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Author: Jill Winger

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The Old-Fashioned on Purpose Podcast is for those disenchanted with conformity. The ones who favor homegrown and handmade over cheap and mass-produced. The ones who swim upstream while the societal herd rides the river of least resistance. The ones who grow, shepherd, nurture, produce, knead, and craft rather than consume.The ones who are old-fashioned on purpose and choose to truly live, not merely exist. If you're a trailblazer, maverick, homesteader, modern-pioneer, or backyard farmer, you've found your tribe. Join Jill Winger, best-selling author and founder of The Prairie Homestead, every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as she dives into practical strategies and encouragement for living a more old-fashioned life, no matter where you live.
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The chicks are here!  Yes, it’s that time of year.  Last year we were a bit behind the eight ball and missed out on meat chickens.  Not this time my friend.  If you’ve ever wanted to raise meat chickens but have yet to take the plunge, this episode is for you.  I dive deep into what makes a great meat chickens, why you shouldn’t let your chickens grow too fast, what to feed your chicken, and so much more.  Listen today to get a jumpstart on your meat chicken journey! LINKS: >> How to Raise Meat Birds: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2017/05/raising-meat-chickens.html, >> How to Butcher a Chicken: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/07/how-to-butcher-a-chicken.html>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
With everything going on in the world today, it’s important to always check back in on some basics.  For everyone that has followed me for any period of time, you’d know canning is easily one of my favorite things when it comes to homesteading.  I know what many are you thinking right now:  why can dry beans?  On today’s episode I’m going to explain the many benefits of canning dry beans as well as share my favorite canning method. LINKS: >> Step-by-Step Tutorial: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2013/04/how-to-can-dry-beans.html>> How to Use a Pressure Canner: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2012/08/how-to-use-a-pressure-canner-part-1.html>> Canning Made Easy eBook: https://www.learnhowtocan.com/learntocan331463029>> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
What do you do when everything goes as you hoped, or perhaps even better than you hoped?  While it’s great to be able to produce our own food on the homestead, sometimes we find ourselves with a perishable bounty that needs to be dealt with.  On today’s episode, I explain how I’m dealing with an excess of eggs.  While selling some is always an option, listen to find out how I use this abundance in order to inspire new dishes.  I also share some of my favorite preservation techniques so you can still enjoy your eggs when they’re off-season.  If you have chickens on your homestead, this episode is a must listen! Links from show: >> https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/03/ways-use-extra-eggs.html>> Butterscotch Pudding Recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lu5bgXg0eo>> Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/04/instant-pot-hard-boiled-eggs.html>> Homemade Pasta Recipe: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/02/homemade-pasta-recipe.html>> Puffy Pancake Recipe: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2015/10/apple-puff-pancake-recipe.html>> How to Freeze Eggs: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2011/10/how-to-freeze-eggs.html>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the world became homeschoolers.  For some of you listening, it’s business as usual.  For others?  Full time panic mode has ensued.  Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a rookie doing this for the first time, I’m here to offer some guidance that anyone can use regardless of experience.  I explore some of the most common issues people have when it comes to homeschooling (hint:  you don’t have to be perfect) and offer solutions that are sure to ease some stress.  Rest assured, most of these ideas are extremely simple and require zero expense.  I’m excited to share these ideas with you, and I know they’ll have a positive impact on your homeschooling experience. Links from show: >> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack>>Click Here to order Janice VanCleave’s ‘Awesome, Magical, Bizarre, & Incredible Experiments’>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
To say the world is full of uncertainty is a bit of an understatement at the moment.  We’re living in some uncharted waters as a country and as humans in general.  I for one can say my mind has been spinning over the past couple weeks.  Even with the craziness in the world, the events of the past few weeks has reassured me the choice we made to begin the homesteading journey.  Not only are we in a position to produce for for our family, but if it’s needed, we can help the community and inspire others to adopt some of our ways.  As you listen today, I’d like for you to keep this in mind; we have a responsibility to help and share knowledge in this time of need.  How can you help? Links from show: >> Click here to get my special master-pack:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/masterpack>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
Have you ever tried to save a piece of cast iron and found yourself in way too deep?  This was my story just last week.  After staring at a skillet in my kitchen for years, I finally decided to do something about it.  After testing several  different solutions, most unsuccessfully, I stumbled upon something that finally worked!  Listen today to find out how coconut oil, lard, or flaxseed oil might be your savior when it comes to that old, beat up skillet. Links from show: >> My cast iron fix:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gYzcfEth34&t=331s>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
Contrary to popular belief, I wasn’t born into the homestead life.  If you go back and listen to some of my first episodes you can get the full story on how Christian and I caught the homestead bug.  In the end, learning how to homestead has been nothing more than an insatiable desire to learn and taking massive imperfect action everyday.  Listen today as I dig into some of my favorite places to gather information.  I know some of you will be inspired to take some action of your own.  Links from show: >>Ready to start a garden of your very own?  Head to https://www.theprariehomestead.com/gardenplan to grab my comprehensive garden planning guide! >> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
While we’d all love an open, sunny spot to plant our garden, the reality of it is some things are beyond our control.  Rest assured, a shady spot doesn’t always mean a death sentence.  On today’s episode, I explain how it's possible to grow a garden even without ideal sunlight.   Links from show: >>Blog Post: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2020/02/vegetables-that-grow-in-the-shade.html>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
Have you ever jumped head first into starting seeds and quickly find yourself overwhelmed?  Trust me, when I first started expanding my garden I was right there with you.  The truth is that this will always be the case unless you build a system for planting seeds.  Well my friends, with the days getting longer and the air outside feeling a bit different, it’s finally time to start the seeds.  Today I’m going to walk you through my own system for starting seeds, complete with full instructions so you can tame this beast once and for all.  If you want to find out what coconuts and aluminum foil have to do with getting your garden ready for the spring, listen to this episode now! Links from show: >>https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/02/seed-starting-guide.html >>https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/03/seed-starting-system.html>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
While I love to cook, at times it can become a drag.  With everything we have going on with the kids, our various businesses, and the responsibilities of running a homestead, at times I end to fallback on the tried-and-true recipes that my family has loved throughout the years.  While this might be easy and efficient, things tend to get stale over time.  On today’s episode I’m here to share some of my favorite ways on how to shake the funk and get the creative juices flowing.  Whether it’s finding new ways to cook old recipes, committing to cooking at last one new meal per week, or buying some new herbs you’ve never tried, there’s always a way to get yourself out of a rut. Links from show: >>If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com >> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
It’s no secret by now.  If you’ve been listening at all to the podcast lately, you’d know that I’ve got gardening on my mind.  I’ve said i many times before but I’ll say it once again; gardening is likely a close second on my “what I love about homesteading list”, trailing only the animals.  Wha’s the best news out of all this win it comes to gardening?  It’s far easier than you think.  Listen to today’s show to find out why and gain some valuable tips on how you can get started today! Links from show: >> DIY Seed Starting System: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/03/seed-starting-system.html>>My Seed Starting Guide: https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/02/seed-starting-guide.html>>Seed Starting Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN40KJ5Cp3E&t=2s>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
Between late frosts in the spring, early frosts in the fall, blizzards in the middle of May, and everything in between, Wyoming is one of the most difficult climates you’ll find to grow a garden.  So I do I combat this every year?  I focus on understanding the frost cycle and only grow what will thrive in our zone.  I start seeds inside to capitalize on prime growing season.  Learn why you should be leery of the big box stores and why working with local suppliers who know your zone is crucial.  If you’ve thought gardening was impossible in your area, this show is an absolute must listen!>>Click here to access your very own raised bed guide!  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/raisedbedguide>>Ready to kick your growing into high gear?  I’ve put together a comprehensive seed staring guide which can be found here:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2016/02/seed-starting-guide.html>>Garden Printables and My Favorite Vegetables. Find them here: www.theprairiehomestead.com/gardenplan  >> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
Believe it or not, many of the best ways to use up leftover sourdough starter have nothing to do with baking bread.  If you’ve ever wondered what to do with your leftover sourdough starter, then this is the episode you’ve been waiting for.  Join me on today’s show where you’ll learn my top 5 favorite discard recipes, including pancakes, waffles, and biscuits.  So slow your roll, don’t ditch that dough, and find out how to take advantage of that discard in this incredibly helpful episode. >> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
I’m not going to lie.  This episode is likely to ruffle some feathers.  However, this is a topic that’s been weighing on my mind for quite some time.  On various videos or social media posts, I’ve received a number of questions about how Christian and I have been able to afford our homestead.  Many assume we come from a wealthy background, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  I’m here to explain how we found a small property, got out of debt, worked odd jobs, and built our homestead overtime.  Let me tell you, it’s incredible how creative you can get when you want it bad enough. >> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
If you’ve been listening or following me for a while, you’d know that it was horses that actually spurred my initial interest in homesteading.  While most people wouldn’t consider a horse as a traditional ‘homestead’ animal, I’ve found that they hold a very special place in our daily lives.  On today’s episode, I explain how to make sure you’re getting the right type of horse for you and your family.  More important, I explain why a horse is NOT your dog. >>Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow.>> Head over to www.theprairiehomestead.com for from-scratch recipes, homestead inspiration, and old-fashioned tutorials.>> Get your Old-Fashioned on Purpose Swag at www.homesteadswag.com>> Follow Jill on YouTube: http://youtube.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Instagram: http://instagram.com/theprairiehomestead>> Follow Jill on Facebook: http://facebook.com/theprairiehomestead
86.  How I "Do It All"

86. How I "Do It All"

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Thanks to social media, I might appear to be some type of super woman.  The truth of the matter is, Instagram and Facebook posts never tell the full story no matter how transparent I try to be.  I’m able to “Do It All” because I’ve become extremely efficient with time management and have realized that I simply can’t do it all.  On today’s episode, I explain how things like finding help, saying no, and blocking time have enabled me to not only become super productive, but also free up more time in order to pursue other things that fill me up. • If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 
Innovation and technology serve us in so many different ways.  Whether it’s making things more convenient, easier, or faster, new tools and techniques allow us to live our lives in different ways.  Needless to say, new isn’t always better.  When it comes to the kitchen, wooden kitchen tools still reign supreme on the Winger homestead.  On today’s episode, I expand on why these phenomenal tools deserve a place in your kitchen.  I explain what you need to do in order to properly clean and care for your wooden utensils.  I also discuss the most common myth with wood in the kitchen (hint: bacteria) and provide some information that’s likely to shock you. Links Mentioned On Podcast:• Spoon Butter Blog:  https://www.theprairiehomestead.com/2018/01/homemade-spoon-butter-recipe.html• Old World Kitchen: https://www.poldersoldworldmarket.com• If you're falling in love with the idea of an old-fashioned kitchen full of incredible homemade food, check out my free Heritage Kitchen handbook at  http://www.heritagekitchenhandbook.com 
Winter on the homestead has become one of my favorite times of the year.  It’s that special time of year when I can come inside, cozy up next to the fire with a warm drink, and lose myself in good book.  On today’s episode I’m sharing what I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the winter.  I’m also sharing my favorite sources of reading material, including new and used books, audio books, magazines, and more.  What are you reading this year?  Drop me a comment and share what you’re excited to read in the coming months.  I’m always looking for new suggestions. Links Mentioned In Show:My Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/g/xra4mAbeBooks:  www.abebooks.com
Personal development has been an essential tool over the years.  Looking back, I realize that some of the assesments I’ve taken have provided the biggest opportunities for growth.  They help point out common personality characteristics and their underlying tendencies.  On today’s episode, I’m proud to present a creation of very own.  See if you identiy with any of these 4 types of Homesteaders.  How can this information help you?Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow.
Do you ever reach the end of the day and wonder where all your time went?  Do you look at your “to-do’s” and wonder how you’ll ever get it all done?  Fitting the homestead lifestyle into the speed of the modern day world can create some serious problems.  When it comes down to it, there’s little we can do to speed up the pace of mother nature.  This means as homesteaders that we need to focus on time management in the areas of life that we can control.  On today’s episode I share 7 of my favorite ways to save time both short-term and long-term.  Some of these tips will require a bit of setup but will make your life so much easier in the long-run. Get complimentary access to my full library of resources for homesteaders like you at  http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/grow.
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Kim Knuteson

I LOVED this podcast. I am a social worker and I enjoy learning about other people and what makes them who they are and how they function within the community! Very enjoyable Jill!

Feb 18th
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Jessica Tolver-Banks

I just love this podcast. I am from suburban Australia and live 15 mins from the beach. I have my vege patch outside in my backyard and I love listening to this podcast as I dream of my own farm. Have followed Jill for 7+ years and I really enjoy this new form of learning x

Feb 16th
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Tasha Brown

This podcast can be taken past homesteading. so much useful and thoughtful information.

Feb 7th
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Craig N Carrie Nellis

Could you do a podcast on what you do with your whey?

Jan 31st
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Suzy.effinhomemaker

girl, thank you! I really needed to hear it's okay not to do it all ♡ I'm really enjoying your podcasts!

Jan 8th
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lovemygirlsen

I was worried that you wouldnt cover soap, but so glad you did! 🙋‍♀️ soap user here too!:) fun episode!

Dec 9th
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lovemygirlsen

awesome episode. love all the info you give, thanks!!

Dec 9th
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ElizaBeth Marshall-Smith

Would you consider talking about miniature cows, and the butter fat content in the milk of various cow breeds? LOVE the cast!

Sep 21st
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Julianne Johnston

This one's about gardening rather than milking I think! Just listening to the first couple minutes that's what I deduced.

Sep 11th
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Lori Hurley

excellent as always

Aug 27th
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Kat Craze

Jill never disappoints when she tells a story, shares her knowledge or dives into the, sometimes not so pretty, realities of homestead life. This podcast is a breath of fresh air in the podcast world and I highly recommend it.

Aug 14th
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