Downtime on The Homestead. No Eggs, No Milk. Now What? How to... Avoid Downtime Plan Ahead Cook with substitutions. When we dream of our homestead, we picture an unlimited supply of milk and eggs to cook with. Right? We become homesteaders so we can live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. To grow our own! To raise our own! To produce our basic needs! That isn't exactly the reality. The fact is, there are down times on the homestead!