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 ]

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 ]

Demystifying Water Bath Canning

Demystifying Water Bath Canning

  You would not believe the number of people I encounter over a year that still do not understand the difference between water bath canning  and pressure canning. There is an equal number of people who still do not know what is safe to can in a water bath canner and what is not. Here are a few facts about water bath canning that should hopefully clear up the confusion. What IS the Difference Between Water Bath Canning and Pressure Canning? To put it simply a water bath canner cans at ... [ Read More ]

Easy Sun Dried Tomatoes

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

    Last time I went to the store for sun dried Tomatoes the cheapest I could find them for was $5 for a tiny little package. Since I needed two packages for what I was making, I decided to pass them up and not make what I originally had planned on. $10 for a single ingredient just seemed like way too much money just to add them to a meal. While I am sure I could have found them for less if I shopped around, we do not have a lot of grocery stores in our area and by the time I ... [ Read More ]

Save Money On Greens This Winter By Dehydrating Garden Greens Now

Dehydrating Greens for Use in Soups, Smoothies and More

  My focus this year has been on trying to minimize winter food bills as much as possible. Winter time greens can be expensive in the markets, especially if you prefer to buy organic for your family. Part of my strategy to minimize the amount of money spent on expensive greens is to dehydrate garden greens while they are plentiful now. Not only does dehydrating allow them to retain most of their nutrients it makes them super easy to use in a variety of dishes. While I plan to grow ... [ Read More ]

Step By Step Making Tomato Sauce The Easy Way

Step By Step Makin Tomato Sauce

    When I first started making tomato sauce I wondered frequently if it was really worth all of that hard work. A can of tomato sauce back then anyway was 50 cents and it seemed like a lot of effort to go to just to make a can of sauce I could buy for so little. I have learned a lot since then, not only about the benefits of making my own food but also that making tomato sauce does not have to be so hard. Back then I would quarter my tomatoes, cook them down a bit and run ... [ Read More ]