Food Preservation


Use It Or Lose It

I've been preserving my garden produce for years - I'd say at least 25 years or so. Only within the last few years, though, have I found a solution to using my canned goods in an organized manner, making sure that we had enough to last us until the next season or avoiding an excess […] Read More


Tangerine Ginger Jam

My neighbor has a tree that is dripping with ripe tangerines. He came out and hollered at me the other day to pick some - lots of them - so I filled my market basket with about 15 pounds. It barely put a dent in his crop. It's tangerine central around here right now. Let […] Read More


Plan Now to Share the Harvest Later

It's that time of year when - for many of us - scouring seed catalogs for potential garden additions stands in for actually getting our hands dirty. While you've got time (and not dirt) on your hands, you might want to consider organizing a method to share your eventual harvest right in your own community. […] Read More

tangerine syrup

Tangerine Syrup

December means citrus around here - lots and lots of citrus. Two of my neighbors have trees that they can't keep up with, so we're eating tangerines and oranges hand over fist. When I ran across a recipe for tangerine syrup over on the hip girl's guide to homemaking, I wondered if it was something […] Read More

Chow chow is a relish made from end-of-season green tomatoes. Great with chicken!

Save Those Green Tomatoes – Make A Batch of Chow Chow

Circa 1970s: The old metal grinder is firmly mounted to my mom’s kitchen table, the abundance of our summer garden stacked in bowls and baskets around us. As often as I could, I’d take a turn at the grinder, cranking the handle despite my stinging, watering eyes.  I watched as onions, bell peppers, and green […] Read More

dehydrator full of bananas

Going Bananas

  They always ripen all at once! We're eating tons of fresh bananas, but a bunch of this size calls for a preservation plan. Time for Excalibur! I sliced each banana a scant 1/8" thick, dipped them in lemon juice, and placed them on a dehydrator tray. I'm telling you this because while you may […] Read More


Food Preservation: A Day of Home Canning

I recently shared my tomato chutney recipe, but I didn't mention that on the same day I also made marinara sauce. For those of you who have yet to tackle home preservation, I thought it might be interesting for you to see what a day of canning looks like. I started with 40 pounds of […] Read More

Chorizo soup

Spicy Chorizo Soup and Chow Chow

As the weather cools in the States, gardens are slowing down and many of us are shifting to meals that warm us up. Over on Popcorn Homestead, you'll find one of my family's go-to cool season meals: chorizo soup. Whip it up with fresh tomatoes and peppers from the garden and top it with the […] Read More

A Cure for Watery Homegrown Tomato Sauce

With many gardeners in the thick of their tomato harvest, stock pots are bubbling with tomato sauce, marinara sauce, pizza sauce, homemade ketchup, and lots of other bright red tomato goodness. If you've ever made sauce from fresh tomatoes, you know that no matter how much you cook it down, the sauce often separates, leaving […] Read More

Tomato chutney for the pantry

Recipe: Tomato Chutney

My friend Claudette is a personal chef. She cooks professionally for people who can afford such things, and sometimes for people like me who scoff at the idea of hiring a personal chef while on vacation. When Claudette cooks, people pay attention. My kids love to have dinner at her house because it is guaranteed […] Read More