Preserving the seasonal bounty is surprisingly easy. No need to slave over a hot stove and a hissing canner (though you can if you want!). So says Megan, the Creative Vegetable Gardener, and I completely agree. Here’s how to figure out what foods you should be preserving and how to do it super easily. [by Wardee Harmon]
As the fresh tomato season wears on, you find that you’ve exhausted your family’s patience with all. those. tomatoes. So make sauce! You’ll use up several pounds of tomatoes at a time, plus sauce freezes well and cans for long-term storage. This sauce includes healing bone broth! [by Lee Burdett]
Fall is just about here and many of us are busy preserving the summer harvest. While you are freezing, canning, and dehydrating fruits and veggies, don’t forget to preserve your herbs, too! Both medicinal and culinary herbs can be preserved in a variety of ways for use throughout the year. Here are 5 ways to preserve and store your herb harvest. [by Andrea Sabean]
I’m all for saving time in the kitchen! No woman ever said, “I have way too much time on my hands these days.” But in the interest of saving time, we can’t sacrifice food safety. I consider some quick canning methods to be unsafe. Not the raw pack method, though — it’s both safe and time-saving. A win-win! [by Melissa Norris]
The only thing more glorious than eating plump, juicy blueberries straight from a bush is enjoying a sweet bite of blueberries in the dead of winter! One mouthful brings back the warmth of a July morning and the long days of summer. Blueberries can be preserved in a number of ways — here are the four ways I do it. [by Melissa Norris]
I have an obsession with glass jars and there isn’t any help line for that. I don’t know what it is about seeing all those beautifully God-made organic foods — neatly lined up in the pantry — that puts a smile on my face. Maybe memories from great-grandma’s cupboards with food stored in recycled jelly and mayo jars. Or the thought that my food is pest-free. Pests have a hard time finding their way into properly sealed glass jars. And, you don’t have to worry about BPA, PVC or other toxins! Interested in using glass for your pantry storage? Here’s how to get started. [by Katie Baldridge]
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, you’re visiting with Katie Baldridge from Simple Foody. We talk about her family’s gluten-free lifestyle (two children have celiac disease). She’s full of wisdom about nutritious gluten-free cooking, plus she and her family have been interested in preparedness for sometime. She combined the two interests into a brand-new eBook, Create Your Own Gluten Free 72 Hour Emergency Kit where she walks you through putting together a gluten-free emergency food supply for 72 hours. It’s a great resource! (See inside for a coupon.) Get to know Katie and her family through the links and information below, and of course through this podcast. Plus… the tip of the week!
In this episode of Know Your Food with Wardee, my special guest is KerryAnn Foster from Intentionally Domestic (formerly Cooking Traditional Foods). When I heard about her new Family Preparedness Class, I knew it was time to ask her to be a guest. Why? She’s been prepping with real foods for many years. Twice her family has had to rely on food storage to get them through difficult times lasting up to a year. She really knows her stuff, and not only that, her plans have been put to the test and passed with flying colors. In this episode, KerryAnn shares her family’s story of how they became real food preppers while working around intolerances and allergies, she gives tips for newbies to real food storage (super-duper tips), and she unveils her brand-new and absolutely awesome Family Preparedness Class — which is on sale through Friday, November 1, 2013. Plus… the tip of the week!
Yikes. Using sulfites for food preservation means you wear gloves, rinse the produce afterward, and do your soaking in a well-ventilated area. When you add sulfites to water, it breaks down into a gas that can be toxic when inhaled. Surely there are better options…