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Best Homesteading Books 1
I cannot talk more highly
book and it is definitely one of my personal favourites. I only wish I
could have met John Seymour while he was still alive, as I find him
This is a book that you will use again
With a strong believe in all things organic he describes in easy terms
everything that you need to know about being self-sufficient.
Even though it is written in the UK, it
detract from the wealth of information he imparts and which can be used
anywhere, no matter where you live. Learn about crop rotations and
making compost for your vegetables. You will also get to grips with home
brewing, making dairy products, hay making and
He shows you how to cure bacon, make bricks, spin and dye wool, raising
chickens and raising
rabbits. The list is endless.
This is really a wonderful resource
that you will be
glad to have in your library.
Best Homesteading Books 2
This homesteading book
Seymour's book on Self-sufficiency
a run for its money. Written along
the same lines, this is another one of those books that becomes an
indispensable book for homesteaders and those who are looking to be
Emery was a national treasure and this book ensures her
legacy. This is simply the most informative book ever written on
country living, the next best thing to having a live-in grandmother who
knows everything there is to getting homegrown food from dreams to
dinner plates plus nearly anything else you need to know.
Begun as a 12-page table
for a recipe
book in 1969, the present ninth edition has 858 pages of far more than
vegetables, vines, trees, grains, poultry, goats, cows, keeping
bees, rabbits, sheep, pigs.
Planning, nurturing, harvesting, and home
Flipping pages at random finds starting
breads leavened with eggs and beating, speeding up tomato sauce-making,
harvesting herbs, making cider, managing an existing stand of trees,
root cellar storage, soap
making, brooding chicks, secrets to safe cattle handling, cultured
buttermilk, cooking on a wood stove, jams
making a wool quilt.
I use my "Carla book" constantly. If
your budget or
bookshelf has room for only one book, this is the book to buy. Yes,
even before you buy mine.
Review by the author of: The Encyclopedia of Country Living:
Fashioned Recipe Book
Best Homesteading Books 3
Now here's a volume you
Something's brewing in these pages, and it's moonshine
—a word that evokes fascination, curiosity, and a warm sense of
Never before has there
been such a
illustrated, thorough, and entertaining celebration of the history of
making fine distilled spirits.
in on the fun with how-to instructions that take into account all legal
regulations and requirements before covering ingredients, building
a homemade moonshine still, basic distilling techniques, and
of moonshine recipes, all adapted for the beginner. Whiskeys, brandies,
grappa, schnapps: they’re all here, along with dozens of page-turning
quotes, song lyrics, and vintage photographs and illustrations.
Best Homesteading Books 4
There are a handful of books and quite
a few web sites that cover the subject of Home Distilling. None as well
and complete as this book though. My opinion is that most material on
Home Distilling is written by folks who do it for kicks without
understanding the science behind it (least that's the way it appears
when I read them).
book covers the topic in a very structured manner and backs up each
section with science and reasoning. The book not only does a splendid
job of explaining still building but also explains malting, mashing,
fermentation and distillation -- with clear instruction. I found it so
useful that I bought a copy for my brother as well.
Review by: By Ashwin Umesh "ashmesh" (Jersey City, NJ United
Best Homesteading Books 5
I absolutely LOVED this book. If you
are into cottage
gardens, then this book is a must. I am a relatively slow
but this book was so wonderfully written and attention-sustaining that
I actually read it in about a day.
Garden' is a true story that
describes a year in the life of a fascinating lady, providing an
elaborate narrative on how she maintains her animals and lavish,
romantic gardens on her several-acre hilltop property in Vermont. She
lives as though she is in the nineteenth century-- (in her attire as
well as in how she does most of her work using traditional methods,
such as cooking in a wood-burning stove). It also talks about another
love of Tasha's, that being her art.
Within the text, you can pick up ideas
tips here and there for how to design, create, and establish a cottagey
garden, as well as other small things (ie: starting primroses).
However, these things are not formally laid-out, but rather briefly and
lightly discussed in small bits throughout the text.
Basically, this book gives the account
average year's worth of successes, struggles, and mundane moments for a
truly admirable woman--(although for most of us, almost none of her
moments are really mundane).
I couldn't possibly recommend this book
I already do. Even if you don't have a garden, the book will touch your
heart and leave a lasting infatuation with old-fashioned gardening. I
certainly enjoyed day-dreaming about the profusion of daffodils, messes
of self-sown forget-me-nots and johnny-jump-ups, gigantic bleeding
hearts, masses of bomb-petaled peonies, 6-foot tall foxgloves, and
countless other floral delights. READ IT! YOU WON'T REGRET GETTING THE
Review by:Arthur S. Guerra
Best Homesteading Books 6
I really enjoyed reading this
homesteading book. It
gives you all the information you will need to start your own homestead
whether you live in an apartment, a home with a 1/8 of an acre or if
you have 10 acres. Great information on being self-sufficient,
vegetables and how
to grow herbs,
backyard orchard, keeping
keeping etc. I strongly recommend reading this one. It's well
worth the price.
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For those of you who haven't heard
gardening it really is a concept that has revolutionized
traditional vegetable patches. By just using one square foot at a time
to plant a particular vegetable you eliminate the need for thinning
out, save water, effort, time and money.
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HOMESTEADING BOOKS -
REVIEW on The
Complete Book of Butchering, Smoking, Curing and Sausage Making by
Philip Hasheider, published by Voyageur Press.
This homesteading book arrived in the post this week from the publisher
who asked me to what I thought of it and if I liked it would I review
it and pass a comment about it on my website.
Now I get some rather mediocre books across my desk from time to time,
and don't bother reading past the first chapter. But once in a while
you get a good book like this one and you are really pleased it came
your way. This is undoubtedly one of the best homesteading books on home butchering
around at the
The Complete Book of Butchering, Smoking, Curing and Sausage
by Philip Hasheider, published by Voyageur Press, is the
resource for people who want to provide meat for themselves and their
families that doesn’t involve plastic, polystyrene or a trip to the
This hands-on guidebook for self-sufficient and small-scale farmers,
hunters and anyone interested in processing meat of any kind provides
step-by-step instructions and illustrations explaining the entire
process. From properly securing the animal, slaughtering and
processing, methods of preservation such as smoking and salting, to
safely and humanely transforming the meat into a family meal, every
aspect of handling meat is covered.
With information on how to butcher everything from wild game to
livestock animals; different cuts of meat; tools, equipment and safety
practices; the humane treatment of animals along with recipes for using
what you’ve processed, The Complete Book of Butchering, Smoking,
Curing, and Sausage Making will open up new opportunities for using
locally sourced game and livestock.
This is a very comprehensive book written by an informative author on
home butchering of every description. The only animal he didn't include
that I could see was wild boar. However, that would only disappoint the
Italians! Not only are smaller animals included, from fish, chickens,
rabbits, goats, and lambs, but also larger animals like cows, deer,
bison and pigs. There are step-by-step photos of each butchering
process along with text telling you what equipment you need, the type
of knives you need and then where and how to slaughter it, skin it and
cut it up.
I warn you, the glossy colored pictures can be a little
stomach-churning if you are not an avid home-butchering fan, but
certainly necessary for a novice if you want to be totally self-sufficient .
The other nice feature about this book is that it also gives you some
simple recipes that you can use when you have butchered the animal,
including some recipes on the fringe for squirrel, possum and raccoon.
However, there are also recipes here for mainstream cooking, and I
particularly liked the homemade sausage recipes.
At $16.49 it is well-priced.
HOMESTEADING BOOKS - REVIEW on " The Fresh
Girl's Guide to
Easy Canning" by Ana Micka, published by Voyageur Press.
For those of you who are
canners or proficient at creating delicious food with your pressure
cookers and pots, there is still room on the bookshelf for one more
book on home canning. Filled with canning recipes from around the
world, including award-winning recipes from US state fairs, and a great
little DVD that makes this book come to life and interactive. Either
click below to see more reviews about this book, or go
to our home canning instructions page
our own book
as well as a couple of canning recipes taken from the book.
Read the rest of the review on our page on Homemade
Cheese . Or click on the picture below to see reviews about
book on Amazon.com.
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