How to Can Homemade Broth or Stock


Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbrothWe cook the vast majority of our meals at home, from scratch, and one of the ingredients we use most is stock (or broth… We’ll discuss the difference in a minute).

I probably use a quart or two of chicken stock every week on average— sometimes more if I’m making a big pot of soup. Chicken stock is super versatile and can be turned into soups, stews, and sauces, used as a braising liquid for meats or as a base for gravy, or even as an extra flavourful cooking liquid for grains like pasta and rice. (Risotto is a prime example of a grain that wouldn’t be nearly as good without stock or broth!)

Likewise, I like to keep beef broth on hand for beef stew, French Onion soup and beef short ribs. (I’m salivating as I write this).

While I don’t use vegetable stock a lot, it’s also a great vegan alternative to chicken stock!

 

What’s the difference between stock and broth?

Before we go any further, let’s talk about the difference between stock and broth…

The terms “broth” and “stock” are often used interchangeably, and so are the ingredients themselves. For example, if a recipe calls for stock but you only have broth, go ahead and use broth. Same goes for the opposite: you can use stock instead of broth if that’s what you have on hand. 

The real difference between stock and broth is that stock is typically made with the carcass or bones of an animal (ie. chicken or beef), that typically have little to no meat left on them. The bones are typically roasted to bring out more or the rich flavours of the bones and any bits of meat left on them.

Broth, however, can be made from bones or from meat, on or off the bone, and usually some veggies, herbs and seasonings for extra flavour. The meat/bones in broth are typically not roasted.

At the end of the day, they broth and stock are both very similar and can both be used interchangeably in most recipes.

* I use the terms “broth” and “stock” interchangeably throughout this articles as well.

I make my broth/stock with bones and carcasses with varying amounts of meat left on them, as well as veggie scraps, fresh and dried herbs, salt, and spices for lots of flavour.

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

Health benefits of broth and stock

Aside from flavour and versatility, broth and stock are both super healthy for you. There’s a reason why we’re told to eat chicken soup when we’re sick, and it’s all about the broth, baby!

Broth and stock are both loaded with the nutrients that are present in the ingredients used to make them, so if you add carrots, onions, garlic, herbs, etc. to your broth, you’ll benefit from all of the nutrients that are extracted from those ingredients.

Stock (aka. Bone Broth) is especially good for you, and has achieved superfood status in recent years due to its amazing health benefits. This is because stock/bone broth is made with bones, and animal bones contain all sorts of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous (found in the bones themselves), glucosamine, chondroitin and collagen (found in the joints) and vitamins A and K2, zinc, iron, boron, manganese, selenium, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (found in the marrow). [Source]

While all of these vitamins and minerals are important for our overall health, collagen in particular has been touted for its health benefits, and is the main nutrient responsible for the rise in popularity of bone broth.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body, and is essential for maintaining healthy skin, hair, nails, muscles, bones and joints.

Collagen supplements have been popping up in health food stores everywhere, but you can get collagen in its most natural (and delicious) form by enjoying it in some bone broth. Plus, you’ll get all of the nutrients from the addition of vegetables and herbs.

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

You can see the gel on this homemade beef broth. This is what it typically looks like after being refrigerated and is a sign of high levels of collagen.

 

Why make and can your own homemade stock?

While you can easily buy broth or stock at the store, there are a few reasons why you should make your own (and can it too!)

First of all, by making your own broth, you know exactly what’s in it and how much of each ingredient there is. Some popular commercial brands of broth contain additional ingredients like inflammatory canola and/or soybean oil, artificial flavours and flavour “enhancers,” and excessive amounts of sodium. By making your own, you can use healthier, all-natural ingredients and keep the salt to a healthy minimum.


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Second, making your own broth or stock at home is much cheaper than buying it from the store. This is especially true if you’re buying the good stuff (ya know, the organic brands without all of the added junk I listed above).

Good quality store-bought bone broth can be pretty pricey. Making your own is not only cheaper, it also makes use of animals parts that would otherwise be discarded.

I try to always buy whole or bone-in chicken, so we get a meal out of the meat and then I just toss the bones/carcass into the freezer until I’m ready to make a batch of broth. I also use veggie scraps instead of whole vegetables (which I’ll talk about in a minute), so my homemade chicken broth is practically free.

While I do purchase beef bones specifically for making broth, they’re still cheaper than it would cost to buy beef broth from the store.

And of course, if you raise your own meat animals, you’d be crazy NOT to make your own stock!

Finally, while you can make your own broth/stock and preserve any excess in the freezer, I prefer to can it so that I have it ready to go in liquid form whenever I need it. I’m just not great with planning ahead and remembering to take things out of the freezer well before I need them, so having canned stock ready to go is a huge help for me in the kitchen.

Just be aware that broth and stock are low acid and therefore MUST be pressure canned for safety reasons. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the recipe below.

* For more information on pressure canning, click here to learn how to use a pressure canner safely.

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

How to make broth or stock at home

Now that you know WHY you should be making your own bone broth/stock at home, here’s how to actually do it…

First of all, you’ll need to gather your ingredients. The recipe I use is very flexible and doesn’t use set amounts of anything. You can add as much or as little of the listed ingredients as you like.

The first thing you’ll need is bones or meat. 

If you’re making chicken stock, either start with one whole chicken carcass or a couple handfuls of bones. If using beef bones, I usually get two batches of stock out of roughly 5 lbs. of beef bones.

You can use “fresh” bones (ie. bones that you’ve just picked clean from a meal) or frozen bones. I like to toss all my chicken bones into the freezer in Ziplock bags until I’m ready to use them.

Next, roast the bones. This is a super important step that is crucial for beef broth and will improve the flavour of chicken broth too.

(One time I tried making beef broth without roasting the bones first and it was flavourless and gritty. I ended up tossing the whole batch. While roasting isn’t necessary for chicken stock, it improves the flavour and richness of your broth).

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

Preheat oven to 450ºF. Place bones on a baking tray (no need to thaw, you can do this while they’re still frozen), drizzle with a little olive oil and roast for about 30-40 minutes, until bones and any meat left on them have browned.

Transfer roasted bones to a large stockpot, slow cooker or Instant Pot (cooking instructions for each method follow).

Then, add a handful of chopped vegetables, herbs and spices for flavour. Onions, garlic, leeks, celery, carrots, rosemary, thyme, sage and bay leaves are all popular choices for adding flavour to stock, as well as some peppercorns and a generous pinch of salt.

You can use either fresh or dried herbs for flavour, just remember that dried herbs are more concentrated in flavour than fresh herbs, so use a bit less.

Add a splash of apple cider vinegar if you have some on hand. The ACV helps draw out more nutrients from the bones!

* Take caution if using sage as too much can make your stock taste bitter once canned.

** This recipe also works for vegetable stock too — just omit the bones/meat. **

 

Frugal kitchen tip…

I save a bunch of my veggie scraps in freezer bags for making stock, which makes this recipe extra frugal! I toss onion and garlic ends and peels, as well as (washed) carrot peels and celery ends in the freezer and then toss in a couple good handfuls with my bones when I’m ready to make stock!

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

Stovetop/slow cooker method

Cover bones, vegetables, herbs and seasonings with water, cover and bring to a simmer on the stovetop over medium heat, or set your slow cooker to low.

If cooking on the stovetop, reduce heat to low once simmering.

Cook on low for 8 to 12 hours (up to 24 hours).

Strain out the bones, veggies and other solid, reserving the liquid. You may need to strain the liquid twice and/or use a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth to filter out any little bits.

Refrigerate bone broth before canning

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

Instant Pot method

If using an Instant Pot, cover bones, vegetables, herbs and seasonings with water (make sure not to fill past the max. fill line). Place the lid on and make sure the vent knob is closed. Set Instant Pot to high pressure and cook for two hours.

Once time is up, allow Instant Pot to depressurize naturally. Remove lid after about 30 minutes and strain, reserving the liquid.

Refrigerate bone broth before canning

Allow bone broth to cool in the pot or transfer to a container or divide between quart-sized Mason jars. Once cooled, place in the fridge and refrigerate overnight.

It’s important to refrigerate for at least 8-12 hours before canning as any fat will float to the top and harden so you can easily skim it off.

This is especially true for beef stock as this produces a thick layer of beef fat (tallow). For safety reasons, you shouldn’t can fat. Although it’s okay if there are a few tiny pieces of fat floating around still, so long as you remove the majority.

Once cooled in the fridge, remove stock and skim off the fat. At this point you will likely notice that the stock is thick and more like gelatine than liquid. This is a GOOD sign!! The thicker your stock, the more collagen it has. And don’t worry: once you heat it again or can it, it will turn back to liquid form.

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

You can clearly see the hardened fat on top of this refrigerated beef stock. This must be skimmed off before canning. Chicken stock typically has a much thinner layer of fat on top after refrigerating.

 

How to can homemade broth or stock

Prepare your pressure canner, jars and lids. For more information on how to do this, click here.

Transfer stock to a large, stainless steel pot and bring to a boil. Ladle boiling hot stock into prepared jars, leaving one inch headspace at the top.

Wipe jar rims to make sure there is no residue from the stock on the rims as this can prevent a good seal. I recommend using a paper towel or rag dipped in white vinegar as the vinegar will cut through the fat/oiliness of the stock and will ensure there’s no reside left behind.

Place new lids on jars and screw bands down to fingertip tight.

Process pint jars for 30 minutes and quart jars for 35 minutes at 10 lbs. of pressure (increase to 15 pounds of pressure if canning at over 1,000 feet above sea level).

  • You may come across other bone broth/stock canning recipes that say to process for 20 minutes for pint jars or 25 minutes for quart jars, however this is only safe if you’re using exact amounts of ingredients according to a safe and tested recipe. Since this recipe calls for a handful of this and a handful of that, increase your processing time to 30 minutes for pint jars and 35 minutes for quart jars. This is because the vegetables in this recipe require a longer processing time than meat, so I go by the processing time for vegetable stock rather than meat stock.

Once processing time is up, allow canner to depressurize completely, then remove lid and let jars rest in the canner for another 10 minutes before removing.

Remove jars from canner and let cool completely on a towel on your countertop before storing.

Canned stock should be stored in your pantry out of direct sunlight and should be used within a year (this is an overly cautious precaution for all home-canned foods, however I’ve used home-canned stock that was up to two years old and it’s been fine).

 

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

How to store homemade bone broth/stock in the fridge or freezer

If you don’t want to can your stock, it will last in the fridge up to one week.

Alternatively, you can freeze your homemade stock for up to a year (for best quality). If freezing, remember to leave ample headspace at the top of your jar(s) or container to allow for expansion. I like to leave at least two inches of headspace when freezing.

 

How to use homemade broth/stock

There are so many ways to use your homemade broth or stock. Use it as a base for soups and stews, sauces and gravies, as a basting liquid for braised meats or use in place of water when cooking grains like rice and pasta for added flavour.

You can also heat up a mug or a bowl and sip your homemade broth on its own to benefit from all of the nutrients. This is especially recommended when you’re feeling sick or like you’re coming down with something.

How do you use broth/stock at home?

As always, I’d love to know your favourite ways to use broth or stock at home. Do you have any favourite recipes or ways to use broth/stock that weren’t listed above? If so, let me know in the comments below!

Learning how to can homemade broth or stock at home can save you time and money. Plus, homemade broth is healthier and more flavourful! Learn how to make and can your own chicken, beef or vegetable broth and always have this versatile ingredient ready to go on your pantry shelves! #homemadebroth #howtocanbonebroth #howtocanbroth

How to Can Homemade Broth or Stock

Ingredients

  • Beef or poultry bones
  • Veggies/veggie scraps (onions, garlic, celery, carrots)
  • Fresh or dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage, bay leaves, peppercorns etc.)
  • Salt (a generous pinch)

Instructions

  1. Roast the bones/carcass in a 450 degree oven for 30-45 minutes for a richer, more flavourful broth.
  2. Add roasted bones to a stockpot, slow cooker or Instant Pot. Toss in whatever veggies or veggie peels you happen to have on hand. Onions, garlic, celery and carrots work well.
  3. Add a handful of fresh herbs or a spoonful of dried herbs such as rosemary, thyme, bay leaves and sage. * Take caution when using sage as too much can make your stock taste bitter.
  4. Add a generous pinch of salt and cover with water. Slow cook stock/broth on the stovetop or in a slow cooker for 8-12 hours (up to 24 hours(, or in the Instant Pot on high pressure for 2 hours.
  5. Strain out the solids and discard, reserving liquid. Once stock has cooled sufficiently, transfer it to the fridge and let cool until the fat on the top solidifies.

Pressure Canning Instructions

  1. Prepare canner, jars and lids.
  2. Remove stock from the fridge and use a spoon to scrape the fat off the top and discard. Add liquid stock to a stockpot and bring to a boil.
  3. Ladle hot stock into jars, leaving 1” headspace at the top. Wipe rim with a towel dipped in vinegar (the vinegar will help remove any fat that may prevent a seal on the top of the jar). Place lids on and screw bands on to fingertip tight.
  4. Place jars in pressure canner and process pint jars for 30 minutes and quart jars for 35 minutes at 10 lbs. of pressure (increase to 15 pounds of pressure if canning at over 1,000 feet above sea level).
  5. Once processing time is finished, turn off the heat and allow the pressure canner to depressurize completely, then remove weighted gauge and wait another 2 minutes. Remove lid and wait another 10 minutes before removing jars from canner. Let jars sit on a towel on your counter top for at least 12 hours before moving them to your pantry.

Notes

This is a very flexible recipe with no set amounts. As long as you pressure can it for 30 minutes (pints) or 35 minutes (quarts), you don't have to measure your vegetables out.


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14 Comments

  1. Jimid

    I am about to pressure can beef and chicken broth-stock that slow cooked for 24 plus hours. I used carrots, celery, corn cobs, onions, parsley and garlic. This has been all strained and the fat removed. How long do I pressure can it at 10 pounds?
    This is separate batches of beef and chicken not combined.

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Hi Jimid,
      As per the recipe, “process pint jars for 30 minutes and quart jars for 35 minutes at 10 lbs. of pressure.”

      Reply
  2. Terri

    Hi. Love your tutorial! I canned chicken broth. I guess instead of stock as the carcass still had some meat on it as did the wings etc. I strained the broth thru a colander but after canning noticed itty bitty bits of maybe meat at bottom of jar. I pressure canned my pints 25 mins at 11 pounds. No one has addressed this yet. Is this now unsafe to eat. I canned 15 pints. Yikes. Thanks

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Hi Terri,
      It’s totally okay if there are some bits of meat still in your broth. The only caveat would be if you added veggies to the broth, as veggies need 30 to 35 minutes of pressure canning in broth (30 minutes for pints and 35 minutes for quarts). But if it was straight chicken broth/stock, 25 minutes is just fine:)

      Reply
      • Terri

        Whew what a relief. Thanks. I was worried with the bits of meat it needed 75 mins of canning time. Thanks so much!

        Reply
  3. lorraine Rodrigue

    I love to make bone broth too. In the summer I put together many herb bouquets with the herbs in my garden and I tie them with kitchen string. Freeze in a double zip lock bag. In winter I can just grab one to throw in stock, stews and anything I want the flavor of herbs. By tying it up the herbs stay together in cooking and when done simmering the meal you can grab the whole bouquet for your compost container.

    Reply
    • Tish Painter

      That is an awesome idea, Lorraine! I love it!
      I will have to try that next year as I have already dried or frozen my herbs separately by now.

      Reply
  4. Jennifer

    Hi do I have to take off all of the fat? I like having a bit of fat in my broth. But I’ve never tried canning it before

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Hi Jennifer,

      If you’re canning it you should take off as much of the fat as possible. It’s not safe to can fat. That being said, if there are tiny bits of fat left and you’ve followed all of the other canning directions it will still be safe to eat. If you like having more fat than that I’d recommend freezing it rather than canning.

      Reply
  5. Kim

    This was the answer to my question. I made beef broth and when I checked on canning times I saw that the recipe only used a small amount of veggies so I wasn’t sure if I should increase my processing time to equal a veggie broth. Glad to know how to can it safely so I don’t have to just freeze it all. Thanks!

    Reply
  6. Johanna

    I read somewhere that adding salt to the bones can cause toxins to leak from the bones. So as a pre auction I add salt after I have strained the broth.

    Reply
    • Tish Painter

      I have not heard that salt will do that when cooking bones. The only thing I have heard is to use caution when adding salt to anything you will be canning as it becomes more concentrated and can ruin your food, making it too salty.

      I personally, don’t add salt at all in most of my canning recipes so I have more control of the final product when cooking. I can always add salt when reheating or cooking while making the meal.

      Reply
  7. Keren Davis

    I like reading your emails and clicking onto some of the links which interest me. One thing that really bothers me is all of the pop ups which disrupts my reading. I know you need ads, but please minimize the pop ups which overtake the reading. It makes me bypass your blog when it gets too annoying (and I refuse to buy those products)

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Hi Karen,
      I understand the frustration as I too get really annoyed when there are too many pop-ups on websites. I do have a couple pop-up options to sign up for my resource library or to follow me on social media, but otherwise I try to keep it to a minimum (I hate those pop-up video ads, for example). Thank you for understanding why they are necessary for me to run my business. And once you’ve visited my site once or twice, so long as you haven’t cleared your history on your computer, you shouldn’t see those pop-ups every time.

      Reply

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The other day when I had a few minutes to spare, I was out in the garden doing a little work when my neighbour said hi over the fence.

I lamented to her about how busy we’ve been and how hard it’s been to keep on top of this year. Very sincerely, she replied “wait until you have another one,” referring to our baby on the way.

“You’ll be moving back to the suburbs so quick, mark my words,” she said.

Now, I don’t for a second think there was any ill intent behind her statement, but still, it took me aback.

“We’ll never move back to the city or the suburbs,” I replied with a laugh. “This may be hard work but we love it.”

She then repeated her statement and followed it up with “just you wait and see.”

I decided not to continue the back and forth. After all, I told myself, it doesn’t matter if she or anyone else knows what’s truly in your heart. It doesn’t matter if she understands that there’s no amount of difficulty that would make me run back to the suburbs and leave this life behind. In fact, our dream is to upgrade to a bigger property someday where we can grow an even bigger garden and add more livestock to our homestead!

Likewise, I visited the city last weekend for a family event and as always, I had at least a couple people ask me “so when are you moving back to the city?”

Seven years later, and still we have friends and family members who think this is just a phase we’re going through, and eventually we’ll come to our senses and move back.

I used to get offended by these questions because I felt unseen; I felt like nobody took this life that I’m so passionate about seriously, and thought it was “cute” that I was “playing farmer” for a bit, but eventually I had to grow up and become part of the “real world” once again.

Now I just smile and reply “never:)”

Can you relate? How do you (politely) respond when someone questions your lifestyle choices or implies that you’ll eventually come to your senses and come back to “reality”?

Let me know below 👇
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The fall issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine just dropped!

In this issue you’ll find:

• Preparedness tips, tricks and advice to help you be ready for anything on the homestead (and in life!)
•The ultimate guide to growing garlic at home and it as both food and medicine
• Drool-worthy recipes that feature garlic as the star!
• Expert advice from A Farmgirl in the Making’s Ann Accetta-Scott on what to look for (and look out for) when buying or selling a homestead property
• Advice on how to learn and grow from perceived homesteading “failures”

And more!!!

Go to modernhomesteadingmagazine.com or click the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky to subscribe or login to the library and read the latest issue if you’re already subscribed!
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When I first started homesteading, I had a burning desire to become more self-sufficient and live a more sustainable life.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve been a rebel at heart, and learning how to homestead and become more self-reliant was a way for me to “throw a proverbial middle finger to the system” and live life on my own terms.

As a teenager, I was the girl who drove around town with punk rock music blaring from my car, Misfits sticker on the back and studs around my wrists. I felt misunderstood and angsty and like I desperately didn’t fit in with the world I grew up in.

I always knew in my soul that I wanted something different; Something more.

Today I’m the mama with stretch marks on my belly and battle scars on my heart. I’m the woman who gardens and cans food and makes her own tinctures and believes in something greater than herself and fights every day to stay free in a world that feels increasingly engineered to keep us hopelessly dependent.

Today I feel whole and at peace, and connected to a higher power and a higher purpose. I feel like I’ve finally found the place where I belong.

This journey has been about so much more than homesteading for me, and I've learned, lost, gained and loved so much more than I ever could have imagined.

Because, as I've said before, homesteading doesn't happen in a vacuum. Life is always happening at the same time.

This is the full, raw and unfiltered story of my homesteading journey, and how I've gained so much more than a pantry full of food along the way.

Click the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky to read more or check it out here >> https://thehouseandhomestead.com/how-it-started-how-its-going
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The news we’ve all been waiting for…

IT’S A BOY!!!

After so many years and too many losses, our hearts are so full and it feels like we are inching closer to our family finally being complete.

I’ve always known in my heart and soul that we were meant to have a girl and a boy. I know, it sounds cliché and very “nuclear family,” but years ago I saw a psychic who told me I would have a girl who loved to be centre stage and had a personality larger than life, very much how our daughter has turned out!

She also said I would have a boy who would be much more introverted and in tune with nature and with his own intuition. That’s yet to be seen, but I’ve always had this unwavering vision of a son and a daughter that fit these descriptions, and my heart has been set on a son ever since we had Evelyn.

Of course, things went sideways for a few years. Shortly after Evelyn was born, I became pregnant again, but we made the heartbreaking decision to terminate that pregnancy at 24 weeks due to a severe medical diagnosis. We lost our son, Phoenix Rain on June 15, 2018. Our hearts were shattered and have never fully healed.

Over the next few years, I had 3 more early miscarriages. None of the doctors knew what was causing them as most didn’t seem to have any sort of genetic explanation. We were told it was “something environmental,” but weren’t given any clues as to what that could be.

After pushing to see several specialists last year (after our most recent loss), and being told once again that there was “nothing wrong with me,” I finally got another opinion and found out I had something called Chronic Endometritis: A low-grade infection in my uterus that I believe in my heart was caused by my c-section with our daughter; A c-section I didn’t want and probably didn’t need, but felt I needed because I was under pressure to make a decision before the surgeon went off duty.

I’ll never know for sure, but when I pushed for more testing and finally got a simple round of antibiotics, the endometritis cleared up. I got pregnant again almost immediately and so far we now have a healthy baby boy on the way.

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We’re living through interesting times. Many people have even used the term “unprecedented times,” and while that may be true in that there has perhaps never been another time in history when we’ve faced so many existential threats all at once (ie. a global pandemic, climate change, political divisions, AI advancing at an incredible rate, cyber attacks, nuclear threats, globalization, food shortages, supply chain issues, hyperinflation, social media and the age of information/misinformation, etc. etc. all converging at once). But despite all of this, we are not the first generation(s) of humans to face hardships and threats of great magnitude, and in fact we’ve had it better than any other previous generations for most of our lives, especially here in the west.

The fact is, there are lots of things we can do to ensure we’re not sitting ducks when these threats come knocking at our door. But it takes action on our part, not waiting around for someone else to fix things or take care of us.

In the Summer issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, I sat down with The Grow Network’s Marjory Wildcraft to talk all about the realities of our current climate, including worsening inflation and looming global food shortages, as well as what every day people like you and I can actually DO to improve our food security, become more self-sufficient, care for our families and communities and ensure our own survival and wellbeing even in difficult and uncertain times like these.

While I don’t believe in fear mongering, I do believe in acknowledging hard truths and not burying your head in the sand. That being said, things may very well get worse before they get better, and we would all do well to start learning the necessary skills, stocking up on essential resources and preparing now while there’s still time.

Check out the full interview in the summer issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine. Link in bio @anna.sakawsky to subscribe or go to www.modernhomesteadingmagazine.com to subscribe or login and read the current issue.

#foodshortages #selfsufficiency #selfreliance #foodsecurity #foodsecurityisfreedom #homesteading #growyourownfood #fightinflation #stayfree
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If you’re like most homesteaders, you probably have a pile of scrap materials laying somewhere on your property, all with the “intention” of being resourceful and using those scrap pieces for future projects. And let’s be honest: With inflation and the cost of lumber and, well, pretty much everything these days, being resourceful with our scraps isn’t just practical, it’s downright necessary in many cases!

But the reality is that it’s often much easier to accumulate scrap pieces than it is to actually put them to good use, and if we’re not careful and discerning with what we keep on hand, that scrap pile full of homesteader gold can quickly turn into a junk pile of clutter taking up space on our property.

In the Summer issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine, our resident handyman (my dear husband @ryan.sakawsky ;) shares his best tips for how to put your scrap pile to good use and knock some projects off your list while the weather’s still good, including which materials are worth saving and which ones aren’t.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the summer issue yet, you can subscribe via the link in my bio @anna.sakawsky (or login to the library if you’re a already a subscriber) or go to www.modernhomesteadingmagazine.com

Do you keep a scrap pile? If so, what sort of materials do you have laying around?

#scrappile #modernhomesteading #homesteading #diy #getscrappy #resourcefulness #inflation #beatinflation
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