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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

By Jill Winger - January 31, 2023 at 11:22AM

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over the Winter

Homesteading doesn’t stop because the garden is full of snow or the hens have decided to go on an egg-laying hiatus during the winter.

This time of year doesn’t mean that there aren’t any outdoor homesteading chores to do: the animals still need to be fed, ice needs to be chopped out of the livestock water tanks, and the snow needs to be shoveled. But the winter months seem to be a bit slower without the hustle and bustle of gardening and other homesteading tasks to tend to.

I used to despise winter. I would feel bored and restless and stuck in the house for most of the day. However, over the last few years, I’ve actually learned to love the winter season. I’ve been learning how to respect the seasons and fit seasonal themes into my homesteading lifestyle.

Spring and summer are high-energy times of the year and we do plenty of things outside on our homestead. Fall season is all about preserving food and stocking up for the upcoming winter months. And winter is about looking inward (like writing old-fashioned blog articles again) and doing indoor things that still help with developing homestead skills.

Seriously, winter months are the perfect time to both practice old skills and develop new ones. There are still a number of homesteading skills that can be developed while you are indoors over the winter months. That is why I have created this list of homesteading skills and tasks that you can work to develop this winter. I hope they inspire you to think more positively about the winter season (and let me know if I missed any big ideas in the comments below!).

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

Garden Skills to Focus On Over The Winter

During the winter, your garden has been put to bed, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still work that can be done. There are many different ways you can work on your gardening skills indoors while you wait to get your hands in the dirt once more.

1. Plan Your Garden

The winter months are the perfect time to reflect on the previous year’s garden and figure out where you would like to make changes. You can decide what vegetables you would like to plant (and how many vegetables to plant per person), figure out if you would like to expand your garden, and map out the garden for next year. 

2. Order Your Seeds (& Organize Them!)

Seed catalogs usually get mailed out in the first part of December, this is the time that I like to take inventory of all the seeds that I still have and determine what I will need to purchase for the next gardening season. 

From the very beginning, I have planted heirloom seeds (find out why here), and over the past few years, I have been ordering seeds as soon as possible. My go-to for ordering seeds is True Leaf Market, and they always have the seeds and garden supplies that I need. 

Winter is seriously a great time to organize your seeds and do a thorough inventory of what you already have and what you need to order for your upcoming gardening season. I’m by no means perfect and my seed stash can easily get out of control. Watch my video (below) if you want to see how I organize my seeds.

3. Start Seeds Indoors

Another homestead skill that will help develop your green thumb this winter is by trying to start seeds indoors rather than buying seedlings this spring. Buying plants is SO much more expensive in the long run than growing your own from seed. You will want to start your seeds indoors approx. 4-8 weeks before your last frost date depending on what variety you are starting. 

If you are new to seed starting, here are a few resources that will help you develop this homesteading skill.

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

Old-Fashioned Homesteading Skills

When it comes to DIY homesteading projects, there really are so many options. I love constantly learning new old-fashioned skills. It’s a great way to stop cabin fever from setting in and it’s good for our mental health to learn new things. I love the challenge as well.

Plus, the nice bonus thing about developing these homestead skills is that they can possibly be turned into a way to help fund your homesteading efforts. 

4. Learn How to Make Soap

Original homesteaders didn’t buy soap from the store, they used lard or tallow and a homemade version of lye to make their own soap. Learning the soap-making process is a great way to guarantee an all-natural product while saving you a bit of money. 

Here are a few recipes to get you started:

5. Make DIY Candles

Candles are easy to make and don’t require a lot of different ingredients. You can make these natural tallow candles, beeswax candles, or these slow cooker soy candles. They can be great DIY Christmas gifts, and they are also good to have on hand in case of an emergency power outage (and they are fun to burn on long winter nights).  

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

6. Make Homemade Skincare Products

Winter in ‘windy Wyoming’ has a tendency to leave me with super dry skin, so I always try to have a jar of homemade body butter and also homemade lip balm made up for the winter months.

The skincare products that you find in the store are starting to contain more and more chemicals. Fortunately, there are many different natural DIY products that can be used to fix almost anything that might be bothering you. 

Start making DIY Products with these recipes:

If you are not ready to start making your own DIY products but are interested in something completely natural, then I recommend checking out Toups & Co. They have a great selection of all-natural skin products to choose from. I am quite a big fan of their tallow products.

7. Add Sewing to Your Homesteading Skills

Sewing can be an excellent skill to learn how to add buttons to shirts, fix holey jeans, or sew an entire wardrobe. This is a skill that you learn the basics for everyday use or practice and create some beautiful advanced projects by hand or with a machine. I haven’t gotten into sewing yet, but it is a valuable skill for a homestead, especially if you have kids that wear through their clothes quickly!

8. Learn to Knit or Crochet

Knitting and Crocheting can come in handy for some warm winter hats, scarves, mittens, and blankets. Again, this skill is something that you can use for basic household needs or more advanced projects that may help fund your homesteading.

9. Try DIY Herbal Remedies 

Learn about herbs with healing properties that you can grow or buy to make your own healing salves, tinctures, or teas.  There are many different kinds of herbs that possess healing abilities here is a list of the Top 10 Healing Herbs to Grow. This can be a very helpful homesteading skill to learn for your entire family.

Additional Healing Herb Resources:

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

Cleaning & Organization Homesteading Skills

Honestly, during the spring, summer, and fall seasons, the housework tends to be pushed to the back burner. As I mentioned before, I would much rather be tending to outdoor tasks when the weather is nice. Cleaning both more efficiently and more sustainably can be a practiced and valuable homesteading skill to learn. 

10. Make DIY Cleaning Products

Homemade cleaning products are natural chemical-free ways that you can save money and a trip to the store. This is also another one of the Easy Ways to Start Living a More Sustainable Zero-Waste Lifestyle. Many of the ingredients that are used for homemade cleaners can be found in your kitchen already.

If you are interested in making your own cleaning products here are a few places to start:

11. Work on Time Management Homesteading Skills 

Time management is definitely a practiced skill around the homestead. It is very easy to become overwhelmed by all the things that have to be done. During the winter months, start by planning your projects, appointments, and homesteading tasks. There are many different ways that you can sort your life and days but I wouldn’t be very efficient with my time if I didn’t have a planner to keep everything straight.

A planner has helped me through many years with a homestead and multiple businesses but I never could find the right one to fit everything in one place. So I created The Old Fashioned on Purpose Planner to help others like me organize their homesteads and everyday life.

Learn more about time management in these resources:

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

Kitchen Homesteading Skills 

12. Cook Meals From-Scratch

Cooking meals from-scratch can sound like an overwhelming task that will keep you in the kitchen all day. But that simply isn’t the case. With some practice and great recipes, you could be feeding your family entire meals from scratch using a few standard pantry staples.  

Start with these resources to learn to cook homemade meals:

If you would like to learn how to cook from-scratch with step-by-step videos and instructions, then my Heritage Cooking Crash Course might be the perfect fit for you. 

13. Try the Homesteading Skill of Baking Bread

Homemade bread is a staple in our home and there is just something about the smell of freshly baked bread that never gets old. For some, the idea of baking homemade bread may seem like a daunting task but basic sourdough bread is very beginner friendly and not all that time-consuming. You can also check out my versatile dough recipe that is easy to make and can be used to make bread, cinnamon rolls, pizza, and more.

If you are not ready to learn to bake fancy breads yet, then try no-yeast breads (aka quick bread) like this Healthier Chocolate Zucchini Bread or Honey Maple Pumpkin Bread.

14. Develop Your Sourdough Homesteading Skills

When it comes to sourdough, it does take some time and practice to get really good at it. But don’t let that stop you! The first thing to learn is How to Make Your Own Sourdough Starter and also read through this article of troubleshooting the sourdough starter problems that can arise. Once your sourdough starter has been active for a while, you can then use the discard to make yummy treats like these 5  favorites of mine. The final skill is putting that sourdough start to work making this Beginner Sourdough Bread Recipe.

Sourdough does have a learning curve, but once you master the art of it, baking becomes so much more interesting, delicious, and healthy. 

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

15. Practice Food Preservation Methods

  • Canning – Fill your pantry with jars full of veggies from the garden or farmer’s market and jams from u-pick farms. This form of preserving food can seem intimidating and scary even, but with the right instructions, it can be a great and safe way to fill your pantry. TIP: I love freezing my garden tomatoes until late-fall or winter and then I pull them out of the freezer and make sure to can our family-favorite tomato sauce. Waiting until winter to can our garden produce lets us take advantage of the seasons to the best of our ability.
  • DehydratingThis form of food preservation isn’t a difficult one to learn.  A dehydrator is the easiest way to dry your food, but an oven can also be used at lower temperatures. This preservation method is a great space saver and the options are almost limitless when choosing what to dehydrate. One of my favorite ways to use dehydrated vegetables is by making Dehydrated Vegetable Powders.
  • Fermenting – This is when you preserve vegetables in a salt brine for a period of time. This salty environment doesn’t let bad bacteria survive but allows good bacteria to thrive. The result is a preserved product that has many health benefits. Some of my favorite ferments are pickles, green beans, and, of course sauerkraut

16. Develop Your Cheesemaking Skills

Anyone that has been reading my articles or listening to my Old-Fashioned on Purpose Podcast knows that I love having a dairy cow on our homestead. I love making homemade dairy products like homemade butter, yogurt, ice cream, and cheese. 

There are many different varieties of cheeses that you can make at home. You can start with a simple mozzarella or ricotta and then move on to hard cheese making. The good news is you don’t need a milk cow on the homestead to try cheesemaking. You can also find milk from local food sources

There are kits and specific places where you can find the things that you need for cheesemaking online and one of my favorite resources for any home cheese maker is a book called The Art of Natural Cheesemaking by David Asher.

17. Make Your Own Milk Kefir

Milk kefir is a very old version of drinkable yogurt. It is made when kefir grains are mixed with milk and allowed to ferment overnight. The fermentation process allows good bacteria and probiotics to thrive, making this a very healthy for your-gut dairy option.  

All you need to get started is a package of milk kefir grains (not water kefir) a mason jar and some milk. Check out my tutorial on how to make milk kefir for more details.

18. Try Fermenting Kombucha

You can find kombucha at the grocery store but they can be pretty pricey, so why not try fermenting your own kombucha this winter? Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that thrives off of good bacteria from the air around it and creates an acidic environment that bad bacteria can’t survive in. 

With a little practice, you can learn How to Bottle Kombucha at Home and start mixing your own originally flavored, gut-healthy probiotic drink in no time. 

Homesteading Skills to Develop Over Winter

What Homesteading Skills Are You Developing Over Winter?

Another favorite thing for me to do in the winter is to simply slow down by curling up by our woodstove with a good book and some tea. Reading is always a wonderful way for me to find new inspiration for my own writing and entrepreneur activities. I absolutely love reading during the winter. If you’re curious what types of books I like to read, check out my podcast episode about What I’m Reading This Winter to get a good glimpse on what I read and what I like to learn from my chosen books (and feel free to send me book recommendations!).

There are still everyday chores to be done during the winter, but it tends to slow down on the homestead. So use this time in the winter season to develop homesteading skills that there isn’t much time for during other seasons. Practice old skills and develop new skills, but also remember that the winter months are also a time for rest, relaxation, and reflection. As homesteaders, we are not really wired to remain idle for long, but after gardening, harvesting, and preserving it is necessary to recharge. And that’s okay, too.

More Winter Tips & Thoughts:

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Ultimate Guide to Chicken Nesting Boxes

By Jill Winger - January 18, 2023 at 11:08AM

Chicken Nesting Boxes

Have you decided to add chickens to your homestead or are you looking for ways to improve your current egg-laying system?

We’ve been raising chickens (both meat chickens and laying hens) for over a decade now. I’ve been sharing tips on raising chickens throughout the years, and I’ve got tons of thorough info available for you all on my website, including:

Despite all of the chicken raising info I’ve shared with you over the years, I’ve never written any decent details on Chicken Nesting Boxes. And that’s gotta change…

One of the most basic essentials for keeping laying hens is providing them with a place to nest and lay their eggs. 

When it comes to nesting boxes, there are many different options and opinions about what is best for keeping hens laying. Sometimes it is hard to decide what will benefit your flock, so I have created this ultimate guide to chicken nesting boxes.

Using Chicken Nesting Boxes

Do I Need a Nesting Box?

It is natural for birds to find a secluded place to build a nest. Your chickens are no different; they will look for a secluded place to lay their eggs. This can be anywhere not necessarily a nesting box.

Nesting boxes were created so the chickens would lay their eggs in one, safe place and be easier for the chicken keepers to gather the eggs. Chickens will lay eggs without nesting boxes but they might seek other options that may lead to predators and other chickens getting their eggs. Watch my video below to see what can happen if your chickens find a different area to use as a nesting box.

Even though your chickens will lay without a nesting box, I recommend adding nesting boxes to your coop to make egg collecting easier.

How Many Chicken Nesting Boxes Do You Need?

The number of nesting boxes you add to your coop will depend on how many hens you have. Many seasoned chicken keepers recommend 1 chicken nesting box per 4-5 hens, but you should always have 2 minimum. Your hens may all wait to use one nesting box (they often seemingly randomly all choose one ultimate ‘favorite’ nesting box), but if you provide this number it will prevent them from trying to lay eggs in the nesting box at the same time.

Note: If you are just starting out with a few laying hens, it is a good idea to think about if you plan to expand your flock in the future. You will want to build your coop and the number of nesting boxes accordingly.

What Size Should Chicken Nesting Boxes Be?

Whether you are building your own chicken nesting boxes or buying them prebuilt, you will want to be sure they are the right size for your laying hens. You will want your chickens to have enough room to turn around, but not enough that the chickens can share it.

Providing the right size will make the nesting box feel secure and cozy for your chickens. For larger breed chickens like Buff Orpingtons, the recommended size is a 14” x 14” box. Smaller breed chickens such as bantams won’t need as much space, so a 12”x 12” will probably do.

Chicken Nesting Box Idea

Chicken Nesting Box Ideas

There are many different options when it comes to adding nesting boxes to your chicken coop. You can buy premade chicken nesting boxes, build your own, or repurpose other materials. No matter which nesting box you choose, there are a few things to keep in mind.

When Choosing your Nesting Boxes Consider:

  • The Size of Your Chickens
  • How Many Nesting Boxes Needed
  • The Amount of Space in Your Coop
  • The Roof Can Not Be Used as a Roost (prevents dirty nesting boxes)

Buying Premade Nesting Boxes

When buying nesting boxes you can find them available in singles, or in rows. They can be made out of different materials like metal, plastic, or wood. You can purchase nesting boxes that can be added from the outside of your coop or attached to the inside wall.

A newer chicken nesting box that can be purchased is the roll-out design. These are a little pricey but the idea is that when the hens lay their eggs they roll out the back of the nesting box. This prevents broody hen behavior and egg-eating habits.

Using Repurposed Materials

You can go for a more self-sustainable lifestyle option and use what you have on hand to create your own chicken nesting boxes. 

Common Repurposed Items Include:

  • Buckets
  • Litter boxes
  • Crates
  • Shelving
  • Dresser drawers
  • Baskets

The good thing about using what you have or using repurposed materials is that you get to be creative and are not limited to one idea or design. You can mix and match, for example, I have seen repurposed shelving with baskets or crates. 

Just make sure your repurposed materials are heavy-duty enough to hold your hens, easy to gather eggs from, and are able to be cleaned regularly. The chicken nesting boxes should keep your hens safe so they feel secure enough to lay eggs there.

DIY Nesting Box Ideas

If you have a design in mind and are good with tools then the other option is to build what you want yourself.  Remember to keep your size and amount in mind. This is also another way you can mix and match, build your shelving and use repurposed materials for the boxes. We personally made four nesting boxes out of scrap wood and it’s worked great for us over all of these years.

nesting boxes in chicken coop

Where Should Nesting Boxes be Located?

Now that you have your nesting boxes, where should you put them in your coop? Nesting boxes don’t actually have to be off of the ground, but it will be easier on you if they are raised about 18 inches off the floor.

When your hens roost they look for the highest place possible, and if that is your nesting boxes, then you will end up with chicken poop in them. So make sure that your roosts are higher up than your nesting boxes (and having your roosting bars higher in your chicken coop also helps keep chickens warm in the winter).

Your hens will seek out a nice secluded spot to lay their eggs, so placing your nesting boxes in a part of the coop that doesn’t get much traffic is ideal. Some folks even put curtains up on their nesting boxes to help their hens feel more comfortable. 

What Should You Put in Chicken Nesting Boxes?

Chickens like to lay their eggs in a comfy environment so adding bedding to your boxes can help with that. Simple bedding solutions include straw and wood shavings, but I have seen other store-bought nesting box liners as well. The important thing is that your chickens like laying eggs in the bedding and that way the eggs are also kept clean. 

Another thing that I like to add to our nesting box bedding is herbs, because adding herbs to your nesting boxes has many awesome health benefits. They can help keep out pests and even help stimulate egg production. To find out more about adding herbs take a look at this post about Herbs for Chicken Nesting Boxes.

Chicken Nesting Boxes

How to Get Your Chickens to Lay Eggs in Nesting Boxes

Your chickens may naturally seek out their new nesting boxes and lay with no problem, but there always seems to be one or two that need a little prompting. Luckily there are a few things you can try to get your reluctant hens to use the nesting boxes you have provided.

  1. Make Sure There is Nothing Scaring Them Off
    Check the placement of your nesting boxes and make sure there is nothing around that is making them uncomfortable about your nesting boxes. Hanging a cloth or curtain over the opening can help remedy this. 
  2. Having the Right Number of Nesting Boxes Helps
    If you don’t have a good amount of nesting boxes, then a few of your chickens may seek to lay their eggs elsewhere.
  3. Place a Fake Egg or Golf Ball in Your Nesting Box 
    Some chickens need to know that there have been others laying their eggs in the nesting boxes, and by placing a nest egg (fake egg) in your nesting boxes, you are telling your chickens that it is safe for them as well. It gives them a little confidence and encouragement.
  4. Keep Them in the Coop Till Mid Morning
    Most chickens lay their eggs in the morning so confining them to the coop can encourage them to use the nesting boxes you have provided rather than out in the run.
  5. Clean Your Boxes Regularly
    Chickens like to feel safe and comfortable when they are laying their eggs, so cleaning your boxes regularly can encourage them to continue laying their eggs in the same place.

 

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Cleaning Your Chicken Nesting Boxes

If your nesting boxes have been placed in the right location, then your chickens will rarely sleep in them, which means no poop. But a dirty nesting box does occasionally happen, so the best way to maintain your nesting boxes is to check them over as you gather your eggs.

If you find one that looks dirty, clean out the dirty bedding, poop or feathers then replace it with fresh clean bedding as needed. This will help keep your hens laying in that box and keep eggs clean from poop and other debris.

Chickens wander in the run or free range in the yard and it is best to clean them once a month or so to prevent any unwanted bacteria or pests from being brought into your nesting boxes. Remove bedding from boxes and clean them out with a chicken-friendly natural cleaner. (You can find different recipes in my Natural Homesteading Ebook). Let the nesting boxes sit for a while to dry and then fill them with your choice of new fresh bedding.

Cleaning and maintaining your nesting boxes keep your hens healthy and your eggs clean.

Watch me do a deep clean to my chicken coop (including the nesting boxes) in this video below.

Do You Use Chicken Nesting Boxes?

Chicken nesting boxes were created to make egg-gathering easier for those that would like to be more self-sufficient and keep laying hens. You can buy nesting boxes, build your own, use what you already have, or be creative and combine these options. Your nesting boxes should provide a safe, clean environment for your hens and the eggs that you will be bringing into your kitchen.

There is a ton of information out there about almost every aspect of chicken keeping and it can be easy to feel a bit overwhelmed. If you are looking for more about chicken keeping, listen to Ingenious Chicken Keeping with Harvey Ussery from the Old Fashioned on Purpose Podcast.

More About Chickens on the Homestead:

 

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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Stocking Stuffers for Gardeners

By Tiffany Davis - December 10, 2022 at 06:00AM

Looking for stocking stuffers for gardeners? Christmas is coming up, and it can be hard to find the perfect stocking stuffers for everyone on your list. If you’re looking for a gift for the green thumb in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 14 great stocking stuffers for gardeners in your...

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Friday, December 9, 2022

Vintage Christmas Recipes to Try

By Tiffany Davis - December 09, 2022 at 08:00AM

For those of you still frantically searching for last-minute holiday recipes that your family and friends will ask for many years down the road, you’ve come to the right place! I have all sorts of traditional holiday recipes that will do the trick. Whether you’re here for holiday appetizers, main dishes, or fabulous desserts, I...

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Thursday, December 8, 2022

20 New Christmas Traditions to Start

By Tiffany Davis - December 08, 2022 at 09:00AM

New Christmas traditions are so much fun to start, especially if the whole family is on board. If you’re into trying new things for the holiday season, then you’re going to love these tradition options with your friends and family. What is a Christmas tradition? A Christmas tradition is simply something you do every year...

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Easy Fermented Mustard Recipe

By Jill Winger - December 06, 2022 at 04:22PM

Fermented Mustard | Spicy Mustard

Condiments are a great addition to snacks and meals for an added flavor boost, but sometimes the store-bought stuff isn’t always the best for you.

Making your own condiments can seem daunting, but it isn’t usually that difficult. When making homemade condiments, you get to control what ingredients are being used, and this is another way you can be more self-sufficient. The homesteading lifestyle is about producing more than we consume and finding ways (even small ways like homemade condiments) to become less dependent on outside systems.

I have had experience making my own condiments like homemade fermented ketchup and this 5-Minute Homemade Mayonnaise Recipe, but recently I have been testing out different ways to make homemade mustard.

Types of Mustard

Mustard is a well-known condiment that has been around for centuries and used throughout the world. The most well-known version in the US is yellow mustard which can be found at the grocery store, but there are many different varieties. All versions of this condiment are made from mustard seeds that come from a mustard plant.

There are three different types of mustard seeds that can be used to make the condiment mustard. Each comes from different regions and has its own flavoring.

Mustard can be made using:

  • White Mustard Seeds 
    These seeds are actually a light yellow color and are the most common type of mustard seed. The white mustard seeds are used more frequently because they have a milder flavor than the others. 
  • Brown Mustard Seeds
    Brown mustard seeds are spicier than white seeds but milder than black mustard seeds. They are usually seen in spicy mustard or appear in a stone ground mustard condiment from the store.
  • Black Mustard Seeds
    Black mustard seeds are less common and are the spicier mustard seed. The coloration of brown and black mustard seeds are similar but the black mustard seeds are slightly bigger in appearance.

Ideally, your mustard seeds are cracked or broken to release their flavor, mixed with a liquid and other spices to create a sauce. Depending on the mustard seeds that are used, the result can have different flavors and colors. My version of homemade mustard in this article is Lacto- Fermented.

What is the Fermentation Process

Mustard is a condiment that is extremely easy to make through the process of Lacto-fermentation. This simply means that a salty brine is used to get rid of the bad bacteria and allow good bacteria to thrive. During this process, the good bacteria transform sugars into lactic acid that helps with preserving your food.

Once upon a time, I was intimidated by the preservation process of fermentation. I was worried I would create something that would smell bad and taste even worse. Then I decided to take the risk and try out fermentation on cabbage. To my surprise, the result was a good tangy-tasting fermented sauerkraut that everyone in the family couldn’t get enough of.

You don’t have to use this process to make homemade mustard, but it does add some additional health benefits to your condiment. Lacto-Fermented mustard contains good bacteria that are created during the fermentation process. This bacteria aids the gut with digestion, adds probiotics, helps your overall immune system, and creates a great unique mustard flavor.

Making Fermented Mustard | Ingredients

How to Make Fermented Mustard

As I mentioned previously, there are a lot of different varieties of mustard you can make, and many of them can be made through the fermentation process. Mustard is a simple fermentation recipe that doesn’t take long to make and it is easily customized depending on your taste. 

Basic Yellow Fermented Mustard Recipe

Equipment Needed to Ferment Mustard:

  • Spice Grinder or mortar and pedestal (to crack the seeds)
  • 1 Pint Jar
  • Regular jar lid or fermentation lid (Trueleaf Market has a great selection of fermenting supplies)
  • Blender

Ingredients Needed to Make Fermented Mustard:

  • ¾ Cup Yellow Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of whey (real whey, not powdered), or brine from a previous lacto-fermentation
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 clove of garlic

Instructions on How to Make Fermented Mustard:

Step 1: Crack the mustard seeds open using a spice grinder or mortar and pedestal. Cracking the seeds open will allow the release of more flavor while they ferment.

Step 2: In a pint jar, combine the mustard seeds, salt, turmeric, garlic, and whey/brine.

Step 3: Cover the ingredients with water

Step 4: Close the jar using your fermentation lid or regular lid.

Step 5: Let your mustard sit at room temperature for 5-10 days (depending on your taste). If you are using a regular lid, you will need to “burp” the mustard every couple of days to prevent gas buildup.

Step 6: Drain the excess liquid from the jar, and then blend the remaining contents in a blender until you have reached the desired consistency.

Step 7: Put your blended mustard back into the jar and place it in your refrigerator. Let it age for 2-3 days and then give it a taste test. Note: Mustard naturally has a bitter taste it will become less bitter the longer it sits in your refrigerator.

Store your homemade lacto-fermented mustard in the refrigerator for 6 months or more.

Fermented Mustard Ingredients

Old Fashioned Spicy Fermented Mustard Recipe

Equipment Needed to Ferment Mustard:

  • Spice Grinder or mortar and pedestal (to crack the seeds)
  • 1 Pint Jar
  • Regular jar lid or fermentation lid (One of my favorites, Trueleaf Market has a great selection of fermenting supplies)
  • Blender

Ingredients Needed to Make Fermented Mustard:

  •  3 Tbsp. Yellow Mustard Seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. of Black or Brown Mustard Seeds
  • 2 tsp of Salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp of whey (real whey, not powdered), or brine from a previous lacto-fermentation
  • 1 ½ cups of water
  • 1 clove of garlic

Instructions on How to Make Fermented Mustard:

Step 1: Crack the mustard seeds open using a spice grinder or mortar and pedestal. Cracking the seeds open will allow the release of more flavor while they ferment.

Step 2: In a pint jar combine the mustard seeds, salt, turmeric, garlic, and whey/brine.

Step 3: Cover the ingredients with water

Step 4: Close the jar using your fermentation lid or regular lid.

Step 5: Let your mustard sit at room temperature for 5-10 days (depending on your taste). If you are using a regular lid, you will need to “burp” the mustard every couple of days to prevent gas buildup.

Step 6: Drain the excess liquid from the jar, add the remaining contents to the blender and then blend in short bursts. This old-fashioned fermented mustard should contain visible mustard seeds and have a slightly chunky texture. 

Step 7: Put your blended mustard back into a clean jar and place it in your refrigerator. Let it age for 2-3 days and then give it a taste test. Note: Mustard naturally has a bitter taste it will become less bitter the longer it sits in your refrigerator.

Store your homemade lacto-fermented mustard in the refrigerator for 6 months or more.

Have You Tried Fermented Mustard?

Something as simple as making your own condiments can be an easy step towards self-sustainability. These fermented mustard recipes are an easy way to get started with simple food preservation and from-scratch cooking. If you are interested in learning more about from-scratch cooking, then my Heritage Cooking Crash Course might be for you.

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