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Canning Inventory

A Canning inventory is very helpful in keeping track of all your canning jars, it details what type of canned goodie you have and how many are available.  Creating your own canning inventory is very quick and simple.

Canning Inventory - COLORADO URBAN HOMESTEADERIf you are like me, I keep all my canned goods down stairs in the unfinished basement since it is darker and cooler than upstairs.  Upstairs in my kitchen pantry is where I post my inventory checklist.  Having a canning inventory list is a great visual of what you have available and could give you inspiration for that night’s dinner!

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Open a word document, and write the name of each different type of canned good on a separate line.  Then, to the right of the item, add a checkbox for every jar of that kind you have.    As you use a jar, just cross off a box.  

There is no need to notate the years of the jars, just the quantity.  You should have a system established so that you use the oldest jar first to keep everything in rotation; if you don’t have a system, check out my post:  Create a Storage System for your Canned Goods


Updating the Canning Inventory Sheet

Your inventory sheet should be updated at the end of October or early … READ MORE...

Bottling Kombucha & Next Batch

If this is your very first time making Kombucha, please follow this link for directions on making your first batch. Make Your First Batch of Kombucha

Also links to the first Kombucha article with Book recommendation and helpful Facebook group.
Fermented Sweet Tea – Kombucha


Congrats!  You have previously made your first batch of kombucha and it has sat for a week or two and is ready for the second fermentation and for you to start another batch.  Here are my directions, for Bottling Kombucha. Many pictures and directions will look the same as from your very first batch, but with more intricate steps.  Reminder this is for use in a Ball 1 Gallon jar, which will yield three quart jars of bucha per batch (with enough left over to start a second batch)


Make Sweetened Tea

    • Take a shallow pan, add some water to about 1 inch high (amount really doesn’t matter as long as it is less than 3/4 gallon), bring to a boil.  Remove from heat and add tea bags.  I like to use 3 bags of Bigelow Green Tea and 3 bags of Celestial Seasoning’s Morning Thunder Black Tea.  Let tea bags steep for 5 minutes, then remove.  Add 1 cup sugar to pan and stir until dissolved.  Allow to cool to room temperature.
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Make Your First Batch of Kombucha

I am super excited that you are here to Make Your First Batch of Kombucha, it is a great replacement for sodas, coffee and other energy drinks!   You can read about all the benefits in the link below, but for now, lets get down to the nitty gritty and start to make your first batch of Kombucha!

Intro to Kombucha and Recommendation for a Kombucha Book and Facebook Groups to Join: Fermented Sweet Tea – Kombucha

Before you make your first batch of kombucha, you will need to gather a few things.  Making Your First Batch of Kombucha


Each batch of Kombucha will be made in the 1-Gallon jar and will eventually yield three quart jars of flavored Bucha.  My steps include sanitizing EVERYTHING, this way I don’t develop and mold … READ MORE...

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap was one of the first things that I started making myself when I decided to become a homesteader.  I liked knowing that it is EXTREMELY cheap to make and doesn’t contain any added syntheticHomemade Liquid Laundry Soapc perfumes that make my clothes smell and my nose go crazy.

This recipe for homemade liquid laundry soap is great for both the traditional and energy efficient washing machines.    As you can see from the pictures, I have tweaked the recipe until I found something that worked for me.   That is the best thing about being a homesteader…you must be part mad-scientist when crafting homemade recipes.   Try my recipe first, but if it doesn’t work for you, tweak it.

If you happen to prefer powdered laundry soap check out this link to a homemade recipe: Laundry Soap – Powder

Recipe for Liquid Laundry Soap

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap

  • 1 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 cup Super Washing Soda
  • 1 cup Borax
  • 1 bar Fels-Naptha, grated
  • 1 cup Dr. Bronner’s liquid Castile Soap

In a large stockpot, dump in 1 gallon tap water and the grated Fels-Naptha.  Warm the water until all the soap is melted (do not boil the soap mixture).  Remove from heat and pour into a reused 5 gallon bucket.  Fill half way with cool tap water.  Add the baking soda, washing soda, borax and … READ MORE...

Cleaning Your BBB (Boar Bristle Brush)

An essential part of the No-Poo regime is the use of a Boar Bristle BrushHow to Clean your Boar Bristle Brush.  The Boar Bristle Brush (BBB) is excellent at cleaning your hair as well as redistributing the natural oils down the length of the strand so the oil is not concentrated at the roots, making your hair look greasy.

I have been doing No-Poo for two and a half years with great success.  Check out my other No-Poo related articles by clicking on the ‘No-Poo’ Page at the top.

With all the redistributing of oil, it is natural for your brush to get greasy and will need to be cleaned. 


Step 1: Gather your Boar Bristle Brush, your standard brush and your comb.

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Step 2:  Take all the hair out of your comb.

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Step 3:  Use the comb to scrape out the hair and debris from your brushes.

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Step 4:  Fill your sink with warm water and hand soap. 

I use my homemade hand soap, recipe found here:  Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

Also, squirt a few pump fulls of the hand soap onto the brushes and rub in with your fingers.

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Step 5: Lay your brushes in the sink, face down and let soak for 5 minutes.

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Step 6: Use an old toothbrush to clean your comb.

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Step 7: Clean the