How to Store Onions from the Garden through the Winter

How to Store Onions from the Garden Do you have goals to eat your own home grown onions through the winter? Than you are in the right place and I’ll tell you how to do just that. I will share with you my tips on how to store onions from the garden through the winter. A lot of it has to do with how you store them, but also a key component, is which variety of onions you grow. You might also be interested in: Seed Starting 101: Planting Onion Seed How to Plant Onion Seedlings Seed Starting 101: Essential Seed Starting Equipment Please check out our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop Growing What you Eat As a homesteader and gardener, my goal was to grow as much food as I can for my family to eat. The goal was to eliminate buying as much produce as possible from the store in an effort to be as self-sustaining as possible. So onions? YES! We eat a lot of onions. So through trial and error, I have figured out how to best grow them, store them and eat them, all through the winter. Please check out my articles on How to Plant Onion Seed and also How to Plant Onion Seedlings for more detailed direction on those specific topics. The rest of this article, will talk about which onion varieties to choose, and how to store them in order to keep eating your home grown onions through the winter. Long Day vs Intermediate Day vs Short Day Onions This is the first thing you must consider. If you live in the Northern States, you need to grow a Long Day Onion. These require 14-16 hours of sunlight per day in order for the…

Which Pressure Canner Should You Get?

Which pressure canner should you get? If you are currently pondering this question, than you are in the right place. If you aren’t wondering which one to get, than either I hope you already have one, or, you should read my article 15 Reasons Why You Should Be Pressure Canning. Today I am going to compare two of the most popular models of pressure canners, the Presto 23 Quart and the All American 30 Quart. See all of my Food Preservation related posts here. Please check out all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop! Pressure Canning Hobby Pressure canning is a fun and productive hobby that is also very rewarding. And I don’t know about you, but a hobby that SAVES me money, instead of costing me money, is a big win in my book. Now, if you are thinking, I don’t know, pressure canning sounds scary. Trust me. It is not. However, I will be the first to admit, when I got mine for Christmas a few years ago, it sat in my closet because I was scared. Until the following August when I had beans to harvest. Then, after using it only a couple of times, I really could have kicked myself for not using it sooner. And then I bought myself a second one. Because really, if you are going to run one of them, why not run two? Get the Biggest Pressure Canner You Can Afford OK, now onto my tips about buying a pressure canner. For the same reason I bought myself a second pressure canner, I will recommend getting the biggest pressure canner you can afford. If you are going to go thru the process of running a pressure canner, don’t…

15 Reasons Why You Should Be Pressure Canning

follow my blog with Bloglovin Today, I am going to share with you 15 reasons why you should be pressure canning. Many folks are frightened by pressure canners, but they really shouldn’t be. They are easy to use, and if used correctly, there is nothing to be scared of. You might also be interested in my article Which Pressure Canner Should You Get? where I compare two of the most popular models, the 23 Quart Presto and the 30 Quart All American. Please check out my other articles on Food Preservation! And also check out our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tools in our Amazon Shop!   Educating Yourself on How to Safely Use a Pressure Canner If you are interested in getting a pressure canner, please treat yourself to this book: The All New Ball Book of Home Canning and Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled and Preserved Recipes. This is a link to the latest edition, which came out in May of 2016. It is best to own a copy, because you will refer to it again and again and again. Mine has many notes and bookmarks on favorite recipes and I am sure yours will too. Please do not use older editions, as many aspects of canning have changed over the years, and things that may have been deemed safe years ago, may no longer be considered safe. Same goes for how your mom or grandma canned. Things they did back in the day, may not be safe methods to follow now. Please always follow safe canning practices for the sake of your family and friends who may partake in your canned goods.Once you have your hands on this book, think of it as your in house canning guide. Read it from…

Setting New Year Goals on the Homestead

Howdy folks! Just popping in to wish you all a Happy New Year! And to share our Homestead goals for 2019. I have just sent out my very first email newsletter! So if you have subscribed to it, some of this will look very familiar. 🙂 If you haven’t subscribed to my email newsletter, please do so here! These are current articles on the blog that are things that relate to what you can be doing now in your garden or on your homestead, or getting ready to do soon! Seed Starting 101: Winter Sowing Seed Starting 101: The Essential Seed Starting Equipment List How to Prune Apple Trees on the Homestead Also, be sure to check our all of our favorite Homesteading and Gardening tool in our Amazon Shop! Summing up 2018 This past year brought a lot of changes around here! Last January, my oldest daughter got married! Seems like she was just born yesterday! How does that happen?!? Anyway, we are very happy for them and it has been fun to have a son/brother join this family of mostly girls! Than my hubby got laid off after 23 yrs on the job right after July 4th. That threw us for a loop and was completely unexpected. Needless to say, it put a huge damper on things as we sorted out what came next. He got a new job in October which we are very thankful for. We had been used to having him work from home, but now he goes into the office, so that is quite a change. I also went back to work part time working from home and I am now working for my old architectural firm doing some CAD work for them. I had to catch up on the latest software…