Many people start homesteading at first because they realize the food they have access to is not exactly healthy. Striving to grow your own food, preserve it, and eat it is a lot of work. Learning how to garden when you “have a brown thumb” is a job in itself, but take it from me it’s possible and worth it!
Tackling the idea of how to start homesteading begins with where to start. The best place to start is by slowly introducing your family to small tid bits of it at a time. If you’re not already, cooking from scratch a couple days a week. Find recipes that your family will love.
Start Homesteading – Where to start?
- Home cooking – I cook for three boys and a husband. I have a lot of “family favorites.” Start preserving your own food. Simply by saving vegetable scraps you can make your own vegetable broth, and bone broth. You could also do something as simple as freezing techniques like making marinara, and freezing it for later. Another way to preserve food, and possibly my favorite overall is fermenting.
Homemade Recipes you can find on our blog. Most of these are quick, easy, and frugal recipes! Perfect for busy homesteading mommies (or daddies!)
Homemade Marinara Recipe
Frozen Vegetable Frittata
Fresh Vegetable Frittata
Homemade Garlic Hummus Recipe
Zucchini Parmesan Casserole
How to Cook Meatballs for Spaghetti
Spaghetti Soup Recipe
Mulligatawny Recipe- Curried Chicken Soup with Apples
Homemade Barbecue Sauce
How to Make Fruit Rolls
Lasagna – Slow Cooker Recipe
Chicken Marsala – Slow Cooker Recipe
Cajun Spiced Sausage
Easy Homemade Veggie Broth
Homemade Bone broth
Chicken Quinoa Soup – Perfect Camping Soup
Dill Pickle Soup Recipe
Cheddar Cheese Soup Recipe
Pumpkin Ginger Coconut Soup
Mediterranean Chicken RecipePreservation Recipes:
How to Dehydrate Bell Peppers
Tepache – A Fermented Pineapple Beverage
How to ferment garlic – Lacto-Fermented Garlic
How to Ferment Whole Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Homemade Kimchi Recipe
Fermented Carrots with Garlic Recipe
How to Make Your Own Fermented Pickles
How to Make Sauerkraut
How to Ferment – Introduction to Fermentools
Fermented Pineapple Chutney
Homemade Almond Cream Soda
6 Ways to Preserve Herbs
BeautyBerry Jelly Recipe
Strawberry Jam Recipe
Easy Pancake RecipeButter Biscuit Recipe
Whole Wheat Biscuit Recipe
How to Make Pan Popcorn
Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe – Bread Machine
Keeping Your Harvest Year Round – Preservation and Storing TechniquesDIY SPICE MIXES
Homemade Chili Powder Mix
Homemade Cajun Spice Mix
Homemade Chili Powder Mix
Homemade Mediterranean Spice mix
Homemade Chili Seasoning
Homemade Curry Spice Mix
- Talk about it. Talk about homesteading topics to your family such as raising chickens. One of the first things I had to tackle when I first started dreaming that I wanted to start homesteading, was getting my family on board with the idea. I used to bring up random facts about fresh chicken eggs vs. the kind you buy. This tactic is especially helpful when you are trying to talk a spouse into homesteading along with you. After a while of talking about them, my husband brought the chickens home himself. He was against having them at first, but now he loves them!
- Speak it outloud! Call yourself a homesteader too. It will remind you that you are working towards many goals.
I wanted my family to eat healthier, and BE healthier. That was my main goal. Eventually, I added chickens, because it fit into my eating healthier plan.
- Start making your own homemade items. I learned to make my own chap balm, because I was allergic to the store bought stuff. Did you know it’s cheaper to make your own? Yep, depending on the ingredients, it can be. Most of the ingredients I use are organic too. I also make my own laundry detergent, Shea butter Moisturizer, and antibiotic ointment.Homemade Items you can make right now!
6 Homemade Roll-On Scents
DIY Sleepy Time Roll-On Scent
DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner | Homemade Citrus Cleaner with Herbs
DIY Whipped Shea Butter Moisturizer
4 Homemade Holiday Potpourri Recipes
Homemade Vitamin Gummy Bears
16 Homemade Christmas Ornaments
Cinnamon Ornaments with Glitter
DIY Antibiotic Ointment
Homemade Lip Balm Recipe
Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe
Easy Microwave Cleaning
Simple Tips for Natural Cleaning
Natural Tick, Mosquito, and Flea Repellent
DIY Roll-On Bug Repellent
- Gardening – Having a large garden can provide you with all the vegetables, herbs, and fruits you desire. It’s best to start out small though. This let’s you learn a lot and lose less. In your first year of gardening, you may have a lot of loss. Losing to insects, diseases, over or under watering, or too much or too little shade. One or all of these may happen, actually almost everyone encounters pests! Learning to deal with these issues while your garden is small, makes it much more manageable.For More Info on Gardening Read:
40 Things To Read Before Starting a Garden
5 Steps to Start a Garden
Brown thumb’s guide herb garden
Vegetable Garden Class – Online Gardening School – It’s online, and affordable!
Seed Starting Class – Online Gardening School
Year Round Gardening – Online Gardening School
Learn How To Grow The Best TOMATOES on The Block! – Online Gardening School
- Raising animals – When you start homesteading, you might think about raising some animals for meat/milk/eggs, etc… Raising chickens is probably the easiest. The best way to start raising animals is to gather supplies and build living quarter FIRST. Having everything they need before they arrive makes it much easier.
For Chickens Read:
How to Care for Chickens
Do I Need a Rooster in My flock
3 Awesome Reasons For Feeding Pumpkin to Chickens
How to Choose the Right Chicken Coop
How Do You Take a Vacation When You Have Chickens
Should I Let my Chickens Free Range?
Meet Our Baby Chicks
All Natural Chicken First Aid Kit
5 Mistakes New Chicken Keepers Make
10 Reasons to Have Chickens
Getting Chickens on the Homestead
36 Chicken FAQ
For Goats Read:
Goat Dream & Goat Realities
21 Things You Should Know About Goats Before You Start a Goat Farm
- Learn to be frugal – Homesteading and living frugally kinda go hand in hand. One reason this is, is because many of us try to make it a point to use what we have, and buy less. Reusing and repurposing items can be a fun hobby at times. I repurposed some tin cans I had and now I use them all over the house.Many of the items listed already are all about living frugally. Cooking at home is much more frugal than eating out. Making homemade items is usually something that is cheaper to make at home, but not always.Read More About Being Frugal:
10 Frugal Tips For The Homestead
What to Do When The Kids Are Eating You Out Of The House
Homemade Bone broth – Frugal and Easy
DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner | Homemade Citrus Cleaner with Herbs | Stronger than your average homemade cleaner
15 Uses For Coffee Grounds – What To Do With Leftover Coffee Grounds
Creative Uses For Herbs – Homemade Items Using Herbs
- Buying land – When we were trying to find a property to buy, I learned a lot from the experience. There is so much that goes into it. Align your homesteading goals with what you will need from your property. Make sure that the land is not prone to flooding. Make a list of needs, and of deal breakers. Understand that you probably need to have money up front to pay for inspections, and other fees like closing costs.
If you are looking all over the country for the perfect place and haven’t nailed down a certain area, then you should think about what kind of laws are important to you. Some states are stricter on guns, homeschooling, farming, etc… You will want to research laws extensively to find the right place for you and your family. Another thing you might want to put on your list, is the weather. I don’t necessarily want to live in an area prone to tornados. I would avoid tornado alley like the plague.Read More Tips About Buying A Homestead:
12 Questions to Ask Before Buying Homestead Property
4 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Homestead
- Random things you can do or make to start homesteading right where you are.
Make coffee in a french press or a percolator. These don’t require electricity like a regular drip coffee machine. The coffee that you make with them is superior to that of a drip machine. Don’t believe me? Before starting my homesteading journey I was a barista!
Check out the pantry guide, so you know what to store and for how long.
Learn how to make your own water kefir soda! It’s super easy and delicious way to get some homemade probiotics.
Make homemade sandwich bread, and learn how to store it properly.
Make some tin can organizers, to use around your lovely homestead.
Learn to help soothe you and your family when you are sick. Check out my cold and flu remedies.
So here’s the thing about when you want to start homesteading… Just start. Do it in your own way. After all homesteading is all about living a life you want to live. It may look different from the way I live. You may want to live in a tiny house, on a lot of land, or in a cabin on the mountain. No matter what it looks like to you, start with the basics and go from there. My journey has been slow, but so rewarding!
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