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Beginners Guide to Fall Homesteading

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Beginners Guide to Fall Homesteading

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By Foodee
October 5, 2017

Hoping to take up a new hobby this October? Join in on the latest fall phenomenon: homesteading. Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-efficiency, one which incorporates everything from canning to candle making, baking to brewing. It’s a part of a larger societal shift that places less emphasis on technology and more on old timey interests. If nothing else, it’s a great way to spend a weekend. Here is our beginner’s guide to fall homesteading.

Canning

Fall homesteading Canning

A lot has changed since 1850, when John L. Mason invented the first reusable jar with a screw-on lid. Although not as common as it once was, canning is making a comeback. On average, canning can increase an item’s shelf life from one to five years, while certain enthusiasts have managed as much as 30! Here’s a beginner’s guide to get you started.

Candle Making

fall homesteading candle making

There’s nothing cuter than a homemade candle! And for all those interested in fall homesteading, it’s super simple too. Step one: melt wax, step two: pour wax, step three: light wax. That’s really all there is to it! For something a bit more comprehensive, here’s a guide we think will work.

Indoor Gardening

fall homesteading indoor gardening

As the weather continues to cool off, you’ll find that maintaining an indoor garden is much more practical than keeping one outside. There are so many ways to make your plants pop, whether that be by using unconventional pots or interesting lighting. Succulents, fire sticks and ficus are all great in the autumn. Here are some easy-to-maintain houseplants you’ll love.

Knitting

fall homesteading knitting

New to knitting? No problem! There are a ton of different patterns and projects available for you to practice. From coffee cozies to Christmas stockings, there’s no end to what you can come up with. Keep warm this winter with all these cool ideas.

Fruit Leathering

fall homesteading fruit leathering

If you were ever a fan of Fruit Roll-Ups, this one is for you. Fruit leather is a lot like beef jerky, only you won’t strain your jaw when you go for a snack. Check out this handy guide to get going.

Bread Baking

fall homesteading bread

Money may not grow on trees, but you can bake bread in the oven! Baking bread is actually pretty easy, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be firing off loaves in no time. Here are some beginner bread recipes for your fall homesteading hobby.

Homebrewing

fall homesteading brew

How does the old saying go? Don’t get high on your own supply? When it comes to brewing your own craft beer, the same can’t be said. Homemade suds are something else, and after your first batch, you’ll be hooked. Head on down to your local home brewing supply store for more details.

Soap Making

fall homesteading soap making

Some may remember that infamous scene from the film Fight Club, where the two protagonists go out in search of soap making materials. Let’s get one thing straight: making soap from scratch isn’t always as traumatizing. This is a fun way to save money and allows you the freedom to experiment with all kinds of fragrances. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to soap making.

Woodworking

fall homesteading woodworking

Working hard or hardly working? Well, when you’re woodworking, it might be a bit of both! From custom-furniture to building bird houses, there are so many different things you can do with this hobby. Although bigger projects will most likely require some sort of workshop, smaller tasks can be done at any table. Check out Wood Magazine for all kinds of ideas.

Crockpot Drinks

fall homesteading crockpot drinks

Come on. This wouldn’t be a fall homesteading list without some sort of cocktail creation. Warm up with these amazing drink ideas, all made inside of your crockpot. 

Have fun this fall with all these homesteading ideas! For more great culinary content, check out the Foodee blog.

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