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How to Dehydrate Apples

How to Dehydrate Apples

apples, apple slices, dehydrated fruit, dehydrating apples, dried apple slices, apples and cinnamon, dried fruitWe love dried fruit, but Derek doesn’t care for store-bought ones, especially apples. We are also wary of store-bought dried fruit due to all the added ingredients, and all that added sugar! That is why we dehydrate our own, and when we do, we can’t get enough of them! Here we will tell you how to dehydrate apples.

The process is simple, especially if you have a dehydrator.  This one is similar to the one we have (there are more links below to similar dehydrators), and it works quite well for our purposes.  We would like to get another one in the future, perhaps one with a temperature gauge and an on/off switch, or even a solar one, but, for now, the one we have serves us well.

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Apple Time

Apple Time

Now that Fall is upon us, it’s apple time; apple harvesting time, that is!

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One reason we wanted to start homesteading was to spend more time together. Recently, we spent an entire Saturday picking apples from our trees and processing them. It was actually harder work than we thought it would be! Well… for Saira anyway.

Moving to this sort of lifestyle is quite an adjustment; you actually have to work for what you want. Well, work in a different sort of way.  It may seem “easier” to drive to the store, buy some apples, applesauce, dried apple slices, etc. But when you purchase everything you want or need, you are trading your time for money and money for those things.  By doing as much for ourselves as we can, we are still trading time, but not just for money. We are spending that time together, making the things we want, together, rather than spending the majority of our time apart, at work. And isn’t your time more valuable than money?

OK – rant over! Back to the topic at hand – Apples!

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Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables with a Food Dehydrator

Dehydrating Fruits and Vegetables with a Food Dehydrator

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Dehydrating is a great way to preserve food for long-term storage. When properly dried and stored, fruits and vegetables can last up to a year or more. One should ideally use the freshest produce available. Overly ripened fruits and vegetables tend to not be as crisp as fresh produce. Here, we will discuss dehydrating fruits and vegetables with a food dehydrator.

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How to Propagate Strawberries

How to Propagate Strawberries

Propagating Strawberries, Strawberry, strawberries, plant, plants, strawberry plant, garden, gardening, propagating, runner,How to Propagate StrawberriesStrawberries are one of the easiest plants to grow. As long as you are adequately watering them, they do not need much attention. The best part of growing strawberries is that they naturally want to spread and reproduce. This can be annoying if they are not properly contained and begin consuming areas that you don’t want them to. However, if your goal is to reproduce your strawberry plants, then you’re in luck because this post will cover just that: How to propagate strawberries.

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What is Homesteading?

What is Homesteading?

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The term “homestead” comes from the American Homestead Act of 1862. This act was the federal government’s way of encouraging families of that time towards the western expansion of the United States; it offered them land if they were willing to live on and develop it. But what is homesteading?

Today, there are various definitions for what the word homesteading means; most of them boil down to self-sufficiency and living deliberately. However, homesteading seems to mean different things to different people,  so, here, we’ll attempt to describe what homesteading means to us.

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