Why I added a home freeze dryer to our homestead food preservation repertoire. Well, I did it. I pushed the button on a home freeze dryer. I can hardly believe it – but I feel great about the decision! Yes, it’s a little bit of an investment, but I have some specific reasons for adding […]
Beginners often wonder how to prepare for canning season and this post is for you. You’ll learn which pantry items you need on hand, which gear to have at the ready, and you can print off a free checklist to stay organized.
Many canning recipes call for pickling salt, and curious canners want to know: Do you need to use pickling salt? I’ll explain what pickling salt is, when you should use it, when it is okay to skip, and you’ll want to dive into canning immediately because salt is salt. Pickling salt is regular salt that […]
The season is short, so we get what we can, when we can. This usually means we have more oyster mushrooms than we can use while they are fresh. If you have a pressure cooker and an abundance of wild oyster mushrooms, this simple recipe will allow you to can your harvest of wild mushrooms […]
If you are like me, all the Summer produce comes ready to harvest all at the same time. One of my family’s favorite meals is Pork Carnitas which is best made with homemade salsa! This delicious but simple salsa uses up onions, garlic, heritage tomatoes and bell peppers (capsicum) and (chillies if you want). This […]
Strawberry Champagne Jam is THE jam to make to celebrate, to give as a gift, and to savor the flavor of spring. This post will explain how to make the Strawberry Champagne Jam so you can eat it fresh, it will give clear, beginner friendly canning directions for how to preserve it in canning jars […]