Food Preservation

Are You Making These Canning Mistakes?

Canning is a great way to preserve your garden or local, seasonal favorites. Are you making these canning mistakes that cost you time, money or your health?

Homemade Applesauce

have fond memories of "applesauce day" growing up. We'd bring home bushels of apples and spend the day cutting and cooking and straining the apples. In the end we had dozens and dozens of quarts of applesauce up on the pantry shelf. Now, we are...

How to Preserve Eggplant

  If I had to give this growing season a name, it would be The Year of the Eggplant. We have had an amazing harvest- which means we have been eating a lot of meals using eggplant. It also means there is a lot left over to preserve.  Due to its dense nature, it is...

Ajvar: Garlicky, Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Ajvar is a roasted red pepper sauce that originates in Serbia. It is made with roasted red peppers, a healthy dose of garlic and a couple eggplants.  The result is a beautifully colored spread that is wonderful on crusty bread, as a dip fro veggies or chips or just...

Honey Peach Preserves

  e love homemade jams at our house. On toast, as pancake topping or on a sandwich. What I don't like is the high amount of sugar that most jam recipes require. With the last of my peaches I decided to make a batch Peach Preserves using honey...

How to Make Garden Fresh Salsa

One of the best things that comes from the garden is fresh salsa. We eat a lot of it during the summer months when tomatoes, peppers and onions are at their full potential. I have yet to find a canned salsa recipe as much as I love fresh salsa, so we tend to keep our...

Preserving the Harvest: How to Can Peaches

{This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure page for details. } We grow small amounts of berries and tree fruits here on our homestead, but in order to put up enough fruit for the winter months we visit local farms to collect the various...

Roasted Tomato Sauce

Tomatoes are our big crop. I plant a lot of plants and we bring in more tomatoes than anything else. When it comes to preserving them though...I am not too fond of the standard process. Most canning guides have you boil them, ice them, skin them and take out the...

Dried Pineapple Zucchini

  If you are like most people, when summer hits zucchini starts to take over your kitchen. I have been looking at various ways to preserve them other than just shredding and freezing. Last year I tried Val's Zucchini candy, though I didn't want to use the...

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