Spring Into Canning Season

Taking inventory of your canning equipment now may sound like some thing you would do later in summer, when you’re ready to hit the farmer’s markets or harvest your garden’s bounty. Continue reading

The Joy and Practicality of Home Canning

What is the allure of canning? What makes a person want to invest their time, energy, and especially their money in the process of preserving their own food? Continue reading

The Canned Food Expiration Date Myth

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By Tim Young of The Self-Sufficient Life

If you’re like most people you have at least some canned goods on your shelf–maybe you have even taken up canning your own food. Either way, canned goods are a common “staple” for many reasons. However, do you really know the truth about canned food shelf life? Continue reading

Buying In Bulk: It’s Not Just For Food

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It’s that time of the year. The harvest is in and my canners are running full tilt as we put the fruits of our labors up to see us through a long, cold winter.

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4 Ways to Eat Like a Farmer

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As a vegetable farmer, all season long I’m confronted with too much abundance — it’s absolutely overwhelming. In winter, though, it can feel like the opposite if I don’t prepare. So the question for me is, how can I manage the abundance of summer so that I can enjoy it into the winter?

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The Ultimate Fast Food: How to Can Meat

Pressure canning is the only method recommended safe by the U.S.D.A. for low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats and fish. Our pressure canners are the highest quality and a lifetime investment. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

Pressure canning is the only method recommended safe by the U.S.D.A. for low-acid foods such as vegetables, meats and fish. Our pressure canners are the highest quality and a lifetime investment. At Lehmans.com and our store in Kidron, Ohio.

I was chatting with a friend the other day about the price of food and the busyness of canning season. She confessed that she has been wasting a lot of money on take-out food as she has kids in several sports and spends a lot of time on the road. She said that, while she applauded my dedication to food preservation she could not see herself as ever having the time. That’s so interesting to me because I see food preservation as the biggest time and money saver in my life. Continue reading

Everything But The Squeal: Rendering Lard

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When you raise your own animals for meat you develop a special relationship. We provide the best forage and food, abundant fresh water, shelter from the elements and respect. We know the butcher and participate in the processing of the meat and we use every bit of the animal possible. What doesn’t feed people feeds other animals or our soil. We use everything but the squeal. Continue reading

How To Can Venison (and other wild game)

Pressure canning is the only safe way to can venison and other meats. Find the right sized pressure canner for your household at Lehmans.com.

Pressure canning is the only safe way to can venison and other meats. Find the right sized pressure canner for your household at Lehmans.com.

You’ve had a successful hunt. You have carefully field dressed and cared for your meat. The choicest cuts are wrapped and frozen. Tenderloins are just waiting for that perfect marinade. Jerky has been seasoned, dried and ready for snacking on the next outing.  So what else is missing? Home canning.

There are several reasons I have grown to love canning the venison and elk that my guys bring home: Continue reading

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5 Skills Your Grandparents Had – And You Should, Too

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A sock darning ball makes it so easy to repair socks or gloves. Slide the large end of the “ball” end into the sock to support the area needing repair.

Talking to my grandmother is always enlightening, but especially so when she speaks about living through the Great Depression. She was the baby in a family of seven children and has many memories of those hard times. “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without” is an axiom that has stuck with her for 85 years, and a good reminder for all of us Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Gen Y’ers, Millennials and so on.

Generations ago, almost everyone had the following skills and many, many more. Some will save you money, some are eco-friendly, some are healthier for you and almost all will come in extremely handy in an emergency or power outage. Here are a few simple ways to start doing something with your own two hands, today.  (Your grandparents would be proud.) Continue reading