Written by Anne S, Guest Writer In the "old days", canning was just part of the household routine, a useful way to preserve the bounty of the growing season for the cold dark days of winter. Mothers passed down the skills of canning to their daughters in the same way they passed down all the other essential house-keeping skills - by example and instruction. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, the practice of canning fell by the wayside as mothers began to rely more and more [...]
Although I've been canning for 4-5 years now, it was only about 2 years ago that I learned this simple trick for peeling peaches that has made canning an easier task. I was missing out! My 6 year old and I made this short video the other night, while peeling 40 lbs of peaches. She's behind the camera, so I apologize for a few rocky moments (but overall I thought she did pretty well!). If you wanted to use this method for when you are canning [...]
**My apologies for taking so long to announce these winners!** Out of 375 entrants, the winner of the Spoonk Portable Acupressure Mat is: Rene (budgetsavingmom@) For those interested, there will soon be a $10 discount available for Keeper of the Home readers who would like to purchase their own Spoonk Mat, and just in time for the holidays! I will let you know when it's available. Out of 418 entrants, the winner of the Tattler Reusable Canning Lids is: Maria (runningmaria@) Congratulations, ladies!
I've had a few comments here recently in regards to how much work it was to can tomatoes, as some readers followed my step-by-step tutorial for canning diced tomatoes. I agree. Canning takes a lot of work. Much as I love the end result, it isn't really something I do just for kicks. Though it certainly can be money saving, particularly if you are using garden produce or buying ripe produce at end-of-the-season prices, that isn't the only reason that I do it. When I [...]
Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In the last couple of weeks, the temperatures have gotten cooler. Fall is definitely on its way. One of our favorite family activities in the fall is apple picking, which leaves us with tons of apples…time to make applesauce! This year my 2.5 year old is old enough to help, and was very excited about it! Making applesauce is a great project for kids to help with. First, we took all our apples: We washed them, and Bekah got [...]
I'm definitely back in the saddle, doing a ton of preserving after a nice little mid-summer break. I went to my local produce market on Thursday afternoon and decided it was high time that I stock up on some of the wonderful, seasonal deals that were available and get my little tush back into the kitchen to put it all away for the winter! I started with this 20 lb box of pickling cucumbers. I bought a couple bundles of fresh dill to go along [...]
I know that canning is a daunting process to many. It was for me, too, until my sweet friend Jen took one summer day about 5 years ago to teach how to do it myself. Once you see how someone else does it, the whole process begins to be demystified. My goal in showing you this tutorial is to remove the "I can't do this" element of canning, and show you just how simple and do-able the process really is! How to Can Diced Tomatoes [...]