Category Archives: Food Preservation

Tired of Pickling? Try Candied Jalapenos!

Candied Jalapeños? I do a ton of canning. Everything from preserves to tomatoes to turkey vegetable soup. Food preservation is my drug. Every year, I tend to find new and exciting canning recipes to try out and add to our pantry. To be honest, I’m beginning to tire of “pickled” items: pickles, pickled beans, pickled…

Time To “Preserve” Summer: Asparagus

Asparagus season is quickly coming to an end. If you are looking to preserve some asparagus for winter, you better run as fast as you can to your local farmer’s market and buy whatever you can find (I scavenged at two different markets!) My original plan was to pickle and preserve the asparagus because I…

Fanatic About Food Swaps

Have you ever heard of food swapping? Yes, bartering for food goes back gazillions of years to when the dinosaurs traded berries for eggs. However, in recent years, food swap events have popped up all over the nation and world. Basically, they are gatherings where people bring food and trade for food made by others….

It’s Peanut Butter Jelly Time: Canning Grape Jelly

  People are giving me grapes. This has never happened before…but I’m sure loving it! Immediately, I started searching for recipes. Wine? Nah, we don’t drink wine (I KNOW.) Grape sorbet? Mmm, yes…except I don’t own an ice cream machine. Grape Moonshine? Um…illegal. Well, I suppose you can’t go wrong with good ole’ Concord grape…

It’s Plum Season: Canning Asian Plum Sauce

Canning season is in full swing around our house! Green beans, potatoes, pie fillings, pickles, applesauce…it’s been one crazy, canning summer. Truth be told…I’m kind of tired of making the same old preserves, the same old jellies. BOR-ING. I mean, we use these items all year long, so they are very practical. However, I want something different….

Rhubarb-palooza: Ginger Vanilla Rhubarb Jam

Now that I have Rhubarb Simple Syrup behind me, it’s time to move on to preserving the rhubarb in an even more useful way. I wanted to make jam. Not just ANY plain ole’ rhubarb jam, but something unique and interesting. Strawberry rhubarb? No…too typical. Lemon rhubarb? Naw…too sour. After a big of googling, I…

Time To “Preserve” Your Summer: Green Beans

Oh…the darker, cooler mornings. The darker, cooler evenings. Fall is approaching and I’m starting to get a *wee* bit of anxiety about getting all of my summer produce canned and stored. Kind of silly to have anxiety, but I know how much my family loves the little taste of summer when it’s brought out during…

Time To “Preserve” Your Summer: Corn

Do you live in one of the 26 states that are now declared disaster drought areas? I do. Living right in the heart of farmland, I’m surrounded by withering corn on the left and wilted leaf soy on the right. No joke. This is serious stuff. Even with irrigation, the crops just aren’t getting enough…

Time To “Preserve” Your Summer: Strawberry