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TAG : Canning

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 ...

Keep On Trying

In my constant pursuit of trying to learn how to make things from scratch, I am usually willing to try anything once. Sometimes, if I know I messed up a recipe or was interrupted midstream, I will try it again. Such is the case with orange marmalade. My husband loves orange marmalade and over ...

Canned Tomatillo Salsa

Even with only two tomatillo plants this year we harvested buckets of them. I made two batches of tomatillo salsa and still gave away three bags full.Tomatillo salsa is easy to make and doesn’t take as long as most recipes for canning regular tomatoes do. I tweaked the Ball recipe a little ...

A Lesson in Food Preservation

Dear friends,My daughter-in-law, Krista, told me that Charlie was learning about food preservation and asked if he and Sophie could come over while we were canning. I opted for using the dehydrator instead, as canning would be more stressful with grandchildren around the stove and hot pears or ...

Spicy Tomato Jam

Capture summer in a jar to have in your pantry all year round – that is if it lasts that long. This jam is delicious – family and friends adore it. It has become a staple new condiment on Chef Elizabeth’s table. We especially love it with eggs or in any way:Ways to Use Spicy Tomato Jam: ...

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