Getting Prepared for Winter on the Homestead
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Frigid temperatures, along with ice, and snow can present a ton of challenges for homesteaders and it’s even worse when you haven’t planned ahead to be ready when mother nature strikes.  

In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn talk through the 7 basic areas you need to focus on in order to get prepared for winter on the homestead.  

In this Episode

  • Carolyn has been making a lot of cheddar cheese while Josh has been getting stores of firewood ready and prepping the garden for winter. (Tutorial on garden prepping available in the resources section.) 
  • Why it’s important for you to slowly build your skillset over time and try not to add too many skills at once. 
  • If you have animals, why you need to have windbreaks, trees, or something to make sure they are protected. 
  • What do you need to look for when designing your pump system so you can continue to supply water to your house and animals in the event of bad weather?  
  • What are the alternatives and backup options you can use for heat in the event of a power outage and why a wood-burning stove is a must-have? 
  • The importance of stocking up on bulk food, toiletries, and essentials now. 
  • Why having a couple of “grab and go” meals are good options to have on hand and what foods should they be. 
  • What backup sources do you need in the event of power outages and how do you hook them up? 
  • What are your backup power options if you live in the city? 
  • How to ensure you can still have adequate lighting in your house using battery backup power, rechargeable batteries, and LED options.   
  • What are the basic medical supplies you should have on hand? 
  • What are the communication items you should have in case phone lines go down or there are satellite interruptions due to inclement weather?  
  • Question of the day: Amanda W. asks Carolyn how do you keep your patience when your brain has to keep track of everything, especially when it comes to managing all your preserved food? 


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