A root cellar is a great option to include in your food storage plan, since they require no energy to use and require very little maintenance. It’s great if you can build in a root cellar when your home is under construction, but it’s also possible to add a root cellar to your basement, or build one outside your home. Root cellars are a great low-cost, no-energy way to store food and extend the shelf life of fresh produce. [Read more…]
Harvesting walnuts is a part of our fall routine most years. We don't have walnut trees yet, but our neighbors have black walnuts and English walnuts. I normally use the black walnuts for their hulls to make black walnut tincture, and use the English walnuts for their nut meats.
Both types of walnuts have a tough green outer hull, but the hulls on English walnuts usually split open and are easy to slip off. Black walnuts require more effort to hull, and their shells are thicker and nut meats smaller. English walnuts have thinner husks and shells, and are easily cracked with a lever style nut cracker. In this post I'll talk about harvesting English walnuts, picking the fresh nuts and drying them for storage in the shell. We'll also cover the best way to store nuts out of the shell.
Note: The maple candied walnut recipe has moved here.
Freezing fresh green beans is a quick and easy way to preserve them for later use. Whether you're freezing pole beans, bush beans, yellow beans or other snap beans, the method is the same. [Read more…]
This recipe for pickled cherry tomatoes came about as a way of preserving the huge harvest of cherry tomatoes we had last year. The cherry tomatoes and an assortment of vegetables are cold packed and covered in hot brine. Vinegar lowers the pH, making it safe for water bath canning. Added salt and sugar tie up free water, inhibiting bacteria growth. Our neighbor (who loves pickled foods) can eat a whole jar in one sitting. [Read more…]
I made up a batch of these green tomato pickles to use up some of the unripe tomatoes knocked off the vines during our recent hail storm. We picked all the storm damaged fruit, and trimmed off the spoiled bits, saving the undamaged parts for preserving. I found a number of green tomato recipes, but pickled green tomatoes seemed most likely to appeal to my family. (The crew groaned out loud at the green tomato mincemeat recipe.) We like dill pickles, so why not dilly tomatoes? [Read more…]