Self-sufficiency skills, or homesteading skills, are a set of skills that will give you the means to survive in any survival situation.
Self-Sufficiency Skills Every Prepper Must Be Equipped With
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To be an ultimate homesteader requires a set of homesteading skills essential for success.
Homestead living, off-grid living, or self-sufficient living is flat-out challenging. But getting to know these practical homesteading skills will save you from half the trouble of this amazing journey.
Check this list for the homesteading skills you might be missing and get working!
Food Preparation Skills
1. Canning Homegrown Produce
Growing your own food will furnish you with more fruits and vegetables than you can handle.
2. Prepare Wheat Without a Grinder
If you don’t have a grinder or wheat mill, there are other brilliant ways to prepare wheat.
You see, homesteaders are such ingenious fellows; there’s no obstacle we can’t overcome.
3. Baking Your Own Bread
Never rely again on grocery store bread with bleached flour or expensive organic loaves.
4. Baking Without Oven
Every homesteader should know a few tricks to cook without any power.
We’ve gone a step further and made a tutorial on how to bake without the help of electricity.
5. Preparing Raw Milk
Keep milk longer and break it down into a form our bodies find friendlier than raw milk.
6. Making Butter
7. Making Homemade Cheese
With a steady supply of milk from your dairy livestock, why not make your own cheese?
8. Making Yogurt
If you’ve got more milk even after making cheese, make yogurt too.
Everything that comes out of hard labor is always sweetest, and in this case, creamiest!
9. Making Preserves
A homesteader has to preserve that extra harvest with these food preservation techniques.
10. Freezing To Preserve Food
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Not all foods store either by canning or dehydrating. Freezing food is another food preservation technique. A certified homesteader has a few tricks up their sleeves.
11. Cooking Food From Scratch
Some fruits and veggies can spoil fast, so before they get to the last stage before the compost, deal with ’em fast.
12. Making Pancakes From Scratch
Every homesteader knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
13. Making Meat Stock From Scratch
Organic meat broth is the secret to some of the most delicious recipes.
14. Planning Meals According To What’s In-Season
You can easily have too many fruits and veggies in season. Plan your meals and add variety in preparing your dishes with your produce.
15. Cooking With Cast Iron Skillet
— Homesteading (@HomesteadingUSA) March 1, 2017
16. Freezing Herbs
Some of the best cooks out there are also homesteaders.
17. Stocking Dried Herbs And Spices
You’ll see some of the loveliest and liveliest spice pantries around are of homesteaders.
Jars of colorful herbs, spices, and condiments line up my pantry–it’s like a party.
18. Make Homemade Starter Dough
19. Make Your Own Smokehouse
Whether you butcher your own livestock or hunt wild game, you will need a way to preserve the meat properly.
20. Vacuum Sealing
Your food will easily go bad if you don’t seal it properly. Learn the art of vacuum sealing so you don’t waste any.
The more food preservation techniques you have up your sleeve, the better for homestead survival.
21. Brewing Drinks
Making your own beer is rewarding and delicious. It can be one of the many perks of a self-sufficient lifestyle.
Also, the process is simple and becomes easier once you get the hang of it.
22. Tapping Maple Trees
Tapping maple trees in late winter is a great pastime, and the results are divine!
Also, I smell some sweet, cold, hard cash. This is one of the more productive skills to learn in off-grid living.
23. Make Your Own Homemade Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a simple ingredient, yet the benefits and uses around the home are incredible.
You can make apple cider vinegar from apple parts you would otherwise dispose of.
24. Canning Tomatoes
— Maria (@loves_biscotti) September 26, 2017
When tomatoes fruit, you know they produce more than you can handle. Luckily, canned tomatoes are a staple at home, and I keep a steady supply of homemade ones.
25. Dehydrating Fruits And Veggies
If you love raisins, you can make them on your own. This food preservation technique will make healthy snacks.
Want to see the full list? Check it out here at homesteading.com!
Self-sufficiency skills are essential if you're preparing for homesteading, living off the grid, or preparing for an SHTF scenario. Becoming a full-fledged homesteader or transitioning to self-sufficient farm living is a learning process.
You have to learn how to be self-sufficient and hone those self-sufficient skills you already have. Just like other major life decisions, the choice to be self-sufficient might be a shock at first.
Using the wisdom and knowledge of self-sufficiency skills of others who have done it can help.
Do you have any other self-sufficiency skills in mind you can add to this set? We would like to know about it in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on August 3, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.