Fermented Carrots – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#19)

One easy way to preserve vegetables from the garden, is by fermenting them. Today our featured post will teach you how to make fermented carrots! The Benefits of Fermented Foods Fermenting foods seems to be all the rage right now, and for good reason. Fermented foods increase and add good gut bacteria, or probiotics, into your system. Latest studies are saying that your immune system, is based in your guts. So it is essential to keep that good bacteria level high, to ward off everything from the common cold or virus, to things like auto immune diseases, cancer and more. So eat all the fermented things! Your body will be happy you did! Fermenting Foods is EASY! Fermenting foods is also one of the easiest ways to preserve food from your garden! Especially vegetables that you either have to pickle with a water bath canner, or pressure can. If you are not quite up to pressure canning, and you have made all the pickles that you can stand to eat, ferment those veggies! Crispy vegetables are great fermented, as they keep their crunch. Things like carrots, radish, cabbage, turnips, beans, peppers and more! Doing a large jar with a good mix of veggies is a great way to start and looks so pretty! So check out our featured post below, to see just how easy it is and then make it part of your food preservation practice! Our Featured Post this Week: Fermented Carrots   Fermented Carrots by Jennifer at The Everyday Farmhouse   Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! An exciting announcement from our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop Hosts! A SPECIAL EDITION of the Farm Fresh Tuesdays Blog Hop! Next week, we hope you will join in the fun! With the start of Autumn falling on…

All American Apple Pie – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#18)

Fall is in the air and that mean apples! Today our featured post is all about good ol’ American Apple Pie! Fall = Apple Season Be sure to check out my post on Tips on How to Prune Your Apple Trees, it includes a handy dandy video! Apples are just coming into season, and if you grow them on your homestead, you need lots of different ways to preserve them! A few great ways to preserve those apples are by making cider, juice, apple sauce, apple butter, apple pie filling, dehydrated apples. Apple Preservation Last week our featured posts also included fall flavored treats, and I shared two of my favorite tools for preserving apples. I will share them again here in case you missed it. If you grow apple trees and have a ton of apples to harvest, you really must have both of these items on your homestead. One item is a steam juicer and the other is this smaller table top apple press. Both items are great for apples, but can also be used for grapes and berries as well! Our Featured Post this Week: All American Apple Pie Easy All-American Apple Pie by Kristie at Love My Little Cottage   Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some other awesome homesteading bloggers to host this awesome blog hop! Each Tuesday this blog hop opens for you to share your posts on gardening, herbalism, crafts, homesteading, food preservation. Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share this blog hop where ever you like! There is a link down below for you to click on to share your posts! To…

Fall Flavored Cupcakes and Muffins – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#17)

Welcome to September and pumpkin spice season! This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts feature fall flavored cupcakes and muffins! Fall = Pumpkin Spice Season Either you love it or you hate it! September hits, and all things pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and apple hit the shelves! I personally love it, as those are 3 of my most favorite flavors. So this week, I am featuring a couple of posts that share recipes for cupcakes or muffins that feature these fall flavors. Be sure to check out my post on 7 Reasons Why You Should Grow Blue Jarrahdale Pumpkins! Preserve Your Own Pumpkins for Using in Recipes Please check out my article on How to Preserve Your Pumpkins and Winter Squash by Roasting and Freezing. I use these packets of frozen pumpkin and squash puree in place of canned store bought product, for all of my pumpkin dessert recipes, including pie, muffins, quick breads, cookies and more! I also use them in curries, smoothies, soups and my favorite Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats Recipe. Fall is also Apple Season If apples are more your thing over pumpkins, I wanted to share two of my favorite tools for preserving apples. First, I love this steam juicer. Slice your apples in half, throw them in the top part of this 3 part contraption. The bottom part boils water and steams the fruit, the middle section collects the juice. When all is said and done, you have applesauce in the top section and juice in the middle section, so you can preserve the apples two ways in one go! Then use the apple sauce to make wonderful fall flavored desserts such as muffins, quick breads, cookies and more! The steam juicer also works great for grapes, berries and cranberries! I…

How to Make Your Own Ginger Ale – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#16)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured post will teach you how to make your own ginger ale! Health Benefits of Ginger Ginger is an amazing herb that offers lots of health benefits, so why not learn how to make your own ginger ale with it? It is probably best known for helping with stomach problems such as nausea, stomach upset and indigestion. Over the years, it has helped calm the stomach of many pregnant women dealing with morning sickness or those who suffer from motion sickness. It has also been used to calm muscle pain, menstrual pain and help with inflammation, such as one experiences with osteoarthritis. The active ingredient in ginger, gingerol, also helps fight bacteria, which aids in helping to heal infections. Ginger may also lower blood sugars, help to lower cholesterol and help improve heart disease risk factors. It can also help prevent cancer as well as improve brain health, thereby helping prevent Alzheimers. With all of these health benefits, I think it is important to get more ginger into your diet! Why not replace that store bought soda which has absolutely NO health benefits, with a healthy home made soda such as Ginger Ale! Our Featured Post this Week: How to Make Naturally Carbonated Ginger Ale How to Make Naturally Carbonated Ginger Ale by Nancy at Oak Hill Homestead Welcome to our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! Thank you for visiting our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop! I have teamed up with some other awesome homesteading bloggers to host this awesome blog hop! Each Tuesday this blog hop opens for you to share your posts on gardening, herbalism, crafts, homesteading, food preservation. Feel free to share your in season gardening and homesteading posts with us and please feel free to share…

Growing Tea on the Homestead – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#15)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts are all about tea and why you should be growing tea on the homestead! We are huge tea drinkers in our family, so I was excited to see these two articles in our blog hop last week, How and Why You Should Grow A Tea Garden and 19 Uses for Calendula Tea! Health Benefits of Drinking Tea Green tea is known to be super beneficial for you, in fact, it is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink! It can increase your stamina and memory and help with fat loss and is full of antioxidants which can help fight cancers. We have started drinking lots of homemade iced green tea this summer for these reasons. Our favorite brand for this are the Harney & Son’s Green Tea Flavors. They have many other awesome Iced Tea flavors as well that are not green tea, but we have been trying to get more green tea into our diet for the health benefits. Black tea has been proven beneficial to oral health, preventing strokes and is also full of antioxidants which are great for fighting cancers. My favorite black tea is Twinings English Breakfast tea with a teeny bit of Stevia and milk! Due to the healthy aspects of drinking tea, it is a wise idea to be growing tea on the homestead. Tips on Brewing Tea If your family drinks a lot of tea, I am going to suggest you get an electric tea kettle. They are so convenient and they make a great gift too for any tea drinkers you may know! We love ours, we have this Kitchen Aid Electric Tea Kettle and I highly recommend it.  They heat up the water in about 2…

Yummy On The Go Breakfast Ideas For Kids – Farm Fresh Tuesday (#14)

This week in our Farm Fresh Tuesday Blog Hop, our featured posts will share quick easy yummy on the go breakfast ideas for kids, that they will be sure to eat! Breakfast Ideas for Busy Mornings Summer is almost over, and school is coming, if it hasn’t started already in your neck of the woods! That means busy mornings, trying to get the kids out the door, and having them eat a healthy breakfast too. Today we will share some quick healthy recipes to make those mornings easier! Simple breakfast ideas, that you can prepare ahead of time are key! But also having something fun, delicious AND healthy are a bonus! Even picky kids will like these ideas. A Pumpkin Spice Warm Fall Breakfast – Yummy! Before I move on to my featured posts, I just wanted to share with you one of my favorite fall breakfasts, Hearty Pumpkin Spice Steel Cut Oats. This may not be as on the go, or as easy to prepare ahead of time, but try it on those slower days, or on the weekend, and you won’t be disappointed!   Our Featured Posts this Week are: Muffins for Breakfast – Easy On the Go! Your kids will be sure to gobble these up, Cinnamon Roll Muffins from Shannon at Of the Hearth! YUM! So many yummy muffin recipes out there! Use up all that zucchini you have hoards of now and make zucchini muffins, or pumpkin muffins or apple muffins! Muffins are always a treat in kids eyes and are an easy on the go breakfast option. Cinnamon Roll Muffins by Of the Hearth Yogurt Parfait Breakfast-Healthy and a Treat too! Your kids will think you have gone crazy, giving them dessert instead of breakfast! Check out this Yogurt…