An abnormal fear of accidentally poisoning people from home canning mistakes has kept me from trying to preserve my garden and farmers' market goodies. This season, I've decided to overcome my fears and test the waters.
Childhood memories of my grandmother canning.
A recipe for simple refrigerator pickled asparagus.
Canning ketchup is easy and tastes a whole lot better than store-bought!
Canning jam is an easy way to get your feet wet if you are a beginning canner. They are practically foolproof and don't take long or require any experience. Best of all, they taste delicious!
The seeds of my journey toward self-sufficiency were planted years ago when I visited Grandma and Grandpa on the farm.
What better destination than farm and wine country!
M-C's newest post has some peach canning tips as well as a few questions for her readers.
Old, old canning jars and how they worked, or didn’t.
Let me share with you the finer nuances of canning using recipes that have been handed through the generations.
Harvest time has arrived and, as I pick the last of the tomatoes, I have mixed feelings. One of the wonderful things about farming is the lessons you learn along the way.
Capture summer in a jar - make Spicy Tomato Jam.
I canned apple pie filling using the apples from our 'urban foraging' expeditions.
Delicious and beautiful beet relish - tastes sweet, spicy and tart!
It's tomato picking time on our homestead. What better way to preserve the harvest than canned salsa?
Canning relish is very simple. You get to use up excess zucchini and the taste can't be beat!
Tomatillo salsa is unusual but delicious and easy to make. Tomatillos are easy to grow, too!
An easy way to make beautiful and tasty pumpkin pickles.
Lori learned to oven can her dry goods to keep them safe from mice this winter, and in the process linked a young man with his great-grandfather.
Sometimes it's not about the success of what you're trying, but the fact you tried at all – and learned something from it.
It is always fun sharing a skill with grandchildren, such as food dehydration.
You never realize how much you already know about the self-sustaining lifestyle - until you start doing it on your own!
Some of the varieties of free fruits available for the taking. All it takes is a little time, a little work, and some scouting of the area for what grows in your neck of the woods.
Rhubarb is a gift that keeps on giving!
This blog is about handling “suprise” guests on your farm - something new to a city girl. It gives you a quick, simple and traditional recipe to have on hand for unexpected guests.