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Renee Pottle, an freelance writer and Home Economist, is fanatic about all things food. She blogs about canning and food preservation at SeedToPantry.com. Find her professional food writing info at PenandProvisions.com.

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How to Keep Cool in the Kitchen While Canning

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 12, 2019 0 Comments
How to Keep Cool in the Kitchen While Canning

There is no way around it; canning the harvest is hot work. Hot work that is usually done while the outside temperature is rising. But there are a few ways to stay cool in the kitchen while canning.

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Jam Making Basics – How to Create Your Own Jam Recipe

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on June 12, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics – How to Create Your Own Jam Recipe

Is it possible to create your own jam or soft spread recipe? Can it be done safely?

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Jam Making Basics – Long Cooking Jams vs. Quick Cooking Jams

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 10, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics – Long Cooking Jams vs. Quick Cooking Jams

Which style of jam should you make – long cooking jam or quick cooking jam? Earlier Jam Making Basics posts discussed how to make successful jam and other soft spreads by exploring the roles of sugar, acid, and pectin. Today we look at different cooking styles. Do you prefer long cooking jams or quick cooking […]

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Jam Making Basics: – High Acid vs. Low Acid Fruits

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 16, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics: – High Acid vs. Low Acid Fruits

Making jam successfully requires 3 basic components; pectin, sugar, and acid. Since I have already covered pectin and sugar previously, today we tackle acidity.

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Jam Making Basics: – The Role of Sugar

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on April 9, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics: – The Role of Sugar

Learn how to make jam successfully – by understanding why sugar is integral to soft spreads. Although it seems that late spring is a long way off (as I write the east coast is getting walloped with snow and the Plains are expecting a blizzard), the early berries and fruits will be ripe soon, and […]

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Israeli Chopped Salad

Filed in Real Food, Uncategorized by on April 8, 2019 0 Comments
Israeli Chopped Salad

This mixed vegetable salad, also known as Middle Eastern Salad or Mediterranean Chopped Salad, is sure to make your “favorites” list!

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Orange Vanilla Chia Pudding

Filed in Real Food, Uncategorized by on March 8, 2019 0 Comments
Orange Vanilla Chia Pudding

The secret ingredient in this creamsicle-like pudding? Orange or tangerine zest!

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Jam Making Basics – What is Pectin?

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on March 5, 2019 0 Comments
Jam Making Basics – What is Pectin?

Learn how to make jam successfully – with a little help from pectin

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Meatless Sheet Pan Dinner with Brussels sprouts and Squash

Filed in Real Food, Uncategorized by on January 31, 2019 0 Comments
Meatless Sheet Pan Dinner with Brussels sprouts and Squash

Meatless sheet pan dinners are a quick and easy way to put dinner on the table. New year, same old dilemma. We would prefer to eat fresh, home cooked food – almost every night! But after a full day of coaxing second graders into their seats, or attending meeting after meeting, or putting out literal […]

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Dark Chocolate Covered Orange Peel

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on January 30, 2019 0 Comments
Dark Chocolate Covered Orange Peel

Surprise your Valentine with homemade candied orange peel dipped in dark chocolate. As a thrifty Yankee I find it difficult to throw away perfectly good food. Leftover spinach salad gets added to frittatas, dried up cheese ends flavor soup, and even citrus wrappings are turned into sweet candied orange peel. Never had candied orange peel? […]

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