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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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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 […]

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15 Tips for Safely Storing Food Without Refrigeration From Your Garden

Losing power always makes me think of orange sherbet. It was 1991, and Hurricane Bob had wiped out our electricity and all my mother was worried about was how we needed to eat all the food in the refrigerator before it went bad. There I was, sitting on the couch next to my grandmother, each […]

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The Best Way to Freeze Fruit and Berries for Baking

In the days before I knew the best way to freeze fruit and berries, I put around five pounds of fresh blueberries in my freezer. We had gone blueberry picking, and they were so perfectly plump and ripe that in seemingly no time, there were more blueberries than I knew what to do with.

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5 Tips for Preserving Parsley and Other Herbs for Cooking

There’s nothing better than fresh parsley from the garden. Not only does it taste exquisite, but it also saves you a pretty penny instead of buying it fresh from the grocery store. Garden fresh herbs will always be my preference when cooking, but what happens if you grow them faster than you can use them? There are different ways of preserving parsley and other herbs that allow you to enjoy homegrown herbs days, weeks, and even months after leaving your garden.

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How to Make a No Sugar Freezer Jam from Fresh Fruit

No sugar freezer jam? Yup. I know the first year I had a bumper crop of strawberries, I didn’t know what to do with them all. There was no way I could use them all before they went bad, no matter how many strawberry-rhubarb pies I made and gave away to friends. 

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Lavender: How to Dry It Three Easy Ways

If I had to choose the most mysterious flower in my herb garden, it would be lavender. How to dry it, use it, and cook with it are all questions I asked myself once I started growing lavender instead of buying it fully prepared for my every whim.

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7 Tips for Storing Squash No Matter What Type

Squash gets overlooked for its versatility and overall yum-factor when it comes to garden vegetables (okay, technically a fruit). Always a bridesmaid, squash is often relegated to “side dish material,” and the general public doesn’t give it a second thought. But we’re not the general public. We’re gardeners and we know how amazing squash is!