Root Cellars 101 – Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid

Root Cellars 101 – Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid

In this article we’ll talk about 5 basic things you must include in a root cellar design, plus 10 tips for fruit and vegetable storage. There’s also a printable storage guide for over 30 fruits and veggies, and links to additional information at the bottom of the post. A root cellar is a great low-cost…

Preserve Apples for Year Round Use 17 Easy and Creative Ways
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Preserve Apples for Year Round Use 17 Easy and Creative Ways

Apple season is one of my favorite times of the year. Whether you have your own trees or enjoy the bounty of local orchards, you can preserve apples to enjoy year round. I’ll share the easiest way to preserve apples, best storage apples, and lots of creative apple preserving ideas. We have about a dozen…

No Can Dill Pickles – Just Stick Them in a Jar!
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No Can Dill Pickles – Just Stick Them in a Jar!

This recipe is from my neighbor Betty. Betty and I have swapped a lot of produce and recipes over the years (she’s also my son’s piano teacher and has become like a grandmother to him 🙂 ). Betty makes a simple old-fashioned brined dill pickle that doesn’t require canning, and couldn’t be easier to make.

How to Can Green Beans – Step by Step Instructions for Canning Green Beans

How to Can Green Beans – Step by Step Instructions for Canning Green Beans

Home 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), but our main crop most years is Emerite pole beans. I prefer…