A frugal Yankee at heart, I first learned to can as a child; hanging out in my Nana’s kitchen while she and her sisters gossiped and put up jars and jars of pickles.
Later, I’d sneak into the basement to view numerous colorful jars of carrots, green beans, tomatoes and more – my grandfather’s garden bounty lovingly preserved for delicious home cooked meals.
Soon, I was a wife and mother with a kitchen of my own. A slim wallet, a child who couldn’t tolerate food additives, and my grandparents’ example set me firmly on the path of food self-reliance.
Ever since I’ve been planting, foraging, and preserving, and turning my little ¼ acre house lot into a family food Eden.
My passion for food preservation, and the science behind it, eventually led me to an exciting and multifaceted career as:
- Published Author of several cooking and business books
- Home Economist/Family and Consumer Scientist
- Master Food Preserver/Food Safety Advisor
- Clothing and Craft Designer
- Lifelong learner!