The Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game

Book Review: The Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game
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Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game is a book you need to have if you are going to try to become self reliant.

The ability to process your own food is vital. I find that of all the food skills, butchering is one that is often overlooked.

It seems simple to cut up a large chunk of meat into smaller pieces, but this in an area of endeavor that the more you know the easier the process becomes.

I like the Basic Butchering of Livestock and Game because it is practical, has lots of very clear illustrations, and is short enough to to save time, but detailed enough to be of use.

This is one of my favorite butchering books, and as I develop Dual Homestead, I hope I get to use it when I butcher my own meat.

I did get some goats, so I am getting closer to the butchering process.  I even am preparing to get a pig to raise to completion.

I did not do so good a job on my first butchering attempt.  My poor chicken was cut up using a dill knife, so for future attempts I will use the advice in this book and use sharp tools.

Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance

Book Review: Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
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I am partial to Storey’s books, they are great all around reference books.  While it is not as complete as a book dedicated to a single topic, Basic Country Skills gives basic information on a variety of topics.  Which is great if either your knowledge is limited, and you need to know basics, or you space is limited.  Either way, this is a great book to have in your prepper library.

Inside Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance you will find illustrated instructions on topics such as:

  • Finding country land
  • Buying, building, and renovating a home
  • Developing water sources and systems
  • Understanding wiring, plumbing, and heating
  • Using alternative heating and energy sources
  • Vegetable, flower, and herb gardening
  • Traditional cooking skills such as baking bread and making maple syrup
  • Preparing and preserving meat, fruits, and vegetables
  • Building and maintaining barns, sheds, and outbuildings
  • Caring for common farm and ranch animals, and pets

As I said, I really like the Storey books, and I have several of them.  This one and the guide to rabbits are two that I use most often though.  I would recommend any prepper or homesteader look at Storey publishing as their titles are perfect for you.

Basic Construction Techniques for Houses and Small Buildings Simply Explained

Basic Construction Techniques for Houses and Small Buildings Simply Explained
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Basic Construction Techniques for Houses and Small Buildings Simply Explained is a great manual for the new builder.  I like it because it easily explains how to build things in simple language.

It has helped me tremendously in my desire to build my own homestead.  By following traditional building methods my outbuildings go up easier, faster, are stronger, and work better.

A I work on the land, I continually have the need to build things.  Since I am not a builder by trade, sometimes I need some advice on how to do what I want.

Basic Construction Techniques for Houses and Small Buildings Simply Explained is that adviser.