Canning In A Small Kitchen

Enamelware CannerAt the point when you have (almost) eaten your fill of fresh produce, but still see tomatoes coming off the vine or onto the tables of your local farm stand, it’s probably time to consider putting some up for the cold season. There are no shortage of articles, books, and personal advice on how best to put food by, and I am nary an expert. Rather, I am a mother and a home cook who prefers to use seasonal ingredients year-round. In summer it’s easy to eat seasonally—corn on the cob is a meal in its own right! But when we are deep into February and I have exhausted every potato recipe I know, it pays to have cans of bright red tomatoes tucked away for just such an occasion. If it feels too cumbersome to can tomatoes in the heat of summer, remember: come winter, you will thank you. Continue reading

A Simpler, Sustainable Life. Even When The Chips Are Down.

Nothing is more sustainable than human-powered activity, quality tools that can be repaired by their owners and ingredients that come from places you know. Continue reading

3 Reasons YOU Should Can Tomato Juice

A few nights ago, we canned our own tomato juice. We found out that it is very efficient and easy! Discover the three reasons why you should can tomato juice every year.
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Summertime is Pickling Time

Summertime brings us the freshest produce of the year. Now’s the time to put up some of the bounty for the cold winter days! Pickled cauliflower, cucumbers and peaches? Yes, please! 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

Buying In Bulk: It’s Not Just For Food

canned-tomatoes

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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Hot Pepper Treats to Can This Summer

peppers on cutting board

Here in the mountain foothills of North Carolina, July and August are the time to start canning and pickling. Many varieties of hot peppers grow like weeds in our hot southern summers. Here are some great recipes you can make to preserve that sweet, spicy deliciousness and enjoy it all winter long. Continue reading