Real Food

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

How to Season Cast Iron Cookware

Cast iron cookware is seeing a comeback. While it’s one of the oldest types of cookware still in use today, cast iron fell out of fashion in the mid 20th century when other types of cookware such as aluminum, stainless steel and Teflon-coated non-stick pans gained...

How to Render Lard (Using a Slow Cooker or Stockpot)

When it comes to homesteading skills, learning how to render your own lard is high on the list of things that will have you feeling like you’re channeling Ma Ingalls in your kitchen. Of course, us modern homesteaders know there’s absolutely no shame in using modern...

7 Benefits of Cooking With Cast Iron

There’s just something about cooking food in cast iron that feels so wholesome and old-timey; Like grandma (or maybe even great grandma) used to cook. A well-seasoned cast iron skillet is a must in any homestead kitchen. Bonus points if you’ve...
Easy Fermented Jalapeños Recipe

Easy Fermented Jalapeños Recipe

When we first started growing jalapeños, we did so with the intention of using them to make homemade salsa. We figured we’d be lucky to get enough jalapeños to make all of our salsa for the year, especially since we’d tried growing sweet red...

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How to Can Homemade Tomato Sauce

How to Can Homemade Tomato Sauce

When it comes to home-canned food, tomato sauce reigns supreme when it comes to versatility. I don’t know about you, but in our house we eat a lot of tomato-based dishes; Pastas with marinara or bolognese sauce, pizzas topped with homemade pizza...

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How to Use A Pressure Canner Safely

How to Use A Pressure Canner Safely

  Canning and preserving food goes hand-in-hand with homesteading and self-sufficiency. And for the most part, it’s pretty safe and straight-forward. Whether you’re water bath canning pickles, jams, jellies and fruits, dehydrating,...

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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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4 Ways to Preserve Herbs At Home

4 Ways to Preserve Herbs At Home

Every year without fail, I wait until the last possible moment to harvest and preserve everything out of our garden, including my herbs. Sure, I harvest things throughout the season to eat or enjoy fresh, but when it comes to preserving (as with many other things),...

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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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