Kitchen & Homemaking
Soap making, bread baking, cheese making and canning and food preservation are important skills for a sustainable homestead. Though these skills were once common knowledge in most households across this country, sadly today, many people have grown up without learning them.
In developing these classes, we have worked to regain and recapture lost or nearly-lost skills and make them available in a form in which you can easily learn them and then apply them at home. In the classes, you will receive practical, hands-on experience and instruction along with written materials that will help you at home to continue to use and build upon what you have learned.
Few things beat the smell and taste of a freshly-baked loaf of bread, hot from the oven. Our bread baking classes combine instruction with hands-on training to teach you how to make a variety of nutritional and tasty whole wheat breads.2
In our hands-on cheesemaking classes, you will learn to take fresh, raw milk and make it into a wide variety of both soft and hard cheeses from start to finish. In addition you will learn about rennet, starter cultures and how to reproduce them and aging of cheeses. Once you have completed our classes, you’ll be able to make mozerella, cheddar, parmesan and many other types of cheeses in your own kitchen.3
Learn to make all-natural soap in our hands-on workshops. You will learn to make all-natural glycerin soap from scratch, using both hot process and cold process methods.2
Canning and Preserving
Learn to preserve vegetables, fruits and meat in this hands-on workshop. You’ll learn how to can using both water-bath and pressure canning methods. You’ll also learn how to make preserves, jams and jellies and how to can them. We’ll also teach you how to lacto-ferment cabbage to make sauerkraut, along with how preserve foods either by freezing them or by drying them.