The Process of Making and Canning Tomato Sauce

The Process of Making and Canning Tomato Sauce

Anyone remember how I shared a tip about Freezing Tomatoes to Simplify Sauce Making? Well, today I want to expand on that post, and discuss the process of making and canning tomato sauce at home.  Those of you who utilized that concept are already a step ahead for making their tomato sauce today. A lot of the prep work was already handled when the tomatoes were prepared for freezing. If you haven’t read that post, it’s ok. You can still make tomato sauce. Although you may find it helpful to check…

It’s Time for Canning Applesauce

It’s Time for Canning Applesauce

Fall is rapidly approaching with its cooler days, and seasonal foods. One type of fall produce that comes to mind for me is apples. There are many different tasty recipes that can be made with apples. And there are also multiple methods of preserving apples to enjoy them year round. The other day we talked about Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator. But today let’s talk making and canning applesauce! Normally I use Golden Delicious apples when I am canning applesauce. However, I was discussing what type of apples are…

Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator

Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator

About every fall, I like to utilize my food dehydrator for drying apples. I don’t know how much it matters what type of apples that are used. Usually, I use Golden Delicious. But I just used Gala apples recently, and it seemed to work out fine. For those interested in preserving their own food, this is another method in addition to canning and freezing. In the past, I still put my dried apples in the freezer, just in case I didn’t get them thoroughly dried. But  if they are done properly,…

Freezing Tomatoes To Simplify Sauce Making

Freezing Tomatoes To Simplify Sauce Making

Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most efficient. Did you know that freezing tomatoes may make canning tomato sauce easier for you? I didn’t, not until some people in my life shared this great tip with me. I find that it can actually benefit me in three ways.  The end of summer is a very busy gardening season. There are often multiple crops that come to maturity together. Corn, green beans, peaches, and tomatoes often are amoung those that ripen as the same time. It’s a lot of…

Freezing sweet corn

Freezing sweet corn

There is nothing like biting into a perfect ear of sweet corn in the summertime. It’s hot, dripping with butter and salt, and the kernels burst with a delicious flavor. It is a quintessential summer treat. Although it won’t quite replicate this wonderful experience, I can explain to you a method for freezing your sweet corn to enjoy later in the winter. My husband and I both grew up in families that did this. We freeze sweet corn now ourselves as well. I will warn you up-front that it is a…

Garden Fresh Stir-fry

Garden Fresh Stir-fry

I put this stir-fry recipe together while in the midst of preparing for a weeks’ vacation.  It reminds me of the quote from Greek philosopher Plato, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  Sometimes delicious recipes are concocted with the ingredients on hand. Garden Fresh Stir-Fry came into being this way, and my husband voted it quite tasty. My garden is starting to burst with produce, and I had some zucchini and tomatoes I wanted to use before we left for a week. I also had some shredded chicken breast leftover…

Canning Green Beans

Canning Green Beans

This is the time of year that gardeners become super busy trying to preserve the abundance that a well-kept garden yields. Green beans are one of these produce items that I like to preserve for the rest of the year for my family.  I have found green beans from my garden superior to most purchased at the grocery store. In fact, it was just in the past year that I found some frozen green beans that were actually good. *This post contains affiliate links.  I may receive compensation if you choose…

Spend Less Time Weeding Your Garden

Spend Less Time Weeding Your Garden

  Weeding and watering are a big part of growing your own fruits and vegetables. But wouldn’t it be nice to spend less time weeding, and more time enjoying the fresh produce? I want to share a tip that we are using this summer. We are actually doing this because our crotchety rototiller decided that no amount of persuation was going to compel it to run this year. No tiller means more good old-fashioned hoe-and-hand weeding. So I thought it would be good to try mulching the garden again this…