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, […]
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.