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TAG : canning

Storing the Harvest

Row after row of jewel toned fruits and vegetables line the canning room shelves.   Bags of halved peppers, green beans, peas, and corn fill the freezer along with foraged berries from the wild part of our land.  Dried tomatoes, herbs, and shelled beans fill colorful jars on the kitchen ...

Jeweled Jars: The Usual and Unusual Suspects

 What unique foods do you “put up” at the end of the growing season?  Which garden jewels merit jar space on your pantry shelves?  Read on to learn about some of our favorites.I love flowers, especially the edible ones!  And they make their way into my preserving recipes.  Lavender ...

Pickled Pumpkin Recipe

 Makes 1 liter/1 3/4 pint jarPickling pumpkin with intent is a great way to consider what it is that you aim to preserve as you embark on the making process. Sure, as an outcome you’ll have pumpkin for salads, snacks and sandwiches throughout the winter. But the making process is even more ...

My Grandmother’s Heirloom Tomato Pasta Sauce

As a child, I lived as close to my grandparents as one could without living under the same roof. I grew up on a small acreage in rural Iowa next door to my paternal grandparents and across the street from my maternal grandparents. Our proximity meant that I could bake chocolate chip cookies and ...

No-Stress Food Preservation

Is your garden overflowing with vegetables, but the thought of spending endless hours in a hot kitchen makes you break out in hives?  No worries!  Here are some strategies to help you stock your larders without the stress and headaches.Do a Little at a TimeInstead of saving all your food ...

Why I Garden

Clearing out our family’s early 19th century farmhouse for a renovation into a shared family gathering place was daunting work – my family had occupied this house for five generations, then the house had sat unoccupied for about thirty years. The first major hurdle was the cellar, accessed ...

Pickles, Pickles, and More Pickles!

Okay, so I’m that person who goes to garden centers and comes home with a trunk full of “rescue” plants. You know, those half-dead plants that get relegated to the back of the store marked down to 25 cents in the hope that someone will take them away. Rehabilitating rescue plants is ...

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