Canned, Dried, Frozen

Yummy Giveaway + Organic Black Tea & Lemon Jelly Recipe

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

I’d never heard of tea jelly before I started seeing Davidson’s Organic Tea demonstrate how to cook with the stuff.  Such as . . . White Pomegranate Tea Jelly Gastrique Earl Grey Eggnog Cookies Then I started thinking of making tea jelly myself, using the aforementioned Davidson’s loose leaf teas, which I love from the […]

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Making and Freezing Pesto

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

  One day I’m searching the bare earth for signs of life, tiny green cotyledons shaped like a pair of back-to-back capitol letter Ds. Baby basil. The next day, it’s months really, but where did they go? I’m pinching, pinching, the fuzzy flowering tips with a sense of desperation–must stop them from going to seed, […]

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Freezer Cooking Winner: Ground Beef and Sausage

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

Of all the things I’ve frozen, this has been the most useful.  Whenever I go to the store for the “big trip” of the month, I buy LOTS of ground beef, a bag of onions, and a pile of sausage.  The first night that I cook anything, I cook all of my ground beef and […]

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DIY Custom Freezer Cooking Plan

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

  My friend Missy and I were pouring over freezer cooking plans in an effort to give us some short cuts in feeding our nine picky kids and hubbies.  We found that NOTHING fit our families.  Between the two of us, we have so many dietary restrictions and husband diets and *sensory* kids…well it was […]

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Practically Green: Putting up Summer Produce No Sweat

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

  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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

  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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Make Green Bean Pickles

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

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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10 Ways to Use a Food Dehydrator

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

This guest post is courtesy of our giveaway vendor Cultures for Health, who is giving away an EXCALIBUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR on Thursday!!!  Stay tuned for a chance to win beginning with our Thursday Giveaway Post. Food Dehydrators can be the ultimate multi-tasking tool in your kitchen.  Go beyond drying fruits and vegetables with these ten […]

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Lacto-Fermented Dill Baby Carrots

by Ivory Soap Canned, Dried, Frozen

  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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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 Canned, Dried, Frozen

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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Pear-Lemon Preserves

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

Pears and lemons are soulmates, two halves of one ambrosial whole. To me, this is the only way to make pear preserves, with thinly sliced whole lemons, peel and all. —————————– Pear Preserves Southern Living Cookbook 10 large pears (about 5 pounds), peeled, cored and chopped 4 1/2 cups sugar 3 cups water 2 lemons, […]

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Canned Pear-Apple Mincemeat

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

Lookit I got! Brother’s wife’s sister’s husband’s parents’ pears! I am planning pear-lemon preserves, canned meatless mincemeat, and perhaps pear butter or pickled pears. Too much? Not enough, I say. Bring on the paring knife, rustle up the Big Bowls, boil those jars, crack open the new box of rings, rosin up the cutting board […]

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Beginner Canning–Dill Pickles

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

I had a bumper crop of cucumbers this year from my own garden and the CSA. It was time to make pickles! I had never done it before so I started with a pre-mixed package of kosher dill spices from the local discount store. I bought pint jars and the $7 Canning Tool Set. (I […]

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Homemade Apple Pie Filling

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

It’s apple time and I found a recipe that makes truly mouth-watering apple pie filling. It is great to be able to make a crust, pop open a can of homemade pie filling and voila!– homemade apple pie, so superior to store versions. I INTERRUPT THIS POST TO ASK A QUESTION: IF THIS IS NOT […]

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Blueberry-Peach Conserve

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

I had pretty much given up on my peach trees. After all, they were impulse buys at the garden center, little “Patio Peaches” which are only about 4 feet tall at maturity. Year after year, they lived up to their promise in terms of ornamental value only, loaded with dark pink, crepe-y blooms each spring, […]

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Oven-Dried Tomatoes

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

Dear Ivory, I love the chicken house!! And the photo–the wind gently swaying the willow. I feel transported to the–you know, that area of land of low topographic relief supporting grasses and herbs and having a mesic climate–what is it called? Never mind, it’ll come to me. I love the chickens!! They are such big […]

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Blackberry-Blueberry Jam, low sugar

by Daisy Canned, Dried, Frozen

So far this year I have harvested about 33 pounds of blueberries and blackberries. I don’t know if that sounds like a lot to you, but it is like most things–no matter how much one has, one always wants more. Especially more berries. That said, I am very pleased with my berries. I have frozen […]

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