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How to Can Mom’s Dill Pickles + Video
Sep11

How to Can Mom’s Dill Pickles + Video

I am excited to show you How to Can Mom’s Dill Pickles with my amazing Mother! The recipe my mother uses is one where she combined my German grandmother’s recipe, and my Ukrainian grandmother’s recipe, and she came out with her own recipe which, in my opinion is the best of two worlds. Our family is wild about mom’s dill pickles. When I was away at university, mom and dad used to stock up my pantry, always...

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Web Chef Review: Certo Pectin Crystals
Jun24

Web Chef Review: Certo Pectin Crystals

Ever used Certo Pectin Crystals? Pectin is a natural substance found in the flesh, seeds and skin of fruits, and it reacts with acid and sugar to form a thick jell. Fruits are rated as having high or low pectin content.  This rating is crucial for the success of jellies, jellied fruit sauces and marmalades. Natural pectin is not constant in its natural state in fruits, and I don’t like the idea of having my batches of jams and...

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How to Make & Can Rhubarb Juice
Jun22

How to Make & Can Rhubarb Juice

I am happy to share with you my recipe for How to Make Rhubarb Juice, and how to can it too. It’s a super delicious summer cooler – tangy and bright and a nice change. How to Make & Can Rhubarb Juice: Type: Beverage Recipe Prep Time: 10 – 15 min Maceration Time: up to 3 hrs Cook Time: heat just up to the boil Process Time: 15 min Cool Time: 24 hrs Ingredients: fresh rhubarb – trimmed & washed sugar...

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How to Make & Can Rhubarb Chutney
Jun21

How to Make & Can Rhubarb Chutney

This recipe for How to Make Rhubarb Chutney is very delicious and is a nice accompaniment with just about any meat or fish. We even like it straight from the jar. It also makes a very tasty condiment served spread on top of a creamed cheese bar. This combination is fantastic spread on crackers or small toast rounds. How to Make Rhubarb Chutney: This chutney is tasty served with pork chops, chicken breasts and fish, just to name a few....

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How to Can Rhubarb
Jun19

How to Can Rhubarb

This recipe for How to Can Rhubarb is a method used when you don’t have room in your freezer, you don’t have a freezer, or if you just like the taste of canned rhubarb. It is a shame that rhubarb is at its best in Springtime, but there are various ways to preserve that fresh-picked taste, so you can enjoy rhubarb during the off seasons too. How to Can Rhubarb: Select stalks that are tender and bright red. Discard the...

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How to Prepare & Store Rhubarb + Video
Jun16

How to Prepare & Store Rhubarb + Video

If you are growing it in your garden, you need to know How to Prepare & Store Rhubarb… When those beautiful stalks of rhubarb begin to pop up in your garden and turn red, it’s time to harvest, cook with and store the fresh rhubarb as quickly as possible. Rhubarb is such a delicious tangy delight, and you don’t want to waste even one stalk. How to Prepare & Store Rhubarb: You will want to have available a few...

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How to Make Sauerkraut
Dec27

How to Make Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is fantastic, but even more awesome when you make it yourself at home. Sauerkraut has a history of being of a healthful quality, as cabbage is jam packed with good stuff for your body, and is a dish that one you acquire a taste for it, you enjoy eating it frequently. Perfect alongside pork chops, sausages, spare ribs or frankfurters. Also, we enjoy our perogies with fried sauerkraut filling. Mmm… How to Make...

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How to Cook Mincemeat for the Holidays
Nov18

How to Cook Mincemeat for the Holidays

Not exactly sure what Mincemeat is? Not many people do, but it is a traditional dish made in those regions where the World was colonized British, in general. There are variations in Australia, Canada, USA, northern Europe, Ireland & South Africa. How to Cook Mincemeat: The recipe I’m sharing for my mincemeat is one which yields enough for 6 pies. Tip: If you’re going to go through all of this effort to make mincemeat,...

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How to Can Dill Pickles: National Pickle Day
Nov14

How to Can Dill Pickles: National Pickle Day

National Pickle Day has arrived, and when was the last time you made pickles at home? If you’ve never tried making pickles, you can do it too. You will be so much more satisfied knowing what went into the jars, and will be much happier about the flavors. As well, preparing pickles yourself gives such a sense of accomplishment, and beefs up your Winter season cooking repertoire. Pickling renders a tangy result with flavors...

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Some Basic Rules of Canning for this National Day
Oct23

Some Basic Rules of Canning for this National Day

National Canning Day is here, so take advantage of the day and preserve something! Canning can become an annual activity, if you can fruits & vegetables in season. It’s so nice to open a jar of these treasures in the dead of winter. Some Basic Rules of Canning: Firstly, you must choose produce without blemish or over-ripening. Process according to a good recipe of instructions. Berries, plums & most vegetables, which are...

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Quick Pickling Facts & Guidelines: Pickled Peppers Week
Oct15

Quick Pickling Facts & Guidelines: Pickled Peppers Week

Pickled Peppers Week starts today, marking the 3rd week in October, and we’re talkin’ about perfect pickling. This requires a few pickling guidelines you should follow, but first, some quick pickling facts. Quick Pickling Facts: Most dill pickles, sauerkraut, olives & pickled peppers get their special flavors from undergoing fermentation. Liquor or spirits (alcoholic beverages), as with vinegar, keep food edible by...

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How to Pickle Hot Peppers: National Pickled Peppers Month
Oct01

How to Pickle Hot Peppers: National Pickled Peppers Month

National Pickled Peppers Month spices up our menus this October, and you too can Pickle Hot Peppers of your own. Although my recipe works well for red shepherd peppers, it works better for Hungarian banana & jalapeño peppers. It’s best to wear gloves if you’re working with hot peppers & scrub your hands thoroughly with soapy water before touching your face or body. How to Pickle Hot Peppers: Peter Piper picked a...

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How to Cook Stewed Tomatoes: National Tomato Month
Oct01

How to Cook Stewed Tomatoes: National Tomato Month

It’s National Tomato Month, and there’s nothing like the taste of homegrown tomatoes fresh from your garden. We enjoy all the shades & shapes of tiny tomatoes, and all colors of large tomatoes as well. So perfectly tangy & juicy, perfect in any savory dish I can dream up, and such an important staple in our household. When it’s harvest time, it’s so exciting to make everything from gazpacho to fresh...

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