One of the best parts of homesteading is how simple and frugal life can be. You grow, raise, harvest, and prepare most of your food. You work hard, play hard, feel the grass under your toes and the sun on your face. You get to watch in anticipation as your honey bees zip from flower to flower, and you can almost taste that pure sweet honey on your tongue. You feel the satisfaction that comes from creating something from your own two hands, as there’s always projects that need doing. It’s a life reminiscent of times gone past. It’s a hard lifestyle, but a worthwhile one.
If you are not at a place in your life where you are yet able to homestead, or you have no desire to and are just looking for ways to keep your tight budget in line, there are still so many aspects of the frugality of homesteading that you can employ right now to help you meet your goals!
Take dandelions for example. They grow everywhere. They are free. They are an awesome superfood packed with nutrients. Read about why dandelions are so good for you here.
Did you know that you can make syrup from dandelions? You can and its delicious! Its also an incredibly frugal way to save money on healthy sweeteners.
4 cups of dandelion tea
2 cups of honey or maple syrup
Pour the honey or maple syrup and dandelion tea into a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes. I only simmer for 30 minutes. The longer it simmers the thicker the syrup will be. It will thicken slightly when it has cooled. When you satisfied with the thickness of your syrup take it off the heat and let it cool until its no longer hot. Pour it into a glass jar and keep in the fridge or can it for long term storage. I simmer it down to about the same thickness as real maple syrup. That way I make sure to increase my yield and make the effort worthwhile, and if you do this then you should end up with twice, (if not more) the amount of syrup you started with! That’s what I call stretching your budget!