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TAG : Canning

Canned Pumpkin Pickles Recipe

Our pie pumpkin harvest last year numbered 21 absolute beauties in the 7-8 pound range. We traded some with friends and family, and made pumpkin pie, soup, and bread. We even tried a to-die-for pumpkin trifle. But by late-October we we were still looking at over 100 pounds of pumpkin to use ...

Fall: When Hope Turns To Thanks

Fall has arrived very quickly and put an abrupt end to a rather short summer. Where did it go? It seems as if I just put all those plants in the ground. It is the summer that never was. Harvest time has arrived and, as I pick the last of the tomatoes, I have mixed feelings. One of the ...

Taking the Plunge into Water Bath Canning

Canning in all forms scared me, mostly due to the thought that if done incorrectly, I could accidentally poison myself or loved ones with botulism. I purchased books about canning and preserving, but had yet to crack one open. They eventually found their way to my donation pile for Goodwill. ...

Preserving and Canning Recipes for Garden Produce

Once upon a time, pantry shelves lined with an abundance of stately jars filled with freshly preserved fruits and vegetables were a source of pride for homemakers, because their handiwork in the kitchen could be counted on to sustain the family through the winter. Today’s supermarkets ...

Canned Hamburger Dill Pickles

I've canned bread and butter pickles many times, but this year I decided to give dill pickles a go. I always thought dill pickles had to be fermented in a crock or something like that, but it's not true. They can be canned just like the bread and butter.I checked my grandmother's 1939 ...

Almost-Older-Than-Dirt Root Cellar

A lot has happened since my last post a year or two ago. I have moved — twice — but I have not given up on my blogging or my ideals of living as close to nature as I can.I am living in another older home, but this one was built in 1925 and is mine! The structure itself is sound, but — as ...

Easy, Low-Sugar Peach Jam Recipe

I'm pre-diabetic, but I still like sweet foods once in a while. The following recipe uses very little sugar, and it's super tasty. When you spread it on toast, for example, it tastes like peach pie. Ingredients:• 4 cups chopped fruit (about 3 lb. fully ripe peaches; I use freestone peaches, ...

Canned Thousand Island Pickles

Growing cucumbers seems to be feast or famine for us. We had complete crop failure three years in a row, then a bumper crop. This year is just so-so. The plants are getting killed by cucumber beetles and just aren’t thriving. We used seeds we got for free, which could be part of the problem, ...

Memories Of Canning

I don't know how my grandmother did it. Every summer as a child, part of my summer vacation was the same. It would be spent in her kitchen, while she stood over a hot stove for days on end canning fruits and vegetables.This was back in the early 1980s up through the early 1990s, back before my ...

Easy Peasy Pickled Asparagus

In my opinion, nothing means spring more than asparagus. It's the first thing to pop out of the ground for us to eat, because we don't have a greenhouse (yet!), and we are eating it like crazy right now.I'm a huge fan of refrigerator pickles. They are super easy to make, taste delicious and ...

Pass It On

It's interesting to me, in taking this journey towards self-sufficiency, how many aspects of "going green" or being "organic" I learned growing up with my parents. However, at that point, it was just the way we lived because my parents were born to parents who went through the Great ...