Self Reliance Skills Anyone Can Learn

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Being self-reliant comes in many different shapes and forms.  People have different ideas of what it takes to be self-reliant.  Where you live really doesn’t matter when it comes to working toward being self-reliant.  The different skills you learn now may be needed during another time in your life.

Looking back on our life as a married couple we have come a very long way to being self-reliant.  We are still learn new skills to utilize and share.

Don’t be stingy after learning a skill.  Offer to share and teach a class to your friends or even a group of people you don’t know.  I am very grateful to a woman who took the time and offered to show me how to can salmon many years ago.  Teaching me that skill helped me feed my family many meals over the years.

Here is a list of skills for you to choose and learn from.  Start slowly and continue to build and learn as the years go by.  Remember to always give back in return.

Cooking from Scratch
Bread Baking
Cheese/Yogurt Making
Grown Herbs
Pressure Canning/Water Bath canning
Cooking Over an Open Fire
Make Jams/Jellies
Rendering cooking fat
Dehydrating Food
Soap Making/Laundry detergent
DIY Cleaners
Drying Clothes on the Line/Inside or Outside
Candle Making
Build Greenhouse
Grow own Wheat
Grind Grains
Raise Chickens/Rabbits
Water Storage
Seed Saving
Pasta Making

This list should get you started on a new journey toward becoming more self-reliant.  Good Luck in your journey.  ENJOY! Growing Our Own Wheat  Pioneer Maple Syrup Made from Corncobs  Beef Tallow How to Render  Cast Iron Skillet Seasoning/Cleaning


39 thoughts on “Self Reliance Skills Anyone Can Learn

  1. Oh man, I don’t know how to do most of this. I just scrape by with the limited cooking skills I do have. If I have free time, I prefer to read. Maybe when the kids move out I’ll want to learn more skills!

  2. I am a candle scented lover I stalk Yankee Candles and Bath and Body works for their promotional discount. It would be nice if I can make my own candles to keep or a giveaway for family and friends.

  3. This is a great list to get started with! I know a few of these skills, but must say I am rusty at best. I will have to schedule in some time to refresh these skills, learn a few new ones, and then pass them on to my grandchildren. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I want to dehydrate my own food, specifically herbs for cooking. I think I will try that out this spring with things that I grow…but I’ll probably need a big bulky dehydrator.

  5. I want to get better at baking from scratch and also composting. I am not the best homemaker even though I am over 30, been married 10 years and have 3 kids. But now that my kids are not babies anymore I can tackle some of these and get better at it. Hopefully I can then pass it onto my kids.

  6. Your list sounds fun to learn! We practice a lot of the skills listed both for the fun of it, and for the practical reasons. There are a few new ones to me though… thanks for sharing!

  7. As a mother of boys, I’ve tried to teach them self-reliance in the kitchen. This week my 15-year-old chose a large butternut squash at the store because it looked “interesting.” He searched for a recipe, then started experimenting with it the next night (starting at 10:30 pm). He had several trial-and-error attempts at processing it (because he declined my idea about cooking it first to soften it) yet persevered in his own way. The next morning I found a nicely baked loaf of bread and a mountain of clean dishes. It was so affirming to see his self-confidence…and him recognizing “that was a lot of work and dishes to do” was a Mom bonus!

  8. What a great list! Sewing and gardening are on top of mine. I remember my mom making homemade bread when I was little. The smell was divine! Maybe I should bump that one to the top of my list too.

  9. I have tried some of the things on your list, but it would be totally awesome if I could learn them all! I would love to learn how to make my own cheese!

  10. Awesome list of things to learn. These will really help us save a lot when we can just make our own cleaning solutions, cheese, candles and other stuff we usually use around the house.

  11. Some of the things on your list are things that I have done in the past. I might have to work on some of the others. I was raised by strong independent women to be self reliant.

  12. There was a time, when I was younger, I wanted to learn all of these things. I’d check books out of the library and read. Always dreaming, but never really putting in the effort to learn any one thing completely.

  13. Oh my goodness, There are so many on your list that I cannot do!!! I feel so inadequate. I think I’ll start with candle making because I don’t have land to grow vegetables and raise animals. But as you said, gotta start somewhere. 🙂 Thank you for sharing with The Blogging Grandmothers. I have shared on social media.

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