Monthly Archives: August 2014

What to do with very large cucumbers – Cucumber Relish!

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Super large cucumbers are often hard to transform into crispy pickle spears, and are often quite seedy, but still have much potential! I recently had some very large cucumbers. My initial plan was to pickle them, but their seedy nature was making that difficult. So, we changed things up a little. After […]



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5 Tips for Crispy Pickles

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SHARE THIS PAGE: We don’t all have the space in our refrigerators to be squirrelling away “Refrigerator Pickles” to last us the year. Some recipes call for a “pickling agent”, but if you’re adverse to that, or if you really want to increase your crispy odds, here are some tips and recipes that should keep […]



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Quick Pickled Green Beans and Lemon Cucumber

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Our CSA share has been plentiful with green beans. We’ve been enjoying them a variety of ways; sautéed with coconut oil; in one of our favorite chicken casseroles; and even crunching on them raw. However, on the eve of a weekend away I realized there was a lonely bag of green beans […]



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Canning Tips from Marisa McClellan

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SHARE THIS PAGE: We had a blast with Marisa McClellan last week. She spent the day doing demos at Fillmore Container, Le Creuset at Tanger Outlets and Lemon Street Market. We watched as she prepared variations of her Apricot Jam from Preserving by the Pint. We were partial to the version with red pepper! Before […]



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Food in Jars Demos + Giveaway of Orchard Road Jars

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SHARE THIS PAGE: The Food in Jars demo and book signing with Marisa McClellan is almost here. This Friday, August 8, 2014 Fillmore Container (10am – 11:30am), Le Creuset at Tanger Outlets (1pm – 3pm) and Lemon Street Market (5:30pm – 7:30pm) will host Marisa, as she demonstrates how easy it is to preserve! Marisa […]



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Gingered Lemon-Fig Preserves with Pomona’s Pectin

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SHARE THIS PAGE: The team that created Pomona’s Universal Pectin, a sugar-free, preservative-free, low-methoxyl citrus pectin, is celebrating their namesake, Pomona, this month. Pomona was the Roman goddess of fruitful abundance. Her name comes from the Latin word pomum, “fruit,” specifically orchard fruit. She watches over and protects fruit trees and cares for their cultivation. […]



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Orchard Road Jars – A Review

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SHARE THIS PAGE: We just added a new line of jars called Orchard Road.     Orchard Road is a new canning company that believes in celebrating all things fresh, natural and homemade. The new company told us its entire product line has been tested by an independent lab against Ball products. Orchard Road products […]



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2 Fresh Summer Salad Recipes

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SHARE THIS PAGE: We have two family favorites to share with you today – Maw Maw’s Cucumber Salad and Gigi’s Copper Penny Salad. These recipes are really easy and great for a crowd. Maw Maw’s Cucumber Salad This dish is perfect for all those cucumbers that continue to populate in your garden! We suggest starting […]



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