Pantry Chat

Pantry Chat

What if you could have a healthier, more secure lifestyle with greater sustainability and self-sufficiency for you, your family and your community? That’s what Homesteading Family is all about. Carolyn and Josh have taken their popular YouTube series, “Pantry Chat” and turned it into a podcast so you can discover how to take the leap from a “normal” life to a homestead life, filled with meaning, beauty and freedom. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the city or the country, if you’ve ever wanted to explore the homesteading life, this is your chance to learn how to do it in less time with fewer bumps in the road. It’s like sitting down with a cup of coffee with friends. Round up your cast iron pans and mason jars and start listening!... Show More

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February 13, 2021 40 min

Q and A sessions are always needed! Whether you’re brand new to homesteading or have been at it for years new twists and turns can pop up at any time or ALL the time. 

In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn are ready for your questions! Listen in to hear the ins and outs of everything from creating a great garden to building the perfect homestead. 

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  • Carolyn describes her book-reading habits.
  • Josh and Carolyn s...
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    We’re already moving fast through 2021 and it’s time to start thinking about garden planning! How can you optimize the most amount of food possible from whatever space you have available? 

    In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn talk about food production right in your backyard. Whether you have a large amount of space or a small balcony the methods discussed will work great for you!

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    This year is over and that means it’s time to reflect! 2020 has been exhausting and stressful for many and the year at Riverbend was no exception.

    In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn look back at their past year at Riverbend to discuss successes, failures, and accomplishments while hinting at what might be coming up in 2021.

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  • Josh and Carolyn discuss the challenges of living in Idaho.
  • Josh and Carolyn descri...
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    December 12, 2020 36 min

    Homesteading can be a great adventure, but it can also present its fair share of challenges and a whole lot of questions!   

    In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn have fun trying to answer some of your questions on everything from pressure canning beef stew to best practices for storing ancient eggnog, how to select the right wood cookstove, and so much more! 

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  • Josh and Carolyn are hard at work planning new ...
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    December 5, 2020 33 min

    You’re going week to week buying groceries and spending way too much money…

    There has to be a better way, and there is! Buying in bulk and storing it!   

    But before you make the transition to being a bulk-buying homesteader, there are some basic rules you need to follow. Josh and Carolyn continue their series on food storage with some helpful strategies you can start putting in place now to grow your long-term food storage supply. 

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    November 28, 2020 22 min

    Winter should be a time for rest, relaxation and reflection, so the last thing you want to be doing is scrambling around trying to manage your homestead through the snow and ice and frigid temperatures.  

    In this episode of the Pantry Chat, Josh provides three core strategies to help you take stock of your winter needs, be more efficient and save money to make the overall management of your homestead easier and more enjoyable during...

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    November 21, 2020 32 min

    Thanksgiving is almost here and that means food and lots of it! Prepping a big Thanksgiving feast can be challenging, but having a good strategy in place can make all the difference between being thankful or being stressed in the kitchen. 

    In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn share their own Thanksgiving menu, plus a few of their fun annual traditions, and some tips that can help you plan ahead to create a memorable and ...

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    You're incredibly busy! One of the things that shouldn’t be adding more stress to your day is trying to figure out how to make sure there are meals on the table for everybody.  

    In this episode of Pantry Chat, Carolyn talks about the strategies she uses to plan ahead for meals and the ways you can create your own system for saving your sanity and still having healthy, delicious meals ready for your family.   

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    Supply and demand issues are impacting homesteaders everywhere, especially when it comes to finding quality canning supplies. The reality is that this problem is not going away anytime soon, so what can you do? 

    In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn present some creative solutions you can try as well as the practicality and safety issues you need to look out for when exploring these alternatives.

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    October 31, 2020 34 min

    With supply and demand issues being so commonplace right now, it’s a smart move to have your reserves stocked up and ready to go so you feel more confident and secure as the colder weather approaches. 

    In this episode of the Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn talk through the three main areas you need to focus on, as well as how to maximize your storage space when prepping your pantry for winter.  

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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.  

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  • Carolyn has been making a lot of cheddar cheese while Josh has been getting s...
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    October 17, 2020 33 min

    Root cellaring is one of the easiest and most energy-efficient ways to store your fruits and vegetables by using the earth’s natural temperatures. But what do you do if you don’t have the infrastructure to support a traditional root cellar? You get creative! 

    In this episode of the Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn continue their series on preservation methods with an introduction to root cellaring. They cover all the basics as well as ...

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    October 10, 2020 40 min

    Dehydration is another great option for getting food on your shelf, plus it’s also super convenient, lightweight, and really takes the bulk down on your food to help maximize your space. 

    In this episode of the Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn continue their series on preservation methods with an introduction to dehydration. They cover the pros and cons of dehydration, what foods it really works best on, the different types of dehydrat...

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    October 3, 2020 38 min

    Lacto Fermentation...It’s one of the safest and easiest preservation methods, plus it’s also a great way to boost your immune system and can take your veggies to a whole new level! 

    In this episode of the Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn continue with their series on preservation methods with an introduction to fermentation. They cover the different types of fermentation, its numerous health benefits, the six steps you need to follow t...

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    September 26, 2020 43 min

    You’ve grown and sourced some amazing food. Now you want to get it on your shelves and store it. One of the best ways to do that is with canning. Canning is becoming more popular than ever, thanks to its many benefits. So, how do you get started the right way? 

    In this episode of Pantry Chat, Josh and Carolyn kick-off a brand-new series on preservation techniques with an introduction to canning. They cover the different types of can...

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    Want to know what happens when you combine people, gardens, animals, and weather? A guarantee that things can and will go wrong when you least expect it!  

    During this episode of Pantry Chat Josh and Carolyn talk about a recent incident on their homestead and how it helped them identify problem areas in the preparedness plan and ways you can learn how to be better equipped when those unexpected moments on the homestead throw you a c...

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    COVID-19, flu season, civil unrest, education disruption, supply and demand issues. There’s a lot of challenges, uncertainty and fear affecting everyone right now, including homesteaders, in real, new and unprecedented ways.

    What are the things you can do now to be able to move through this season with confidence and positivity? Josh and Carolyn talk through some of the ways they are dealing with these obstacles and the actions you ...

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    You’ve bought your new homesteading property and you’re ready to move in. But don’t go buy the cow just yet! There are some key things you need to check off your list so you can be better prepared as you start to settle in.  

    Josh and Carolyn talk about the mistakes they made when they first moved in and how setting a strategy, learning your environment and taking it slow can set you up for success on your new property. 

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    There’s a big movement happening right now with people who are looking to leave the city life behind and make the leap to the country but making the move too quickly without the proper planning and due diligence, can spell big problems for first-time homesteaders.  

    In this episode, Carolyn and Josh walk through the 8 essential things you need to look for when buying a homestead property. What are the deal-breakers and contingencies...

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    August 23, 2020 39 min

    Josh and Carolyn debunk the most popular myths around what you really need to do to get started homesteading and share 16 essential skills you need to start mastering now before you can take it to the next level.   

    Creating a homesteading lifestyle doesn’t mean having to make a giant leap out to the country. Whether you’re in the suburbs or even a one-bedroom apartment in the city, you can start your homesteading journey today by a...

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