best jam recipes

33+ Best Summer Jam Recipes

Homemade jams and jellies are some of my favorite things to make every year, especially in the summertime!  Using my best recipes, I make jam for my family, friends, clients and as Christmas gifts!  It's just so amazing to me how many delicious combinations of fruit, herbs and spices there are with which to make these fabulous jam recipes! Let's dive in! 113 Homemade Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen As seasonal fruit becomes available, either from your garden or even grocery store loss leaders, you can make lots of jams and jellies! Take advantage of this fresh fruit and keep an eye...

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How to Use Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for Long-Term Food Storage

How to Use Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for Long-Term Food Storage

There's a lot of confusion about food storage methods out there!  When is it appropriate to use mylar bags vs. vacuum packing vs. glass jars?  Let's unpack this and let me explain "How to Use Mylar Bags and Oxygen Absorbers for Long-Term Food Storage". Food can be stored short-term or long-term. Short-term should be considered 12 months or less.  Vacuum-packing and mason jars are very appropriate for short-term food storage.  Your food will keep just fine in vacuum-sealed containers, whether they be jars or the plastic bags that are made for the Food Saver. The Food Saver has this handy little attachment...

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How to Dry Broccoli Using a Dehydrator

How to Dry Broccoli Using a Dehydrator

  Broccoli is one of my favorite vegetables to grow...and eat!  While freezing is the standard way to preserve broccoli, why not make it shelf-stable by dehydrating it?  Wait, can you dehydrate brocolli?  Yep, it can be done!  Let me show you "How to Dry Broccoli Using a Dehydrator"! I can hardly wait to harvest my broccoli every year!  I never feel as though I grow enough of it! Broccoli is such a nutritional powerhouse! I've always been allergic to cow's milk, albeit raw, cultured, whatever.  I cannot drink it in any form. Rather than supplement my diet with calcium capsules, I've made a...

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How to Can Hamburger for Quick Meals

How to Can Hamburger for Quick Meals

Ever get tired of expensive, mediocre, canned meat at the store?  Want to take control the quality of the canned meat you eat? Can your own!  It's simple to do and it's a great way to boost your pantry! Let's take a look at my tutorial "How to Can Hamburger for Quick Meals". Typically, I can meat in the late fall/winter.  That's because our beef is usually ready, from the farmer, at that time of year. This year, we're raising our own beef!  Yay! However, it's April, my beef freezer is getting low and our beef won't be ready to process until...

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Frugal Canning: Does Home Canning Really Save Money?

Frugal Canning: Does Canning Food Really Save You Money?

Canning and preserving food are skills that have been around for ages. But does canning food really save you money? The answer is yes...and no. Confused? Let's dig into this with "Frugal Canning: Does Canning Food Really Save You Money?" Long before what we know as "grocery stores" existed (Piggly Wiggly opened the first grocery store in 1916!), families were responsible for their own food supply. Folks grew large gardens every year, not as a hobby, but as a matter of survival! Every member of the family helped to maintain the garden, to insure the best harvest possible. Livestock such as chickens,...

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how to preserve carrots

How to Preserve Carrots

Pressure canning can be very intimidating for new canners, I know it was for me!  But truth told, once you pressure can a couple of times, you'll see how simple it really is!  I want to take you through the process, step-by-step, as we learn "How to Can Carrots in a Pressure Canner for Beginners"! I prefer to can carrots by the "raw pack" method, meaning that the carrots will not be cooked, but rather packed raw.  I feel that more nutrients are preserved this way. First, we're going to need some fresh carrots to can!  I picked up these carrots...

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how to make ghee at home

How to Make Ghee at Home

What is ghee, also known as clarified butter?  How is it made and what are it's uses?  Why would a homesteader be interested in ghee?  Well, I've got some answers for you today with "Easy Clarified Butter Recipe"! Ghee originated in the Indian culture and has been a staple in Indian households for thousands of years.  It is simply made by removing the milk fat from butter, thus leaving just the butter oil.   Ghee is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and medicinal qualities. Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India, recognizes ghee as an essential part...

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Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

Roasted Tomato Sauce Recipe

  There's nothing that I look forward to more in the summer than tomato season!  Yes!  That's because I can make (and can!) this amazing Roasted Tomato Sauce recipe!  I can't wait to show you how it's done! First, you're going to need some amazing and fresh tomatoes!  Meaty tomatoes, like Roma, work best.  I happened to have some very meaty canning tomatoes, they will make an awesome roasted tomato spaghetti sauce! I got a great deal on these tomatoes from my friend who runs a farm stand nearby, straight from the Amish produce market....woot!!  The tomatoes in my garden aren't ready yet! How to...

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Canning Tomatoes for Beginners

Canning Tomatoes For Beginners

Summer is tomato season!  Oh tomatoes, how many ways do I love thee??  Now is the time to capture that fresh flavor in jars for the winter months!  Today, I'm going to show you how with "Canning Tomatoes for Beginners"! First, you're going to need fresh-picked, fleshy tomatoes for canning!  Often times, I'll pick up a couple of cases to can, long before my own garden tomatoes are ready.  I don't want to miss a single opportunity to enjoy tomatoes on sandwiches, omelettes, pasta or in fresh marinara! How to Overwinter Your BEST Tomato Plants Here's what you're going to need: Beautiful fresh...

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