Do I need to buy a canner?

When crisis looms, a lot of us look to securing our food supply. I’m hearing a lot of people saying they want to get into canning these days, but are concerned about the cost of equipment, storage space, and availability of materials. And frankly, just buying “one more thing” for an endeavor that might notContinue reading “Do I need to buy a canner?”

Salsa Recipes for Canning

It’s extremely important to use tested salsa recipes if you plan to water bath can them. With the mix of acidic and non-acidic ingredients, if you get the blend wrong, your final product could have an unsafe pH and harbor botulism. The problem is, most canned salsa recipes taste far too strongly of vinegar forContinue reading “Salsa Recipes for Canning”

Three-week quarantine shopping list

Ok, so you’re starting to get worried about the possibility that you might need or want to hole up at home for a couple weeks to help slow the spread of coronavirus. But it’s overwhelming and scary and stressing you out and thinking about it makes it more real and you don’t want to goContinue reading “Three-week quarantine shopping list”

Finally…GOOD frozen green beans!

I have finally achieved edible frozen green beans from my garden!!! All previous attempts were leathery and dehydrated and went straight to the compost. Here’s what I did: Grew Fortex beans. I also grew Jade II but I haven’t tried those yet. Rinsed and cut into bite-sized lengths. (Ok, tbh I don’t remember if IContinue reading “Finally…GOOD frozen green beans!”

Why do I need a root cellar?

I’ve been gardening for about 15 years now. I’ve gardened at home, at a neighbor’s house, at a community garden, in full sun, in half-shade, in the ground, in raised beds, in containers of all sizes, in a small greenhouse, on the windowsill, under lights, and in the weedy strip between two parking lots. I’veContinue reading “Why do I need a root cellar?”

Instant Cajun Mashed Potatoes

Ok, so this one was supposed to be sort of a hash made with cubes of potato, but the freeze-dried potatoes were more than half potato dust with a few cubes. So the texture came out like “mashed potatoes with stuff in,” but it was really tasty. 1c. freeze-dried potato dices 1/2 c. freeze-dried sausage crumblesContinue reading “Instant Cajun Mashed Potatoes”

Emily’s favorite canning recipes

This is a compilation of the recipes I most commonly can each year. I mostly wrote them down so I’d have them in a uniform format (Four pounds? Two quarts? Eight tomatoes?), with the modifications I’ve settled on over time, and notes on how much of each raw ingredient to buy to yield the quantityContinue reading “Emily’s favorite canning recipes”

Pressure canning on a smooth top electric stove

Yes, you can use a pressure canner on a smooth-top electric range! Just be sure it has a raised “foot” on the bottom the size of your largest burner. My Presto (bought in around 2009) has this; the one i got from a friend (mid-1970s vintage) does not. The bottom of the older canner isContinue reading “Pressure canning on a smooth top electric stove”