Food Storage & Preservation

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Three Ways to Store Roasted Hatch Chile

Three Ways to Store Roasted Hatch Chile

Hatch Chile is a staple here in New Mexico.  We buy it in bulk in September from grocery stores or pop up vendors in parking lots throughout our cities and counties, pay a little extra to have it roasted on the spot, cart home our steaming hot plastic bags full of chile, spend hours and hours prepping it and then…
How to Make Tomato Powder

How to Make Tomato Powder

It is officially the Time of Bounty again.  You've sown your seeds, cared for their sprouts, transplanted and top dressed the healthiest growers and are now harvesting a bounty of tomatoes and squash and corn and maybe even peppers from your garden several times a week if not every day. This wonderful process leaves you full of pride while feeding…
How to Preserve Basil in Olive Oil

How to Preserve Basil in Olive Oil

Somewhere online (maybe on Pinterest), I read that you can preserve herbs in oil.  It was one of those "Aha/Duh" moments because it was so simple! So, last year we attempted this trick for the first time and it worked perfectly!  This year, with an abundance of basil on hand, we've already begun the process of harvesting, chopping, pouring and…
A Half of a Cow

A Half of a Cow

Well, we've gone and done it.  We've invested in a half of a cow. Holy moly. After last January's purchase of a quarter of a cow, we decided to move forward and move up in the ordering department.  So, about 2 months ago, we placed our order with D&R Ranch again and waited patiently to be called to set our cut…
Harvest Swap

Harvest Swap

Last weekend, Tool Lady and I attended our very first Harvest Swap!  It was based on the framework of the Food Swap Network and was hosted by the Radical Homemakers of New Mexico (Erin and Kyce)!Although there were instructions given, neither of us had ever attended anything like this before so we really didn't know what to bring or how to package it all, so…
How Many Apples Does It Take…

How Many Apples Does It Take…

...to drive a woman crazy?Apparently the answer is 150 pounds because that's what we harvested last Friday evening and, at this point, I'm feeling a bit crazy about the process of processing 150 pounds of delicious (unforgiving) apples.Let's go back a bit and explain how we acquired so many apples...I have a friend named Madonna (yes, that's her given name…
Pickled Rhubarb

Pickled Rhubarb

After making several batches of rhubarb jam earlier this summer, I was kind of at a loss as to what else to make with our last harvest of rhubarb.  So, I asked Tool Lady to find something that looked good to her and she did! Pickled rhubarb?  Who knew?  Well, I am very excited about this recipe!  The brine tasted…