Homesteading isn’t the easiest job in the world, and it often comes with unexpected costs. To make the most of your homesteading efforts while guarding your finances, it’s important to put everything to use. Here are a few of my favorite tips for keeping homesteading easy on the wallet. Add yours in the comments!
I’ve been making my own yogurt for several years. I like to strain the whey from my yogurt for a thicker, Greek style yogurt. But what to do with the strained whey? Don’t toss it! You can use whey as a substitute for water in bread recipes (hint: it also results in a nicer crumb structure and rise). Livestock like pigs adore snacking on whey and will eat it up.
Snout to tail
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you this, but if you raise animals for food, it’s so important to use every bit of the animal. It respects the animal’s sacrificed life and ensures you get the most bang for your buck. For example, all parts of a chicken, including the feet, beak, and feathers, can be repurposed.
Canning and preserving are fantastic ways to enjoy your summer harvest all year round. But freezing is also a great option to preserve your food, particularly if you raise animals for meat. Invest in a high quality vacuum sealer to preserve your ham hocks for next Easter with zero problem. You don’t want to go through the trouble of raising an animal, only to have the meat ruined by freezer burn!
Do you have vegetable scraps left over from making dinner? Great! Don’t throw them away. You can compost vegetable scraps, as well as feed them to chickens or turn them into homemade vegetable stock. Don’t let one carrot shaving go to waste; every cent matters on the homestead.
The bottom line
There are so many ways we can keep costs low when raising animals and plants on the homestead. Use these quick tips to rein in costs while enjoying the simple life!