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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Pickled Peppers

Pickled Peppers - Enjoy your hot peppers year round with this easy pickled pepper recipe for the water bath canner. Just 4 ingredients, use your favorite mix of hot peppers.

Many of our hot peppers got into our homemade salsa (which has gotten hotter as the boys have gotten older), but I like to make up a batch of pickled peppers to use in tacos and enchiladas, or even to toss over the top of a roast when we want a little extra heat.  Because hot peppers are not acidic, using a vinegar pickle allows them to be processed in boiling water bath canner.  For this recipe you can use jalapeno peppers, banana peppers, or whatever other hot peppers you have available.  [Read more…]

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5 Uses for Honey Everyone Should Know

5 Uses for Honey Everyone Should Know - Find out why honey is a "must have" in your pantry and medicine cabinet.

I’m lucky enough to be able to purchase raw honey in bulk from a local apiary, so we always have it stocked.  The many uses of honey make it one of my first “go to” home remedies, and a delicious addition to many recipes.  Below I list some of our favorite honey uses that are too good not to share. [Read more…]

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Gram Irene’s Pickled Beets

Gram Irene's Pickled Beets - Pickled beet recipe that's pretty enough for a crystal bowl on a holiday table but easy enough to enjoy anytime.

When I was growing up, I remember many afternoons of sitting on the porch steps with a canning kettle full of steaming beets, peeling off their slippery skins to get them ready for pickling.  Although they been cooked, drained and covered in cold water, they could still hold a lot of heat, so tender fingers needed to toughen up in a hurry.  (My boys still squawk about how hot I keep the dishwater.  I think they need to peel more beets.)  Soon the canning shelves would be filled with jewel-like red jars.  There was always a jar of pickled beets in the fridge on hand for meals, and for the holidays they’d be served up in a fancy crystal dish.  Mom always canned up a big mess of beets each year, but I rarely made pickled beets since no one in the house would eat them except me.  Fast forward, and my eldest son has decided that he now enjoys pickled beets.  Given that he’s built like a linebacker, he can go through quite a few of them, so I figured it was time to dig out the pickling spice.  Here’s momma’s recipe.  It’s similar to the Ball Blue Book “Beet Pickles”, but just a little simpler on the spices. [Read more…]

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