Real Food

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

Homemade Beef Jerky Recipe (Dehydrator + Oven Instructions)

Homemade beef jerky is a delicious way to preserve meat for food storage and for easy transport to take on hikes, camping trips, road trips and to pack in a backpack in an emergency situation where you need to leave home. While store-bought beef...

How to Make Your Own Indoor Grow Light Stand

If you grow plants from seed (or if you want to), you're likely going to want to start a few of them indoors. And if you start your seeds indoors, something that will make your life so much easier (and make your seedlings bigger, stronger and...

Healthy Grocery Shopping Tips (For When You Can’t Avoid the Grocery Store)

When grocery shopping, remember that not all food is created equal! Here are a few healthy grocery shopping tips to help you choose better! * * * If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, it probably comes as no surprise that I...
Easy Homemade Chai Tea Mix

Easy Homemade Chai Tea Mix

I’ll be honest… I’m not a tea drinker. In fact, I could probably go the rest of my life without drinking another cup of tea and I’d be alright. But take away my coffee and I’d have a hard time even getting through the day! That being said, I do...

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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 in terms of 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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