Category: Preserving Foods


Tips to Freezing Fresh Green Beans

Did you come home from the farmer’s market with a load of fresh green beans? Well, it’s super easy to put them up in the freezer.

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Canning Thick, Herby Tomato Sauce

This works for simple, seasoned tomato sauce recipes.

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Figs Preserved in Honey Syrup

Figs Preserved in Honey Syrup is brought to by Sherri Brooks Vinton author of my favorite canning book, Put’em Up!  I’ve won several blue ribbons at the county fair using the recipes out this book. I wrote a review years ago after I first starting using the book:  Put ‘Em Up! Book Review  Figs Preserved in Honey […]

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Freezing Whole Strawberries

Every year in late spring, the kids and I pile in the van to trek 50 miles to a pick-your-own orchard to gather up enough strawberries to last us all year long.  We have a blast every time we go.  We’re pretty fast pickers, too.  It only takes us a couple of hours to harvest […]

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Pickled Carrots and Green Pear Tomatoes

I got impatient a few weeks back waiting for my yellow pear tomatoes to ripen on the plants.  I had a mean hankering for pickled green tomatoes.  Usually, pickled green tomato recipes are for the end of the growing season, not the beginning.  A voice in my head said, “Who cares what time of the […]

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Intensely Strawberry-Strawberry Jam

The first growing season I spent putting up jams and jellies, I used pectin in everything.  That’s what the recipe said to add, so that’s what I did.  This past strawberry pickin’ season, I made strawberry jam the old fashion way or the classic way.  I kept the pectin box in the pantry and I […]

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Sour Cherry Jam Recipe

Sour cherries are available in late May through June here in Texas.  So, I wanted to take advantage of this time and try making a batch of Cherry Jam.  I’ve made applesauce, blueberry jam, red plum jam, strawberry jam and I figured we could never have enough jam in the pantry. This recipe includes instructions […]

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Fresh Pickled Beets

Take a look around, you just might find a local farmer growing beets.  Take the opportunity to stock up on them and put up a few jars.  You’ll be glad you did. HERE’S ALL IT TAKES makes about 6 pints 3 quarts beets (about 24 small beets) 2 cups sugar 2 cinnamon sticks 1 tablespoon […]

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Fresh Red Plum Jam

Red plum jelly or red plum jam, either one works for me.  There’s nothing like eating fruit jams from fresh picked fruits, especially if you picked the fruit yourself.  I confess that I didn’t have to pick these plums.  My dear neighbors have plum trees in their backyard and brought me a couple of bags. […]

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Fresh Picked Red Plum Jelly

I’m very blessed to have a thoughtful neighbor with plum trees.  My kids, well, my whole family’s favorite jelly is Red Plum Jelly.  There’s no better jelly for peanut butter sandwiches than red plum.  ;D Well last plum season, my dear neighbor brought of over a bag of fresh picked red plums.  They weren’t quite […]

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Sweet & Spicy Pickled Green Tomatoes

Oh my friend, let me tell you that you ain’t never had a pickled green tomatoes recipe like this one.  Well, maybe you have, but I haven’t.  I got the recipe over the phone from a farmer who said it was his grandmother’s recipe.  He said she was probably turning over in her grave because […]

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Pickled Green Tomatoes

This pickled green tomatoes recipe comes to us from Sue Adams, a loyal reader here of HERE’S ALL IT TAKES 1 peck green tomatoes sliced 1 1/2 ounce black peppercorns 6 cups granulated sugar 1 ounce whole allspice 1/4 ounce ground mustard 1 dozen onions sliced 1 ounce whole cloves 1 ounce mustard seed […]

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Fast Freezer Pickle Slices

This freezer pickles slices recipe is Outstanding!  I actually put up these freezer pickles last summer.  We’re still eating on them and they have held up WAY BETTER than my canned pickles.  Not that my canned pickles aren’t good, they are.  It’s just that these freezer pickle slices are enjoyed more often on different occasions. […]

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How to Freeze Asparagus

I just wanted to present to you some simple, straight up information about how to select good asparagus and how to freeze asparagus.  When spring is going on, so are the sales we find at the markets.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on fresh picked locally grown asparagus.  Take advantage of early spring […]

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How To Freeze A Lot Of Okra

HERE’S HOW TO FREEZE OKRA WITH THE BEST FINISHED PRODUCT Wash whole okra pods and thoroughly dry them on a large tea towel.  Cut and discard the stem end, then proceed to cut pods into 3/4-inch round cuts.  Transfer to a large bowl. For freezing okra cuts that are to be used for soups and […]

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