All posts in Canning/Preserving

Grow Good Eaters: 5 Easy Vegetables to Plant With Your Kids

By | May 28, 2014

By Doña Bumgarner, Contributing Writer. “Mama, do we have any carrots?” My 3-year old is standing not in the kitchen, but in the backyard. She’s peering into our raised garden bed, where I’ve been growing vegetables with her and for our family since she was a baby. Together we’ve successfully grown peas, green beans, lettuce, Read More

Growing Tomatoes 101

By | May 14, 2014

I think it’s safe to say we garden for tomatoes. I was never a tomato fan. I would order them off my burgers and sandwiches and skip them entirely on the veggie tray. Eventually I began to tolerate them on sandwiches and burgers, but still never alone. My husband, on the other hand, loves homegrown tomatoes. Read More

Successive Planting for a Longer Garden Harvest

By | May 8, 2014

By contributing writer, Jessica. I’d venture to say that for the majority of us, gardening season is in full swing! Just a few weeks ago, we added a little fertilizer/mushroom soil to our space and tilled it in. A few beds were mounded for spring veggies and we were super eager to plant those first Read More

5 Ways to Save Even More Money Gardening

By | May 7, 2014

Photo Credit: CharlesFred via Compfight cc By contributor Sarah Nichols Gardening season is upon us.  There are so many wonderful advantages to having your own garden. Many people garden so they can have access to fresh produce that is in season and grown free of harmful chemicals. Other people garden to avoid the genetically modified Read More

Growing a Bountiful Garden in Cold Climates

By | May 6, 2014

Contributor post, courtesy of Abby from O’Mamas. Yesterday at the grocery store, I noticed small conventional limes were $1.50 each.  I knew it must be mislabeled, so I double checked with the cashier.  She said unfortunately that the price was right, and it was one of many foods on short supply, resulting in much higher prices. These Read More

What’s Trench Composting? +4 Natural Gardening Tips

By | May 5, 2014

 By Jerri Ann, Contributing writer Since moving to Southern California, I’ve realized a few things. Never complain about the weather to someone who doesn’t live in SoCal. Just don’t do it. Ocean water too cold to swim in? They don’t want to hear that either. Another thing I’ve learned about living out here is that Read More

Real Food Chronicles: Jeanne @ Omamas

By | March 10, 2014

image credit by contributing writer Jeanne from O’Mamas When the ladies behind the genius Modern Alternative Mama posted a notice they wanted to explore a day-in-the-life of some of the contributing writers, I didn’t rush out and volunteer immediately. Not that my life isn’t an open book. I mean, I’m a blogger, for goodness sake. But I thought, maybe I’m not Read More

Monday Health & Wellness: Preparing for Preservation (Price and Pound Breakdown)

By | May 6, 2013

It’s that time again…. As the weather starts to warm up, I look forward to all the seasonal foods coming up.  I also look forward to preservation season!  I like nothing more than feeding my family locally, healthfully, and cheaply.  It’s the dream, right?  To have it all? It’s possible.  I mean, I’m not realistically going to Read More

Canning and Preserving: Links and Tutorials (and Green Peppers!)

By | September 28, 2011

Image by Muffet Recently, I went to a local farmer’s market and purchased 250 green peppers.  Yes, really!  We use peppers quite a lot, in stuffed peppers, stuffed pepper soup, spicy chicken soup, chicken gumbo, stir-fry, and lots more.  We love them. Some have asked me how I’m storing all those peppers.  So I thought Read More

Canning and Preserving: Diced Tomatoes

By | September 21, 2011

**This post has been entered in Pennywise Platter at The Nourishing Gourmet!** I love to cook with diced tomatoes, but you can’t buy them in glass jars anywhere.  It is possible to buy organic canned, but cans are all lined with BPA, an endocrine disruptor.  Ideally acidic foods shouldn’t be in metal cans lined with Read More

Canning and Preserving: Water Bath Method

By | September 14, 2011

The water bath method of canning is the most popular and common, because it’s the easiest.  It doesn’t require much special equipment (as I said in last week’s post, you can use most regular stock pots, you don’t have to buy a special pot) and it works for many common foods. But not all foods Read More

Canning and Preserving: Equipment

By | September 7, 2011

If you’re new to canning (and ’tis the season), you may not know what you will need.  Or maybe, like me, you’ve looked up all the equipment and it seems expensive…and you’re wondering what you really need, what you don’t, and what you might be able to re-purpose to use instead of buying new. That’s Read More


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