• DIY Homestead Projects

    DIY Laundry Detergent Powder: Easy, Affordable, and Eco-Friendly

    Switching to DIY laundry detergent powder can save you money and ensure you’re using safe ingredients. This simple mixture of washing soda, borax, and bar soap not only cleans effectively but is also gentle on your clothes and the environment. You’ll find that making your own detergent takes just a few minutes and can last for many loads. You might wonder why people choose homemade options over store-bought ones. DIY detergent avoids harsh chemicals, reduces plastic use, and offers customizable scents if you add essential oils. Plus, it’s much cheaper per load compared to commercial brands. Creating your own laundry…

  • Sourdough

    #SourdoughStorageIdeas: How to Keep Your Bread Fresh and Delicious for Days

    Sourdough bread, with its rich flavor and tangy aroma, has been a beloved staple in many households. The unique fermentation process that gives sourdough its distinctive taste also affects how it should be stored. Unlike commercially produced bread, homemade sourdough doesn’t contain preservatives, so knowing how to store it properly is important to maintain its taste and texture, as well as keeping it from going stale. Proper storage techniques can significantly extend the life of your sourdough, allowing you to enjoy it for days or even months after baking. Understanding the factors that affect the freshness of sourdough bread, including…

  • Homesteading for Beginners

    The Ultimate List of Sourdough Starter Names

    It might seem trivial to some, but within the community of bakers and sourdough enthusiasts, a starter’s name often carries significance, reflecting personality, humor, or homage to something cherished. As you mix flour and water, waiting for the natural yeasts to work their magic, you are not just creating a mixture; you are essentially bringing a new ‘being’ to life in your kitchen. Giving your sourdough starter a name fosters a connection to the living organism that you feed, care for, and rely on for your bread baking. Whether you lean towards witty puns or prefer to honor a favorite…

  • Sourdough

    How to Make Sourdough Discard and Put It to Use

    Understanding what to do with sourdough discard can elevate both your baking routine and reduce food waste. Discard isn’t as potent as your starter, but it gives a mild sour flavor and tender texture to baked goods. It can be incorporated into pancakes, waffles, crackers, and even cake recipes, providing a unique taste and extending the range of sourdough beyond bread. Seasoned bakers have come to treasure this byproduct for its versatility and flavor-enhancing properties. Key Takeaways This post is all about ‘what is sourdough discard’. What is Sourdough Discard? Sourdough discard is a byproduct of maintaining a sourdough starter,…

  • Sourdough

    What’s the Best Sourdough Starter Jar?

    The allure of homemade sourdough bread entices many baking enthusiasts to venture into the world of sourdough starters. In recent years, people started picking up on this trend of making their own sourdough. Forget about using store bought yeast. People started making their own by combining two simple ingredients – water and flour. Central to this process is the sourdough starter jar, an unassuming vessel that plays a critical role in the creation and maintenance of a healthy sourdough culture. By nurturing a blend of flour, water, and naturally occurring yeast in the right jar, bakers coax a living mixture…

  • Recipes

    How to Make Tomato Puree from Fresh Tomatoes

    If you’ve grown a boat load of tomatoes in the garden this year, or maybe you have a bunch of tomatoes you’d like to process, then making tomato purée is the perfect choice to use them up. Making tomato purée is a straightforward process that can elevate many dishes with its rich, concentrated tomato flavor. The best type of tomatoes to use are either Roma or plum tomatoes. Roma tomatoes are one of the most ideal tomatoes to use to make sauce, ketchup, and preserving. The reason for this is that they have a lower water content in comparison to…