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How to Can Homemade Italian Marinara Sauce

jars of marinara sauce

I totally lucked out and got 15 pounds of end-of-season organic tomatoes last week.  My daughter was thrilled when she saw them because she knew exactly what that meant….homemade marinara sauce. A note: end-of-season tomatoes don’t look as smooth and lovely as mid-season tomatoes. This is because they expand andRead the Rest…

Canning the Thanksgiving Leftovers


An added bonus to the Thanksgiving holiday feast is the boon that it can give to your pantry.  If you have some jars and fresh lids, your kitchen already contains everything you need to add an abundant amount of food to your stockpile! Turkey, veggies, and cranberry sauce will allRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Pumpkins

this weeks harvest pumpkins

The crisp autumn chill signals that it’s time to walk through the crunchy leaves back to the garden to harvest your pumpkins.  If you don’t have them growing in your own back yard, you can find a local farm or market  HERE and get a great deal, especially now that Halloween isRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Carrots

What to do with 25 pounds of carrots

The leaves are beginning to turn, the air is crisp, and the current harvest is root vegetables.  This week the focus is on carrots, crisp and sweet, straight from the rich earth.  I just scored a 25 pound box of fresh carrots and spent part of a day preserving themRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Apples


It’s apple season!  This is without a doubt one of my favorite times of the year. I love it when the house is fragrant with apples and cinnamon.  A visit to a you-pick orchard or farm stand is a great way to spend a fall afternoon if you don’t happenRead the Rest…

Canning Spaghetti Sauce with Meatballs (Grocery Store Version)

spaghetti sauce with meatballs

Want to turn $10   into 7  entrees? It’s easy – just can some spaghetti sauce with meatballs!  Canning your own meals gives you the benefits of great taste, knowing what  you’re eating, and quality ingredients with no preservatives.  Learn more about the benefits of making your own “fast food”Read the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Blackberries


An untouched patch of blackberry bramble runs amok in the back yard and the fruit is currently a sweet daily bounty. If you don’t have them growing in your own garden, look for them right now at your local farmer’s market.

This Week’s Harvest: Green Peas


Sitting on the porch and shelling peas with the kids, watching the butterflies in the garden, and smelling the lilacs in bloom.  (Telling the kids, “Put them in the bowl, not in your mouth!”) That is the scene at our place every year about this time.  Green peas are aRead the Rest…

Mason Jar Meals: “Fast Food” for Preppers


I’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating – canning is the perfect way to provide “fast food” for preppers. Last night we got home from 2 days of traveling.  We were tired and hungry.  It was so nice to pop a lid off a jar and heat up aRead the Rest…

How to Can Pork and Beans

beans beans

Beans are a prepper pantry staple, but they take a long time to cook! This is fine in normal circumstances – you just need to plan ahead, soak them, and let them simmer for a few hours. However, in a disaster situation, this can be easier said than done.  I’veRead the Rest…

Home-canned Ham

spiral christmas ham

In a totally different stratosphere from Spam, the cans of flaked ham and the big pear-shaped cans of ham that you get from the grocery store, is home-canned ham. At Christmas I got a spiral-cut, naturally cured ham. It was pricy, but very delicious.  I baked it in a niceRead the Rest…

Canning the Christmas Turkey

turkey soup

Get the most bang for your turkey bucks by using every last bit of your bird.  Instead of eating turkey until you can’t stand the thought of more poultry, break out the pressure canner and put it away!  You can put the folks at Campbells Soup to shame by makingRead the Rest…

How to Pressure Can Food

How to pressure can without the fear of blowing yourself up

You are NOT going to blow up your house when you are pressure canning. It’s way easier than you think!