Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Freezing Garlic

Remember all of my garlic galore? Well, I've just finished preserving it all for this fall and winter! I've now dried all of the bulbs out completely. Just recently I did some sorting into piles: gorgeous and intended for planting this fall, good for storage, and not so good for storage. I set aside any that had cracks or openings in the bulbs. I have read that those ones may not store well, and should be used quicker or else preserved in a different manner.  […]

Interview with Nourishing Traditions Author Sally Fallon

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Drying and Grinding Herbs

As you may have noticed, I've begun a new series called Preserving Summer's Bounty, where I am creating photo tutorials of some of the different foods that I am preserving this summer, along with a variety of preserving methods. If you missed the first two, they are: Beautiful Blueberries (freezing) Blanching and Freezing Vegetables Also related are my Bread and Butter and Dill pickle recipes, the two ways that I preserve all my cucumbers, as well as my previous tutorial on making pumpkin puree to […]

Grocery Budget Discussion: Expense or Investment?

Limeade Popsicles: Easy and Refreshing!

Who doesn’t love limeade or lemonade in the middle of a hot, sunny day? The other week, I picked up a bag of discounted limes from the produce market, and had sort of forgotten about them. In the midst of “one of those mornings”, I decided that the kids and I just need to just stop doing our cleaning chores, have a little fun and enjoy hanging out together. I remembered the bag of limes sitting in my fridge drawer and was suddenly inspired to […]

Waste Not, Want Not

I felt a little foolish saying yes, but as far as I could figure, I had paid good money for it and I wasn’t going to turn down anything that could possibly be nourishing food for my family! The “it” that I’m referring to is all the miscellaneous bones and fat that was left over after the meat was all packaged up (this isn’t including the two packages of nice, normal shaped soup bones I received). When I was on the phone with the meat […]

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Blanching and Freezing Vegetables

This year I added a new skill to my food preservation repertoire, and I can't believe how simple it is! Blanching and then freezing veggies is a great way to preserve excess food from the garden or summer markets. The reason for the blanching (and not just simply freezing) is that it kills the enzymes in vegetables, which prevents them from continuing to be active once frozen, and would result in off-colors and flavors, toughness, etc. The technique basically involves putting the vegetables into boiling […]

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