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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! Learn how (and why) to grow them, wash them, and preserve them!

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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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.

How to Can Food in a Boiling Water Bath

How to Can Food in a Boiling Water Bath

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.

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!!!!

The Jam 411

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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. The instructions for basic jams are all pretty much the same – you only need to make minorRead the Rest…

Blueberry Lemon Jamgasm

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  What is a “Jamgasm”? That is a jam that is so decadently good that, when you taste it, it causes an uncontrollable explosion of pleasure in your mouth! This stuff is like the Muse of Jams.  Everyone that has tried it has been struck with sudden inspiration: “OMGosh –Read the Rest…

Spiced Apple Sauce

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Round two of the applesauce production line resulted in a new creations that smelled so good I wanted to stick my face in the pot while it was cooking. Refer to  “Removing Pesticide from Produce” for  apple prep instructions. 1 bushel of apples, cored and chopped 1 cup of pureRead the Rest…

How to Can Homemade Applesauce

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When life gives you apples, make applesauce! I recently scored a bushel of apples at the farmer’s market.  They are last year’s apples, stored in a climate controlled environment.  My fave farmer told me that apples will be few and far between this year, because we had an early spring,Read the Rest…