Category Archives: Canning

Canning tip #3

Steam is hot.  It will burn you. Says she who got a 3 inch scald a week ago and just for good measure, did it again this week to remind herself…

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How to make Radish Pod pickles

I tell ‘ya, radishes are the plant that just keeps giving.  You can eat the root, the leaf, AND the seed pod.  I let my radishes bolt, because I save seeds.  The first year I did this, I left too … Continue reading

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Steig Tattler jar lids

If you’ve never seen these, they are a re-usable jar lid that takes approximately 3 uses in order to break even.  In other words, if you used 3 metal, non-reusable lids, you’d pay for one of these.  I jumped into … Continue reading

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How to make tomato paste

This recipe came about because I read a lot of recipes for it and came to the conclusion, thru experimentation, that none of them worked well, so I should do all of them.  So I combined them all, and it worked well. Here’s … Continue reading

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How to make ketchup

For years I’ve been making catsup.  It’s a great condiment for adults.  Unfortunately, my kids don’t like it.  So, last year, I decided to go on a quest to make a ketchup that my kids *would* eat.  Over the winter, … Continue reading

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How to make apple cider vinegar

This, for me, is a free product.  It’s something that can be made out of windfall apples, the apples on your neighbor’s tree that they run over with the mower, or cart to the dump, or crab apples.  It’s incredibly simple, … Continue reading

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How to make Pectin

I’ve been on this “make the things you use” kick for a while now, but one of the things I use and had only a vague idea that I could make, until recently, was Pectin. I use a boatload of … Continue reading

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The basement, 1.5 years later

It occurs to me that I’ve not posted more basement pics lately. So, I’m going to walk you thru what I’ve got now, comparing it with the pictures from THIS earlier post.  So, without further adieu, here we go! In the … Continue reading

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How to make strawberry chocolate jam

I went picking strawberries with my friend Sara.  (Sara’s my new convert to the world of canning, and she’s taken off like a shot!)  We took 5 of the 6 children between the two of us and they helped to … Continue reading

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Let there be CHERRIES!

Two years ago, we put in tiny little cherry trees in pursuit of the goal of having an edible landscape.   (They’ve grown a bit…) Last year, the birds ate them all because we were gone for 2 weeks in … Continue reading

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