Recipes

  • 80+ Recipes For Home Canning: {Fruits & Vegetables}

    80+ Recipes For Home Canning: {Fruits & Vegetables} This collection highlights garden fresh produce that is pickled, packed in syrups or just in water and I’ve sorted them alphabetically (by vegetable or fruit item) so it will be easy to find what you’re looking for. This handy reference…
  • 10 Homemade Pie Fillings

    10 Homemade Pie Fillings This week’s Recipe Hit List is a collection of canned pie fillings that I’ve handpicked from around the net. Stock up the pantry with these goodies and you can make it easy to enjoy favorite fruit pies all year long.…
  • Thick & Delicious: An Assortment Of Apple Butter Recipes

    Thick & Delicious: An Assortment Of Apple Butter Recipes If you’ve ever had apple butter before, you know what a nice sauce or condiment this is. It’s a delicious reduction of apples and spices that is put up in jars and stored away in the pantry to be enjoyed…
  • 15 Ways To Make Homemade Relish

    15 Ways To Make Homemade Relish Homemade relish is an excellent way to use produce from the garden and there are so many different ways to make it. This week’s Recipe Hit List is a collection of recipes that I’ve collected from around the ‘net, most…
  • More Homemade Preserves Please: Recipes For Pear Butter

    More Homemade Preserves Please: Recipes For Pear Butter If you have a bounty of fresh pears on hand, what to do with them all? You can preserve them for year round use by making this lovely spreadable fruit. If you’re unfamiliar with what this type of preserve is,…
  • Traditional Method For Making Sauerkraut: {& More}

    Traditional Method For Making Sauerkraut: {& More} The making of sauerkraut is a method of preserving good cabbage and the resulting “fermented” vegetable is not only a good source of some important food values, but has a fine distinctive flavor. Certain varieties of cabbages, such as the…
  • Transform Cucumbers Into Pickles: Easier Than You Think!

    Transform Cucumbers Into Pickles: Easier Than You Think! One of the most popular ways to take advantage of a bounty of cucumbers is to can homemade pickles since they’re always appreciated on the dinner table. If you’re a little inexperienced when it comes to home canning, making pickles…
  • 24 Pressure Cooker Recipes: Tasty Collection

    24 Pressure Cooker Recipes: Tasty Collection Here are two dozen pressure cooker dishes that I’ve organized for this week’s Recipe Hit List. There are a few soups, stews, broth & stock recipes, main dishes and sides. Enjoy! *Note: Descriptions below are quotes from the sources Main…
  • 10 Methods For Preserving A Bounty Of Herbs

    10 Methods For Preserving A Bounty Of Herbs Enjoying a big bounty of herbs from the garden this year? Fresh is best when it comes to cooking with them, but here are ten easy ways to preserve them for year-round use (along with a nifty tip at the…
  • 16 Homemade Salsa Recipes & Tips

    16 Homemade Salsa Recipes & Tips Here’s a nice mix of recipes for salsa that use garden fresh tomatoes and ingredients while others use canned varities. I also added a few resources at the bottom that are packed with info and safety tips for this method…
  • 100+ Homemade Jam, Jelly & Marmalade Recipes

    100+ Homemade Jam, Jelly & Marmalade Recipes [Updated for 2012] Here are over 100 hand-picked recipes featuring jams, jellies & marmalades made from fruits, berries, herbs, flowers and produce harvested from early Spring right through to Fall. The collection includes a mix of tried-and-true traditional favorites, many…
  • 100+ Rhubarb Recipes {Plus How To Cook & Freeze It}

    100+ Rhubarb Recipes {Plus How To Cook & Freeze It} [Updated for 2012] One of the earliest memories I have of my younger brother is sitting outside with him at our grandparents house, each with a small bowl of sugar and a bunch of rhubarb that was just pulled from…

Canning Helpers

  • 35+ Canning Jar Labels

    35+ Canning Jar Labels Lots of goodies here for you to check out, the collection now features snapshots of the free printables plus I’ve also found a few new labels to add to the list. I’ll be adding more to the collection below as…
  • Important First Step: Safely Sterilizing Jars For Preserves

    Important First Step: Safely Sterilizing Jars For Preserves Home canning has been practiced for generations since it’s a great way to preserve the harvest from your garden or take advantage of the bounty of in-season produce from your local markets. It may be time consuming to do, but…
  • Common Causes Of Poor Quality Pickles

    Common Causes Of Poor Quality Pickles If you plan on doing any cucumber pickling this year, here’s a handy troubleshooting info sheet listing common problems and why they happen along with some information I found in an old cookbook. I’ve also included a homemade spice blend…
  • How To Skin Tomatoes – Works For Peaches Too!

    How To Skin Tomatoes – Works For Peaches Too! Some dishes require removing the skin from tomatoes before adding them to the rest of the ingredients. Sounds a bit messy and may be intimidating for the less experienced cook, but the process is really quite simple! Here’s how you…
  • Home Canning: Definitions Guide & Signs Of Spoilage

    Home Canning: Definitions Guide & Signs Of Spoilage Acid Foods: Fruits, tomatoes, rhubarb and pimientos are acid foods. Botulinus: Bacteria found in the soil have been known to cause toxin to form in carelessly canned foods. No danger when clean, sound, unblemished fresh produce is selected, prepared and…
  • Troubleshooting Tips For Jelly Making

    Troubleshooting Tips For Jelly Making Here’s a handy sheet for troubleshooting problems when making homemade jelly…if a batch doesn’t turn out the way you hoped, you may find the reason why here so you can avoid the problem next time. I’ve also added several vintage…
  • Old-Timers Practical Advice for Home Preserving

    Old-Timers Practical Advice for Home Preserving These tips have been collected from the 1940s and 1950s, most are quite practical but one is truly a piece of old-timer wisdom that I couldn’t resist including (you’ll know which one when you see it!). I’ve also included a…

Freezing

  • Blanching Vegetables 101: {Kitchen Q & A}

    Blanching Vegetables 101: {Kitchen Q & A} Many times you’ll find instructions to blanch vegetables first before freezing them. If you’re wondering why this is required and how it’s done, here’s a tip sheet with information to get you started. First, here’s an introduction: Vegetables are blanched…
  • 15+ Freezer Jams {Top Picks}

    15+ Freezer Jams {Top Picks} This is the easiest method for making jam and if you’re a little intimidated with the thought of canning, this is a great method for beginners! This week’s Hit List is a happy mix of hand-picked recipes I’ve found from…
  • How To Freeze Strawberries: {Info Sheet}

    How To Freeze Strawberries: {Info Sheet} Strawberries can be frozen for up to 12 months making it easy to take advantage of this season’s bounty to enjoy all year until next year’s harvest! Here’s a tip sheet giving step-by-step instructions, to get started you’ll need: Lots…
  • Is It Possible To Freeze Milk? Yes!

    Is It Possible To Freeze Milk? Yes! One way to save money on groceries is by stocking up on deals which is easy enough to do for dry goods and meat, but what about fresh dairy products like milk? The shelf life is not very long and…
  • How To Freeze Vegetables

    How To Freeze Vegetables Garden-good vegetables all year round–so wonderfully tasty, and so easy to freeze! Save money on groceries by stocking up now on fresh produce–the quality and prices can’t be beat when vegetables are in season (better yet if you grow your…
  • How To Freeze Fruit

    How To Freeze Fruit Buying fruits in bulk when they are in season and then freezing them is a great way to save money on groceries (when they’re at their lowest price), this also lets you enjoy your favorite fruits year round. Freezing is…
  • Can Eggs Be Frozen? You Betcha!

    Can Eggs Be Frozen? You Betcha! Here is an old article from the 1950’s loaded with some great information and tips. Homemakers back in the day took pride in being thrifty and practical. This almost always translated into having a well stocked, organized home that didn’t…
  • Quick Tips For Freezing A Variety Of Items

    Quick Tips For Freezing A Variety Of Items Here’s a reference sheet loaded with information for freezing a variety of food items (butter, cheese, bananas and more). You’ll also find a tip at the bottom of the page for using an empty can as a funnel (for packing…
  • How To Wrap Meat Like A Pro

    How To Wrap Meat Like A Pro This tutorial is perfect timing if you’re bulk buying and stocking up the freezer this fall, here’s how to wrap meat nice & air tight for freezing. It’s important to wrap properly to preserve the quality of the meat and…

Drying Food

  • Drying Cherries: Yes You’ll Want To Pit Them First!

    Drying Cherries: Yes You’ll Want To Pit Them First! Fresh cherries are a favorite summertime treat, but did you know this delicious fruit will be enjoyed all year long when you dry them? And it’s easy to do too! Here’s a simple way you can do this yourself… Select…
  • Healthy Snack Option: Here’s How To Dry Apples (Chips)

    Healthy Snack Option: Here’s How To Dry Apples (Chips) Aren’t we always on the lookout for cheap, healthy and easy-to-make snacks? Dried apple chips and pieces tick all the boxes…they can be added to cereals, homemade granola, baked goods (such as muffins and cakes), yogurt or they’re tasty and…
  • Take Advantage Of A Bounty Of Figs: Dry Them!

    Take Advantage Of A Bounty Of Figs: Dry Them! If you’re lucky enough to have a fig tree or if you’ve come across a good deal on fresh ones at the local market, here’s an easy way to keep them by drying. They make a very healthy snack and…
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes: Trays Outside Or Better In The Oven?

    Sun Dried Tomatoes: Trays Outside Or Better In The Oven? Traditionally sun dried tomatoes were made by laying out freshly cut pieces of the fruit in the sun to bake in the natural heat for days (the pieces are covered in cheesecloth to keep the insects off them). You may…