Is DIY Kitchencraft Really Worth It?

Sometimes when you are up to your eyeballs in berry juice and the whir of the food dehydrator has been going on so long you are hearing noises that aren’t really there, you gotta wonder – is it worth it? Is it really worth it to, say, make your own jam when you could just [Continue Reading...]

A Time And Motion Study Of Strawberries

The ol’ homestead is not yet up to growing all the strawberries my family will eat in a year. We used to have an enormous berry patch and could barely keep up on the harvest, but these days we have one main berry bed that’s situated in far too shady a spot for berries. There [Continue Reading...]

Homebrew Husband Plants Something!

A few weeks ago, our garden witnessed an unusual event: I planted something. Usually I confine myself to hard labor, philosophical musing, or self mockery and only get down and dirty with the plant life when following specific orders (“no, more to the right…now turn it a little…”). But fresh back from the Seattle Tilth [Continue Reading...]

They Put What In My Beer?

We tend to think of the problems of our age as new problems. Take, for example, food adulteration. When you hear about children dying from melamine-tainted infant formula it’s easy to conclude that the food supply is starting to go to hell in a hand-basket. Without minimizing the seriousness of modern food supply adulteration, I’d suggest [Continue Reading...]

Homebrew Husband Hacks

Back when I was in college, I worked for a while with the support team for a big physics lab. The guys I worked with were a bunch of old Navy and Air Force radar technicians, so when the microwave in the lunch room stopped working, they didn’t go out and buy a new one. [Continue Reading...]

Urban Homesteaders Day Of Action: After All That, I Could Really Use A Drink, How ‘Bout You?

It’s been quite a week for the urban homestead community. We needn’t rehash the details; it suffices to say that as a group, we urban homesteaders could really use a drink. So, in true urban homestead-y fashion, let’s make one, shall we? How about a nice glass of wine, something we can raise up in a [Continue Reading...]

Yogurt Making: How To Add Some Culture To Your Day

Last August my husband and I embarked on a no spend month challenge.  We allotted ourselves $300 (jointly) in spending money.  We had to make that $300 count: all our groceries, gas and incidental spending had to come in under $300 for the month. Since we had never done this kind of thing before, I [Continue Reading...]