategies on how to mitigate our pesky little friends. I provide in depth details on each strategy and all of the necessary links to access the tools mentioned in the episode.

My Top Four Strategies for Natural Fly Control: 

 Fly predators:  “Good" bugs fighting “Bad” bugs.  Get your fly predators at http://bit.ly/2KUZhinManure Management:  Flies adore poop.  If you don’t keep it under control, you have no chance to control flies.DIY Fly Sprays:  Who knew essential oils were so effective? I rely heavily on my homemade sprays to help me survive the fly onslaught. Trap Them: Simple, yet effective. 

Get your complimentary copy of my Essential Homestead eBook, complete with my favorite DIY fly spray formulas!
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Click here for your free guide on how to create your own fly traps https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/07/homemade-fly-trap.html

8. The Surprising Truth About Canning Tomatoes

Aug 23, 2019 903

Description:

Who knew canning tomatoes was such a controversial subject? When you stumble across canning discussions on Facebook or in other homestead groups, this seems to be one of the most hotly contested topics. Why you might ask? Primarily because many canning organizations challenge certain traditions in terms of how foods should be canned. Fear not my friends. In today’s episode, I share a simple solution that will allow you to utilize any canning method you desire.  I also dig deep into the different factors that can affect the acidity, which ultimately effects the canning method you should use.  If you’ve ever wondered how you can stay true to whatever canning method you desire, then this is the podcast for you!

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  How decay and over-ripening affect the acidity     
    •  When to use water-bath canning vs. pressure canning 
    •  Why lemon juice, vinegar, or citric acid can be your best friend 

Kick your fears to the curb and learn everything you’ll ever need to know about canning at https://www.learnhowtocan.com now! 

7. How to Help Your Garden Recover from Hail

Aug 21, 2019 1268

Description:

Hail is one of the most destructive forces when it comes to the health and well-being of your garden.  If you’re anything like myself, you can relate to the devastation of walking outside and seeing your garden in tatters following a hail storm.   Unfortunately, a recent storm crushed months of hard work, time, and money.  Even though I was bummed and initially wanted to quit gardening, it ultimately wound up creating a positive shift in my attitude.  Today I’m going to outline several strategies on how you can salvage, recover, and rebuild moving forward.  Don’t miss my idea on how to protect your plants from future storms. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  What to do with a hailed out garden 
    •  Why you shouldn’t immediately rip out your garden 
    •  If and when you should re-plant 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.

As mentioned in this episode, you can find the perfect compost tea recipe to help your garden recover here: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/07/compost-tea-recipe.html

6. All You Ever Needed to Know About Compost Tea

Aug 19, 2019 824

Description:

First and foremost, let me ease your concerns.  I’m not here to give you a recipe a special morning beverage made from compost.  Today you’re going to learn about a special fertilizer that is sure to produce miracles in your garden.  You’ll learn the difference between aerated and non-aerated tea, why non-aerated tea is my weapon of choice, and how you can make it for free.  Listen to find out why compost tea is one of the best ways to give your plants a 100% organic boost! 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The easiest way to produce compost tea 
    •  My own personal compost tea recipe 
    •  The benefits of a soil drench vs. spray
    •  Other ingredients you can add to your tea

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



5. Canning Safety: What You Need to Know about Botulism

Aug 16, 2019 917

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By far the number one fear I hear the most in regards to canning concerns food poisoning.  Better known as botulism, this phenomenon has the potential to cause some very serious health problems.  While botulism has the can be extremely dangerous, I’m here to provide some guidance to help you mitigate any possible risk.  From acidity to temperature to different types of canning, listen to find a comprehensive guide on canning safely.   

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The importance of acid in home-canned foods 
    •  Why you should use a pressure canner for low acid food

To get my comprehensive canning e-book, visit https://www.learnhowtocan.com

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path.



4. How to Take a Vacation When You Have a Homestead

Aug 14, 2019 1327

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One of the most common concerns I hear from people looking to get into homesteading is what happens when you need to leave or take a vacation?  While we want all of the joys that a homestead provides, certainly there can be issues when needing to be away for a prolonged period of time.  Fear not my friends, I'm here to explain how you can leave your homestead without a great deal of worry.  Listen today to find out how we prepare for trips away from the homestead.  This episode is sure to inspire some ideas of your own.

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  The best times to leave the homestead  
    •  How to find someone to watch your place 
    •  How to cut down on chores to make things easier 
    •  Why an automatic watering system is great no matter the situation. 

If you're ready to begin this homesteading journey, head to http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow to access my full library of resources to guide you down the path!



3. Why We Chose to Garden in Raised Beds

Aug 12, 2019 1619

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Have you ever wondered if raised beds were the answer to your garden issues?  When Christian and I started our first garden on our homestead, we began with a traditional in-ground garden.  After a somewhat comical mistake involving manure, we quickly had a yard growing in our garden.  Certainly not an ideal situation.  Though a temporary solution worked for a while, we discovered a deeper issue as a result of previous pesticide use. Enter raised beds.  Listen today to find out if raised beds are the right solution for your homestead. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 
    •  How I poisoned my first garden
    •  How deep mulch saved my garden 
    •  Why raised beds can heat the soil faster 
    •  The benefits of a timed drip system 

Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide

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2. How to Can Jam Without Using Tons of Sugar

Aug 12, 2019 1313

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It’s summertime, and beyond the beautiful weather, it means that all of the amazing fruits are in season.  What does in-season fruit mean?  Jam of course!  While I love to make jam, I’ve always found that most jam and jelly recipes are loaded with added sugar.  If you’re anything like me, you want to use as little added sugar as you can.  Today I’m going to teach you how to easily create incredible tasting jams with having to overload them with white sugar. 

Some key highlights from today's episode: 

    •  Ways to make jam without overloading them with sugar
    •  The incredible science of pectin
    •  Why I like to use honey as a sweetener
    •  Click here for my favorite pectin!  https://pomonapectin.com/

Click here to get access to my series of FREE videos demonstrating the process that I detailed in today’s podcast. https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/jam

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1. How 2 City Kids Became Homesteaders

Aug 7, 2019 1914

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Welcome to the very first episode of Old Fashioned On Purpose!  My name is Jill Winger, and on today's episode I'm thrilled to share with you my very unlikely foray into homesteading.  You'll hear why growing up as city kids didn't prevent my husband and I from achieving our goal of owning milk cows, cultivating our own gardens, building our own farm, and so much more.  If you've ever had any interest in homesteading, don't miss your chance to peek in on my journey.   Before you know it you'll be starting your own!

Some key highlights from today's episode:

  How horses sparked my interest in homesteading  Purchasing our first property  How a compost pile sparked our foray into homesteading  The importance of teaching yourself

Click here to check out photos of our homestead makeover! https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/05/wyoming-prairie-house.html

Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow