What to Can in Winter: Raspberry Mango Jam

What to Can in Winter: Raspberry Mango Jam

It may sound surprising, but I make most of my jam during the winter months. Primarily due to two reasons: (1) Berries freeze extremely well. And since you have to mash the berries to make jam, the freezing process makes that part significantly easier. (2) From the time the snow melts until it falls once […]

Home Canning: What Type of Canner Do I Even Use?

Home Canning: What Type of Canner Do I Even Use?

If colorful jars full of home grown food is what your dreams are made of, my-oh-my do I get you. My fascination with old food, old ways, and even old mason jars goes way back to my childhood. Hands-down my most favorite home we ever had was the 100-year old single room log cabin with […]

Winter Canning: Top 7 Canning Projects to Do in the Off Season

Winter Canning: Top 7 Canning Projects to Do in the Off Season

Winter canning is probably my favorite canning because it is in the off season. It means I have more time. It means I have a cold house that needs heating up (totally the opposite case during peak canning season, amiright?). It means I am choosing a canning project not based on the prevention of overripe […]

Peony Jelly

Peony Jelly

You can’t eat the grass. Have you seen this popular slogan? For those promoting the growing of gardens rather than lawns. I totes agree with this movement. Unless you’ve got animals, you ain’t got no need for grass. Save for a small patch of yard in which the kids can play. I’m okay with that. […]

Rhubarb Butter

Rhubarb Butter

Childhood could be summed up in a stalk of rhubarb dipped in sugar. Am I right? I don’t know how I consumed so much of the stuff, paired with store brand bleached white granulated sugar and actually enjoyed it. But I did. And I still love rhubarb. I have a particular affinity for the deep […]

Pickled Garlic Scapes

Pickled Garlic Scapes

I don’t know about you, but I love garlic. Looove it. I love adding it to pretty much everything I cook. I love how the smell lingers on your hands long after you’ve handled it. Some might find that gross. Not I. But what’s more, I really love growing it. I love the fact that […]

Home Canned Beef Stew

Home Canned Beef Stew

There’s a wintry mix covering our little homestead, the kids have the first snowman of the year standing in the yard, and I have warm homemade beef stew settling in jars on the counter top. But around here, “beef” comes in many forms…most often by way of deer or bear. So technically I have “venison/bear […]

How to {Safely} Can Pumpkin & Squash

How to {Safely} Can Pumpkin & Squash

This time of year, no matter how you try to hide from it, you can’t escape the pumpkin madness. It’s as if the calendar turns over and suddenly your life is overtaken by pumpkin- flavored this and pumpkin- spiced that. Pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin beer. Want a better coffee? Get a pumpkin flavored one! […]

Plum Applesauce

Plum Applesauce

Today I’m bringing you the third and final applesauce recipe of the week (earlier this week was Honey Vanilla Bean Applesauce and Apple Pie Applesauce). This one will definitely be a recipe that makes you think of winter, with its rich color and flavor. So save this one for when the snow flies and you […]

Apple Pie Applesauce

Apple Pie Applesauce

When you’re faced with a season as generous as apple season, it’s just way too much fun exploring all the different ways in which to preserve them. This week I’m sharing some newly formulated applesauce recipes. On Monday it was Honey Vanilla Bean Applesauce and today’s recipe is just as tasty. Applesauce is so naturally […]