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Ask Jackie
Question and Answer

      Homesteading and self-reliance expert Jackie Clay-Atkinson has been answering readers' questions in the pages of Backwoods Home Magazine since 1999.

We've gathered together the questions and answers and arranged them according to subject in these handy Q & A books.

These books (and the set) make great gifts for anyone interested in homesteading, self-reliance, and preparedness.

Place your order here online or by calling our toll-free order line at 1-800-835-2418.

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Ask Jackie: Animals
Ask Jackie: Animals In this volume:

1. Chickens
2. Goats
3. Cattle
4. Ducks, geese, pigs, sheep, llamas, and butchering

This volume covers a wide range of questions about caring for livestock on the homestead. Jackie's advice ranges from dealing with cannibalistic hens to providing the healthiest and cheapest chicken feed, from finding the best dairy goat to using the safest do-it-yourself method of bull castration. Jackie also explains the reasons for hanging meat, the proper way to dispose of large animals, and even shares a dog food stew recipe from her old boss.

#AJ01; 96 pages; 5¼" x 8¼"; softcover; $9.95
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Ask Jackie: Canning Basics
Ask Jackie: Canning Basics In this volume:

1. Canning basics
2. Pressure canning
3. Water bath canning
4. Lids and jars
5. Storage
6. More canning questions

Never canned before? This book is a must-have for any beginning canner! Jackie delves into canning basics, outlines the important differences between water bath canning and pressure canning, talks about proper canning equipment and storage of home canned foods, and addresses beginning canners' mishaps and confusions.

#AJ02; 96 pages; 5¼" x 8¼"; softcover; $9.95
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Ask Jackie: Food Storage
Ask Jackie: Food Storage In this volume:

1. Food storage
2. Preserving
3. Dehydrating
4. Freezing

Food Storage is the ultimate guide to storing food. A small sampling of the book includes Jackie's insights on building a root cellar, mastering the art of dehydration, keeping meat from going rancid, and preserving potatoes. This guide to food preservation addresses a variety of homesteaders, and is equally relevant to those who live at high elevation, in wet climates, or even in sub-zero temperatures.

#AJ03; 88 pages; 5¼" x 8¼"; softcover; $9.95
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Ask Jackie: Gardening
Ask Jackie: Gardening In this volume:

1. Gardening basics
2. Soil, compost, and water
3. Seeds
4. Fruits and vegetables
5. Trees
6. Grain
7. Container gardening
8. Weeds, bugs, and pests

The Gardening book is an expansive "how-to" for anyone interested in gardening. The topics range from saving seeds, to planting trees, to building irrigation, to planting fruit and vegetables, to container gardening. In these pages, Jackie provides a sensible and interesting guide to gardening, whether on acres of purchased land or a small city balcony.

#AJ04; 208 pages; 5¼" x 8¼"; softcover; $15.95
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Ask Jackie: Homestead Cooking
Ask Jackie: Homestead Cooking In this volume:

1. Dairy
2. Meat
3. Fruit
4. Vegetables
5. Bread
6. Grains
7. Nuts
8. Vinegar, spices, and beverages

This large book is perfect for the kitchen. Departing from canning, this installment of the "Ask Jackie" series covers everything from vegetables to vinegar. Spanning from dairy, to grains, to meals, to fruit and vegetables, its pages provide delicious recipes, handy hints, and practical advice for those learning to cook or perfecting their skills as a self-sufficient homesteader. This fits nicely with both Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning to provide a truly comprehensive guide to food preparation.

#AJ05; 176 pages; 5¼" x 8¼"; softcover; $15.95
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Ask Jackie: Homesteading
Ask Jackie: Homesteading In this volume:

1. Getting started
2. Finding and buying land
3. Building
4. Water
5. Generators, electricity, and heat
6. Cleaning, laundry tips, and soap
7. Handy recipes for the home
8. Cast iron
9. Wild game
10. Pests
11. Homestead projects and country living
12. Self-reliance
13. Preparedness
14. About Jackie

Homesteading is a must-have book for any homesteader, whether he or she has been homesteading for decades or is just beginning on the path to self-reliance. This installment of the "Ask Jackie" series begins with answers to the questions of those who are just getting started, guiding the reader through buying land, setting up water and heat, making soap, cooking with cast iron, and dealing with homestead pests, among many other things. The book closes with an inspirational chapter on Jackie's childhood, her children, and her joys and struggles with homesteading in various states for most of her adult life.

#AJ06; 216 pages; 5¼" x 8¼"; softcover; $15.95
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Ask Jackie: Pressure Canning
Ask Jackie: Pressure Canning In this volume:

1. Dairy
2. Meat
3. Meals
4. Syrup, coffee, and dry mixes
5. Nuts and legumes
6. Vegetables
7. Tomatoes
8. Peppers

This Ask Jackie guide contains a wealth of knowledge on pressure canning, and comes chock-full of recipes and advice. Throughout its pages, the book covers dairy-related questions, gives recipes for hearty home canned meals, extensively covers vegetable and tomato canning, and touches on nuts, legumes, and peppers. This is a wonderful counterpart to Water Bath Canning.

#AJ07; 184 pages; 5¼" x 8¼"; softcover; $15.95
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Ask Jackie: Water Bath Canning
Ask Jackie: Water Bath Canning In this volume:

1. Jellies
2. Jams and preserves
3. Fruit
4. Pickles

This volume answers questions entirely about water bath canning. Here, Jackie shares jam, jelly, and preserves recipes including pear-vanilla jam and ginger-quince jam, and provides an overview of proper pickling. She also gives step-by-step instructions for canning fruit, as well as tips for sugar-free canning.

#AJ08; 96 pages; 5¼" x 8¼"; softcover; $9.95
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