RancherMan & I are able to live & work here on our Homestead – a place that speaks to our hearts – because we are very careful with our finances. You know what they say, “small leaks sink great ships” or, you know, something like that…
Anyway, my point is that by paying attention to the smaller things, living frugally just becomes a way of life. There’s really no sacrifice, just a consciousness of frugal tasks that make sense in the flow of our days. In my case frugality is only part of the reason I’m paying attention – many times those same tasks are also environmentally friendly too. And that’s a two-fer win for me!
How many different meals can you make from a single whole chicken? I found six different ways to enjoy that whole chicken I cooked. I was surprised at how many times that one bird could feed us using the leftover chicken too. We’ve really gotten a lot of mileage with different meals out of this one bird. Check it out!
I make rice often. It’s inexpensive and lends itself to many different flavors of your meal. But I’ve found a way to make my rice even more flavorful and nutritious versus cooking it in plain water. And it’s FREE!
Use Whatcha Got is what I always say! Check out this Homestead Hack.
Food waste – it’s everywhere! From culls in the grower’s field due to produce that’s the wrong size or shape, to transportation losses, to losses in the grocery store.
And yes, even once that hard-earned money has been plunked down by the consumer to purchase that food, way too much ends up in the trash. But there are many ways to combat food waste.
For instance, many times edible food is thrown into dumpsters by the ton for fear of litigation if a donation were to unknowingly cause someone to get sick. But did you know there is legal protection for those who donate edible food in good faith?
That and many more food waste reduction ideas are listed on my article written for the Mother Earth News, check it out.
This time of year many gardeners that are absolutely sick of zucchini. They’ve already eaten as much steamed zucchini side dishes and made it into every casserole they can think of. They’ve passed much of their zucchini overload on to friends, family and even complete strangers (why can I never run into these gardeners??! LOL)
I’ve heard about using zucchini for low-carb noodles and I was intrigued. Although RancherMan & I don’t specifically strive to eat low-carb, I do try alternatives when I can find a tasty one and we both love zucchini anyway so… Check it out!