Category Archives: Canning and Food Preservation

Store Bought Tomato Sauce: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for May






The project this month is cold pack preservation. This is when you put the food into the jars without cooking it first. I struggled with this one because it is what I do all of the time with canning things … Continue reading






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Refigerator Dilly Beans: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for April






April’s food preserving challenge for Food In Jars was quick pickles. There are a lot more options for pickles than simply cucumbers. There are many veggies and even fruit recipes out there. I chose to make Dilly Beans. I mentioned it … Continue reading






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Blackberry Cherry Jelly: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for March






Sadly, I still have bronchitis. Slowly getting better, very slowly.  The challenge for this month was shrubs, a vinegar fruit drink, or jelly. I wanted to do the shrub, but the stupid illness made things difficult. I had never heard … Continue reading






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Salt Preserved Foods: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for February






This month’s Food in Jars Challenge was to preserve food in salt. There were a lot of interesting ideas like preserving egg yolks, making a veggie soup base, herb salts, salt preserved lemons, and more. I’m a huge salt junkie. I have close to 15 kinds of salt in my house, so I was on board.






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Marmalade: 2017 Food In Jars Challenge for January






I recently signed up for an interesting year long challenge on www.foodinjars.com. In the challenge we have a subject each month to explore and for January it is marmalade. I have never made marmalade, but I’ve been canning jelly, jam, and preserves since I was a kid. I was sick most of January and bummed because I was so looking forward to this challenge. Then one night in a moment of clarity amidst the stupor of my illness I thought “I could do this in the bread machine.”






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How To Use Every Bit Of the Turkey






[ad name=”Google Adsense”] Thanksgiving is a week away, so I wanted to share with you how I recently cooked two turkeys out of my freezer and was able to use every bit of both birds. I had purchased them last … Continue reading






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Blessed Are The Cheese Makers






Making cheese is my latest kitchen experiment. As usual, I looked for the simplest recipe I could find. This one has only two ingredients.






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Homemade Vinegar – Apple and Blackberry






This was a fun process to watch. It was a little like channelling Dr. Frankenstein, “Look! It’s moving. It’s alive. It’s alive…IT’S ALIVE!”

You could really see the activity of all those wonderful microorganisms. It sure gives you a different perspective on the world to watch these natural processes up close.






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