Food Storage & Preservation

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Putting a Dent in the Mountain

Putting a Dent in the Mountain

So, what do you do when you come home from vacation to over 30 pounds of produce waiting for you in the garden?  You figure out how to preserve it as quickly as possible and you spend the entirety of your last day of vacation putting a dent in the mountain and brainstorming as many zucchini and squash recipes as…
Small Batch Canning

Small Batch Canning

While there have been several great harvests coming in over the past couple of weeks, we still haven't hit the point in the season where it is absolutely (ridiculously) overwhelming.  We've been eating lots of fresh veggies out of the garden and trying to put up as many as possible in the process.I took a long weekend for some self-care…
How to Pressure Can Your Own Pinto Beans

How to Pressure Can Your Own Pinto Beans

Growing up, I never even thought about canning my own pinto beans.  Every bean I ate, unless I was at a restaurant or a friends house, came from a can. They were good and they were fast and easy.  Open a can, add some salt, pepper and garlic powder and you're set! All you had to do was open a…
Buy It Cheap, Put It Up

Buy It Cheap, Put It Up

What do you do when you find some yummy veggies and beans on sale?  That's right, you buy them, bring them home and can them.  All in one day.  Yeah...sometimes we're a little crazy... On Sunday Tool Lady found some great deals while doing our bi-weekly grocery shopping so we wound up canning: 7 pints of asparagus 8 pints of…
Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

A couple of days ago, Tool Lady heard about Pickled Red Beet Eggs from a volunteer at work.  He stated that they were one of his favorites, and since he's been such an awesome volunteer, we decided we should try to make some for him.After several Google searches we found a recipe that looked like something we could try.  We…
Sweet, Sweet Jams

Sweet, Sweet Jams

One day, hopefully later this year, we will have a pantry that is stocked full with jars and jars of food that we have canned.  Oh how I swoon over pictures of pantries that have already accomplished this!  In the meantime, however, I am finding pride and joy in the few items that we have canned...including (but not limited to)…
Pressure Canning Beans!

Pressure Canning Beans!

We got a pressure canner!!!  It wasn't planned for, but sometimes (most of the time) it's better that way!Since 2011 marked our first experiences with water bath canning, I'm super excited to add pressure canning to my list of things to learn more about in 2012!  So far, so good!  It seems easier than water bath canning, although, I must…