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Renee Pottle, an author and Home Economist, is fanatic about growing and preserving food for her family. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com, MotherEarthNews.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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Technique Tuesday: How to Check for the Jam Setting Point

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 17, 2018 0 Comments
Technique Tuesday: How to Check for the Jam Setting Point

Don’t overcook your delicious homemade jam – count on one of these 4 methods to successfully check the jam setting point. Making jam or jelly with prepared pectin is supposed to be an easy project. Add the pectin, bring to a boil, boil for 2 minutes and voila! Perfectly prepared jam. It doesn’t always work […]

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Sweet Cherry Recipes

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 13, 2018 0 Comments
Sweet Cherry Recipes

Don’t know what to make with your sweet cherries? Here’s a round-up of all the sweet cherry recipes on this site. Jam and Other Soft Spreads Apricot Cherry Butter Brown Sugar Cherry Jam Cherry Almond Butter Cherry Ginger Jam Cherry-Lime Jam Sweet Cherry-Raspberry Jam   Pickled, Candied, Canned, etc. Brandied Cherries Candied Cherries Cherries in […]

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Dairy-Free Cherry Apricot Ice Cream

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 12, 2018 0 Comments
Dairy-Free Cherry Apricot Ice Cream

July combines two of my favorite things; it’s National Picnic Month and Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. The perfect time to enjoy dairy-free Cherry Apricot Ice Cream. Ice cream and I have a love-hate relationship. I love it – it doesn’t really love me. Too fatty, too sweet – tastes great on the tongue, […]

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Sweet Cherry-Raspberry Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 10, 2018 0 Comments
Sweet Cherry-Raspberry Jam

Combine two of the season’s favorite flavors; raspberry and sweet cherry for a jewel-toned jam. Today I continue with my seasonal cherry experiments. I love to make jams that are a little different – certainly nothing you will find in the grocery store. And the Yankee in me can’t let any food go to waste. […]

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Vegetarian Stovetop Cabbage Rolls

Filed in Recipes From the Garden by on July 9, 2018 0 Comments
Vegetarian Stovetop Cabbage Rolls

Make cabbage rolls without heating the oven this summer. This vegetarian version is made on the stovetop using a Dutch oven. In some regions cabbage is a fall crop. But here in the Mid-Columbia, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables are ready to harvest in early summer. I don’t grow them myself – but found this […]

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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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