Food Preservation

Going 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,…

Food Preservation: A Day of Home Canning

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…

Spicy Chorizo Soup and Chow Chow

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…

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…

Recipe: Tomato Chutney

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…

Home Canning Hack: Sterilize the Lids and the Rings

I used to sterilize my jar lids in boiling water as directed by the canning experts, but I always fumbled to get them out of the water with tongs. Nowadays, those experts recommend a magnet for easily lifting jar lids…

Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Jelly

Lilikoi (Passion Fruit) Jelly

Otherwise known as passion fruit, liliko‘i is Mother Nature’s answer to a SweeTart. The first sour bite of a liliko‘i will jangle all the way back to your jawbone. Stick with it, though, and you’ll catch the tropical sweet undertones…

Homemade Grainy Mustard – Yes, Really

Homemade Grainy Mustard – Yes, Really

Mm. Mustard. I love mustard. But those fancy pants Dijon mustards give me a headache. I can get organic Dijon that comes in plastic. Or non-organic Dijon in glass. (Go figure, right?) Then it occurred to me that this is yet…