Category: Canning

Canning Blackberries

Last year I canned blackberries for the first time.  Tony reminded me today as I was processing another 12 jars; that these very fruits are what ultimately caused me to need to have to have the kitchen completely remodeled.  The blackberries stained the white porcelain farmhouse sink that was in the kitchen before. This method […]

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Pickling Cucumbers…

Recipe: 10 cups water5 cups white vinegar1/4 cup + 2 TBS saltwhole garlic cloves Place all together in a pot and bring to just a simmer (to dissolve salt and soften garlic) Clean jars, lids rings. In each jar place the following: 1/2 tea whole black peppercorns1/4 tea whole mustard seed1/4 tea coriander seeds1/8 tea […]

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Canning Strawberries

One of the things I love most about living out on the farm is learning all the new ways to become more self-sufficient. There are so many blogs out there talking about homesteading and learning to live off the land, or live off less, or just returning to a simpler way of living…all of these […]

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Freezing Asparagus

I was going back and forth weather I should blanch the asparagus or not…I ended up blanching it but I am concerned about the texture of it once it is frozen and then defrosted.  I only did 9 bags, so I will follow up later with my findings…

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Canning tomato juice

So while most people I know can tomato sauce, or salsa or even ketchup…I only can tomato juice, and while other people go thru all the aggravation of peeling and seeding the tomatoes, I do not.  My mother only ever canned juice and then would turn it into soups and sauces and it was much […]

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Canning peaches…

I have fond memories of eating peaches out of jars all winter long, my brother and I would fight over who would get the juice from the jars to drink (after all it was thick and sweet and tasted just like peach nectar). Sometime in my teen years my mother stopped canning the peaches and […]

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Canning blackberries

This year I tried something new and canned blackberries. Wash the berries and place them in sterilized pint jars. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. In another pan make a simple syrup of 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.  Make sure sugar is dissolved and kept at a simmer. Fill jars to the base […]

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