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TAG : food preservation

Homemade Grape Drink

Photo from Adobe Stock/Tanya Hendel I think this is one of the best recipes in the whole book, and it is fun for the entire family. Have you ever tried wild grapes? On our farm, they grow taller than our house and line the entire back of the yard. All summer long, we check and recheck the ...

Heirloom Beans Recipe

Photo by Kerry MichaelsDried beans are practically magical. They are inexpensive and filling, and can give a hearty boost to many recipes. You can even combine them with rice for a complete protein. If there’s one downside they have, it’s the time. Chances are, you reach much more for ...

Green Tomato Chutney Recipe

 Photo from ShutterstockNo matter how early I plant my tomatoes, I always end up with plenty that don’t have a hint of red on them by first frost. I used to be upset by these stragglers until I found recipes like this that put green tomatoes to good use. Now, I’m actually quite happy if ...

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 ...

Harvest the Food Not Bought

The "Food Not Bought" pledge is a commitment to use all the food that you grow from your garden. This means one must eat it, preserve it, or give it away. The pledge doesn’t allow one to let excess harvest rot on the counter. The pledge seems like great fun in the spring when I am planting ...

Fermenting Fresh Herbs

Last year, I realized that I simply can’t eat enough homemade pesto. I love spreading it on fresh bread, dipping veggies in it, using it in homemade salad dressings, and more. It’s particularly uplifting in the middle of winter, when its tangy flavor brings back memories of the warm summer ...

Waste Not the Wonderful Watermelon

One of my favorite childhood memories is gathering at my grandparents’ home on summer Sunday evenings with our extended family. Sometimes, my grandmother would stir cream, sugar and vanilla flavoring and pour the mixture into a large cylinder. Packing ice and rock salt around the cylinder in ...

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 ...

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