Category: Preserving Foods

How To Freeze and Preserve Berries

Freezing whole berries is the fastest method and most excellent way to preserve the quality and freshness of the product.  The method I’ve explained here works for freezing blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. HERE’S ALL IT TAKES Carefully wash berries and drain on an absorbent towel.  Pat dry with another towel.  Place dry berries on […]

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How To Freeze Peaches and How To Peel Frozen Peaches

A city-dwelling locavore walks into a country store to buy fresh produce and starts eyeing a small box of peaches.  The wise farm matron behind the counter says to the city slicker, “I could make you a REAL good deal on some #2 peaches, half a bushel for $18.00.”  The small box of peaches was […]

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How to Dry Lemon Zest

Have you ever squeezed a bunch of lemons then wondered what to do with all the leftover skins?  I mean, there on the counter is a heaping pile of lemon zest with no where to go.  It breaks my heart.  I squeeze my brain wondering what could I possibly do to save all that potential.  […]

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Homemade Organic Applesauce

Don’t be afraid to make your own organic applesauce at home.  It’s SUPER easy and costs a great deal less than the stuff at the store, not including the costs of the recyclable jars and lids, of course.  If you’ve never ventured into the art of home canning, I’m here to tell you that it’s […]

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How to Dry Parsley in the Microwave

It’s very easy to dry herbs using the microwave; it’s almost magical.  Carefully lay out the leaves, slide them into the microwave, nuke, beeeep, beeeep, beeeep… VOILA! Dried herbs. Microwave-dried herbs retain excellent color and potency.  Start by laying the herb foliage in a single layer on a paper towel, either on the oven rack […]

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How to Preserve Peeled Garlic Cloves

Have you ever purchased one of those large containers of peeled garlic from any Buy-In-Bulk-Warehouse to save yourself time and money?  BUT THEN, after you got home you learned the garlic has an expiration date and you only have 3 weeks to eat 3 pounds of garlic!  YIKES. If you have tons of unpaid bills […]

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Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

You will need: 5-1/2 cups chopped cored husked tomatillos (about 2 lbs or 27 medium) 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 large) 1 cup chopped green chilies (about 2 medium) 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 Tbsp minced cilantro 2 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes 1/2 cup vinegar 4 Tbsp […]

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Homemade Ketchup or Catsup, depending where you’re from

Tomatoes & Tomato Juices image Makes about 7 (16 oz) pints You will need: 3 Tbsp celery seeds 4 tsp whole cloves 2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces 1-1/2 tsp whole allspice 3 cups cider vinegar 24 lb tomatoes, cored and quartered (about 72 medium) 3 cups chopped onions (about 4 medium) 1 tsp cayenne […]

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Home Canning Bread and Butter Pickles

Home canning is not hard and it’s really not labor intensive.  I’m sorry I didn’t start canning YEARS ago.  The key is having all the tools, pots, jars and lids ready and understanding the flow of the recipe.  Home can one time and you’ll have it down to preserve ANY food you like.  The steps […]

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Time Chart for Home Canning Fruits

Apricots medium sirup cold-pack 20 minutes in hot-water bath cold-pack 35 minutes in the oven hot-pack 10 minutes in hot-water bath hot-pack 20 minutes in the oven Berries medium sirup cold-pack 20 minutes in hot-water bath cold-pack 35 minutes in the oven hot-pack 5 minutes in hot-water bath hot-pack 20 minutes in the oven Cherries […]

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Home Canning Fruits

Select firm ripe sound fruit free from blemishes, bruises or spoiled spots.  Reject overripe fruit.  Grade according to size and ripeness for uniformity of pack and texture. Wash thoroughly.  Peel, core, cut up, blanch or precook as directed below under each fruit.  To peel peaches, apricots and tomatoes, dip in boiling water then plunge into […]

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Preparation of Fruits for Home Canning

Apricots: Peel or leave unpeeled; halve and pit. Berries (Except Strawberries): Wash, hull, sort over, using smaller and imperfect ones for juice.  Cold-pack or precook if the berries are the kind which tend to float.  To precook, sprinkle 1 to 2 cups of sugar over each quart of berries, depending upon their sweetness;  let stand […]

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Canning Fruits – An Approximate Guide For Pounds Per Quart

This is only an approximate guide given to the amount of fresh fruit necessary to produce the amount of canned fruit desired. To yield 1 quart of canned fruit use: Apricots — 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds Cherries — 1 1/2 pounds Peaches — 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 pounds Pears — 2 to […]

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Preparing Sirup or Syrup for Canning Fruits

To 1 cup of sugar add the amount of water indicated below for the kind of sirup desired.  If desired fruit juice may be substituted for part of all of the water. Thin Sirup calls for 3 cups of water to yield 3 1/2 cups of sirup. Medium Sirup calls for 2 cups of water […]

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Filling, Handling and Sealing Jars

Fill only one jar at a time; wipe the top free of all liquid, seeds or food particles. If food is packed hot into the jar, seal it completely before processing.  If food is packed cold into the jar, partly seal it before processing–that is, with the screw lid screw it down until tight and […]

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