Category: DIY

9 Reasons You Should Stockpile Lemon Essential Oil (Got A Wood Stove? Try No. 5)

With its fantastic, fresh aroma and multiple uses, lemon essential oil is truly a favorite oil. I use it for everything from boosting my mood to clearing my head to deodorizing my home and keeping those pesky bugs off of my window screens. Lemon essential oil is extracted from the […]

No, Garlic Is Not Healthiest When It’s Raw. (Ferment It! Here’s How.)

If you’re trying to take advantage of all garlic has to offer, you have to eat it raw. Garlic contains a property called alliin, which turns into something called allicin once it’s been crushed and exposed to air. Allicin is responsible for all of garlic’s amazing features and its distinctive […]

The 8 Secret Essentials To Long-Term Food Storage

  Our greatest priority in preparedness should be long-term food storage, simply because any catastrophic event will affect the supply chain and food will quickly become scarce. But while food storage has significant value and provides us all with a level of security, there are some realities affecting food storage […]

8 Things Our Spoiled Society Thinks It ‘Needs’ (That Our Great-Grandparents Never Had)

I’ve written previously about how my grandparents and parents survived during the Great Depression. Although growing up with parents from the Depression had its drawbacks (those $5 tennis shoes are just as good as the $30 Vans shoes, I was told), I realize now that I actually learned quite a few […]

5 Root Cellar Alternatives That Are Low-Cost And Easy-To-Make

During the summer there is nothing better than picking fruits and vegetables from your garden and then enjoying them at your dinner table that evening. The taste, freshness and convenience cannot be beat. But how can you continue to enjoy fresh homegrown produce when they’re not in season? One way […]

9 Foods You Didn’t Know You Could Dehydrate

Many homesteaders dehydrate food but limit themselves to the “basics.” I am among that group, and thought I knew what could and what could not be dehydrated. Boy, was I wrong! We all know the usual stuff that gets dehydrated: Fruits like grapes, apples, dates, figs, plums, pineapples, bananas, cherries […]