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Roasted Bell Peppers

Roasted Bell Peppers

Bell peppers are so wonderful fresh. But just like so many things, they are possibly even tastier when they’ve been roasted. All of the juices and sugars caramelize and make for a perfect addition to pretty much any dish you would otherwise put peppers into. […]

Butchering a Chicken

Butchering a Chicken

It’s easier than it sounds. First of all, this post is about butchering a chicken not slaughtering a chicken. There’s a difference. Though I will likely write a post in the future about dispatching, plucking and gutting a bird, this is not it. Butchering is […]

Winterizing the Chicken Tractor

Winterizing the Chicken Tractor

If you keep your chickens in a fully fledged building with insulation and real walls etc. then you’re all set for winter. When we built our little tractor this summer, I knew that I wanted to keep the hens through the winter, but still hadn’t […]

How to Make a Basic Stock

How to Make a Basic Stock

Meat or Veggie Making stock at home is one of those fundamental skills that sometimes get hyped up more then it should. A lot of people I have spoken to about this tend to say that they don’t have enough time to make stock, or […]

Drying Herbs In a Dehydrator

Drying Herbs In a Dehydrator

How and why to use a Dehydrator to preserve your fresh herbs. It’s not as hard as you might think, and will save you time and money in the end!

Homemade Hard Cider Making: Part 2

Homemade Hard Cider Making: Part 2

A continuation of our Cider Making Part 1 post. We will look into Fermentation and Bottling in this part.

Homemade Hard Apple Cider: Part 1

Homemade Hard Apple Cider: Part 1

Why make cider? In Ontario, apples are a big deal. We have a particularly good climate for growing them. So in the Fall, making cider is a great thing to try. I like cider a lot, but usually stick to wine in my home brewing […]

Cloth Banded Cheddar Cheese

Cloth Banded Cheddar Cheese

This is my first attempt at making Hard Cheese of any kind. It is also my first full use of our new cheese press! Traditional cheddar cheeses are either wax coated or cloth banded while aging. For simplicity I have used the cloth banding method. […]

Cheese Press Construction!

Cheese Press Construction!

We’re building a Cheese Press! I love the idea of making my own cheese. Up to now, I have only made soft cheeses like Brie. Hard cheeses have been calling my name! So Cheese Press construction was necessary. This post contains Affiliate links. If you make […]