In our early years of gardening, we were able to eat fresh from our garden all during harvest season. Sure, there were often extra tomatoes to can, or broccoli to freeze, and even enough carrots to over-winter in the garden. The size of our garden has increased exponentially over the years and the goal now is to eat vegetables from our garden all year long. Yes, even fresh vegetables. Storing vegetables properly is essential.Continue Reading
Why Pressure Can Dried Beans
Canning does have its place, and I do can tomatoes and sauce, and maybe a few jars of applesauce.
And I can dried beans (legumes). That may be surprising, since storing the beans dried is so easy. Here’s my reasoning. Somedays I just like to have something available that’s fast and easy. And cooking dried beans is anything but fast.Continue Reading
You hafta love fall! Not only is it gorgeous, but the cooler weather is so energizing.
Most of the grapes we use are foraged, but they are readily available at farmer’s markets, neighbors yards, or maybe you grow them yourself.
Fermented Grape Juice
Grape juice is good. Fermented grape juice is over-the-top delicious. Something about that fizziness just makes me want to hoard the stuff.Continue Reading
Does this happen to you? You’re reading a book, or watching a documentary, and something is mentioned in passing, something not really related to the topic at hand, and now you can’t get that “something” out of your mind?
For me, it’s a common occurrence. I was reading The Wild Wisdom of Weeds. A book about weeds, ya know? And author Katrina Blair mentions an event in her town where the community collects apples, makes cider, and uses the pulp in various ways. And one of those ways is to make apple sugar.
Wait. What? Apple sugar? Continue Reading
There’s so much to love about dehydrating vegetables. Once dehydrated, they take very little room to store. Nutrients aren’t destroyed as they are with canning. If the electricity goes out for an extended time, nothing is spoiled. And dehydrated veggies can store for years.Continue Reading