Category: Canning and Preserving

5 Tips to Get Started Canning – Don’t Be Afraid!

Start Canning

When we used to visit my grandparents – on my dad’s side, in the country – I remember loving to play “store” in their pantry in the carport. Inside was shelf after shelf of things my grandmother had put up. […] Read more…

Red Raspberry Jam

Prep Time 45 min. Total Time 45 min. Servings about 9 (1-cup) jars or 144 servings, 1 Tbsp. each Ingredients 5 cups prepared fruit (about 4 pt. fully ripe red raspberries) 1 box SURE-JELL Fruit Pectin 1/2 tsp. butter or margarine […] Read more…

Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract

While I am perfectly aware that it’s only July, I also know that I’d like to give my friends Homemade Vanilla Extract for Christmas this year.  It doesn’t necessarily take six months to make, but the longer is sits, the […] Read more…

18 Tips to Make Canning Easier

  I only started canning a few years ago. My grandmothers use to “put up” all kinds of goodies and I hoped to follow in their beautiful footsteps.  I’ve made some really fabulous jams and preserves since then, but I’ve […] Read more…

Tips for Storing Fresh Produce (INFOGRAPHIC)

Storing Fresh Produce

We try to eat seasonally and invest in foods that are at their peak during all times of the year. I can as much as possible for storage, but one of my pet peeves, is picking a bounty of fresh fruits and […] Read more…

Chocolate Strawberry Sauce – For Canning, Gifting or Just Eating!

Chocolate Strawberry Sauce Recipe

During the couple of weeks that I had a super abundance of fresh strawberries, I ran across a recipe for raspberry sauce (a Ball recipe) that grabbed me. I made the switch from raspberries to strawberries, and am living happily […] Read more…

Homemade Ketchup

homemade-ketchup

My relationship with America’s favorite condiment is long and complicated—and, for that matter, so is ketchup’s culinary history. As summer approaches and sales of the country’s best-selling condiment head for their cookout-fueled annual peak, it seems as good a time […] Read more…

Canning Basics- Awesome Infographic!

Using a Water Bath for Canning

I’m so excited! Our local berry farm opened for everyone to start picking strawberries this week. We love to go out to the farm and pick whatever’s growing in the field. Right now it’s strawberries.  In a few weeks it […] Read more…

Ultimate Apple Picking Guide

Apple picking is a popular activity across the US, and a great way to get the family out for an outdoor activity that’s full of fun, and nutritiously sound. The science behind apple harvesting, and apple growing is more complex […] Read more…

Balsamic Strawberry Jam

Balsamic Strawberry Jam

Thank you to my friend Kate over at Food Babbles! In the height of summer with plump strawberries everywhere I knew I wanted to make them into jam before they’re all gone and the cold weather sets in. And you […] Read more…

Fresh Fig Preserves

Let me just get this out of the way right here at the beginning…I love figs. I love the taste. I love the color. I love the sentimentality. Unfortunately, most people have only been exposed to figs via the fig […] Read more…