how to make perfect strawberry jam

Easy Strawberry Preserves Recipe

This "Easy Strawberry Preserves Recipe" is one of our family's favorite things to eat!  When made with homegrown berries, it's even MORE of a treat!  Let me show you how to make perfect strawberry preserves every time! Making fruit preserves is one of the first canning skills I learned because it's so simple.  Preserves are simply a proportionate combination of fruit, juice, sugar and pectin.  Different fruit require different amounts of sugar, depending on it's sweetness and juice content.  Some fruit can be made into preserves without pectin, but strawberry preserves is best made with it. Here's everything you're going to...

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how to make pineapple jam

How to Make Easy Pineapple Jam at Home

Pineapple doesn't grow here in Ohio, so I LOVE it when I can find it on sale for .99 during the summer months!  When you see fresh pineapple on sale in your area, grab an armload and let me show you How to Make Easy Pineapple Jam at Home! Here's what you'll need: 1 quart finely chopped pineapple (chopped, cored and peeled) 2 1/2 cups of sugar 1 cup water 1/2 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded 1 box pectin Several clean, sterilized jars, lids and rings (Get these ready before you start) Water bath canner   Give all produce a good washing...

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sale pineapple at store

How to Take Advantage of Grocery Store Loss Leaders

The pursuit of fresh, healthy food for my family is one of my highest priorities!  While my goal is to grow and produce most of that food myself, there are times when supplementing from your local grocery can be a big help when stocking your pantry!  Today, I want to discuss with you "How to Take Advantage of Grocery Store Loss Leaders". So, what exactly is a "Loss Leader"? A "Loss Leader" is an item or product, usually a seasonal meat, produce or pantry item, that is on the front page of the store's sale flyer. The items are usually something that's...

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how to preserve eggs without refrigeration

Preserving Eggs in Lime Water Recipe

It's Springtime here, and that means our hens are laying eggs....lots and lots of eggs.  How can we preserve eggs without refrigeration? Let me explain with "Preserving Eggs in Lime Water Recipe"! Back in the day, before refrigeration, there were several different methods to preserve eggs.  Some work better than others! One way to preserve eggs is pickling, but to be honest, my family isn't crazy about pickled things, so I don't use this method. Another way to preserve eggs is by freezing.   Freezing eggs is just a matter of scrambling the eggs and putting them into labeled zip-lock bags. Put the zip-lock bags on...

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Foraging Tips for Beginners

Foraging Tips for Beginners

As a beginner, foraging doesn't have to be a scary or intimidating thing.  With a few tools and a bit of advice, you'll start recognizing what's safe to forage, how to collect and how to eat! Here's some "Foraging Tips for Beginners" to get you started! So much delicious, diverse, organic (and did I mention FREE?) food waits for us to discover and appreciate!  There's so much wild food around us that we walk past most of the time and don't recognize it! What a shame!   But that stops right here! Foraging defined means "to search for wild food sources."  I...

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What Homesteaders Really Want for Christmas

What Homesteaders Want for Christmas – Homesteading “Must-Haves”

I think all homesteaders look forward to Christmas!  Why?  Because it's a time when they look forward to sales (and possible gifts!) on the tools they want and need to be more sustainable!  If you love a homesteader, you need this "What Homesteaders Want for Christmas - Homesteading "Must-Haves""! You'll never find me at a Black Friday sale.  Nor will you find me at a mall, strolling around with bags in both arms.  Christmas  brings out the worst in a consumer-driven society.  However, on the bright side, Christmas can bring discounts on much desired items for your homestead.  Whether you...

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How to Make Green Superfood Powder at Home

How to Make Green Superfood Powder at Home

Greens are some of the simplest foods to dehydrate and use in the kitchen!  You can even go one step further and learn "How to Make Green Superfood Powder at Home"!  Let's take a look at how it's done! You can dry all sorts of greens, including spinach, Swiss chard, collard greens, beet greens and various lettuces.  I take it a step further and dehydrate weeds that I forage like chickweed, plantain and dandelion.  I enjoy using my dried greens in my cooking, but I really love making my own super greens powder!  Why pay top dollar for super greens...

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How to Dehydrate Carrots

How to Dehydrate Carrots

Sometimes you're out and see some gorgeous produce that just begs to be taken home and preserved!  That was the case today when I saw a great deal on a 5# bag of organic carrots, so I brought them home to dehydrate.  Carrots are so good for you, rich in Vitamin A plus minerals and potassium! I absolutely love dehydrating food!  It's so quick and easy to do!  Let's get these carrots dried! (More about my favorite dehydrator here!) First things first, we need to give them a quick rinse and then cap and peel them. Time to cut the carrots into...

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How to Dry Fruit

How to Dehydrate Fruit

I've been doing a ton of dehydrating this week!  There is so much fresh fruit in season right now, it would be crazy to not capture all of this nutrition and flavor for the colder months!  Come along and let me show you how to dehydrate fruit! Food preservation is such a critical skill to learn!  Of all the ways I know how to preserve food, dehydrating is by far the most simple! First of all, you're going to need a good dehydrator.  I own and recommend the Excalibur Dehydrator wholeheartedly!  You can read my review and the "11 Ways to...

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