Granny Fisher's Homestead

Look for a short Christian Bible study/devotional on the weekends. This is the first, regarding masters and servants, and where authority comes from.

Bob Dylan - Gotta Serve Somebody (Audio)

Bible Hub: Matthew 8:5-13

Today, we're trimming hooves and checking pregnancy progress, as we get ready for kidding season to begin in the next few weeks. If you're interested in adding goats to your homestead, here is a short video with some basic information about raising goats.

With the first warm days of late winter, a homesteader's thoughts turn to spring. Today, we talk about incubating chicks, building raised beds, buying reusable canning lids, and prepping for kidding season.

Harvest Guard reusable canning lids

Direct Weather

This is the story of how our family of 6 (plus one friend) moved out on vacant land in the 1990's, to homestead off the grid. We had no money and few resources, but we lived there for 3 years ... and enjoyed it! Learn from our experience.

Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons

Elderberry is a traditional flu remedy. In recent years, it has been shown in laboratory studies to be effective in preventing and reducing the effects of influenza. I have been making elderberry syrup every flu season for the past 15 years, and in this video I show you how to make your own elderberry syrup.

Inhibitory activity of a standardized elderberry liquid extract against clinically-relevant human respiratory bacterial pathogens and influenza A and B viruses

Sources for dried elderberries:
Monterey Bay Spice Co. (I use the "wildcrafted" berries.)

GIFTfromNATURE (ships from Bulgaria)

(1/3 recipe in parentheses)
7 cups elderberry juice (2.3 cups)
8 ¾ cups honey (3 cups)
3 cups 80-proof vodka (1 cup)

To reconstitute dry berries, put 1 cup of berries in a quart jar and pour 2 cups of boiling water over them. If they soak it up, add a bit more. Place in the refrigerator or a cool, dark place for 24-48 hours. Then strain through a clean cloth, squeezing every bit of liquid out that you can, even twisting the cloth to get the last drop. If you can't get 7 cups of the juice, you may rinse the jars with a small amount of clean water and add that to make up the difference.

Sterilize 4 quart canning jars and one pint jar in boiling water (or an equivalent in other size jars) for 5-10 minutes.
Warm the elderberry juice to hot, but not boiling temperature -- 150-180F. Stir in the honey, and continue stirring until it is completely dissolved.

Remove from heat and stir in the vodka.

Pour into sterile jars. Wipe the sides and rims clean, cap, and label. Store in a cool, dark place
DOSAGE: As a preventative during flu season, take 1-2 tablespoons twice a day. As treatment for flu, begin dosing at the first symptoms (fever and achy feeling), taking the same dose as above every 3-4 hours until symptom-free for a week. For children under 12, give half the adult dose.
For toddlers and infants, talk to your physician. But, lacking that, 1 teaspoon given at the same intervals as the adult dose should be adequate.

7 cups elderberry juice
14 cups honey
Follow instructions for original recipe, just leaving out the vodka.

(Best for babies under a year old.)
7 cups elderberry juice
11 ½ cups sugar
Stir until the sugar is dissolved in the hot juice, then bottle.

This recipe produces around 4 ½ quarts of elderberry syrup. Cost of ingredients in my area is $15 per quart for honey, $8 for the vodka, and $10 plus shipping for dried elderberries bought online from Monterey Bay Spice Company. Estimated total: $50, which is around $5.50 per pint.

The non-alcoholic variation requires refrigeration, but I have kept the original recipe in my pantry for up to three years, and the only noticeable change was a slight reduction in the amount of liquid from evaporation.

I have made it with fresh, native berries I picked locally (Sambucus canadensis) and with dried European elderberries (Sambucus nigra), with identical effectiveness. My husband and I have not had the flu since I started using elderberry

To me, having a few jars of elderberry syrup in my pantry gives me a contented sense of security . . . that I am prepared for flu season, ready to keep myself and my family healthy in a natural way.

Forecasts are indicating a winter storm of "historic" proportions is barrelling down on the eastern United States. Where I live in Tennessee, we are expecting a possible ice storm the first part of the week. In this video, I share with you some of our preparations for the storm.

For weather updates:
Direct Weather
National Weather Service

Sources for open-pollinated (non-hybrid) and heirloom vegetable seeds:
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange
Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds

Sources for gardening information:
Ice Age Farmer (also on YouTube)
Nature's Always Right
Epic Gardening

WARNING: Graphic images
A little longer video today, showing how we process chickens. We have 3 surplus roosters, and those are going in the freezer. Watch and learn, as we show how we do this essential homestead task.

A porcelain egg in the nest can encourage fledgling hens to lay their eggs in the right place.

The inauguration is now past, and what do we do now? OODA Loop and turning our thoughts to pro-active steps in 2021.

Seed sources:
Seed Savers Exchange
Southern Exposure Seed Exchange
Bakers Creek Heirloom Seeds

My thoughts on the inauguration, and what comes after.

Is there a difference between brown eggs and white eggs? What about green or blue eggs? Yes, chickens can lay eggs those colors, too! Today I give you a tour of my laying flock, with some insight into the color of eggs and how they affect the eggs we eat (or don't).

Welcome to Granny Fisher's channel, where we will discuss all things homesteading, including raising small livestock, gardening, preserving food, and becoming more self-reliant. This is my first video on Bitchute, but my old videos are on YouTube, and you may view them there.


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Granny Fisher homesteads a little less than an acre in east Tennessee. On this channel, we discuss homesteading, gardening, raising goats and chickens, food preservation, and general self-reliance.