Getting Started Raising Chickens

Raising Animals
When I first told Julie I wanted to get chickens and blog about it, her response was "Jodi, that's not FOOD STORAGE MADE EASY!" So here is my preface, you don't have to raise chickens if you want to do food storage. If you are just getting started, make sure to review our "Why Food Storage" series and sign up for our BabyStep Checklists which will walk you through getting your food storage (minus the chickens) over a series of emails for one year. Now, if you are interested in having chickens either for fun, for food, for self reliance, or for an educational experience for your kids ... READ ON! (Hint, it's easier than you think) Getting Started with Backyard Chickens The beginning phases of getting chickens is soooo…
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Preparedness Events in May

Events
Normally we include any local events that we hear about in the News/Events section of our monthly newsletter, but we wanted to give extra attention to a couple of events coming up in May that we are really excited about. Powerless Cooking Event - Hosted by Food Storage Made Easy Date/Time: May 10th 7-9 pm Location: Draper, Utah Cost: FREE Join us for an evening of free information on different options for cooking when the power goes out. Representatives from great companies such as Sun Oven, Volcano Grills, Humless, and InstaFire will be combining with us to help you learn about these products as well as several free or inexpensive tools you can make yourself. Come and enjoy free handouts, event discounts, giveaways and more! This is the event that…
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We Heart Pinterest Day 4: Canning

Canning, Pinterest
Since we LOVE Food Storage, and LOVE Pinterest (see post here), each day until February 14th, we'll be showing you some of our favorite Pinterest boards and neat things we have found and have pinned there! It's so great to see and share what others have done. Today we are highlighting our Canning board. This board is a great place to find canning recipes and tips. Canning is one of those things it's hard to remember all the instructions and directions, so having a place you can go back to reference is very helpful! To see the whole board, click here. PIN 1: This is something we saved because we HAVEN'T tried it yet, and really want to try it. Curious to see what that food is? Go to the…
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Book Review: Yes, You Can!

Book Reviews, Self Reliance
Please note: This is part of a series of reviews we are doing on food storage, emergency prep, and self-reliance type books. For more reviews click here.   Yes, You Can! And Freeze and Dry It, Too by Daniel Gasteiger  Background: The "Yes, You Can!" book is like a Ball Canning Guide meets "The Pioneer Woman" meets "Our Best Bites". Thus it equals total heaven for me. Up to date recommendations on modern processing times and proper procedures like the Ball guides include, beautiful picture tutorials like I love from The Pioneer Woman, and helpful tips along the way like Our Best Bites provides with so many of their recipes. Whether you are an expert at canning and other home preservation techniques, or a beginner who is a little intimidated to…
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How-To Video: Canning Applesauce

Canning, Videos
Halloween is almost upon us, thus canning season is about to move over to make room for BAKING season :) I was scrambling to finish up a batch of applesauce before I left on a vacation last week. I wanted to do a little video tutorial to add to the step-by-step photo instructions I put together a few years ago. Hopefully it is helpful for you if you are new to canning! How to Can Applesauce Tattler Reusable Canning Lids In the video I mentioned using reusable canning lids. I gave a more in depth review of the lids a few weeks ago in my post about canning peaches. They are awesome and I can't wait to get more. Yay!
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Self Reliance Expo – Overview

Events
Last weekend we had the opportunity to attend the Salt Lake Self Reliance Expo. We were like kids in a candy shop at that event. There were SOOO many great things to learn about, people to talk about, and new products to see. We got a lot of answers solved that we have been stewing about for quite a while. If you are new to food storage, we highly recommend that you focus on food and water storage first (following our babystep checklists or Food Storage Made Easy all-inclusive ebook is a great way to get started). If you are feeling ready to move on to some scarier more advanced topics check out some of the great things we are going to be sharing with you over the next few…
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Julie’s Garden Update

Julie’s Garden Update

Gardening, Gardening, Julie's Progress
So Jodi gave her garden update on Monday, and today it's my turn. For those of you who have followed you know this year was my first year gardening. I still don't have a yard that I can garden in (it's small and shaded - always) so this year I borrowed some of my mom's garden area. There were some advantages to this. She is a master gardener so she could teach me stuff, she tended to it while I was out of town, and she felt bad for me if some of my stuff didn't come up right and gave me some of hers. The drawbacks of doing this was that I couldn't just go to my backyard to pick lettuce for dinner, or see the growth each day.…
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Gardening Updates as Fall Approaches

Gardening Updates as Fall Approaches

Gardening, Gardening, Self Reliance
School starts in a week around these parts. How is summer over already??? We figured it's been a while since we did our garden updates (although we've posted little updates on Facebook here and there) so here is a little summary of how things are going for us this year. This year has been an interesting year for my garden. I got a late start on some things but they are finally catching up and I'm excited to START harvesting soon. We've been having pretty mild falls here lately so I'm hoping to still get a few months of good tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, etc. Most of my spring plantings got eaten by my chickens so I've had to adjust a few things to avoid that problem in the future.…
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Is It Your Canning Season Yet? Start Planning!

Canning, Canning, Fruits and Vegetables
It's so fun having blog readers all over the country and even the world. We get to hear about what people are doing in their gardens and what fruits are coming in their area, and everyone's situation is so different. We know a lot of you will have canning season coming up shortly, so start planning now so you can be ready if you see something come on sale! There was a time where neither of us thought that we had the time, energy, knowledge, or desire to learn how to can. I finally broke down and begged my mom to give me instructions on how to make her strawberry jam when she moved out of state from me for two years and I couldn't steal from her supply. When…
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Getting Started with Backyard Chickens

Self Reliance
Three years ago I swore I didn't have enough time, energy, or desire to do things like bake my own bread, can my own jelly, dehydrate my own foods, or basically do much cooking from scratch at all. It's funny how when you begin to be interested in something it becomes easier to MAKE time. Well another thing I NEVER would have thought I would be doing is raising BACKYARD CHICKENS! Yes Julie thought I was crazy when I cooked up this scheme, but somehow once I got into growing and preserving my own foods, it seemed like a natural progression to want to gradually work towards being even more self reliant. I have shared snippets of this adventure on our Facebook page and quite a few people asked for…
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