5 Ways to Live Like a Homesteader without a Homestead

Many people have the misconception that you need to own property, have livestock, and grow massive gardens to be a homesteader. That’s simply not true! There are many ways you can live like a homesteader without a homestead.

All of the actions and skills mentioned here are all doable no matter where you live. Whether you live in an RV in a park, an apartment in the city, or even in your parent’s basement, all of these can be accomplished.

Homesteading is about living a better, simpler, healthier, and more self-sustained lifestyle. These 5 ways should help you live like a homesteader without a homestead.

ready to bake dough for bread

Ways to Live Like a Homesteader Without a Homestead


#1 Canning:

Homesteaders can, it’s a fact. We save our harvest for enjoyment throughout the year. Even if you don’t grow your own produce you can still can the produce you buy.

Here are resources for canning:

Make sure you wash all your produce with your own DIY Produce Washes and Sprays.


upside down canned fruit in pint jars


#2 Cooking From Scratch:

Homesteaders try to make as much as possible from scratch. From pasta to soups, to whole meals, stop buying those unhealthy boxed meals and learn to make your own at home.

Here are resources for cooking from scratch:

  • The Prairie Homestead: This is Jill’s page on all of the “from scratch” recipes she has on her blog. Grab some coffee and find some great recipes here.
  • Keeper of the Home: Great post on what you need for the kitchen and pantry to get started cooking from scratch.
  • Our Heritage of Health: Informative article on how to cook from scratch every day without spending all day in the kitchen.

For an easy Applesauce recipe read The Best Ever Crockpot Applesauce from yours truly.


cut up apples in crockpot


#3 Making Homemade Bread:

Homesteaders love making homemade bread. They prefer fresh bread over store bought any day.

Here are resources for baking your own bread:

For a great topping for that homemade bread, you can learn how I make homemade butter in my KitchenAid mixer here.

homemade butter in mixer


#4 Use Herbs:

Herbs are used by homestead in a multitude of ways. They grow herbs at home, which you can do on a windowsill, they dry herbs to use in recipes, and they use fresh herbs for cooking, natural medicines, and even crafts.

Here are resources for using herbs in your home:

Learn how to get started preserving herbs in your home by reading Preserving Herbs on the Homestead.

parsley growing in the garden


#5 Build a Pantry:

All homesteaders have a pretty well-stocked pantry. Pantries allow you to take stock on those items you use on a regular basis. Whether it be a closet in your kitchen or elsewhere in the home everyone should have one.

Here are resources for starting and maintaining a pantry.

  • A Chick and Her Garden: This lady gives an excellent idea of what a homestead pantry is and great suggestions of what to include in it.
  • A Modern Homestead: This site is amazing. She offers a great listing of what to include your pantry as well as links and printables. A must read!’
  • Organized Home: An intense amount of information here on how to stock a pantry, what to buy, printables and more.

Check out my Pinterest Pantry Board for even more pantry ideas.

Having a pantry is one way to live like a homesteader without a homestead.


Learn these 5 ways to live like a homesteader without a homestead and you will have a great start on your homesteading journey.


These 5 ways to live like a homesteader without a homestead should get you started on a great homesteading journey. Start slow, learn new skills one at a time and before you know it you’ll be calling yourself a homesteader!



This post has been updated since it’s original publish date of October 27, 2017.


  1. Your posts are great topics on things that one who is just learning about homesteading should know and think about. Thank you for all your knowledge and help.

    1. Author

      Glad you enjoyed them Denise and thanks so much for the warm comment!

  2. Great ideas, Annie! There are SO many more things you can do without land than people realize! This post should be super encouraging for those that think they can’t start living their homesteading dream right where they are!

    1. Author

      I agree with you completely Kristi! People are just not aware that land is not a necessity so hopefully, this helps!

  3. A pretty good list of ideas here, Annie:) It was how Wendie and I got started during our ‘Urban Homesteading’ phase;)

    1. Author

      Thank you! It is a great way to get a boost to your homestead journey!

    2. Author

      you have a great way of looking at what you need to do and planning for the new tasks! Keep up the great work and happy homesteading!

  4. I do #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5… Who would of thought I could call my self a homesteader without an actual homestead lol :)

    1. Author

      It is surprising how much we learn about ourselves huh!? I think we may all be homesteaders in one way or another!

  5. I agree Annie! Iv never had a farm or land and I have been doing a lot of these self sustaining ways for over 40 years!! And still love it now this year I finally get my chickens for our fresh eggs!

    1. Author

      Yippee! I am so glad that you practice so many ways of becoming self-sufficient! Great work! It is a very rewarding lifestyle! Best of luck and enjoy those chickens, but be warned, chickens are addictive!

  6. I LOVE this post. I sometimes find it so hard to try and encourage people to use traditional methods to prepare food when they don’t live, like I am lucky enough to, on a homestead (smallholding) – now I can point them in this direction! #FarmFreshBloggers. Off to share this now :)

    1. Author

      Thanks so much! You are absolutely right! Many people don’t realize how easy it is to homestead wherever you are with what you have! Kudos to you! Thanks for stopping by and sharing!

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