Homesteading and Heritage Cooking With Guest Jill Winger

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 118 – March 31, 2019 – Homesteading and Heritage Cooking With Guest Jill Winger



On this podcast episode I’m joined by author, homesteader, blogger and creator of the Heritage Cooking Crash Course, Jill Winger as we chat about her journey into homesteading, some of the things she is doing on her homestead and heritage cooking.




Homestead Updates:

  • Finally got all the trees pruned.
  • Helped my homesteading friends finish up their cattle panel greenhouse.
  • Planting even more tomatoes.
  • Replacing deck boards, building another garden bed and general repair and maintenance.
  • Just purchased another compost bin.



Main Topic: 

Homesteading and Heritage Cooking With Guest Jill Winger


Jill Winger is the founder of The Prairie Homestead, an online space with over one million monthly visits dedicated to helping people learn how to grow their own food and take a break from the rat race, regardless of where they live.

Her practical and authentic style of teaching and storytelling has won the hearts of over 500,000 homesteaders across social media who look to her for advice and reassurance in creating from-scratch meals, tending chickens, making simple DIY products, and growing their first garden.

Jill has been featured in Urban Farm magazine, Farm & Ranch Living magazine, HuffPost, and Buzzfeed, and is the author of the upcoming The Prairie Homestead Cookbook (2019). She resides on the Wyoming prairie with her husband, three children, and more farm animals than she can count.


We Discuss:

  • Jill’s journey into homesteading
  • A little about her homestead and the things she is doing
  • The importance of cooking from scratch
  • Her cookbook.
  • Skill building advice for new homesteaders.



My thought on some of the benefits of cooking from scratch?


Healthy Eating – For me this is the the number one reason to cook from scratch. It’s important to know what you’re putting in your body and when you buy prepackaged food the reality is you just don’t know. Food that comes in boxes, bags and cans usually has a smorgasbord of things in it for flavor, color and preservation.

Better Taste – Sometimes you don’t even realize this is the case when you first start cooking from scratch because our palates are so adjusted to prepackaged foods that they have to adjust to truly enjoy the natural flavors.

Cheaper – Usually you’ll spend far less growing or even buying organic and preparing your own food than eating take-out and convenience dishes.

Revives lost and dying skills – Cooking from scratch sadly is becoming a lost skill in most families. I know I’m only one generation removed from it and didn’t know how to do it when I started growing my own food.

Self Sufficiency – When you’re able to prepare food from start to finish, you demonstrate a powerful model of resourcefulness that puts you in a position of supplying your own needs.

Supports Ethical Choices – When you decide what your putting into the meal you’re preparing you can make ethical choices about not supporting unethical practices when it comes to raising animals, spraying chemicals, unfair trade and questionable agrarian labor practices. Instead you can choose to support local businesses that practice ethical standards that you believe in.

Promotes Less Waste – Cooking from scratch produces less trash because everything you’re buying isn’t coming wrapped in plastic or put in a bag, box or can. This of course in return means a lifestyle of less waste which is better for the planet and the lives of future generations.

Good For Family and Friend Relations – If you are married and have children or single with roommates, gathering in the kitchen to prepare a meal and then sit down and eat that meal together can be one of the best things you can do together. Breaking bread at home with friends and family helps you relax, rejuvenate and reconnect and cooking from scratch tends to promote this kind of environment.

Promotes Emotional Balance – There is something emotionally or maybe even spiritually satisfying about the entire process of growing and or buying ingredients, gathering them together and engaging with your food as you put your meal together and then sit down to eat it. It is something that is hard to explain to someone who has never experienced the feeling before but it’s there and it’s satisfying and healthy.






Homestead Recipe Of The Week:

Fermented Lemonade

This weeks recipe comes in from Alyssa Olson from the blog


Send In Your Favorite Homestead Recipe:

If you would like to send in an audio recording of some of your favorite homestead recipes I would love to add one each week to the podcast.

Here is how you might do that. Most cell phones usually have a recording app installed that you could use.

Example Format might be:
This is (name) from (website or Facebook page or homestead name) and a recipe I like and want to share with you today is …

Try and keep the recording between 1 to 5 minutes and it doesn’t have to be perfect.

When you’re done recording and satisfied with how it sounds just email it to me at and I will add it to a future episode.

If you have a website or Facebook page for your homestead I will also add a link in the shownotes.



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Show Notes For This Episode Can Be Found At:



“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.”

Wendell Berry


What Are Folks Saying About The Modern Homesteading Podcast?


Been listening to you for years now, Harold. Love hearing about you and your family and all the wonderful things you've been doing on your homestead. God bless.


This is one of my favorite podcasts! I look forward to getting each new episode and really appreciate the balance it has between inspiration and practical advice. The topics cover such a wide range of homesteading areas that there is something for everyone - no matter where you are in your homesteading journey.

My favorite podcast!

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I listen to a lot of podcasts but when this one pops up in my player with a new episode I listen right away, I never miss an episode! Keep up the great work!

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I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.
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I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.