Home Preserving

Practically Green: Putting up Summer Produce No Sweat

by Ivory Soap Home Preserving

  Going green in midsummer isn’t just about buying locally grown produce and keeping your lawn free from chemicals. If you’re really eco-smart, you’ll be putting up locally grown produce for the fall and winter. In January, those sorry winter tomatoes trucked from the other side of the country start to look pretty tempting, unless […]

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Hard Cheese

by Daisy Home Preserving

The title of this post sounds like I’m telling someone to get over it, and while I do have reason to say words to that effect on a regular basis (she said nyah nyah to me!, she wooked at me!), I did literally make hard cheese for the first time this week. I chose to […]

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Preserved Lemons

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

  Preserved lemons add a clear lemon flavor to all kinds of dishes, from tagines to couscous to stewed chicken or fish.  They aren’t difficult at all to make, and they can add a touch of exotic flavor to everyday dinners. To make it easy on myself, I start with a 2 lb bag of […]

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Kraut Catastrophe: A Tale of Woe Part II

by Daisy FLOPS

When we last left this saga, I had finally unstuck the lid from Ivory’s Picklemeister.  It was a great feeling. I was so psyched to get the kraut started.  I layered it in the crock with salt, added the inoculant from Ivory’s pickles and enough water to cover, put the lids on, the glass pusher […]

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Kraut Catastrophe: A Tale of Woe Part I

by Daisy FLOPS

As you all know, everything I do always turns out perfectly. What’s that choking sound? Ah, you’ve read our flops. Well, as long as we’re letting it all hang out, you might as well know what happened when I, inspired by Ivory’s fantabulous experiences making naturally fermented pickles, decided to devote my entire crop of […]

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Make Green Bean Pickles

by Ivory Soap Home Preserving

This recipe comes to us from our giveaway sponsor this week: Cultures for Health Naturally Pickled Green Beans Recipe   Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Green Beans or similar bean 3 cups. Water (approximate) A few cloves of garlic, chopped A few red pepper flakes Freshly ground black pepper Fresh or dried dill week to taste One […]

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Lacto-Fermented Dill Baby Carrots

by Ivory Soap Home Preserving

  Timeframe: 1 week Special Equipment: One-quart jar, preferably a fermenter Cut up flexible coffee lid that can be folded through the mouth and expands approximately to width of jar Optional weight.  I used an Eggsact Egg timer. Ingredients (for 1 gallon): 1-2 bags of baby carrots 1 tablespoon salt 1 tsp dried dill Boiled and […]

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Homemade Sauerkraut

by Ivory Soap Home Preserving

Timeframe: 1 week Special Equipment: One-gallon jar, preferably a fermenter Plasticware lid that can be folded through the mouth and expands approximately to width of jar Ingredients (for 1 gallon): 5 pounds cabbage 3 tablespoons sea salt Boiled and cooled tap water Optional splash of Bubbies juice or other lactofermeted liquid Process: Chop or grate […]

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7 Uses for Marigolds

by Daisy Home Preserving

I mentioned a while back that I was determined to get the most out of my marigolds–a huge mound of them occupying space I coveted for cold weather goodies like cabbage and broccoli. I wasn’t kidding and have been giving that plant a workout. Here’s the current list of marigold uses: 1.  Marigold Insect Spray […]

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Crispy Green Tomato Pickles

by Daisy Home Preserving

As the days grow shorter, my tomatoes just aren’t ripening. And, I suppose, the SEVENTEEN STRAIGHT DAYS OF RAIN we’ve had haven’t helped much. If you decide to pull ’em green like I have, pickling is a one way to preserve them. These are tangy-sweet, with a good crisp texture. I usually put them up […]

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Freezing Produce by the Handful

by Ivory Soap Home Preserving

My Gran always called it ‘putting up the ______’.  It took a whole day for each crop.  Putting up the tomatoes.  Putting up the squash.  Putting up the peppers. I am not my Gran. For one, I can’t get all my produce to appear at the same time.  Second, I’m lazy and all day long […]

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Freezing Greens

by Daisy Home Preserving

My overwintered greens had begun to bolt so it was time to pick them and put them up before they were reduced to spindly leaves and yellow blossoms. If you’ve never frozen greens, the hardest part traditionally is washing them but since mine are in raised beds and the bugs haven’t found them yet one […]

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Fast Fresh Jam

by Daisy Flavorings & Condiments

Ivory’s Diet-Breaking Delicious Jam 3 cups crushed, warmed, frozen strawberries 3 cups organic sugar (or white *sigh*) 1 cup water 1 box Less or No Sugar Needed Sure-Jell (found in baking section and looks just like this) 1. Stir together Sure-Jell and sugar, then water. Boil over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about a minute. […]

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Canning Pecans

by Daisy Home Preserving

One of the best things about canning pecans is that laboring over a hot stove during the cooler months is actually pleasant. Here’s what came back from the pecan-crackers: Two of those are ours. Yep. Full of cracked pecans. Thank you ancestors for your insight in planting pecan trees. We are deeply in your debt. […]

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A Week of Sandwiches in a Day

by Daisy Home Preserving

I learned a great trick a few months back. FREEZING pb&j. Now, I can make enough for a week, or more, all at once. Here’s the method. 1. Lay out your bread. 2. On EACH slice, spread some peanut butter almost to the very edge. 3. On EACH (or every other) slice, spread some jelly […]

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Homemade Fruit Roll-ups

by Daisy Home Preserving

They are indeed yummy, but truthfully, they were so yummy that this was the only pic I got of them before they disappeared…and it has a GLARING white spot right behind those words. So, my taste assessment is there for your ocular protection. 1. Liquefy some fruit and adjust sweetness to taste. I did bananas […]

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Mixed Pickles a la Ike

by Daisy Home Preserving

This post was written in mid-September and somehow I never got around to posting it. It’s a little dated in terms of the storm, but it also seems timely for end-of-season veggie stragglers, so I am posting it now. I have written before about the woefully inadequate tomato trellis I constructed. It seems my trellising/staking […]

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Pickled Hungarian Wax Peppers

by Daisy Home Preserving

I have too many of these hungarian wax peppers to eat fresh: —but too few to go into extreme canning mode, so I made one petite pint of pickled peppers. Pickled Hot Pepper Stripsfrom Summer in a Jar: Making Pickles, Jams and MoreA. Chesman 1 cup white vinegar 1/2 cup water 1 garlic clove 1/2 […]

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Roasted Poblano Peppers

by Daisy Home Preserving

Until recently, I had no idea what to call certain hot, green, dreidel-shaped peppers in my garden. They weren’t even supposed to be there, according to the packet of hot mixed peppers I planted. But there they were. After a bit of research, I introduced myself to a new amigo: the poblano pepper. Then what? […]

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Peach Pistachio Conserve

by Daisy Home Preserving

People don’t make enough conserve. I don’t think I tasted conserve before I started making it myself. In fact, I think most people don’t know what it is. Basically, conserve is fruit, usually chopped, preserved with sugar or honey, and often with nuts and spices added. It is served in a way similar to preserves, […]

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