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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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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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Turn Hard Boiled Easter Eggs into Pickled Eggs

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 3, 2018 0 Comments
Turn Hard Boiled Easter Eggs into Pickled Eggs

Wondering what to do with all those colorful leftover Easter eggs? Pickle them! Do you have a plethora of leftover, hard-boiled Easter eggs? Don’t worry, your immediate future doesn’t have to be filled with egg salad sandwiches morning, noon, and night. Preserve those Easter eggs by pickling them to eat later. Back in the old […]

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The Sourdough Page

Filed in Real Food by on March 9, 2018 0 Comments
The Sourdough Page

A round-up of all things sourdough: Make Your Own Sourdough Starter How to Keep Sourdough Starter Alive What Happens When You Ignore Your Sourdough Starter Reviving a Dead Sourdough Starter How to Make Rye and Other Specialty Sourdough Starters Sourdough Belgian Waffles Sourdough Pfefferneusse Cookies Spring Herb Sourdough Bread Special Occasion Sourdough Egg Bread Sourdough […]

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Reviving a Dead Sourdough Starter

Filed in Real Food by on March 4, 2018 2 Comments
Reviving a Dead Sourdough Starter

Even we obsessive sourdough lovers sometimes end up with a starter that seems to have gone into a coma. Never fear. Here is how to revive that dead sourdough starter! Have you experienced this? We get busy and before we know it two or three weeks have gone by and no bread has been made. […]

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What Happens When You Ignore a Sourdough Starter

Filed in Real Food by on March 3, 2018 0 Comments
What Happens When You Ignore a Sourdough Starter

Are you ignoring or neglecting your sourdough starter? Beware! This is what happened to me. Story of a Rogue Starter (Originally published on my old blog. I learned this lesson quickly, it hasn’t been repeated!) I admit, I’ve been a bit lackadaisical with my sourdough starter this winter. My kitchen is pretty cool, temperature-wise. It […]

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How to Keep Sourdough Starter Alive

Filed in Real Food by on March 2, 2018 1 Comment
How to Keep Sourdough Starter Alive

You have lovingly nurtured a wild yeast, flour and water concoction. But how do you keep your sourdough starter alive? Lots of people who love sourdough bread don’t bother to make it themselves because they think it’s too much work to keep the starter alive. I have one friend who has a “no pets” rule […]

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