Blueberry Syrup

Blueberries are in season just now, so get out there and pick some yourself! Once you have a ridiculous amount of blueberries, what can you do with them? Well, I am here to help with a short series, starting with blueberry syrup. Prepare your jars and lids by thorough washing with soap and hot water. […]

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Easy canning dried beans

Canning dry beans can seem like a real pain. The rinsing, sorting, soaking overnight, changing the water rigmarole. There’s the “quick cook” method – boil for 2 minutes, soak in the hot boil water for 1 hour, drain, fresh water, bring back to a boil – pfft, what a pain! So here’s the super easy […]

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Pressure canning – beans

Beans are a powerful ally in living frugally. They have the best “bang for the buck” in terms of nutritional return for money: insoluble and soluble fiber, high in protein, complex carbohydrates, folate, and iron. Once you get a stockpile of dried and canned beans in your pantry you are opening up new vistas of […]

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Basic meat sauce – pressure canning

I like having modular components as well as finished items. What I mean by a “modular component” is something which is not complete in and of itself, but that can very quickly become a tasty meal. In the case of this basic meat cause it can become chilli, curry, spaghetti sauce, or even a pizza […]

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Seasonal Eating – March

Continuing my ongoing series on eating and canning seasonally, what’s new for March? As the weather is still treacherous, only robust stuff is coming into season. Thankfully there’s more to choose from this month: * New this month *Asparagus Green Cabbage Fingerling carrots Peas Scallions / green / spring onions *Spinach Turnip Greens – turnip […]

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Cherries

Cherry. Wikipedia will tell you the dry facts, but it won’t tell you how you get that burst of sweet, dark fruitiness when you bite into them, or how well they go in desserts, jams, or pies, or how you almost start to salivate at the mere word. There is one downside. They are intensely […]

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leftovers

Ah, Thanksgiving. One of the leading causes of leftovers along with Christmas! But leftovers is where the home canner can really shine. The turkey carcass? Boil it up to make a bone stock and put the squeeze on it. Same with the leftover veggies, you can put them up for later use. You could add […]

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Corn relish

What do you do when your local grocery store is charging 15 cents an ear of corn? Well, if you’re like me, you roast some and use the rest to make corn relish! Yield: approximately 6 pint jars 4 cups white vinegar 1.25 cups white sugar 2 tbsp salt 8 cups corn kernels (fresh, frozen, […]

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Fruity banana chutney

Ah, chutney. A loanword from the Hindi chatni, it means “spicy preparations to accompany a main dish”. It is also an awesome accompaniment to grilled foods, roasts, and cheeses. As an added bonus, chutney is a great way for parents to sneak extra fruit and veggies onto the plates of fussy eaters! This recipe combines […]

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Bread and Butter pickles

Supposedly so tasty all you need to have with them with is bread and butter, these are the perfect accompaniment to burgers, cold cuts, cheese, and so on. The pickles should be sweet, tangy, and crisp. Bread and Butter pickles 10 cups sliced trimmed stuff* 4 medium onions, thinly sliced ½ cup pickling or canning […]

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