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Ball Blue Book Review

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 22, 2015 0 Comments
Ball Blue Book Review

Find even more canning recipes with the new Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. Every few years Jarden Home Brands, the company that owns the Ball® canning name, publishes a new edition of its Guide to Preserving. If you are just starting out with food preserving, the Ball® Blue Book, as it is called, is […]

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Fig Jam with Anise Recipe

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 20, 2015 0 Comments
Fig Jam with Anise Recipe

Indulge in a Mediterranean treat with homemade fig jam.   I love fresh figs. Good ones. Nice ripe, juicy, figs. Soft to the bite, but rich in flavor. Similar to a date, but less heavy. Figs are native to the Mediterranean region, and even grow in several places here in the U.S. But not in […]

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Non-Reactive Pots and Pickling

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 18, 2015 0 Comments
Non-Reactive Pots and Pickling

Can you use aluminum cookware when pickling? It’s pickling season here in the Mid-Columbia. My favorite local farmer is now taking orders for pickling cukes. Actually, his advertisement originally said “tickling cukes.” Obviously the newspaper’s classified ad designer is not a home canner! So, whether you are putting up pickling cukes, tickling cukes, or any […]

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Which Vinegar to Use When Pickling

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 15, 2015 0 Comments
Which Vinegar to Use When Pickling

What is the best kind of vinegar to use when making pickles? Here is a question I am often asked; “What vinegar should I use to make pickles?”   The answer? You can use any kind of vinegar, as long as it is at least 5% acid. Each vinegar adds it’s own personality to your […]

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How to Dry Fruit Tutorial

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 13, 2015 0 Comments
How to Dry Fruit Tutorial

Don’t lose your dried fruit to insects or mold. Make lasting dried fruit using these 5 easy steps. There’s a little more to drying fruit than simply drying it. But…. not a lot more! If you have ever had a batch of dried fruit mold or get infected by insects, you know how frustrating it […]

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Is It Safe To Use A Steam Canner?

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 11, 2015 0 Comments
Is It Safe To Use A Steam Canner?

Thanks to a University of Wisconsin Madison study, we now know that steam canners are safe – under certain conditions. For years we have been told not to use steam canners. Even though they can be found on store shelves and in gardening catalogs, they had never actually been deemed a safe way to process […]

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Food Preservation in a Cretan Market

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 8, 2015 0 Comments
Food Preservation in a Cretan Market

It’s always interesting to see what others are preserving at home! Earlier this year we had what I am calling, “My Great Greek Adventure.” We spent two weeks in Athens and Crete. If you’ve ever considered traveling to Greece – GO! The people are friendly and welcoming, the food is fantastic, the prices are reasonable, […]

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How to Can Your Own Baby Food

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 6, 2015 0 Comments
How to Can Your Own Baby Food

It’s possible to can your own baby food, but just the fruit. Now that August is here, and we are smack dab in the middle of the busy canning season, you may be wondering, “can I can my own baby food?” The short answer is “yes” but there are caveats: The only SAFE home canned […]

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More Homemade Peach Butter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on August 4, 2015 0 Comments
More Homemade Peach Butter

How to make peach butter in six easy steps.   Note: This updated post was originally published on my older, Hestia’s Kitchen blog. Our Red Haven Peach tree is overladen with ripe peaches this week.  There are so many peaches that I am having trouble picking them before the very well fed neighborhood squirrel gets […]

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Make Your Own Beer Mustard

Filed in Urban Homesteading by on August 1, 2015 0 Comments
Make Your Own Beer Mustard

It’s National Mustard Day! Celebrate by making your own spicy beer mustard.   Spicy. Hot. Tangy. Mustard isn’t just for lathering on hot dogs or Bratwurst. It’s also the hidden ingredient in a tangy potato salad, an extra-special homemade vinaigrette, and the perfect ham glaze.  In fact, much like vinegar, mustard boosts the umami quality […]

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