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Sweet Cherry Shrub Recipe

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 5, 2018 2 Comments
Sweet Cherry Shrub Recipe

Make sweet cherry shrub – an unusual way to preserve the season’s fresh fruit. Shrubs are an old colonial drink, basically a sweetened fruit juice and vinegar concoction. Vinegar was an insurance in the days of questionable water sources. Since the acid in vinegar kills off most bugs, it was safer to drink vinegar than […]

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Brown Sugar Cherry Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 3, 2018 0 Comments
Brown Sugar Cherry Jam

Adding brown sugar gives cherry jam a deep, caramelized flavor. It’s that time of the year again. The time when Northwest Cherry Growers send me a big box of the most beautiful cherries you have ever seen. They are almost too beautiful to eat. But I force myself. As you might imagine, it’s not much […]

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Technique Tuesday: How to Preserve with Salt

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 26, 2018 2 Comments
Technique Tuesday: How to Preserve with Salt

How to preserve whole lemons in a jar with one of the easiest preserving methods; preserving with salt Today we start a new, occasional series – Technique Tuesday. My goal is to present a new preserving technique, or a new preserving technique approach, on several Tuesdays throughout the year. We start with what has to […]

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How to Blanch and Freeze Garden Peas

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 21, 2018 0 Comments
How to Blanch and Freeze Garden Peas

It’s time to freeze the garden peas. This year’s crop of garden peas has come and gone. It’s always a tough crop to grow here in the Mid-Columbia. The peas actually grow quite well, but sometimes mature and get too old in a matter of days. Garden, or English peas, like cool weather, but the […]

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15 Ways to Make Strawberry Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 6, 2018 0 Comments
15 Ways to Make Strawberry Jam

It’s fresh strawberry season, which means we can eat them out of hand, freeze them, make pie, have a fresh fruit salad, drown them in cream, or make jam – sooooo many varieties of jam. On this site: Strawberry-Mango Jam with Lime Strawberry-Raspberry Honey Syrup Over at Food in Jars: Small Batch Strawberry Balsamic Jam […]

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Strawberry-Raspberry Honey Syrup

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 6, 2018 0 Comments
Strawberry-Raspberry Honey Syrup

Homemade strawberry raspberry honey syrup or sauce is an old-fashioned treat you won’t find on the grocery store shelves. Drizzle it over pancakes, ice cream, or pound cake. Or add to sparkling water or iced tea. It’s strawberry season which means the Farmer’s Market tempts me with flats of red, ripe, luscious berries that you […]

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Red Wine Roasted Potatoes

Filed in Real Food by on May 9, 2018 0 Comments
Red Wine Roasted Potatoes

Roast potatoes in red wine for a healthy alternative to French fries. Potatoes are one of the few native American plants, originating in the South American Andes. In fact, the Incans started cultivating potatoes around 200 BCE. Over the centuries potatoes have been used as currency, as a measure of time, and as food staple […]

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Best Ever Sourdough Oatmeal Bread

Filed in Real Food by on May 9, 2018 2 Comments
Best Ever Sourdough Oatmeal Bread

One of the easiest, and most gratifying, urban homesteading projects is making sourdough bread. Sourdough bread has much more flavor than a regular straight bread. For some, the extra flavor, or sourness, is an acquired taste. For others, it sings on our tongue and makes straight dough breads sad in comparison. Originally published: 2/19/13 Updated: […]

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naturally sweet food in jars Book Review

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 19, 2018 0 Comments
naturally sweet food in jars Book Review

This week’s canning and preserving book review is naturally sweet food in jars. If you are interested in home food preservation, you probably are familiar with Marisa McClellan. McClellan is a cookbook author and home canning enthusiast. Her popular blog, Food in Jars, continues to be one of the best known and loved in the […]

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Favorite Canning Books Everyone Should Own

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 9, 2018 0 Comments
Favorite Canning Books Everyone Should Own

Explore creative ways to save the harvest with these favorite canning books. Just like seed catalogs help backyard gardeners weather the long cold winter, canning books help we preserving types get through the planting season. Apple blossoms bring to mind jars of spicy apple butter, and grocery store tomato plants have us planning new salsa […]

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