Thanksgiving On The Homestead

On This Episode of The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Harold and Rachel Talk About Thanksgiving On The Homestead. They Dive Into The Food Storage To Pull Out There Favorite Dishes For The Special Day And Share About Their Traditions And What They Are Especially Thankful For On The Homestead.

The Modern Homesteading Podcast, Episode 169 – November 21, 2022

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Celebrating Thanksgiving on the Homestead: Traditions, Recipes, and Gratitude

In this episode, we delve into the spirit of Thanksgiving, sharing our personal traditions, favorite recipes, and what we’re thankful for as homesteaders.

Thanksgiving Traditions

Main Dishes

  • Heritage Turkeys: Discussing the differences in taste and cooking methods between heritage breed turkeys and conventional store-bought ones.
  • Ham Alternatives: Exploring pasture-raised ham as a delicious option for Thanksgiving dinner.

Side Dishes and Desserts

  • From Scratch Green Bean Casserole: Moving away from canned ingredients to a more wholesome, homemade version.
  • Gluten-Free Options: Rachel shares her journey with gluten-free cooking, including adapting traditional recipes to fit dietary needs.
  • Sourdough Biscuits: A healthy and tasty alternative to traditional bread options.
  • Utilizing the Harvest: Incorporating homegrown produce like butternut squash and apples into classic Thanksgiving dishes.

Desserts Galore

  • Pumpkin and Pecan Pies: Embracing traditional desserts with a homestead twist, including making pumpkin pie from scratch using butternut squash.
  • Cinnamon Baked Apples: A delightful dessert that makes the most of the autumn apple harvest.

Thanksgiving on the Homestead: A Time for Gratitude

  • Community and Family: Both hosts reflect on how homesteading has brought them closer to their families and communities.
  • Health Benefits: The impact of homegrown, wholesome food on their health and well-being.
  • Learning and Growing: Appreciating the wealth of information available for modern homesteaders and the joy of continual learning.
  • Building Relationships: How homesteading activities, like gardening, have fostered neighborly connections.


Thanksgiving is not just about the bountiful meals but also about reflecting on the blessings and challenges of homesteading life. It’s a time to gather with family, share in the harvest, and express gratitude for the simple yet profound joys of living close to the land. As we prepare our homes and hearts for this Thanksgiving, let’s remember to cherish these moments and the lessons they bring. Happy homesteading and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    Author, blogger, podcaster, homesteading and permaculture enthusiast. I have a passion for sharing what I learn and helping others on their journey. If you're looking for me, you'll usually find me in the garden.

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    An aspiring permaculturist and urban homesteader who loves to teach and inspire others to grow where they are planted.

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    Harold Thornbro

    Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving With Your Family and Friends!

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