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How to Make Fermented Vegetables for Better Gut Health

Can we talk for a minute not just about how to make fermented vegetables, but also what it is and why it’s a good move?  If you remember way back to your human biology class, you may recall that there are bacteria in your intestines that help with digestion and nutrient absorption. In addition, these […]

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The Easiest Method for Freezing Fresh Apples for Baking

Hooray! You Pumpkin-Spice-latte’d your way through your own apple trees and/or every apple orchard in town and found yourself barricaded in your kitchen with no less than 20 pounds of apples. You already baked everything in your recipe book and your family can’t eat another apple pie, crumble, sauce, or turnover.

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The Best Way to Freeze Butternut Squash for Soups & Stews

Sometimes I feel like Lucille Ball at the chocolate factory when I’m knee-deep in harvest season and just can’t keep up with using all of my delicious veggies. Even after I gift them to family and neighbors I’m always looking for creative ways to preserve vegetables once harvested. Enter butternut squash!

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Preserving Sage: 6 Different Methods and Uses

When I think about preserving sage, the first thing that comes to my mind is how I’ll cook with it. Dried sage has a more concentrated (read: delicious) taste when it’s dried than when it’s fresh, and it’s tasty with pork, sausages, poultry, and in stuffing.

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10 of the Best Vegetables for Canning and Preserving

There’s something special about growing pounds and pounds of your favorite vegetables. It makes every meal feel like a celebration when you have heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, crunchy cucumbers, and sweet peppers on your plate. As much as I love to cook, however, there are only so many veggies I can eat or share before they go bad.

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7 Foolproof Tips for Pressure Canning Apples

When it comes to buying or picking apples, I always end up with way more than I actually need. The giant basket of apples taunts me from my countertop, knowing that I will never get through them fast enough before they start to go bad. Freezing fresh apples is one way of keeping them from going bad, but I also love pressure canning apples and storing them in my pantry for later use in pies, breads, apple butter, and apple sauce.

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How to Make Preserves as Gifts

If you’re just learning how to make preserves, you’re in for an exciting journey. There’s not much better than knowing all your freshly-picked fruits and berries won’t go to waste because you can’t eat them quickly enough.  For the record, though, it’s not just fruits that you can preserve and give as gifts or store […]

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How to Dehydrate Apples in the Oven

Fresh apples are divine but what if you can’t eat them fast enough? At room temperature, fresh apples will last about a week. Then they start to get bruised and mealy. Stored in the fridge, apples will keep for about a month or two depending on the variety.

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How to Preserve Zucchini and Summer Squash 5 Ways

On my quest to learn how to preserve zucchini and summer squash, I had to pause for a moment and think about why it was so important to me. One of my goals over the past couple of years (this last one in particular) has been to become more self-sufficient. There’s something very empowering about not having to rely on the grocery store for fresh vegetables.

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Signs of Food Spoilage in Preserved Vegetables

I get it. You worked hard on preserving those fresh garden veggies, and you’re looking forward to enjoying them on a cold, dark winter evening. You pull a glass jar from your pantry, and you notice the signs of food spoilage.  It’s disappointing. If the spoilage isn’t too evident, you might even be tempted to […]