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Canning Cranberry Sauce: How to Get Perfect Results Every Time

I feel like maybe writing about canning cranberry sauce is tricky territory. As much as we all may enjoy homemade goodies, there’s something about that tin can of jellied cranberry sauce from the grocery store.  Call it nostalgia. Call it easy to heat and serve. Whatever it is, there’s no denying the love some people […]

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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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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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When Should You Toss Stored Potatoes and Root Vegetables?

I’ve always loved root vegetables. You can roast them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper for a lovely side dish. You can make a hearty winter stew or a creamy bisque with them. You can grate beets and carrots for a colorful and tasty addition to salads. There’s just so much! But one thing […]

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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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5 Reasons for Storing Canned Food Without Rings

I’ll be the first to say that I love looking in my pantry and seeing jar after jar of canned garden vegetables. Like many gardeners, I enjoy sharing the abundance of nature with friends and neighbors. I also appreciate being able to open a jar of homegrown green beans in February when temperatures are well […]

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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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10 Canning Mistakes That Can Kill You

For thousands of years, people have managed to preserve food through smoking, drying, pickling, fermenting, curing, and proper storage. We’ve figured out refrigeration, freezing, and cold storage. And we can’t forget canning–that quaint but effective method of preserving all sorts of fruits and vegetables. All these preservation methods are generally safe, but you do have […]

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7 Best Potato Storage Bin Containers That Extend Shelf Life

If there’s one thing we know about potatoes, it’s that they need to be kept cold, humid, and dark to survive a long winter. Otherwise, they’re likely to turn green or sprout, neither of which we want from potatoes we hope to eat. That’s why, if you’re growing tubers, you’ll benefit from some of the […]