I am in the midst of canning season, and while I was looking through my canning cupboard I realized just how much I have collected over the years. Most of my home canning supplies came from second-hand stores, yard sales or passed down. I enjoy canning so much I would be lost without some of […]
This super simple strawberry jam recipe is the perfect place for a beginning canner to start. Three simple ingredients (no pectin), 10 minutes cooking, and 10 minutes processing in a hot water bath equals capturing the most delicious taste of summer for months to come!
Adjusting the processing time of your canning recipe based on your elevation or altitude sounds scary and is enough to make a beginning canner back up her canning jars and stick to freezer jam. Adjusting for altitude is actually very simple, and this post will explain exactly how to make the time adjustments so you […]
What is the difference between freeze dried food and dehydrated food, and why does it matter for homesteaders? At first blush, freeze-dried food and dehydrated food – or using a freeze dryer vs. using a dehydrator to preserve food – may seem the same. So why would I buy a home freeze dryer when I […]
Learn a very simple way of canning your own dill pickles. Gardening season is here and that means canning season is right behind. This is a simple and easy way to can dill pickles safely. Want only to make refrigerator pickles, this recipe is included. If you prefer to can for long-term storage, you’ll lean […]
Garlic is one of my all time favorite plants to grow. It’s pretty much foolproof, which is very important for black thumbed gardeners like myself! It’s easy to find. You can even plant the stuff you buy in the grocery store and it will grow! It’s easy to grow, and it’s easy to harvest. And, […]