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TAG : Canning

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 ...

Easy Canned Zucchini Relish

Canning condiments is a hobby, not a money-saving enterprise, to be sure. That said, there’s nothing quite like the sound of your jars sealing up as you pull a batch out of the waterbath. It’s music to the ears for canners! This photographs shows the zucchini and cucumber relishes I canned ...

Can Your Own Ketchup

We’ve make our own mustard, relish and pickles, but I’ve never tried making ketchup. Our bumper tomato crop this year made me decide to try canning ketchup for the first time. Most ketchup brands at the grocery store have high fructose corn syrup, which we try to avoid. I figured why not ...

Canning Salsa

Our chest freezer is usually quite full of garden veggies by the time our tomato harvest rolls around. That doesn’t mean they go to waste, just that we have to can the majority of our tomatoes. I prefer canned tomatoes to frozen anyway, though it is far more work to can. Canning salsa is a ...

Pimento Dip: The Caviar of the South

Summer is here, and we all want quick and easy delicious recipes for entertaining. On the farm I always have this treat tucked away in the fridge for emergencies. Everyone knows that when living on a farm there is an open invitation to drop by. Or so people think! That is something that really ...

How to Can Rhubarb Jam

I haven’t had rhubarb jam in years, but I remember loving it as a child. I always asked for rhubarb jam on my sandwich. Our rhubarb is so plentiful this year I decided to can up a batch of rhubarb jam for myself. I’ve made a lot of different jellies and jam but had never tried making ...

Lancaster Pennsylvania Vacation

Judging by the reactions we heard when we announced our recent vacation destination, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, is most known for tacky tourist traps and carb-heavy buffet restaurants. Not our normal vacation style. But our foray into the land of the “plain people” avoided tackiness and ...

Canned Apple Pie Filling

I have written about the 25 pounds of apples we gleaned from abandoned local apple trees. Because we have no real root cellar or good cold storage, our next step was to figure out how to preserve them.I looked through Grandma’s 1931 Successful Farming Cookbook and through all of her ...

Preserve Your Beet Harvest with Beet Relish

We had a fantastic beet harvest this year from our home garden.We wanted to try something new with them so I spent some time hunting through Grandma’s cookbook to find a way to use some up. With a little searching I found my grandmother’s handwritten beet relish recipe that she had tucked ...

Free Is Always Good

I used to wonder as a kid how people ever found enough to do before there were printed books readily available or television. I did not have television until I was probably about 12 or 13, but even then I knew that women in ‘the olden days’ didn’t go to school during the winter as I did. ...

Canned Pumpkin Pickles – a Sweet Fall Treat

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 up ...

Grandma and Grandpa’s Farm

As a child, visiting my grandfather’s farm was like venturing into another world, far away from my in-town life. Grandpa kept geese, chickens, ducks, and rabbits. Grandma’s cellar was lined with home-canned food. Dinner might start with venison and end with currant pie. We washed up with ...

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. I ...

Peaches and Questions

In the first blog entry, I wanted to share some flower beauty with people. In this one, I would like to begin dialoguing with people and exchanging information. I suspect many of Capper’s Farmer’s readers are well versed in many areas of growing and living life, and I hope I will be able ...

Aunt Wilma’s Dill Pickles

I remember my Aunt Wilma as a very vibrant and happy person. She always seemed to be laughing when I saw her. I thought she was so pretty, and I still do. She is in her 90’s now, but she still has the same sort of sideways smile and laughs so easily. She made the decision a couple of years ...

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