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Canning the Thanksgiving Leftovers

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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: Apples

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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…

Jam 101: How to Make Jam with Whatever Fruit You Have on Hand

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Perhaps the very easiest thing to can is homemade jam.  It’s not very expensive, it’s simple, and once you’ve made one kind of jam, others just cooperatively fall into place for you.  It’s a great way to get started canning. The instructions for basic jams are all pretty much theRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Blackberries

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We have recently moved to an area where blackberries grow wild to the extent that they are considered an invasive plant by many people. 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 themRead the Rest…

This Week’s Harvest: Strawberries

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Strawberry season is in full swing.  Now is the time to stock up on those delicious vivid red berries! Some strawberry trivia:  Strawberries are not actually a fruit, but a member of the rose family. They are the receptacle of the flower and were first cultivated for eating in ancientRead the Rest…

Canning 101: Water Bath Canning

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Water bath canning is a great way to start for beginners.  There is no scary equipment, the start-up cost is minimal and there is less margin for error. Water bath canning is a safe method for preserving high-acid foods.   Some examples of foods that can be canned in aRead the Rest…

Holy Jalapeno Relish

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I saw a big bag of jalapeno peppers on the “last day of sale” rack at the local store – woohoo!  A lot of people might say, “What the heck can a person do with all of those hot peppers?”  Well, let me introduce you to my favorite condiment (whichRead the Rest…

Canning for Preppers

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Canning is the perfect solution for preppers – any preppers, not just those who are seeking a natural nutrition source. Once you have a pressure canner (and you conquer the fear of blowing yourself up with it!) you can preserve nearly anything.  By creating meals right in the jars, youRead the Rest…

Pleasantly Pickled Red Onions

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You know how you have to get that stinky onion smell on your fingers every time you slice up onions for a sandwich or a cheeseburger?  If you have Pleasantly Pickled Red Onions in the fridge, your stinky finger problems are over!!!! This is a very quick-n-easy canning project –Read the Rest…

The Jam 411

blueberryjam

Perhaps the very easiest thing to can is homemade jam.  It’s not very expensive, it’s simple, and once you’ve made one kind of jam, others just cooperatively fall into place for you. The instructions for basic jams are all pretty much the same – you only need to make minorRead the Rest…