Food Dehydration

Food Dehydration: How to dry your own fruits, vegetables and other foods   Dehydrated foods have several advantages: it is a low-cost way to preserve foods, dried foods require less storage space than canned or bottled goods, and when the electricity is out you won’t lose all of your food.  Dehydration maximizes shelf life of […]

How to Make Butter and Buttermilk

How to Make Butter and Buttermilk Of the sweet cream butter I’d made earlier in the day, my Italian visitor said, “It tasted heavenly.” Sweet cream butter is churned from cream that has not been acidified by the conversion of milk sugar (lactose) into lactic acid by lactobacillus bacteria. Think of it as butter straight […]

Canned Apple Pie Filling

Canning Apple Pie Filling   I love making canned apple pie filling in fact when I was married a friend of my moms gave me a recipe book filled with handwritten recipes. I have to say, I still have that book today, I remember who gave it to me and it is one of my […]

Canned Salsa

Here is a great recipe that I got from my mother in-law several years ago. I’ve made changes, altered it slightly, added a few things, and it is amazing! Keep this recipe handy for the summer months or when you have tons of tomatoes in your garden. Let me know what you think and what […]

Preserved Lemons

I was so excited when I found out that there was a way to preserve lemons.  I grew up on a citrus orchard in Southern California and I never knew that I could preserve a lemon.  Lemons are so great to add flavors to many dishes. Lemons are preserved in salt, and left to cure. […]

7 Major Mistakes in Long Term Food Storage

  I speak quite often on food storage, food preparation, emergency preparedness, etc. and I love when I find articles that back me up and readdirm what I am talking about.  I can’t tell you how often I am told – “I will figure out how to use what I have stored when I have […]

Plum Jam

I love making this jam sometimes it is tart, sometimes it is sweet but I have never make a batch that is too sweet.  I love adding this to greek yogurt, on my bagels and even in my cereal.  I have recipes I like to make using pectin and some with just sugar and lemon […]

Homemade Refrigerator Dill Pickles

WOW!  I made these and I was shocked.  They were so good! And really easy to make.  The 1 quart that I made only lasted one day in my house.    Best part about this recipe is that I grew the cucumbers and had all the spices and ingredients in my pantry  I am excited […]

Christmas Gift Ideas – Spiced Pear Jam

Spiced Pear Jam Ingredients: 8 cups pears, peeled and chopped 4 cups sugar 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves Directions: 1. Add all the ingredients to a large pot. 2. Bring mixture to a boil and stir constantly. 3. Lower the heat and simmer, stirring frequently, for 2 hours or until thickened. 4. […]

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

  Ketchup In emergency situations having food that tastes good is sometimes challenging. Long-term storage foods such as wheat, dried beans, and milk are great but having variety and comfort tastes are just as important. Everyone enjoys variety and different tastes in our diets. If your diet suddenly was based on just a few staples […]


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