Join Carolyn from Homesteading Family for FREE, LIVE TRAINING on the Seven SIMPLE Steps to Herbal Remedies that WORK:
She’ll be teaching you how to create simple, effective healing systems for your family.

Shopping for a cast iron skillet? Be sure you know what to look for BEFORE you go!
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If you’re looking to buy some new or used cast iron, be sure to watch this video as Carolyn breaks down the different TYPES of cast iron, how to test a piece to know if it’s both usable and of good quality. Knowing this information will help you whenever you find that amazing deal, you’ll know whether it’s a deal to jump on, or pass on. And remember, NOT ALL CAST IRON IS CREATED EQUAL!

If you’ve ever asked the following questions:
– What is the best brand of cast iron skillet?
– What is the best cast iron skillet size?
– Is there a difference in quality of cast iron skillets?
– What is the best vintage cast iron skillet?
– Where should I look for cast iron pans?

You’ll find the answers you’re looking for in this cast iron video (which is the first in a series of videos we’ll be covering for everything pertaining to Cast Iron. You can then watch for the blog post where we’ll compile all the information together into a CAST IRON 101).

WELCOME! We’re so glad you’re here! We are Josh and Carolyn Thomas. Together with our nine children, we are The Homesteading Family where we’re living a self-sustainable life in beautiful North Idaho. Let us welcome you and show you a bit about us here:

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A few highlights you don’t want to miss are our FREEBIES!!

Click any of the links below for instant access to free video training resources:

– Healthy Healing at Home- Free 4 video workshop on our herb course Herbal Medicine Cabinet: Colds

– Bread Making workshop- Free 4 video workshop on our masterclass, The Art of Homemade Bread

– Meals on Your Shelf- Free 4 video workshop on canning. The Abundant Pantry: Canning

Click any of the links below for instant access to these free downloadable PDFs:

– Homesteading Family’s Favorite Holiday Recipes – A PDF download filled with our family’s favorite holiday recipe.

– 5 Steps to a More Self Sufficient Life- Simple PDF download on 5 steps anyone can take wherever they are to start a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

– Thrive Wellness Checklist- A simple PDF download for healthy living.

– Permaculture for Your Homestead- PDF download that is an introduction to permaculture with some strategies for applying it to one’s homestead and garden.

– Carolyn’s Cottage Garden herb list- PDF with Carolyn’s favorite herbs for growing at home.

– Carolyn’s Make-Ahead Breakfast Casseroles- Carolyn’s favorite make-ahead breakfast casseroles.

– Your FREE Guide to Preserving Eggs- PDF download with multiple ways to preserve eggs.

– 5 Steps to a Healthy Garden- PDF download with an explanation of what makes healthy soil and 5 steps you can take to improve your garden

– Save the Crumbs- Several Recipes for using bread leftovers, a less committal entry to bread than the workshop.

– Fearless Fermenting- A PDF on basic lacto-ferments.

– Fermenting Tomatoes- PDF download on fermenting tomatoes

– Preserving Culinary Herbs- Downloadable, step by step directions to drying, freezing and salting culinary herbs.

– Render Your Own Lard- PDF with instructions on how to render your own lard.

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