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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

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: 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

How to Freeze Berries

By | July 7, 2011

   It’s definitely preservation season now!  In case you’re unsure if/what you want to preserve, you can read my preservation guide, and see my post over at Keeper of the Home today about planning what to preserve. One major thing we’re preserving this year is berries.  Strawberries (55 lbs.), cherries (6 – 7 lbs.), blueberries (50 Read More

Fall Preservation Guide

By | January 17, 2011

Image by karenandbrademerson Why in the world would I write and publish a fall preservation guide in January?  We’re nowhere near fall.  In fact, we’re not even near late spring, when gardens are actually starting to grow.  We don’t need to worry about doing any of this work for months yet.  So then why am Read More

The Easiest Way to Peel Tomatoes

By | September 7, 2010

Are you canning lots of tomatoes this year?  I am!!  For certain things, like making sauce, you can just chop them, puree them and go (I also like to seed them, though).  But for other things, you really need to peel them too.  And peeling tomatoes can be very annoying.

There are two methods: cut the peels off the tomatoes with a very sharp knife (which takes FOREVER). 

Canning for Beginners

By | August 9, 2010


It’s addictive.  At least for me!  And it’s not nearly as hard as it appears to be.  I was so excited to try but so intimidated to start.  It seems like you need a LOT of supplies, and it will take a LOT of time, and be easy to screw up.


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