There is nothing better on a cool, crisp morning than apple butter on toast, and guess what? You can make it right in your instant pot. This instant pot apple butter recipe is simple and easy. You can make a large batch to can, or make half a batch to put in your refrigerator. It seems Keep Reading
Canning/Preserving is a great way to hold on to food that might otherwise go bad. I frequently can and preserve the extra produce from our garden rather than let it go to waste! I also buy fruit and vegetables in bulk in order to save money, which means sometimes I buy more than we can use at one time. When that happens, I simply can or preserve the food!
Canning/Preserving also means you can eat locally all year round because you are able to “save for later” whatever bountiful harvest you collected! Check out my applesauce recipes for an example of this. Canning and preserving can be done with meat also by making things like homemade beef jerky!
I use both a water bath canner and a pressure cooker to do my canning. I usually do pickles in the water bath canner. The pressure cooker is great for canning meat and beans!
If you like homemade from-scratch goodness, but also want the convenience of popping a can open, this recipe for canning baked beans if what you need! Having homemade convenience food on the pantry shelves has saved me on busy days more times than I can count. The canning lifestyle is not new for Keep Reading
Refrigerator Bread And Butter Pickles are so easy to make, and can be refrigerated up to six months. These don't require canning techniques. Just a few ingredients and they are ready in no time. Try these easy pickles! Making pickles can seem like an intimidating thing because of the whole canning Keep Reading
Do you have some pumpkin puree leftover from Thanksgiving? Try this pumpkin jam recipe! It’s very similar to Amish pumpkin butter, with canning instructions as well! This pumpkin jam is warm and comforting thanks to the cinnamon and spices, with a bit of bright citrus flavor from Keep Reading
There is nothing better on hot biscuits on a holiday morning than this homemade cranberry jam recipe! It's a delicious spread that is easy to make, and pulls double duty in place of cranberry jelly at Thanksgiving dinner! I like to make a large batch to can and have on hand for breakfast Keep Reading
Are you growing jalapeños? Here’s how to make pickled jalapeños - it’s so easy! This year, we planted quite a few peppers and tomatoes, all in two rows. Sadly, one of those rows, not more than six feet from the second one, shriveled up and died. But fortunately, the jalapeño plants were all in the Keep Reading
If you’re looking for the perfect way to use all that summer squash in your garden, this summer squash pickles recipe is exactly it! This isn’t your grandma’s summer squash recipe! Not that I don’t love grandma’s summer squash casserole, and I especially love parmesan roasted summer vegetables, but Keep Reading
This Amish Pumpkin Butter recipe is easy enough to make large batches and can, delicious enough to eat on gluten-free bread sandwiches all fall and winter, and unique enough to hand out as hostess gifts at fall parties! My husband is a sweet potato and winter squash lover in the extreme, and every Keep Reading
Looking for something tasty to go with your gluten-free biscuits? This spiced crock pot pear butter recipe perfectly pears the sweetness of pears with the warmth of fall spices for the perfect spread. Farm-Fresh Crockpot Pear Butter from Scratch I grew up reading and idealizing books Keep Reading
Yes, you really can make sugar-free strawberry jam right in your own kitchen! And it’s not even hard. Back when I lived “at home”, meaning as a teenager with my parents, we used to grow and can a lot of our own food, and one of the things we used to make a lot of was jam and jelly. Especially Keep Reading