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

Quick-Pickled Celery: Cheap, Always in Season, Awesome

It's 105 outside today. I'm hot. Crabby. I can't afford the olive bar any longer because I will not spend the rest of my life here, a slave to jobs and location. But it's mind-meltingly hot out and all I want is something cold that explodes with vinegar. You know how we fix this ornery mood? We pickle!...more
@OnBlank Hey you're welcome! Pickling lately has been on my mind a lot!more

Throwback Thursday: Sweet Pickle Relish

I had a craving for a tuna fish sandwich for lunch today which led me to my basement to grab a jar of my sweet pickle relish. I love my homemade relish. I learned how to make it last year and I don't even know how many jars I have gone through, but it's been a lot. I find excuses to use it. It is that good. I promise. ...more

Canning Green Beans at Home

Of all the vegetables we grow, the garden area dedicated to green beans is bested only by that afforded tomatoes. We’re partial to Blue Lake bush beans, a variety with compact growth and impressive yield, but there are many suitable types—both bush and pole—on the market. Contender is another that many home gardeners swear by. Of course, whatever is growing at your local u-pick or gracing the tables of your nearest farm market will work....more
Not anymore. We bought a chest freezer. Much better for youmore

How to Can Jam at Home

Try as I might, I've never been able to make enough jam in one season to outlast the year—and my kids' appetites. Prepping several batches of all our favorite types—Strawberry, Blueberry, Wild Black Raspberry and Cherry—each year has become a family tradition, almost as much as eating a dollop of home canned jam on everything from vanilla ice cream to Sunday morning waffles—and I'm honestly not sure which is more beloved. ...more
@Diana That's true! I think sometimes we get deterred because of the fear of wasting food when ...more