I Recommend

Here is a list of products that the Metro Pioneer has had luck with in his suburban homestead.

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I do get a commission if you use the links I have provided to make your purchase.  I am not trying to be shady and sell you something you do not want.  I get a lot of emails asking about some of the products I use in my how to articles so I decided to make a page with my recommendations.  If you are interested in any of these products, clicking the links below will help me out with this blog.


I personally have purchased all of these items.

Victorio VKP250 Model 250 Food Strainer and Sauce Maker

This food strainer is a life saver.  My daughter and sometimes 2 year old son can crank out the tomato sauce with this bad boy.  I purchased this strainer for around 50 bucks on Amazon and it was definitely worth it.  The strainer separates the stuff you do not want like tomato skins and seeds from the good stuff.  You can also do apples or upgrade and do salsa along with other items.

Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express 4-Tray Food Dehydrator

This is the dehydrator I use for dehydrating my cucumbers, spices and fruits.  The unit I purchased a few years ago has been going strong ever since.  My dehydrator is going pretty much the whole summer.

Breadman TR520 Programmable Bread Maker for 1-, 1-1/2-, and 2-Pound Loaves

This is the bread maker that I use for making bread as well as pizza dough and cinnamon rolls.  If you do not own a bread maker, you should.  Owning a bread maker is a fun way to involve your family in making one of the most important foods in the house.  A bread maker will pay for itself in a matter of months.

Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

This is the book you need to own if you are getting in to canning at home.  Canning at home is a fun and practical thing to do but you have to be very careful to avoid botulism.  Following tested recipes along with proper sanitation will keep your family safe.  This book has all of the recipes a homesteader would ever need.

The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

Another great book.  This book helped me out tremendously in my quest to turn my suburban yard into a fully functional garden/homestead.  This book talks about a lot of different topics to get you started on your path to self-sufficiency on a small piece of property.

Hydrofarm FLT48 4-Feet/8-Tube T5 Commercial Fixture with Bulbs

This is the grow light I purchased from Amazon to start my seedlings in the spring as well as grow my lettuce in the winter.  Some might say this light is a bit of overkill but I never have to worry about not having mature plants in the spring and can grow lettuce in the winter.  This light has more than paid for itself the last few years.

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