Canning and Preserving

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

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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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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

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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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Apricot Syrup Recipe

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Apricot Syrup Recipe

Homemade syrups are easy to make and so full of flavor! Apricots are the bone china of the fruit world; beautiful, delicate, and perfect for any occasion. So every year I nab as many apricots as I can find during their oh so short season. If there are enough, I can them and dehydrate them, […]

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Spirited Apricot Cherry Butter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 21, 2017 0 Comments
Spirited Apricot Cherry Butter

Velvety apricots + sweet cherries + Grand Marnier = tongue bliss! Sadly, today’s recipe uses the last of the fantastic cherries I received from the Washington State Fruit Commission. Once again, I have enjoyed creating new ways to use delicious sweet cherries – grown practically in my back yard! Spirited Apricot-Cherry Butter is one of […]

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Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 18, 2017 6 Comments
Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Preserve the sweet cherry harvest to enjoy all year. If you, like me, love sweet cherries you probably try to stretch the season. For me that means purchasing as soon as they hit the stores – even at exorbitant prices, and then preserving them as the summer moves on to other stone fruits. In the […]

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Sweet Cherries in Honey-Vanilla Syrup

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 17, 2017 3 Comments
Sweet Cherries in Honey-Vanilla Syrup

It’s time for Washington State stone fruits again! One of the best things about living in this part of the country is summer stone fruits. Cherries, apricots, peaches, nectarines – you could almost live on fresh fruit for months! So I was thrilled when the Washington State Fruit Commission asked me to be a Canbassador […]

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