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Mother Earth News: Dehydrating Cubed Potatoes

by Tammy Taylor

D’ya ever eyeball that big honkin’ bag of potatoes, compare the price to that small overly-expensive bag of potatoes and have a hard time making the economics make sense?  Me too!! As empty nesters there are only 2 of us here at the Taylor Household these days, but dang it just doesn’t make sense to pay more per pound for a small bag of potatoes.  So I’ve been buying that big bag & dehydrating the excess potatoes for pantry storage.  I’ve shredded them for dehydrated hash browns and we love them this way, but now I want to cube them up like I’d use in a stew and although there’s one simple important thing you must do before successfully dehydrating them – it’s super easy to do!  I recently wrote about it for Mother Earth News, check it out.

Dehydrating cubed potatoes for the pantry, an easy way to preserve the excess! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Things To Save Money

by Tammy Taylor~

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Five is not a large number, and 5 frugal things aren’t difficult for most households to accomplish.  I’m hoping this short list of easy frugal things we did at the Taylor Household one day might inspire you to look at your own tasks and perhaps start tackling just 5 easy things to save money in your own home.  As an added bonus, almost always those money-saving tasks are environmentally friendly as well, so without doubling your effort you’re able to double your effect!  Gotta love it, right??  See what today’s short list of 5 frugal things are in our home…

 

5 FRUGAL THINGS To Save Money. See our quick list of 5 for today. Easy to incorporate and the more you do the more it becomes part of life #TaylorMadeHomestead

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5 Frugal Tasks Today To Save Money

by Tammy Taylor~

RancherMan & I are able to live & work here on our Homestead – a place that speaks to our hearts – because we are very careful with our finances.  You know what they say, “small leaks sink great ships” or, you know, something like that…  Anyway, my point is that by paying attention to the smaller things, living frugally just becomes a way of life.  There’s really no sacrifice, just a consciousness of frugal tasks that make sense in the flow of our days.  In my case frugality is only part of the reason I’m paying attention – many times those same tasks are also environmentally friendly too, and that’s a two-fer win for me!

5 FRUGAL TASKS To Save Money: By paying attention, living frugally just becomes a way of life. Frugal tasks are natural in the flow of our days #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Top Homesteading Posts of 2015

What a year!  RancherMan & I have enjoyed a wonderful year filled with fun projects and new endeavors.  Here’s hoping your year has been wonderful as well.  To celebrate this year coming to a close, today I’m sharing with you the TOP 10 Homesteading Posts of the Year!  Curious to see the most popular posts on the blog this year?  Read on, dear friends.

TOP 10 HOMESTEADING POSTS - Today I'm sharing with you the TOP 10 Homesteading Posts of the Year! Curious to see the most popular posts? #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Homestead Hack: Use Residual Heat To Dehydrate

by Tammy Taylor

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OK by now y’all know I’m a dehydrating fool!  I bought my dream appliance, an *Excalibur 9-tray dehydrator and I think I’m in love!  I’ve put that thing through the paces, dehydrating all kinds of fruits and veggies – even Italian-flavored tomato leather to just roll out and plop on my homemade French-Bread Pizza – no rehydration needed!  I think it’s safe to say I’ve been bitten by the dehydrating bug.

I use many dehydrated veggies in my wintertime simmering Endless Soup and I use most of my dehydrated fruits as replacement for raisins in my Homemade Pumpkin Granola.  But I’ve also been dehydrating veggies to grind and use for my own homemade powdered seasoning.  I hate to pull out a large dehydrator to dehydrate such small portions and it almost seems even my other small household model is a bit much.  Check out today’s Homestead Hack, I’ve found a way to quickly dehydrate small amounts of food for FREE!

Homestead Hack: I make my own powdered seasoning using dried veggies, but I've found a way to quickly dehydrate small amounts of food for FREE! #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Ditch The Plastic! Using Glass In The Refrigerator

by Tammy Taylor

As I was getting items out of my fridge recently I smiled looking at all the glass jars typically stored in my refrigerator. (Have I mentioned how much I hate plastic?? LOL)  Oh yes indeed, I used to have that same tumbling stack of plasticware that many of us are burdened with, all shoved in the cabinet with all their mismatched lids.  Of course I already knew not to attempt to use any of that plastic when heating food in the microwave since I’ve read toxins leach out of the plastic when heated, but those plastic storage bowls still stained horribly after years of use.  The unsightly stained plastic and missing lids meant a constant culling and repurchasing of plastic bowls and lids as the years went by which was not only an ongoing expense but it also made for more & more mismatched sets every year.  Then one day I cried “ENOUGH!”  I started using a sturdy and stain-free material that I already had – GLASS!  Switching to storing my food in the fridge in glass containers has been a game-changer for me, especially with regard to the reduction of food waste since I can always SEE the food without even opening the container!

Ditch the Plastic! Glass jars are easy to repurpose and being able to see the food in your fridge may slow down your food waste as well #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Taste of Fall: Fresh Pear Cake

by Tammy Taylor

 

It’s pear season y’all!  I’ve been allowed to harvest a few pears from trees around town so I’ve been making and canning lots of pears. From RancherMan’s favorite Pear Preserves as well as my fave: Pears in Light Syrup.  We’ll enjoy them all winter long and some jars could also end up in a few of our Homemade Christmas Baskets this year.  But a friend from church mentioned she had several pears that were given to her and she was going to make a pear cake with them.

I’d never even heard of pear cake, and I wasn’t sure I was even tempted by the thought.  But a couple of days later I met up with her and she said she’d made the cake and asked if we wanted to try it.  Hummm…  Pear cake??  Sure, I guess…   WOW – it was amazing, all cinnamon & spice fall-tasting deliciousness with soft chunks of pear. And RancherMan went crazy over it.  So of course I wanted to make it for him.  Thankfully she shared her recipe with me (thanks Sue!)

Taste of Fall: FRESH PEAR CAKE. Hummm... Pear cake?? It's delicious, all pear/cinnamon fall tasting. A great way to use this season's pears #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Canning Recipe: Homemade Apple Cider

by Tammy Taylor

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Well, we’re almost at the end of our Fresh Apple Series where I share various things I’ve been able to preserve using fresh apples in the peak of their season.  And what a series it’s been!   I’ve of course made Slow-Cooker Applesauce with many of the apples and even made and canned some of that applesauce into Cinnamon-Vanilla Flavored Applesauce.  I’ve also made and canned Apple Pie Filling for quick homemade pies and then one of RancherMan’s favorites – I dehydrated some of those delicious apples into crispy Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips.  But we’re not done yet, oh no!  Those apples still have deliciousness to share with our family.   Today I’m sharing how I preserved my Homemade Apple Cider.

HOMEMADE APPLE CIDER preserved in a water-bath canner so I can enjoy it this winter, steaming hot in a mug and stirred with a cinnamon stick #TaylorMadeHomestead

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Canning Recipe: Homemade Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce

by Tammy Taylor

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Remember my aunt shared with me several bushels of sweet ripe apples from her backyard tree?  Well y’all, I’m still working on getting all of those delicious apples preserved.  One of my easiest go-to things to do with lots of fresh apples is to use my slow cooker to make homemade applesauce.  I take those apples that might be not quite right for eating fresh or pretty enough for making apple pie filling and turn them into applesauce.  You know the ones, those beautiful apples that maybe have a wind-fall bruise or small bird peck that needs to be cut out – none of that matters if I’m making applesauce!  I like to use plain unsweetened applesauce as a delicious snack and also as a replacement for some of the oil I use when baking.  But I have a LOT of applesauce and I’m thinking about maybe using some of it for an even sweeter treat – Cinnamon-Vanilla flavored applesauce.  It couldn’t be easier, check it out!

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE is super easy, and I've made some of it into extra-special Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce.  I've canned it to enjoy all winter #TaylorMadeHomestead

 

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Easy Homemade Applesauce

by Tammy Taylor

 

When I find myself with bushels of apples as I did recently I like to preserve that sweet fall deliciousness.  There are many fun things to do with them – I’ve made and canned Apple Pie Filling for quick homemade pies, made Crispy Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips for RancherMan’s snacks and even made Dehydrated Apples to use for the dried fruit in my homemade pumpkin granola.  But sometimes there are apples that have a windfall bruise or a small bird peck that needs to be cut out that doesn’t leave them with the appearance I want for those uses.  I don’t waste those less-than-perfect apples – I make homemade applesauce with them!  Although I enjoy applesauce as a sweet natural snack, I also like to use unsweetened applesauce as a replacement for some of the oil in my baking so making applesauce is a double-win for the food budget.  I recently wrote a piece for the Mother Earth News about how my slow cooker makes it so easy to make homemade applesauce, check it out!

EASY HOMEMADE SLOW-COOKER APPLESAUCE recipe shared at Mother Earth News - it's easy to make homemade applesauce with fresh apples! #MotherEarthNews #TaylorMadeHomestead

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