Canning Meat at Home

While I certainly wouldn't tell you to pass up the opportunity to put a few jars of venison in your pantry should you have the chance (it's a scrumptious treat), just about any type of meat you can think of is cannable, and there's something to be said for having a quick meal on the shelves regardless of variety....more

Whistle While You Work...or Cook

Well, the summer nights are over in Oklahoma and with the onset of freezing temperatures comes...work! Monday evening of this week hubby and I realized we had just a few short nights to finish completely cleaning out our garden....more

How to Can Pumpkin

As far as I'm concerned, one of the greatest horrors in modern home preserving is the fact that pureed pumpkin in all its forms is not safe for canning at home....more
@Julie Letowski I won't lie, I'm one of those people who is inclined to live on the edge with ...more

Canning end of the season tomatoes!!!

 Making canned tomatoes is something families remember years later.  Home-canned tomatoes have been a tradition for many generations.  In the middle of the winter, you can use the tomatoes to make a fresh spaghetti sauce, lasagna, chili, or other tomato-based meals for that fresh garden taste. My son goes through a quart of pasta sauce a week, that’s 52 jars a year and that doesn’t include the other times I need canned tomat...more

Canning at Home: An Apple a Day

There's something about the month of September. It beckons sweaters and tall boots, fills the nose with the scent of freshly sharpened pencils and newly opened crayons. There's something about the flip of the calendar that affects the tastebuds too; that makes us crave comfort foods—apples, pumpkin, filling soups, and stick-to-your-ribs casseroles....more
 @Laine Griffin I'm glad you enjoyed it.  Tomatoes are one of my favorite things to can, I'm ...more

Preserving The Bounty: Relish & Chutney

This time of year is always bittersweet.  On one hand there's a veritable cornucopia of fresh produce with which to create. On the other hand, there's no surer sign the end of the growing season is nigh, than the bounty that is everything coming ripe at once....more
I was given a jar of homemade plum chutney, recently. Absolutely delicious!more

Just Peachy

On our way back from the cowboy's occupational therapy appointment, early this morning, we came across a vendor, from Idaho, selling peaches. ...more

My Little Victory Garden: Do You Like Watermelon Rind Preserves - Yes or NO?

They lay there, like a blob of rectangle jelly beans that had lost their sugar coating.  Filling a Mason jar two-thirds full, someone asked me, "Would you like some watermelon rind preserves?  They're SO good."I'm not sure if I answered, but I do know that I was either forced by social protocols, or curious enough, to take one bite."Icky!!" I screamed inside my head."I don't care for any more, thank you," I managed to say out loud.That was about forty years ago.  So this past weekend, I tried again....more
 @elaineR.N. Dearest elaineR.N. I am definitely on a hiatus. A hiatus from managing a ...more

Canning Tomatoes at Home

When it comes to tomatoes the canning possibilities are endless. Beyond the basic canned tomatoes in juice or water, there are tomatoes with peppers, those canned with garlic and basil, sauces and condiments—salsas, ketchups, barbecue, pizza and spaghetti sauce. One family could, if they’re like ours, eat a whole field of tomatoes—even if it's a small one—each year. And we almost do. ...more

The Purpose of Preserving

Holy cow, the last couple of weeks have been crazy....more