Category Archives: Canning

Good to the core.

Apple season is, perhaps, the most trying part of the year for me. It’s not the poor little apples’ fault.  Apple season comes at the end of the produce year, when I am completely tired of canning and preserving.  By the … Continue reading

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I don’t mean to brag but…

Apparently, I am so great at canning and storing up food and necessities for the zombie apocalypse that I even have a spare cat on the shelves for emergencies. (Yes.  Cats are necessities.)

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Mango syrup

Picture it, Gentle Reader:  it’s a dark, dreary day outside.  In fact, it’s the sixteenth dark dreary day in a row.  Christmas is over; the snow outside is no longer pretty and white, but brown and dirty.  You’ve forgotten that … Continue reading

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I am currently straddling two seasons, summer and fall.  (And here you thought I wasn’t athletic and flexible.) The summer-time industrious ant/busy little bee part of me is still in full on hunter-gathering mode:  Canning the last of the tomatoes, … Continue reading

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Of course I can.

When I look back on the summer of 2013 I’m going to remember the smell of cooking tomatoes and the sound of jar lids sealing.  This year will definitely go down in the history books as the year of canning. … Continue reading

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Cucumber math.

Take a bushel of cucumbers priced at $12. Add $4 of dill pickle mix. Multiply by a small percentage of sweat, blood, and tears. Divide into batches by performing a few hours of intensive canning, (following the Blue Ball book … Continue reading

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Making love (and shrimp stock) out of nothing at all.

When I was growing up, one of my favorite bands of all time was Air Supply.  They were so groovy and their songs were so beautiful to my 9 and 10 year old self.  Not to mention, they had the … Continue reading

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