Homestead Blog Hop #6

Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop…

Going to keep this short and sweet this week ’cause I know we’re all busy! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet the Hosts!

Jen- The Easy Homestead

Jenna- The Flip Flop Barnyard

Bonnie- The Not So Modern Housewife

Amanda- Idlewild Alaska (Me!)

Lindsey- Chickadee Homestead

Nicole- Little Blog on the Homestead

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each This week we will choose three four posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are last week’s featured posts:

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1. Using Swales in the Landscape: Part 2 by Tenth Acre Farm.

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2. Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast by Taylor Made Ranch

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3. Goat Wrangling by Homesteading on Grace

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4. Moving an Outhouse and a Visit to an Old Homestead by Lady Lee’s Home

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post. Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Featured Post Homestead Blog Hop | Idlewild Alaska

Guidelines for Homestead Blog Hop

1. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

2. Link your post back to the hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.

3. When linking up your post to the Homestead Blog Hop please make sure you actually link to your post and not your homepage.

4. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog!

5. Link up to three posts each week!

6. Linking up gives us permission to use your photo on social media platforms {with a link back to your post) in order to promote your post if you are featured.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.

Come link up!

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Easy Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

The hubby and I love Apple Cider Vinegar. It add such great flavor to so many things, and not only is it tasty, it’s good for you too! I kept hearing and seeing just how easy it is to make your own, so I decided to give Easy Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar a try.

Easy Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar - IdlewildAlaska

My grandpa has quite a few old apple trees in his yard. They’ve always produced amazing amounts of apples, to the point where I have memories of him propping 2″x4″ pieces of wood up under the limbs to keep them from breaking. This fall wasn’t really any different. Many of my aunts, uncles, and cousins helped to harvest so many apples, but there were still so many! Unfortunately, the first freeze came just a bit early, right before the hubby and I could get there to get some too. Once apples freeze, the texture just isn’t the same and it cuts down on what you can do with them. They’re not unusable, just not quite the same.

The main thing I wanted these beautiful, homegrown, ORGANIC apples for was to try my hand at my own ACV! I really recommend only using organic apples for this. Whether you make it using just the peels and cores, or chunk the apples like I did, you don’t want all those pesticides and chemicals leeching into your ACV and taking away all those glorious healthy properties that is organic apple cider vinegar.

Easy Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar

 

You’ll need…

Organic Apples

Water

A glass jug, jar, etc large enough to hold said apples and water.

I did no measuring for this. It’s really that easy.

 

I quartered the apples, placed them in my 3 gallon glass drink dispenser (They only filled less than half), and let them sit for a little while. You want that oxidized brown color.

How to Make Easy Apple Cider Vinegar - IdlewildAlaska

I then added enough water to cover the apples and covered the top of the dispenser with cheese cloth and secured it with some twine. I wanted those natural yeasts that just float through the air to have full access, without attracting fruit flies or other bugs.

I placed it on the top of my refrigerator, an out-of-the-way warm, dark place in the kitchen.

And I waited.

Six weeks later, I discovered that not only did the spout on the dispenser leak and drip down the side of my fridge, but I also had some beautiful, EASY homemade apple cider vinegar.

The hubby and I strained it though fresh cheesecloth into a clean milk jug (just because of the convenient handle). We then transferred it to a glass jug for storage. (Keep stored at room temp.)

Making Apple Cider Vinegar - IdlewildAlaska

We both took a “shot” of it to see how the flavor was. Considering I didn’t really do anything other than cut up apples, I can honestly say without trying to toot my own horn, it’s the best tasting ACV I’ve EVER had! The hubby thought so too!

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar - IdlewildAlaska

Right before straining out the vinegar.

For more info on all the wonderful benefits of organic apple cider vinegar, click HERE. Click HERE for a wonderful recipe for a Natural Remedy for the Common Cold using ACV!

Homemade Versus Storebought Apple Cider Vinegar - IdlewildAlaska

Store bought versus Homemade. I love the color of ours. It almost looks like orange juice!

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Homestead Blog Hop #5

  Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop…

Homestead Blog Hop | Idlewild Alaska

I think the Lower 48 has stolen winter. I keep seeing pictures of lovely snow and winter storms. Whereas here in Alaska, it was 50 degrees last night and the south wind was howling. Here’s hoping for snow for Christmas!

Now on to the hop…

Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.

Meet the Hosts!

Jen- The Easy Homestead

Jenna- The Flip Flop Barnyard

Bonnie- The Not So Modern Housewife

Amanda- Idlewild Alaska (Me!)

Lindsey- Chickadee Homestead

Nicole- Little Blog on the Homestead

Featured Posts from the Last Homestead Blog Hop

Each week we will choose three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are last week’s featured posts:

Fluffy Corn Free Marshmallows with Coconut Sugar - Homestead Blog Hop - IdlewildAlaska

1. Fluffy Corn-Free Marshmallows with Coconut Sugar by Allergy Free Alaska.

Paper Pulp Fire Bricks - Homestead Blog Hop - IdlewildAlaska

2. Paper Pulp Fire Bricks by Lone Star Farmstead

Is Your Food Really Organic? Homestead Blog Hop - IdlewildAlaska

3. Is Your Food Really Organic? by The Farmer’s Lamp

Congrats! Feel free to grab the featured on button for your post. Just right click and ‘save image as…’

Featured Post Homestead Blog Hop | Idlewild Alaska

Guidelines for Homestead Blog Hop

1. This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us. Please note that all giveaways, contests, and the like will be deleted from the blog hop, as well as anything not family-friendly.

2. Link your post back to the hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.

3. When linking up your post to the Homestead Blog Hop please make sure you actually link to your post and not your homepage.

4. Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog!

5. Link up to three posts each week!

6. Linking up gives us permission to use your photo on social media platforms {with a link back to your post) in order to promote your post if you are featured.

***Please note: in order to maintain the awesomeness of the hop all posts that don’t meet the above guidelines will be deleted.

Well- let’s see whatcha’ got folks!

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