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Preserving the Harvest: Garlic Scapes

I am lucky enough to live in a climate where I can garden all year. But even with the year-round ability to grow food, there are some things that have such a short season and need to be enjoyed right away or preserved. Canning is my go-to method for preserving most things. But this Spring, ...

Preserving Fresh Fruit

Photo courtesy of Ten Speed Press.Whether you grow your own fruit or purchase it at the local farmers market, now is the time to preserve that delicious flavor so you can enjoy it all year long. Following are a few recipes you and your family are sure to enjoy.RecipesGolden Mango and Lemon ...

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 ...

Foraged Food Preservation

The Bushcraft Field Guide to Trapping, Gathering & Cooking in the Wild (F+W Media, Inc., 2016) by Dave Canterbury is the ultimate guide to what to eat, where to find it and how to cook it. Canterbury gives readers who are heading on a day long hike or a week long expedition everything they ...

Sun Dried Tomatoes

Drying tomatoes in the sun is the easiest way to preserve your tomato bounty if you live in a hot dry climate like I do. I live in the San Joaquin Valley of California, the relative humidity in summer hovers around 15%, and there are days upon days of cloudless sunny skies. The temperature is ...

Sustainable Gardening for Compact Spaces

Not everyone who wants to begin living sustainably can move out to a homestead and work their own land. Sometimes this effort must start in an apartment, in a city, in a suburb. So how do you live frugally in such a compact space? Lolo Houbein has the answer in her book, One Magic Square ...

Homesteading Anywhere

Once a country girl, always a country girl. I bet there are many city folks who have their hearts tied to country roots. You CAN live the country life anywhere you choose. The saying, you can take the country girl out of the country but you can’t take the country out of the girl is evidently ...

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 offer ...

Building a Homemade Smoker

The Making of a Homemade SmokerCold-smoked bacon. My mouth waters just thinking about it. When I first came across the term “cold smoked,” I thought it was a misprint. I read more about cold smoking and realized that this was part of a food preservation and flavoring technique that’s been ...

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 ...

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 ...

Food Preservation During the Great Depression

Home-canned produce kept our family fed during the Depression years. At an early age, I became Mom’s helper in the garden, picking the produce when it was “just right.” We harvested the green beans when they were plump but still tender; Mom allowed no stringy, tough beans. She insisted ...

Pumpkin Rings and Other Food Preservation on a Colorado Homestead

Pumpkin RingsThe lovely prairie autumn was going swiftly by. The cottonwood trees had changed from their rich green leaves to that autumn yellow, unique to cottonwoods, and all of a sudden they stood naked, their leaves swirling on the ground.Winter was coming to Baca County, Colorado, where my ...

Depression Era: Making Clothes, Food Preservation, and Other Chores

During the depression era, some men, out of work, wandered the dusty roads laboring for food and shelter for a day, a week, or for however long they were needed. Neighbors traded work, and women assisted each other with gardening, food preservation, making clothing or quilts for the winter.The ...

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