Jul 112014

Getting Started with Home Food Drying - 6 Things You Need to Know Plus a Great List of Resources

Want an easy way to store and preserve food?  Need a food storage method that doesn’t take up much space and requires very little equipment?  Want to make healthier snacks for your family to enjoy at home or on the go?  Looking for portable food for camping or backpacking?  If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you should learn about home food drying.

What Equipment Do I Need to Dehydrate Food at Home? Continue reading »

Jun 302014

Home Canning And Preserving Giveaway

Home Canning and Preserving Giveaway!

Are you ready to get canning and preserving (or maybe you’ve already started)?  I’ve teamed up with my homesteading and preparedness blogger friends to give away another All American Pressure Canner model 921 AND one Ball Water Bath Canner! Who wouldn’t like to win both? So we put our money together to thank you our awesome readers for your loyalty to our blogs. We also want to introduce you to some new blogs, make some new friends and learn more about being self-reliant and so much more! Continue reading »

Jun 272014

Rhuberry Spread - 4 ingredients - no added sugar or commercial pectin. Sweetened with apple juice concentrate and thickened with natural apple pectin.

I enjoy trying new twists on old favorite recipes, and right now our local rhubarb is abundant, so when I found this naturally sweetened strawberry-rhubarb jam, I had to try it.  This rhuberry spread recipe has only 4 ingredients and contains no added sugar or commercial pectin.  It’s sweetened with apple juice concentrate and thickened with natural apple pectin and slow cooking.  The result is a sweet-tart taste that let’s the strawberry and rhubarb flavors shine through.  In addition to being used as a spread, I’m sure this would dehydrate to make a great fruit leather, too.  I hope you’ll enjoy trying something new, too. Continue reading »

Jun 052014

Canning Questions Answered - How Do I Get Started?  Do I Need a Pressure Canner? What Changes Can I Make to a Recipe?  Is There Anything You Cannot Can?

As a beginning canner, there are often canning questions that come up that might seem obvious to experienced food preservers, but aren’t so obvious when you’re starting out.  I’ve teamed up with some of my blogging friends (Chaya Foedus from Pantry Paratus, Janet Garman from Timber Creek Farm, and Diane Hamilton Coe from Peaceful Acres Farm) to answer over 15 of your home food preservation questions and recommend some great resources.  If you don’t find an answer to your question here, feel free to leave a comment below and I’ll do my best to help you out.

How do I get started canning?  What do I go to the store and buy?

The post “Getting Started With Home Canning” gives a detailed list of equipment commonly used for canning.  The most important piece is the canner.  A water bath canner, which is basically a large pot with a rack in the bottom, is the easiest to use and less expensive than a pressure canner. Continue reading »

Jun 012014

Spring Into Canning Giveaway - All American Canner Model 921, Canning tool kit, Stainless steel ladle, Shrink wrap labels, Pomona Pectin and Canning DVD.

Welcome to our huge canning supply giveaway! 14 bloggers, 2 sponsors, and a complete canning set up.  Those of you who have been around a while know I do a fair amount of canning, and we have over 25 Canning and Preserving posts on the website, so I thought this would be a great fit for our community.

All the Canning Supplies You Need to Start Preserving! Continue reading »