Tips for Freezing Vegetables for Long Term Storage

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Freezing is an effective and time-conserving method for making your cooking experience easier. It also allows for bulk shopping at the start of every month or week – depending on your household needs and setup. Moreover, you can save numerous trips to the store now and then. Freezing various vegetables allows storing … Read more

Preserving Fresh Broccoli in the Freezer

Preserving Fresh Broccoli in the Freezer

We love growing our own produce. It is convenient, healthy, fun and (can be) cheap.  However, when the harvest comes in and you are up to your ears in one kind of vegetable or fruit, it can also be overwhelming. We’re working on learning to preserve each type of vegetable and fruit … Read more

Preserving Basil 101: Tips, Tricks and The Basics

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Fall is beginning to set in and cooler weather can be felt in most of the country.  We’re even below 100 degrees this week!  Finally!  Some relief! For those of us who garden, this immediately turns our minds to our gardens and what the change of weather means for our plants.  One … Read more

Water Bath Canning: Tips for the True Beginner

Water Bath Canning Tips for the True Beginner

If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, you know that canning has been one “homestead-y” thing that has intimidated me.  Well…. intimidate me no further!  My mom was kind enough to pass on her knowledge to me and now I’m hooked!  Bring on the produce! I know that … Read more

Cooking with Dried Beans: Why and How

Cooking with Dried Beans: Why and How

I used to cook exclusively with dried beans.  Then I got lazy and went back to canned.  Now I’m trying to get “un-lazy” and go back to dried.  I’ve learned a little more this time around so I’m hoping that this approach will stick. In this post, I’ll give you the why … Read more

Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Fresh Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Have I mentioned that I froze a bunch of tomatoes last spring? Yeah, I know, I’ve mentioned it only a million times.  Well, you should know, they’re gone now.  I’ve used them all!  My freezer has never felt so empty! Originally I made pasta sauce, then I made pizza sauce and now … Read more

How to Store Your Winter Squash

Winter Squash

If you recall from posts I made late last spring, we had a bumper crop of buttercup and butternut squash.  We even got a few acorn squashes.  It was a beautiful thing. Fast forward to now. Last week I went into my pantry to use a few of the buttercup squashes only … Read more

Refrigerator Pickles – Super Simple

Refrigerator Pickles – Super Simple

There always comes a time to focus on preserving the harvest.  You can freeze tomatoes for making sauce later on, freeze pesto and even making refrigerator pickles.  With your cucumbers lately and I decided to try my hand at making refrigerator pickles – a good example recipe to check out is Martha … Read more