To be a successful homesteader requires homesteading skills that are necessary for success. Self-sufficient, off-grid living, homestead living, no matter what you call it is downright challenging. However getting familiar with these 40 practical skills every successful homesteader must have will save you from much headaches on your journey.
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The following is a list of the skills you will need to master to make your adventure as a homesteader successful.
- 1 Food Prep Skills
- 1.1 1. Canning Your Homegrown Produce:
- 1.2 2. Prepare Ground Wheat Without Grinder
- 1.3 3. Cook Your Own Bread
- 1.4 4. Baking Food Without Oven
- 1.5 5. Preparing Raw Milk
- 1.6 6. Making Fresh Butter
- 1.7 7. Make Homemade Cheese:
- 1.8 8. Making Yogurt:
- 1.9 9. Making Preserves:
- 1.10 10. Preserving Food By Freezing it:
- 1.11 11. Cooking Meals from Scratch:
- 1.12 12. Making Pancakes Simple From Scratch:
- 1.13 13. Making Meat Stock From Scratch:
- 1.14 14. Planning Your Meals Accordingly to the Season:
- 1.15 15. Cooking With Cast Iron Skillet:
- 1.16 16. Freezing Herbs:
- 1.17 17. Stocking Dried Spices and Herbs:
- 1.18 18. Make Your Own Homemade Starter Dough:
- 1.19 19. Create Your Own Smokehouse:
- 1.20 20. Vacuum Sealing:
- 1.21 21. Brewing Drinks:
- 1.22 22. Tapping Maple Trees:
- 1.23 23. Make Your Own Homemade Vinegar:
- 1.24 24. Canning Tomatoes:
- 1.25 25. Dehydrating Veggies and Fruits:
- 2 Homemaking Skills Needed on a Homestead
- 2.1 26. Making Chemical-Free Homemade Cleaning Products:
- 2.2 27. Make Your Own Unique Skin Care Products;
- 2.3 28. Make Your Own Homemade Personal Care Products:
- 2.4 29. Making Chemical-Free Laundry Detergent:
- 2.5 30. Make Special Homemade Soap:
- 2.6 31. Basic Hand Sewing:
- 2.7 32. Needleworks:
- 2.8 33. Use Sewing Machine:
- 2.9 34. Hand-Washing and Rinsing Laundry:
- 2.10 35. Line-Drying Laundry:
- 3 Necessary Gardening Skills
- 4 Conclusion
Food Prep Skills
1. Canning Your Homegrown Produce:
Growing you and your families own food will provide you with more veggies and fruits than what you can typically handle. You will need to know how to preserve them in a natural form through canning so that you and others can eat wholesomely throughout the year.
2. Prepare Ground Wheat Without Grinder
Not everyone has a wheat mill or grinder such as this. However, there are many excellent ways you can prepare wheat. Knowing how to take your whole produce and turning in into beneficial ingredients is a skill you must possess.
3. Cook Your Own Bread
I think we can all agree that homemade bread is a tasty treat, right? Well, on your homestead, you never have to worry about store bought bread made from bleached flowers or those high-dollar storebought organic loaves. You will need to master bread making 101 to provide bread that tastes better than any you can buy.
4. Baking Food Without Oven
The be a true homesteader you must know a few tricks of the trade to be able to cook at times without power.
5. Preparing Raw Milk
Here is one of the things my grandmother kept on-hand that I never could get a taste for and that is pure raw cows milk. However, you can keep milk longer and actually break it down to something our bodies will tolerate better than raw milk by understanding how to pasteurize the raw milk.
6. Making Fresh Butter
What country home does not have butter sitting around somewhere? The butter many people use conventionally would turn to a liquidy mess if left out like we do our real butter. You must always keep this pantry essential in a steady supply by learning how to make your own.
7. Make Homemade Cheese:
Next to keeping an ample amount of butter around is seeing to it that you make a heaping of homemade cheese as well. Cheese is a huge money-maker if you make enough to sell. The cheese that people buy in the grocery store is no match to the homemade cheeses that people come from all around to buy if your batch is tasty.
8. Making Yogurt:
Good dairy products do not stop with butter. All that milk you have left over once you have made your cheese, put it to use by making some delicious homemade yogurt. That just goes to show you that no matter what, it is true that everything that comes from hard labor is usually the sweetest and when it comes to this treat, it is the creamiest as well.
9. Making Preserves:
Nothing, and I do mean nothing beats the taste of preserves made fresh at home. Marmalade, jams, and jellies taste simply delicious on the bread we discussed earlier. It may be very tiresome picking the fruits of your crops, but once you taste the results, it will all be more than worth it.
10. Preserving Food By Freezing it:
There are foods that you will need to preserve by freezing rather than dehydrating or canning. Freezing food is also a popular preserving technique homesteader use to keep their food until it is time to cook it. Just goes to show you a true homesteader always has a trick or two up their sleeve.
11. Cooking Meals from Scratch:
Some veggies and fruits ruin fast. The last stage before this is the compost stage. You need to use them before this stage, and you can do so by making homemade bread and pastry’s from scratch. Banana bread is one of the best-tasting desserts you will find on the kitchen table of any homestead.
12. Making Pancakes Simple From Scratch:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, just ask any homesteader. Eating boxed meals is not something you will find many homesteaders doing. There is always pancakes made from scratch waiting for the family to sit and eat the first meal of the day together.
13. Making Meat Stock From Scratch:
Using soup stock is something most everyone is accustomed to when making delicious soups and stews. However, not everyone knows that using organic meat broth is a secret weapon for making some mouth-watering meals like no other. So, keep the bones you have from the livestock you have in your freezer to use when making some of the best meals you will taste.
14. Planning Your Meals Accordingly to the Season:
When each season hits, such as fruit and veggie season, you usually have too much to harvest. You will need to know how to plan your meals while adding variety so that nothing goes to waste. When preparing your meals with your produce, use the recipes that will help you make use of your produce collections.
15. Cooking With Cast Iron Skillet:
Growing up on a homestead you often only know one type of cookware to use. If you have or planning to have a homestead lifestyle, you need to start learning how to cook in the most important skillets and cookware, and that is cast iron such as these.
Baking homemade cornbread in one is I promise the best cornbread you will ever taste. Cast Iron skillets are a signature tool of a homestead. Even though one will require “seasoning” before you want to cook with it, however, you should never underestimate of cooking abilities. 
16. Freezing Herbs:
Ask any chef if they feel they could cook better than a skilled homesteader and not many would even consider taking on the challenge. Homesteaders take advantage of being able to harvest their own herbs as well as freezing them to last for a couple of seasons.
Incorporating herbs into each recipe such as freezing herbs in soup stock or with a certain oil is super delish. Therefore, be sure to study up on how to freeze your fresh grown herbs.
17. Stocking Dried Spices and Herbs:
Wanna know what is better than having the ability to freeze your favorite herbs? Being about to freeze your favorite spices and herbs. Some of the best well put together spice pantries you will find in and around the kitchens of homesteaders. There will typically be jars of beautiful colors from condiments, spices, and herbs lined up on the picnic tables adding to every cookout.
18. Make Your Own Homemade Starter Dough:
If you are going to go through the trouble of making your own bread from organic flour, you might as well go one step further and make and maintain starter dough as well. There is no comparing any type of store bought bread to that of homemade bread. Once you master the first round, the rest will be a breeze.
19. Create Your Own Smokehouse:
Whether you hunt wild game or butcher your own livestock, you will need some avenue to preserve the meat properly. Here is where a smokehouse comes into play. You can drive down any old country farm road, and the smell of meat smoking that will get your tastebuds flowing quickly.
Many people add flavor to their meats by adding a different type of wood or chips such as these to burn. There are many options to help keep the meat ready for year-around meals or like many; they earn quite the paycheck by smoking animal meat for others.
20. Vacuum Sealing:
If you do not seal your food correctly, it will ruin quickly. Learning this technique is one of the first things you should learn about life on a homestead. The last thing you want is to work one season to the bare bone then have it all go to ruins because you do not store it properly.
Learn all you can about vacuum sealing so that you can reap what you sow. The more techniques you can learn about food preservation, the better you will prepare yourself for homestead survival.
21. Brewing Drinks:
This one is not necessarily a necessity however if you enjoy a spirit or beer from time to time, you may want to learn the way to brew your own brewsky. There is more than one alcoholic beverage you can make on your homestead. Just be sure to check to laws where you live to ensure having a beer and making a beer will be ok with the local law.
22. Tapping Maple Trees:
Unless you have seen maple syrup running fresh from a tree, you really do not know what you are missing. Maple syrup is so delicious it literally melts in your mouth. Moreover, what is even better is if you put it on snow during the winter. My mouth waters just thinking about it.
You will for sure need to learn how to tap into maple trees. With knowing this trade you will earn more than an education, you can score some big money.
23. Make Your Own Homemade Vinegar:
If you have not made yourself familiar with how many uses there are of Apple Cider Vinegar you may want to study up on this before you go off the grid. It may be a simple ingredient however the benefits and ways you can make use of it around the homestead are incredible. Making apple cider comes from the parts of the apple you would typically toss, so you may as well make good use of it.
24. Canning Tomatoes:
Oh, the memories of canning tomatoes I have with my ancestors. When your tomatoes fruit, it is usually more than any one household can handle. Luckily, a regular staple around any home is canned tomatoes. When you have a steady supply of canned tomatoes, you are never without something good to eat. Learn this early in the game, and you will always be happy to see your tomatoes harvest.
25. Dehydrating Veggies and Fruits:
Taking something as simple as a grape and turning into a raisen sounds delicious and fun, right? You are right, and they are tasty as well. The same goes for dehydrated banana chips or any other of your favorite veggies and fruits, and if you have skills for dehydrating, you can make as many types of preserved foods as you like.
Dehydrating food can basically take regular food and turn it into food that will last for an extended time, such as jerky. You can make deer jerky, beef jerky or come up with your own food.
Homemaking Skills Needed on a Homestead
26. Making Chemical-Free Homemade Cleaning Products:
One of the first things you will want to learn is how to make your own cleaning products that are safe and hazard free. There are numerous products that you can use to clean your home that not only are they easy on your health but they are easy on your budget as well. Cut out all of the chemicals and get yourself natural ingredients to use in all your cleaning supplies.
27. Make Your Own Unique Skin Care Products;
Every household has items sitting around that could make effective and safe skin care products. Get to know the items you have around your home that can make your skin look shiny and young again.
28. Make Your Own Homemade Personal Care Products:
While it is so that everyone needs personal care products, there is no logical reason to use the ones that are unhealthy and unsafe. However, whether the accusations are true or not, personal care and beauty products have the stigma of causing health scares. Take the fear away by making your own products in the safety of your homestead. Be creative!
29. Making Chemical-Free Laundry Detergent:
This one usually surprises many. You can even make your laundry soap that is chemical-free in both powder and liquid form. Why spend your hard earned income of saturated chemical products?
30. Make Special Homemade Soap:
There are more than just homesteaders making homemade soaps. There was a sudden wave of when soap making was a very popular craft that everyone seemed to want to take up. However, like all other time-consuming projects, this died down as well.
Other than how well it works for cleaning your hair and body, you can explore with different ingredients, shapes, and scents. One of the good things about making your own soaps are all the different fragrance’s that you can use that is not available in stores. So, boost your creative side. 
31. Basic Hand Sewing:
There is no home whether it be a homestead or traditional house that does not require some sewing from time to time. Whether it be a hole in a sock or a tear in your child’s hemlines, basic sewing is a must. The better you get at it, you can even learn how to make clothing instead of spending money on store-bought dresses and shorts.
Learning to cross-stitch, knit and embrodroidy is more of a craft and pass the time, but one many enjoy.
33. Use Sewing Machine:
As mentioned above, learning to sew has no negative point whatsoever. If you want to venture into making new clothes or sewing larger fabric, a sewing machine will be a necessity. There are classes for this at many craft stores.
34. Hand-Washing and Rinsing Laundry:
This is not going to be on anyone’s list of favorite thing to do by any means, but it saves on time, money, and your clothes. Washing the laundry by hand is a skill faded into time. Handwashing has many benefits such as better fabric care, softer hands, less utility cost and better fabric care.
35. Line-Drying Laundry:
This is the mother of tips on this list. If you have ever slept on a crisp sun-dried sheet, then you certainly understand why this one made a list. Use mother nature and give your laundry a breath of clean, fresh air by hanging them on the line outside to dry. You are lowering your utility cost all while having fresher clothes.
Necessary Gardening Skills
36. Growing Food on a Homestead:
One of the main reasons people choose to homestead is to grow their own food. This skill should be at the top of the list to really be self-sufficient. To be the ultimate homesteader, you must know how to grow your own food in a large garden meaning acres instead of small gardens in the backyard.
The goal is to raise enough food one season to get you through the winter season. If you have a small family, a backyard garden may suffice you and your needs, however, most homesteaders go for the massive farms to have food and sell food for extra income.
37. Successful Hydroponic Gardening:
Every homesteader knows it takes work on their behalf and with the environment to thrive. There are times when the soil on their land is not the best, and they have to turn to hydroponic gardening instead. You will find large numbers of people use hydroponic gardening for their flowers and their fruits and veggies when all they want is a small garden. Either way, learning this tradition would behoove you as a homesteader.
38. Straw Bale Gardening:
If you have poor soil, straw bale gardening will save the day. To be a successful homesteader, the more ways you find to have fruitful gardens, the better success you will have. Not all soil will be a good soil to grow produce. Learn all you can about straw gardening just in case.
39. Make You a Greenhouse:
No homestead should ever be without its own greenhouse or what some call a high tunnel. You can grow veggies and fruits all year rough in a greenhouse now matter where you live in the US.
40. Aquaponic Gardening:
When you combine natural ecosystems and gardening you can still garden whenever and whatever you wish. First, you need to gain a rather good education in Aquaponics to give yourself and your farm an excellent gardening alternative.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to learning all you need to know to have a prosperous homestead. There will be more to come in the next article of skills you will need to have to have a fruitful and successful Homestead.
It is so much more to a homestead than a few chickens, ducks and a garden. It takes skill, patience, animals, and knowledge. Many homesteaders have no use for the traditional ways of living while others make use of both.
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