This year we have also been learning how to preserve our own food without freezing. In order to do that we purchased a pressure canner and a dehydrator to add to our water bath canner. We purchased our dehydrator from The Sausage Maker after hubby did lots of research. He got THIS ONE and I really like it. These dehydrators have no plastic parts which was a huge factor in hubby's mind. We have dehydrated onions, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, various herbs and even use it to make granola and yogurt.
We choose the Presto 23-quart canner, mainly because I got it free doing a review for an online shopping network. We have been canning pinto beans, turkey and chicken broth, milk and more. I can't wait to learn how to can more items. I requested Growing and Canning Your Own Food by Jackie Clay for my birthday and it is jam-packed with lots of great information and recipes! I hope to soon be canning meats and ready-to-eat meals using this book as a reference.
We also added another chicken tractor to our homestead this week and will be ordering meat chickens soon. We have enjoyed learning about layers and meat birds and it's also fun to watch them. Our children love to take out kitchen scraps for them to enjoy. Yesterday we discovered the chickens love popcorn!
So much to learn on a homestead, but it's so much fun when you can learn and work together as a family. What are you learning with your family these days?