Author Archives: Anna Paige

Q&A: How to Get the Best Deal on Shipping Costs

A customer asked: The shipping cost for an item I want to order from your website is reasonable if I order just one. But I need three of them, and the shipping costs seem much too high. I really need all three, but I don’t want to pay that much for shipping. Is there anything you can do to get me a better deal?

Jerri’s answer: Great question! Our website software isn’t always accurate when it comes to larger orders. It’s a math thing. What you need is personal assistance to calculate the correct shipping charges. We want you to have a good shopping experience, so please call us if you have questions when ordering. We will help you right there on the spot rather than sending you back to the website.

Also, just so you know…we reconcile the amount that gets charged for shipping with the actual shipping costs associated with each order. So if our website software should ever accidentally overcharge you for shipping, we would catch the error and refund the difference.

3 Insomnia Remedies You Might Not Know About

insomnia remedies

If you have persistent insomnia, you’ve probably already tried the more common sleep remedies. But what if you’re not one of the lucky folks who get relief with natural sedatives like chamomile tea or tinctures made from herbs like valerian? If you seek conventional medical treatment, your doctor will probably offer you a sleeping pill. But, unless you have a serious health condition, you might want to try one of these less-known sleep remedies before you get that prescription filled. Continue reading

Should You Use Calcium Chloride When Making Mozzarella?

Stretching Mozzarella

Lately, online cheesemaking forums have been abuzz with controversy over the question of whether calcium chloride should be used when making mozzarella. Some folks insist that calcium chloride is necessary for proper curd formation, and others argue that it prevents the curds from stretching.

So, who’s right?

To get to the bottom of this controversy, we turned to world-renown cheesemaker Margaret Morris, author of The Cheesemaker’s Manual, 2015 winner of First Prize at the American Cheese Society (ACS) Society, and 2013 winner of the top award at the Global Cheese Making Competition in Somerset, UK.

Here’s what we learned. Continue reading

Q&A: Questions About Our Speedy Sprouts

A customer asks: I’m confused about your Speedy Sprouts wheat sprouts. What do you do with them?

Speedy Sprouts Just Wheat It

Speedy Sprouts Just Wheat It

Jerri says: Just Wheat It, our organic hard red winter wheat berries, can be used in a couple of different ways. One thing you can do is bake your own healthy sprouted grain bread. For bread, you sprout the wheat just until the little tail starts to show. Then dry the sprouts and grind them in a grain mill. Bread made from sprouted wheat is easier to digest than store-bought flour and breads.

 

Speedy Sprouts Sprouted Wheat Berries

Speedy Sprouts Sprouted Wheat Berries

Wheatgrass Grown from Speedy Sprouts Just Wheat It

Wheatgrass Grown from Speedy Sprouts Just Wheat It

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or, the wheat can be grown as a grass in shallow soil on a flat tray. When the grass is ready, you can put it through a wheatgrass juicer to make a sweet health tonic. You can do the same with Bob Barley.

Stainless Steel Wheatgrass Juicer

Stainless Steel Wheatgrass Juicer

Q&A: Questions About Our Grain Mills

A customer asked: What’s the best grain mill for nut butters?

WonderMill Junior Deluxe

WonderMill Junior Deluxe

Jerri’s answer: The WonderMill Junior Deluxe manual grain mill wins hands down. Even though it’s a manual mill, the WonderMill Junior really is the king of grain mills in our opinion. You have the stone and the burrs…so the best of both worlds. With the WonderMill Junior, you have can grind dry flour from dry grains and beans, like wheat, barley, oats, and so on. In addition, you can grind wet beans, seeds, and even coffee. So, the Wondermill Junior is definitely the ultimate tool for milling your own peanut or almond butter, or even cashew butter…or pumpkin seed butter…


An alarmed customer asked: Help! I’m grinding buckwheat to make flour and it smells like the motor is burning!

Jerri’s answer: Don’t worry. It’s perfectly normal to get that funny odor when grinding buckwheat, in particular.


A concerned caller asked: I was grinding my first batch of flour and found all these little black bugs in the flour.

Jerri’s answer: They’re not bugs! It’s important to read the manual before you use your new grain mill. Because your mill came brand new, direct from the manufacturer, you need to mill a white grain like rice before you use it. Use the least expensive type of grain you have on hand, because you will be throwing it away.

You are the first person using your machine and the inner metal parts have to be ground down the first time. When you break in your new machine, you’ll see tiny, black metal shavings in the flour. Mill a couple of cups of flour, until no more metal shavings appear. If the manufacturer did this for you, your machine wouldn’t be brand new when you receive it…it would be used!

 

Holiday Gift Ideas – Stocking Stuffers!

 

Need holiday gift ideas? Here are some of Santa’s favorite stocking stuffers!
(New items added weekly thru December 2015)

Stocking Stuffers

Homesteader’s Supply Gift Certificates

Does the holiday season leave you stumped when it comes to choosing presents for friends and family? Are you looking for a practical gift someone will actually use? Do you need the perfect something for the person who already has “everything”?

Well, you’ve come to the right place!

HS Gift Certificates

There’s no need to wrack your brain when you can just order Homesteader’s Supply Gift Certificates for all the homesteaders and home cooks on your holiday list! You can’t go wrong when they pick out their own presents! A Homesteader’s Supply Gift Certificate is hassle-free gift guaranteed to make your loved ones smile.

Our gift certificates come in denominations from $25 to $200. Click here to order yours today!


Yogurt and Kefir Cultures

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ProTip
If you use some of the yogurt you made to inoculate the next batch, you will get a whole lot more batches out of these than the package states! Read how to do that here.

Bulgarian Yogurt

Bulgarian Yogurt

You can order our Bulgarian Yogurt Culture in single packages or 5-packs. Each envelope contains enough to inoculate 2 quarts (or liters) of milk.

Our Danisco ABY-2C Thermophilic Yogurt Culture makes a thicker, sweeter yogurt. The small jar contains enough culture to make 8 gallons of yogurt. The large bottle makes 300 gallons!

 

 

Foamy Kefir Culture

Foamy Kefir Culture

Kefir is easy to make, deliciously creamy…and super healthy! You use this freeze-dried concentrated lactic starter for direct milk inoculation. Jar contains enough to make 16, 2-quart batches! Also available in 100 gram size; just call us at (928) 583-0254.

 

 


Cheese Cultures

The flavor of a cheese is determined by the type of culture used, the timing of each phase, and the temperatures called for in the recipe. We offer a variety of cheese cultures from different countries, including Canada, France and Italy. You can purchase any of these individually.

Culture Sampler Kit

Culture Sampler Kit

Trying the different brands of cultures will help you find and make your favorite cheeses. If you’re feeling brave (or happen to have a lot of experience making cheese), you’ll love our Culture Sampler Kit, which includes the following:

  • 6 cheese cultures you can use to make soft cheeses (like cream cheese, sour cream, quark, cottage cheese, fromage blanc, chevre frais, feta, and even cultured butter); semi-soft cheeses (like brick, Jack, farmer’s, Gouda); and even some of the hard cheeses (like mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, and Romano)
  • 1 packet of our favorite Bulgarian yogurt culture
  • Lipase for creating sharper cheeses
  • 2 yards of 90-count cheesecloth
  • Recipe booklet

 Liquid Vegetarian Rennet

Liquid Vegetarian Rennet, 1 oz.

Liquid Vegetarian Rennet, 1 oz.

Rennet is a coagulating enzyme produced by the fermentation of a purified culture of the fungal specie Mucor miehei. Ours is a Double Strength rennet that contains no animal products or dyes! Available in 1-ounce, 2-ounce, and 4-ounce sizes.

Also available in tablet form in packages of 10 or 100.

We also now carry liquid animal rennet. One difference is that animal rennet sets up faster.

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 Prepper Pro

EVERY COOK NEEDS ONE!

This is the ultimate tool for fermenting or canning! You’ll be finding amazing new ways to use it in your kitchen almost every day!

The design is perfect for pressing veggies like cabbage to break up the fibers and release liquid. It’s also perfect for packing veggies into the fermenting vessel. Each end is sized differently for different needs.

Prepper Pro

Made of Appalachian maple wood and seasoned with 100% raw organic coconut oil!

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 Veggie Fermenting Starter Culture

You need this starter culture to ferment raw vegetables for delicious foods like sauerkraut and kimchi. This freeze-dried lactic bacteria is manufactured by Biena, the maker of some of the best cheese cultures on the market.

veggie_ferment_culture

Ingredients:
Lactococcus lactissubsp lactis
Lactococcus lactis subsp cremoris
Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis biovar diacetylactis
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris
Dextrose carrier

You can even use this culture to make butter, sour cream and even certain soft cheeses!

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 Pickle Pro Lids 

Our exclusive Pickle-Pro Vegetable Fermenting Lids fit REGULAR and WIDE-MOUTH canning jars. Be sure to order the right size!

PicklePro Lid
We provide the lid with airlock and a rubber seal, you provide the glass jars and the ring to secure it to the jar. When your bounty is fermented, simply remove the Pickle-Pro set up and seal your jar with a regular metal canning lid.

Bonus Recipe for our yummy Garlic Dill Pickles included free with your order!

Free shipping to the lower 48 states! Order a 3-pack and get free shipping to Alaska and Hawaii!


Emergency Sleeping Bag – Set of 4

Emergency shelter for you and your loved ones! Great for camping, hiking, boating, emergencies, etc. Don’t be caught without them, especially in winter. Make sure all your cars are equipped with at least one sleeping bag for each passenger. Sold in sets of four for better pricing!

bag

And, believe it or not, it’s small enough to fit in your Santa stocking!

  • Opens up to 84″ x 36″
  • Metallic & polyester fabric
  • Compact & lightweight
  • Water & wind resistant
  • Long lasting & reusable
  • Can also be used as ground cover or emergency blanket

 AccuSharp Knife Sharpener

This is the one we use at Homesteader’s Supply and it’s fabulous!

knife_sharpenerThis knife sharpener works fast and is easy to use. Perfect for the kitchen, garden, or garage. Throw it one your pack, too! Great for camping.

  • Diamond-honed tungsten carbide
  • Reversible sharpening blades last 4-5 years
  • Rust proof