Homestead Basics – Food Storage

ood storage is an important part of any home. You never know when the weather might go bad, or you loose a job. Dont forget about the self sefficiency aspect that takes a load off your shoulders knowing your family can eat for 3, 6, or 12 months without assistance from anyone else. I personally have about 8 months worth of food storage and 2 weeks water storage. Since we moved I havent had a chance to resupply our water. I had 6 months of water before the move. Ill show you my water storage project in a later post.

Food Storage Jars Food storage is an important part of any home. You never know when the weather might go bad, or you loose a job. Don’t forget about the self sufficiency aspect that takes a load off your shoulders knowing your family can eat for 3, 6, or 12 months without assistance from anyone else. I personally have about 8 months worth of food storage and 2 weeks water storage. Since we moved I havent had a chance to resupply our water. I had 6 months of water before the move. Ill show you my water storage project in a later post. I searched the internet to find a site that covered it all simply, yet thoroughly. I really like how the girls at Food Storage Made Easy did it. Here is some beginning tips:

Prepare Your Space:

  • Find the coolest place in your home.
  • Clean your space out well so you wont be overwhelmed by a crowded dirty area.
  • See BabyStep 1 for shelving information.

Determine Your Budget:

  • Determine how much per month you can spend.
  • Eventually your grocery budget should just include food storage within it, however when you’re starting from scratch you may need to invest a little more upfront.
  • It is not wise to go into debt for food storage, so be prepared to be thrifty and think smartly.

Make a Plan:

  • Browse through the first few BabySteps to determine your initial start-up plan.
  • Be careful not to think too far ahead or you’ll never get started.
  • We recommend getting a partner do to this with. It gives yourself some accountability.
  • GIVE YOURSELF DEADLINES! (and maybe even rewards like chocolate cake for accomplishing each step)

Be sure to visit their site for ALOT more info on the subject of food storage: Food Storage Made Easy!

Case Tractor 444, 446, 448

I can not say enough about these little tractors. Ours is the Case 448 Garden Tractor. With the hydraulic system, a rear PTO valve can be installed which runs a multitude of attachments (factory tiller, wood splitter and wood chipper) along with just about any other hydraulically operated contraption you could dream up.

Case 448I can not say enough about these little tractors. Ours is the Case 448 Garden Tractor. With the hydraulic system, a rear PTO valve can be installed which runs a multitude of attachments (factory tiller, wood splitter and wood chipper) along with just about any other hydraulically operated contraption you could dream up.

They are great for little jobs around our place. From taking the trash to the end of the drive to pulling a trailer full of firewood up to the house. We have used ours for everything. I has a 3 point attachment setup in the back. You can find lots of different attachments for them. We have the plow and mower attachments. They both do their job rather well. Check out the Case Tractor club on Yahoo. You will find loads of info. This site is what convinced me to buy one. I wish they still made them.  I can’t wait to find more jobs for this tractor and see what else I can make it do. Check them out and let me know what you think of them!

Skunk Odor Removal Recipe

I spotted our dog hanging out in some brush. About the time I was getting ready to call him he comes running out coughing, slobbering, and shaking. I knew that it wasn’t good and about 3 seconds later and nice breeze confirmed it! OOOff. Man dog you stink! In the 4 weeks we have been here he has found just about everything except a skunk. I guess it was only a matter of time. Surprised it took that long actually.

Skunk Odor Removal

I spotted our dog hanging out in some brush. About the time I was getting ready to call him he comes running out coughing, slobbering, and shaking. I knew that it wasn’t good and about 3 seconds later and nice breeze confirmed it! OOOff. Man dog you stink! In the 4 weeks we have been here he has found just about everything except a skunk. I guess it was only a matter of time. Surprised it took that long actually.

Luckily I have some past experience with wildlife, so I had a recipe filed away to remove the odor. Only one little problem, I never actually used the recipe. So here we go, time to put my advice to practice and see how it works.

Washing Bandit Bandits Skunk Bat Baking Soda skunk removal

Skunk Odor Removal Recipe

Ingredients:

    • Scope  Mouth Wash
    • Hydrogen Peroxide
    • Baking Soda
    • Dawn Dish Soap

Directions:

  1. Fill spray bottle with “Scope” Mouth Wash and spray animal twice over. Let “Scope” set for 10 minutes.
  2. Pour hydrogen peroxide on animal. Avoid contact with eyes
  3. Apply baking soda and “Dawn”, lather, and rinse.
  4. Rinse after soaking/scrubbing for at least 20 minutes.

There you have it. After he dried off, no skunk smell for about 24 hours. After that we got a VERY faint smell if are now was right on his fur. But he is back to wagging his tail and acting like he owns the place!

10 Day Survival Pack for $25

A 10 Day pack seems like a no brainer for $25. Why wouldn’t you do it? I too the advice from the Backwoods Home Magazine and did just that. No reason not to have a few of these and left in each vehicle for a “just in case” scenario.

10 Day Survival Pack
10 Day Survival Pack

A 10 Day pack seems like a no brainer for $25. Why wouldn’t you do it? I too the advice from the Backwoods Home Magazine and did just that. No reason not to have a few of these and left in each vehicle for a “just in case” scenario.

It seems like every winter there are news stories of people getting stranded for weeks in bad weather while driving through the many remote areas of our country. In fact, in a past winter, our nation held its breath waiting for news of James Kim and his family who got lost traveling the snowy roads of Josephine County in Oregon. While his wife and daughters, who stayed with their vehicle, were eventually found alive, he succumbed to the cold as he hiked through snow looking for help for his family. And there are also many cases of people trapped for days in their vehicles after skidding over a bridge embankment, even though they were only a few hundred feet from a busy highway. Continue reading here!

Our Ford Tractor

Every homestead needs a tractor. We chose a Ford 8n as our first piece of tractor driving machinery!

Ford 8N You cant start a homestead without a tractor (At least thats how I explained it to my wife so I could buy one!). I found a killer deal on a Ford 8N tractor. $300!! Needed a little work to get it running right, so I spent an hour tinkering with it. Purs like a cat and smokes like a chimney! OH well, what else can you expect for $300. I havent gotten any implements for it yet. The main thing Ill be looking for is a Bush Hog! That is what I can use to keep the  brush down in the unused fields. A finsihing mower attachment would be good for the main house section. I bought a smaller mower for around the house. Everyone enjoyed riding and driving the tractor for the first time! Here are a few pics of our fun afternoon on the 8N!

Heather first tractor ride Ronnie first tractor ride Heather Maries First drive on a tractor