Saturday, January 5, 2013

Ready for Homesteading!


For Christmas we were lucky to receive several homesteading-related items to assist me in my quest to live more self-sufficiently and make our diet more wholesome. It didn't hit me until after we returned home and were unpacking how many gifts were along the lines of this theme!

Here are some of our spoils:


A Berkey Water Filter, which can purify any type of water to render it drinkable, in case something happens and we no longer have access to ours (our water runs on electricity and is from our well). In the event of an emergency, we could gather water out of a nearby stream or the pond across the street, or rainwater, and the filter would make it drinkable.


A food dehydrator, which will come in handy during canning season for tomatoes, beans, and many other veggies. Dried vegetables will work nicely in soups and stews for winter.


A food saver, which is great for keeping meats and just about anything else fresh in the freezer for long periods of time.


Homesteading-related books and cookbooks  :)


Bogs!! I love these--awesome for gardening and very comfortable for tromping around our homestead--and stylish too :)


Canning supplies (we already having a pressure canner, but can always use new lids and supplies!)



Cinnamon-infused local honey, yum!

the pastry board has a lip on each end so it fits over the top of your counter and can be flipped over for a smooth top

A pastry board for baking fresh bread, pies and other baked goods, and....


Two cast-iron enamel cooking pans (or dutch ovens). We have already been using these and they are awesome :)



I do believe I'm ready for full-force homesteading, don't you? 






Linking to:

Homestead Barn Hop

11 comments:

  1. Whoa! Those are all awesome gifts!!!!!

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  2. That is quite the holiday haul! We have been looking into getting a Berkey Filter too. Will you use this with your well water, or is it only for emergencies?

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    1. Heather, we wanted it mostly for emergencies but we are going to try it out with our water and see if we can taste a difference with all of the impurities filtered out. It is such a useful gift. We have tried to limit the gift giving, but we have 3 families we do Christmas with and our parents haven't quite gotten the hint to scale back yet, ha!

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  3. Well done, you. Enjoy your loot. Cast iron cookware really can not be beat! Thanks for sharing, liz

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  4. Ooo, I'm jealous! Especially of the first three items.

    I did get some enameled cast iron cook ware of my own though - and could not be happier!

    Enjoy your awesome gifts!

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  5. I think you are ready! Haha. Such great gifts. I am dying for a food dehydrator!

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  6. What lovely things you received! I bought myself a cast iron Dutch oven with some Christmas gift money and it made the best pot roast I have ever made. So fun! I also got some cheese making supplies and have made one kind of soft cheese already. :)

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    1. Ooohhhh, I can't wait to make cheese! That is next on my list of things to try!

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  7. Those are great items! I agree... couldn't live without my dutch ovens. :-) I am so in love with your pastry board and have never seen anything like it... do you know where it came from?

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    1. My hubby got it for me :) he said he found the pastry board first on Fab, but then ordered it from Amazon. I have more pictures of it if you are interested. Im excited to use it!

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  8. What great gifts! I love our dehydrator, apple chips are our favorite!
    See what I'm up to at: www.kshippee.blogspot.com

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