Real Food

Articles about organic gardening, from-scratch recipes and food preservation techniques and tutorials.

How to Can Homemade Broth or Stock

We 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...

Spiced Homemade Cranberry Sauce Recipe (+ Canning Instructions)

I’ve never liked cranberry sauce. The way it slid out of the tin and into the bowl (and it was STILL in the shape of the tin). That “glurp” sound it made on its way out (very appetizing). The bland, boringness of it all… Honestly, I’ve never been a big fan of...

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup

Okay, I’m just gonna come out and say it: I’m a total sucker for pumpkin spice. Call me #basic, but it’s the truth. In fact, I’m all about everything fall: the colours, the coziness, the sweater weather, and yes, pumpkins and pumpkin spice....
How to Prepare Your Soil in the Fall

How to Prepare Your Soil in the Fall

The number one secret to success for any home gardener lies in having good soil. No, scratch that… It lies in BUILDING good soil. Because even if you start out with the best soil on Earth, if you continue to grow in the same soil season after season without amending...

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How to Grow Spices At Home

How to Grow Spices At Home

When I first learned that there was someone successfully growing spices like ginger, turmeric, cumin and vanilla at home in North Carolina, my mind was honestly blown. I had honestly never considered it could even be possible to grow "exotic"...

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6 Canning Safety Rules You Must Follow

6 Canning Safety Rules You Must Follow

Well friends, summer’s finally here, and that means canning season is upon us. This also means it’s time for a little refresher course on canning safety, because while this might not be the most exciting aspect of canning and preserving food,...

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Homemade Hamburger Buns

Homemade Hamburger Buns

I hate the dry, cookie-cutter, Wonder Bread-style hamburger buns you get from the grocery store. Not only are they a little lackluster, but depending on what brand you buy, you may be getting all sorts of unwanted and potentially harmful...

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Hi! I’m Anna, and I’m a city girl turned modern homesteader who’s passionate about growing, cooking and preserving real food at home, creating my own herbal medicine and all-natural home and body care products, and working toward a simpler, more sustainable and self-sufficient life each and every day. 

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