Canning Grapes and Mandarin Oranges

While cleaning the refrigerator out, I discovered some grapes and mandarin oranges. Since the kids are gone, I figured I had better do something with them. I remember seeing a lady who canned them in simple syrup, so I figured I would give it a shot. As y’all know- I don’t measure; I eyeball my […]

By |August 3rd, 2015|Canning|Comments Off on Canning Grapes and Mandarin Oranges

Honeysuckle Jelly

Seein’ as there is no shortage of honeysuckle in the South, I am willing to bet you will see folks starting to harvest honeysuckle fairly soon. Angela Jones was kind enough to share this recipe with us, and I cannot wait to try it! Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife

“This recipe is so simple, but so time […]

By |March 4th, 2015|Canning, Jams And Jellies, Recipes|Comments Off on Honeysuckle Jelly

Pressure Canning Meat

Canning meat (beef, elk, deer, pork, rabbit, chicken, rattle snake, or whatever else your bunch eats) is so easy. Yes, it is time consuming. Yes, it tastes a little different than fresh cooked meat. Yes using the raw pack method does create its own juices. Yes, it’s safe. Yes, you can use it in any […]

By |February 18th, 2015|Canning, Homesteading, How To, Recipes, Sustainability|Comments Off on Pressure Canning Meat

Homemade Ketchup

Since we moved to the homestead, I have become this all natural, label reading, garden geek. The other day, I was rearranging the freezer and realized I had forgotten about a lot of heirloom tomatoes. Yikes!!! Hmmmmmmm… the light went off- I’ll make ketchup. Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife

Take a look at your store bought ketchup […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Canning, Recipes|Comments Off on Homemade Ketchup

Canning Homemade Applesauce

Lately, I’ve been in the mood for apple pie, but no one else really likes it. What’s a girl to do? Then I discovered shortbread dipped in applesauce, and the world is once again at peace- Enjoy- The Homesteader’s Wife

What kind of apples are best for canning applesauce? Maybe you like extra sweet or extra […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Canning, Recipes|Comments Off on Canning Homemade Applesauce

Dry Canning

When flour goes on sale towards the holidays, I stock up for the year because I can buy the “Good” flour at almost half off- who doesn’t like to save money? But the problem was…where do you keep 100 pounds of flour safely and away from bugs??? Hmm…I tried freezing it, but that took up […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Canning, Hacks, How To|Comments Off on Dry Canning

Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Season is just around the corner, and just like a true homesteader Maddie Miller believes in waste not, want not. We try not to throw anything away and watermelons are no exception. The seeds can be used for a new crop and the rinds perfect for a sweet, spicy, and savory treat. Maddie generously […]

By |February 17th, 2015|Canning|Comments Off on Watermelon Rind Pickles

Beginning Canning

Canning your summer produce is not rocket science but it is very specific. As a beginning canner, now is not the time to improvise or create your own recipe. There are literally thousands of recipes out there on the web, but until you understand the science behind the recipe it’s best to stick with recipes […]

By |January 24th, 2015|Canning|Comments Off on Beginning Canning