Believe it or not Craigslist can be a wonderful hidden secret. If you are looking for free firewood, free furniture, free appliances and even a free boat, look no further than your states Craigslist.

In Maine alone, you can find all of the above mentioned items and more. Yes, there has been some issues with criminals preying on Craigslist shoppers, but as long as your exercise personal safety such as take a friend, meet in a public place, tell family and friend where you are going (include name, address and phone number of the person you are meeting) or ask if local law enforcement can drive by during the meeting you should be okay. Of course we cannot guarantee your safety but use your best judgement when meeting strangers to pick up items from Craigslist.

Cannot find the free link in your local areas Craigslist posting page? They do like to hide it, on the main page of your local area, look under the “For Sale” category and the “Free” section is buried somewhere in there.

Good Luck and happy free findings to you!!!

Canning Techniques

Multiple homesteading sites have people asking about proper canning techniques. After researching different sources, we have found that the USDA actually has a great guide to canning your food and meat harvest. Please feel free to look these over and print them off for your own guide as to proper canning techniques of your fruits, veggies, and meats.

Canning Techniques:


Tomatoes and Tomato Products:


Poultry, Red Meats and Seafood:

Fermented and Pickled Foods:

Jams and Jellies:


Blueberry find!!

While driving out of town one day, I noticed a sign that said “Blueberries $2.50 per gallon”. I called my husband and told him to go there after work. He ran out there and found that they work on an honor system. You go out pick your gallon and put the money in a box on your way out. He told me that the berries were not ready yet, and we decided to wait until I got back in town and try again.

Once coming home, a month later, we went to the grocery store that night as I had a craving for blueberry pancakes. After spending $3.99 for a pint, I remembered the blueberry patch that I had seen while leaving town. We decided that we would go out there the next morning to see if they were ready to pick.

To our surprise the bushes were loaded, we spent 45 minutes picking 2 gallons of blueberries for $5.00. We came home and froze a total of 22 cups and used the rest for pancakes and fruit salad. Well, I thought to myself, “go back out and see what is left”. A week later I went back out and the bushes were loaded again. Another 45 minutes and $5.00 and I had two more gallons of blueberries.

For a special treat for my chickens, I take some frozen blueberries and mix it in with their scratch and meal worms. They love it. The rest we have frozen, use for salads, make muffins and other tasty treats!!

Store bought on the left and Handpicked on the right

Store bought on the left and Handpicked on the right