Category: Homestead 101

  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Home Freeze-Drying

    The Advantages and Disadvantages of Home Freeze-Drying

    Freeze-drying has been around for a long time, but it has become increasingly popular in the last few years. In fact, it’s become more popular since the pandemic, as people are reminded it’s good to prepare for any situation. The most significant advantage of freeze-drying food is it creates shelf-stable food for up to 25 […]

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  • Can You Make a Freeze-Dryer at Home? Is It Safe?

    Can You Make a Freeze-Dryer at Home? Is It Safe?

    People like the idea of freeze-drying at home, but freeze-dryers are expensive. If you like the idea of freeze-drying but are daunted by the high price, you might wonder – is it safe and easy to make a freeze-dryer at home? There are many ways to make a freeze-dryer at home, but there is no […]

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  • Harvest Right Freeze Dryer Software: A Complete Guide

    Harvest Right Freeze Dryer Software: A Complete Guide

    In order for any machine to do its job properly, the software controlling it needs to be up to date. Since your freeze dryer isn’t as simple as your home computer, updating the software is tricky for some people. So, how do you update and calibrate your freeze dryer software? To update your freeze dryer, you […]

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  • Can You Make Payments on a Freeze Dryer? Buyer’s Guide

    Can You Make Payments on a Freeze Dryer? Buyer’s Guide

    A freeze dryer can be a great investment for the future, as it makes it almost impossible for users to waste food. However, these handy devices are expensive, and you might be wondering if you’re even able to purchase one, or if perhaps you could make payments on a freeze-dryer. It’s possible to buy a […]

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  • Do Freeze-Dryers Use a Lot of Electricity?

    Do Freeze-Dryers Use a Lot of Electricity?

    Home freeze-drying has become a new and exciting way to preserve food. But, since freeze-dryers are a part of modern technology, they might exceed our budget. So, are they worth the money? Freeze-dryers use more electricity than home appliances like dishwashers, fridges, or freezers. However, when counting total food storage ability and time, the overall […]

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  • Can You Use Silicone in a Freeze-Dryer? Things to Know

    Can You Use Silicone in a Freeze-Dryer? Things to Know

    Silicone is a durable manufactured material that we can use in many ways. It’s been widely embraced by the food world and is FDA-approved. For this and many more reasons, it’s an excellent accessory for enthusiastic freeze-dryers. Silicone is safe and easy to use in a freeze-dryer because of its ability to withstand intense temperatures […]

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  • Can You Make Money with a Freeze-Dryer? Complete Guide

    Can You Make Money with a Freeze-Dryer? Complete Guide

    Most people who decide to invest in freeze-dryers may wonder about running a home business with their freeze-dryer (along with personal use). The number of freeze-dried foods we can make is an excellent option to consider. Even so, can you make money with a freeze-dryer? Anyone can make money with their home freeze-dryer by selling […]

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  • How to Store Honey: Short-Term and Long-Term Food Storage

    How to Store Honey: Short-Term and Long-Term Food Storage

    Whether raw or pasteurized, honey is always good in our cupboard. It’s a suitable sugar replacement that packs lots of benefits. Once honey becomes part of our regular diet, we’ll find out that having a steady supply is important. To store honey properly for either short or long-term use, first, make sure to have a […]

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  • How to Freeze-Dry Insects (Crickets, Mealworms, Worms, etc.)

    How to Freeze-Dry Insects (Crickets, Mealworms, Worms, etc.)

    Did you know the freeze-dryer can also freeze-dry insects? Why would anyone want to freeze dry bugs? Some people like to eat freeze-dried insects. Other people use freeze-dried insects as a special treat for their farm animals or even pets like hedgehogs and reptiles. Freeze-Drying insects is like freeze-drying any other food. It can be […]

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  • Orange Tree Leaves: Uses, Diagnoses, and FAQs

    Orange Tree Leaves: Uses, Diagnoses, and FAQs

    Oranges are a delicious fruit that everyone loves. Today, we’re going to talk about their leaves, how to identify them, what can be learned about oranges by their leaves, and what their uses are apart from the fruit. Orange tree leaves can be used for several things, such as wrapping meats and seafood to steam, […]

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  • Yucca Plant: Complete Care Guide

    Yucca Plant: Complete Care Guide

    Yuccas are popular houseplants, and the most common type is known as cane yucca. Many yuccas originate in Guatemala, southeast Mexico, and the Sonoran desert (think Arizona) and are one of the largest succulents because they can grow up to 30 ft. tall. Yuccas are drought and pest resistant and don’t have many nutritional needs, […]

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  • Complete Guide to Chickens and Worms

    Complete Guide to Chickens and Worms

    Chickens are omnivores, and they like to eat a wide range of foods. They’ll get excited if they find a pile of worms to eat and will spend all day trying to find them. It might be alarming to see chickens gobbling down a pile of earthworms, but worms are safe and healthy for chickens […]

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