Overnight Breakfast Casserole

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I love a good old-fashioned big Christmas morning breakfast just as much as anyone, but that doesn't mean you have to spend hours in the kitchen while everyone else is enjoying their Christmas gifts. Here is one of my favorite recipes for an overnight breakfast casserole. Make it on Christmas Eve before everyone goes to bed, and then just pop it in the oven in the morning! Overnight Breakfast Casserole   Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 1 hour Total time 1 hour 20 mins ... [ Read More ]

End of the Summer Squash Relish

End of the Summer Squash Relish

That moment when we think we cannot eat another bite of summer zucchini. This relish is much like a cucumber relish, except that it is very mild. This makes it perfect for using not only as a condiment for hot dogs and burgers, but also as a side for just about any meal. This is a great way to use a up a bit more of an abundance of zucchini, the ingredients are very simple, and it is quick and easy to make. End of the Summer Squash Relish Ingredients: 8 cups of green zucchini, finely ... [ Read More ]

Get the Lowdown on Different Dehydrators and Choose the Best One For You

Nesco Fd-1040 Gardenmaster

  I love my dehydrator probably more than any other appliance I own other than my kitchen aide mixer. It is also my favorite preservation method. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t dry everything I grow or bring home, and I actually canned far more than I dried, but I love my dehydrator for the versatility it offers me. There are so many things I can do with the dehydrator, in terms of snacks and extras I would not otherwise be able to afford, that if I had to choose one appliance from my ... [ Read More ]

Spicy Sweet Raspberry Pepper Jam

Spicy Sweet Raspberry Pepper Jam

    Most people would not think of putting peppers and raspberries in the same sentence, but for me, that spicy sweet flavor is amazing. Good all by itself, or as a relish or sauce for chicken, added to crackers and even spread on a piece of toast, the strong flavor and sweetness of the raspberries is perfectly offset by the spiciness of the Jalapenos. I tried it once and could not get enough, so now this recipe is a keeper in our home. This jam is not overly spicy, it has ... [ Read More ]

10 Beginner Canning Mistakes You Might Just Be Making

Canning Mistakes You Might be Making and What to Do about Them

  We have all had our share of canning disasters. Sometimes those canning disasters can threaten to destroy all of your hard work, other times they can discourage you from wanting to try canning ever again. The worst mistakes can make you sick. Canning is not difficult but there is some amount of exactness to it that can cause the smallest thing to upset the entire process. Beginners can easily be discouraged by what they believe are the dangers of canning, or because they cannot ... [ Read More ]

What Every Canner Should Know About Food Borne Illnesses

What Every Canner Should Know About Food Borne Illnesses

  Food safety is something that every person who plans to store their own food should learn about first. Not just the techniques to ensure that your food is safe, but also the signs that there may be a problem, as well as the different food borne illnesses and their symptoms. Food borne illnesses are not as uncommon as you might think, and while chances are good that you will never have a problem with the food you preserve, part of the reason that will be so, is the precautions that you ... [ Read More ]

Best Tips to Store Home Canning Jars

Best Tips for Storing Home Canning Jars

  Once you pull your food out of the canner, you might assume the job is done, that your canning is safe and that food borne illnesses are no longer possible. But there are still some Canning storage best practices to keep in mind as you get ready to store your food. Where not to Store your Canning Jars A lot of people talk about using walk in closets, under bed storage, and a variety of other creative places to store their food. While that might seem like a great idea to use these ... [ Read More ]

Facts About Using Pectin in Jam

Facts About Pectin Used in Making Jam

  Most people just add pectin to their jams without giving it much thought. While we all know that this powder or liquid thickens our jams how many know why or what happens when things go wrong? While it is ok to take this important little package for granted, knowing a bit more about pectin will ensure more consistent results when it is time to make jam and will also offer you some options you might not know you have. What is Pectin? The answer to that question can either be very ... [ Read More ]

7 Must Have Bread Baking Secrets For Perfect Bread Every Time

7 Must Have Bread Baking Secrets

  If you thought that yeast bread recipes were forever beyond you, then this post is for you. Like anything else you try in the kitchen making successful bread is a blend of the right knowledge and a little bit of practice. I learned to bake bread in a bakery of a restaurant, it was very intimidating but with the right tricks and someone to guide me, I picked it up right away.  There are a number of bread secrets you should use as you bake bread that will give you consistent results time ... [ Read More ]