Get inspired to learn a new skill with this list of homesteading skills you can do anywhere! Homesteading doesn't start with owning acreage, it starts with a mindset.
Homesteaders are people who are willing to learn new skills instead of constantly relying on someone else. Homesteaders think creatively and solve problems without spending a lot of money.
Homesteaders use every bit they can and have very little waste.
Homesteading Skills You Can Do Anywhere
Want to be a homesteader? Start by learning a useful skill such as sewing/knitting/crocheting, food preservation, or even bread making. Below you'll find a bunch of projects to choose from to get started - just pick the one that interests you the most and go for it!
How To Can Food
You don't have to grow your own food to be a successful canner! Canning is great for when you're stocking up on good deals, or want to batch cook something like sauce to eat to later.
Canning is a great homesteading skill because it's all about food preservation. When you know how to turn fresh food into shelf stable canned goods, you're well on your way to self-sufficiency!
Beginner's Guide to Water Bath Canning
7 Crazy Easy Water Bath Canning Recipes
Quick Start Guide to Pressure Canning
The Best Pressure Canning Supplies
Fall Harvest Canning Collection
Summer Vegetables Canning Recipes Collection
Crockpot Apple Butter with Canning Instructions
Dill Pickle Recipe for Canning
How To Dehydrate Food
Dehydrating food is another great way to avoid food spoilage. It's not an especially complicated process, and you can make a lot of delicious things that will last a long while!
Food that's been dehydrated lasts significantly longer than fresh goods and just like canning, it's an excellent skill to acquire for reducing waste! Even if you aren't in a position to start growing most of your own food, learning to dehydrate food is a useful skill for anyone interested in homesteading.
The Best Dehydrators for Food Preservation
How to Make Yogurt in A Dehydrator
Strawberry Zucchini Fruit Leather
How To Make Homemade Bread
Bread making is easy. People are always so impressed when I show up to dinner with a loaf of homemade bread, but it's so simple to make delicious loaves of bread yourself!
Whether you're using Einkorn or normal all-purpose flour, learning to bake bread is a skill that will never disappoint you (or dinner guests!). And by the way... sourdough isn't as hard to bake as you might think it is! Become a baker today with any of these posts:
Easy Einkorn Sourdough Starter (Homemade Yeast)
The Art of Sourdough Video Course
Learn To Embroider and/or Cross Stitch
You may not consider embroidery & cross stitching as essential to homesteading success, but when you can embroider and/or stitch, you're empowered to create so many things with your own two hands! I'll never get over the thrill of finishing a project and saying "I MADE THAT!"
Embroidery and/or cross stitch projects often make great gifts that people cherish for years. Plus, I enjoy making decorations for my own home too!
Child's Handprint Embroidery Project
Fox in Leaves Fall Cross Stitch Pattern
Christmas Deer Cross Stitch Pattern
Christmas Snow Globe Cross Stitch Pattern
Learn To Knit and/or Crochet
Knitting and crocheting are very useful skills for the homesteader! You can turn a ball of yarn into just about anything - sweater, blanket, scarf, dishcloth.. the list goes on. I even know a woman who crocheted her own wedding dress!
Bonus - the rhythmic, repetitive motions of knitting and crocheting projects can be great for unwinding and reducing stress. Whether your homestead is a 600 sq ft apartment or a 20 acre farm, knitting & crocheting skills will serve you well.
Spider Stitch Crochet Dishcloth Pattern
Crochet Spiderweb Baby Blanket
Cable Knit Christmas Ornament Pattern
Honeycomb Cable Knit Scarf Pattern
How to Knit A Simple Cable Knit Scarf
Beginner Projects For Learning to Sew
Knowing your way around a sewing machine is a skill that will be used over and over again. This means you'll be able to repair and hem your own clothes, sew simple but lovely home essentials, and even make some sweet gifts!
Sewing doesn't have to mean you become a quilter who spends hours & hours bent over in front of the sewing machine. Learning a few basic projects is all you need!
No matter what homesteading skill you start learning first, nothing beats the feeling of doing something incredible with your own two hands. These useful skills will all help you take another step towards self-sufficiency on your homesteading journey - no matter what your living situation is.
You might also enjoy:
- 10 Ways to Start Homesteading Today
- How to Set and Reach Homestead Goals
- 8 Essentials for Your Homestead Garden
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