Eat Fresh (or Frozen) Jun09

Eat Fresh (or Frozen)...

Growing a successful, lush vegetable garden is a rewarding experience. Of that, there is no question. For those who have two green thumbs, harvest might mean picking more than you can chew. Learning how to properly preserve and freeze vegetables is a great way to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of your labor. Cultivated has featured articles from Mother Earth News before, and for good reason. This article comes from the ever-wonderful Janet Chadwick, author of ““The Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food at Home”. When living and pursuing a sustainable life, little to nothing should be thrown away. Luckily, a bit of technology can save a bunch of veggies. ...

Homemade Feta Cheese Jun06

Homemade Feta Cheese

Sometimes, you just need a little cheese. Most of the time, you don’t have the money for it (or at least I don’t). From the prolific blog Foodie With Family comes one of the most comprehensive recipes for making delicious, savory feta cheese. Here at Cultivated, we love the sustainability of raising goats, and one of the most enduring benefits of raising goats is the chance to make cheese. Just a few goats can produce way more milk, cheese, and yogurt than a small family can eat. The actually process of making cheese can be a bit intimidating for first timers. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. This recipe is a pretty comprehensive list of ingredients and detailed instructions for first timers making their own cheese. With a modified recipe for those using goat’s milk, this might be the only post you will ever need to read to create some amazing, Wisconsin quality DIY feta cheese....

Dry Your Own Herbs May06

Dry Your Own Herbs

And no, not those kind of herbs (I’m looking at you, Colorado). If you have any space indoors or out, growing herbs like basil, mint, parsley and others is a no-brainer. We have some growing right outside our front door below the porch. Although they taste great fresh on eggs, pasta and the like, you can also easily dry them. Taste of Home actually has a great little tutorial on how to go about drying herbs. Their article  “How to Dry Herbs” is a great start for those who want to try out a few drying methods. Stop spending your hard earned money on herbs that barely have a taste to them at all. Begin cultivating a more self sustaining life....

Eat Dandelions in 16 Delicious Ways May03

Eat Dandelions in 16 Delicious Ways

How many people do you see spraying harmful chemicals on the yellow “weeds” that invade yards known to all yard Nazis as “Dandelions”? Although considered a weed by some, others enjoy this plant as a gourmet green growing right outside the front door. The Prairie Homestead offers an article that is sure to change the hearts and minds of those who battle the little yellow flower year in and year out. Dandelions, just like any other plant, should not be eaten unless you know where they came from and whether or not they have been sprayed with chemicals. There are also some false-friend plants that you certainly should not eat. Once you do find some dandelions growing wild in your own naturally maintained yard (free of chemicals and pesticides), check out 16 Ways to Eat Dandelions....

Spinach Asparagus Leek Soup May01

Spinach Asparagus Leek Soup...

Sometimes, it’s hard to plan out what to eat. It can be even harder when you are trying to live a sustainable life. There are, however, thousands of great recipes that are easy to make with ingredients grown on a homestead or in a small garden. Spinach Asparagus Leek Soup is one of those great recipes. This soup recipe comes courtesy of what I believe to be the BEST restaurant in all of North Carolina. Amelie’s is a 24/7 French-inspired restaurant in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. The atmosphere is amazing, the food even better, and the hours unbeatable. Spend a night eating until dawn at one of the finest establishments in North Carolina....