How to Make Currant Jelly with No Added Pectin

How to Make Currant Jelly with No Added Pectin. This easy homemade jelly recipe has just two ingredients and is perfect for beginning canners.

I think God has a funny sense of humor. I was thinking last weekend, “Hmmm, I wonder if my neighbor will have any extra currants this year since she didn’t have much of a harvest last year. It wouldn’t be too bad if she didn’t as I am quite busy enough already.” Said neighbor called later the same day to let me know she has a bumper crop of currants, and would I like to come over and pick some? Never one to turn away something free or waste food, of course I said “Yes”. So Tuesday morning was spent picking currants, and over the course of the day we cleaned them (picked out debris), washed them and made them into currant jelly. [Read more…]

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How to Can Green Beans

How to can green beans in a pressure canner. Picking, cleaning, processing, headspace, precessing times, altitude adjustments.

How to Can Green Beans

Canned green beans are one of the boys’ favorite veggies, so I try to process about thirty quarts each season.  Our last round of “green” beans actually started out mostly as Purple Podded Pole Beans (which turned green when canned or cooked). I prefer pole beans because there is less bending and they produce over a longer season. Here’s our system for cleaning and processing home canned green beans. [Read more…]

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The 5 Easiest Vegetables to Store

The 5 Easiest Vegetables to Store - These crops are so simple to store they should be a staple in every garden or "stock up" item from the farmers market.

In this post I’ll discuss the easiest vegetables to store and how to store them.  These crops have all moved onto my “must plant” list because they  require little or no processing and last reliably in storage for months.  I also have a quick video of our awesome new root cellar makeover.  August and the boys did a great job adding a ton of storage to the root cellar under our front porch. [Read more…]

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Maple Candied Walnuts, Plus How to Process Walnuts for Long Term Storage

Maple Candied Walnuts, Plus How to Process Walnuts for Long Term Storage - Curing Walnuts, The Best Nutcracker, Soaking Nuts for Easier Digestion, Storage

While the main focus if this post is how to process walnuts, this recipe for Maple Candied Walnuts from The Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen is lovely and couldn’t be easier.  They make a tasty and unique gift. [Read more…]

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Pickled Dilly Beans with Garlic and Cayenne Pepper

Pickled Dilly Beans with Garlic and Cayenne Pepper - this easy vinegar pickle will allow you to can green beans without a pressure canner.

Our green bean season is all but finished here in northeast Wisconsin, but a friend of mine down in Texas mentioned that she just planted her fall crop of beans and it is coming along nicely.  So, for my southern gardening friends, and for northern gardening friends to pin for next season, I’m sharing the dilly bean recipe that I made up earlier this year.

Home canned dilly beans are another recipe that always reminds me of mom, like the pickled beets I shared a couple of weeks ago.  Vinegar pickles of all different types were a staple growing up on the farm, from the jewel red beets to the slippery pickled mushrooms.  I remember one year when mom did a huge crock of some sort of cucumber pickles in a corner of the kitchen, but I don’t remember what recipe she used.  I have to ask my siblings and see if anyone else remembers.  Pickled veggies add a great crunch to any meal and may help aid digestion by adding a bit of acidity to the mix.  Pickling (adding vinegar and salt) also allows you to water bath can vegetables that would otherwise require pressure canning. [Read more…]

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