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Lavender Vanilla Bean Strawberry Jam with Pomona’s Pectin

Lavender Vanilla Strawberry Jam & Pomona's Fillmore Container

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Strawberries were so plentiful and delicious this year that I found myself arriving home with flats of those glorious berries several times. We enjoyed strawberry shortcake for bedtime snacks, for breakfast, sometimes as an actual dessert and of course, a good amount of strawberry jam was put away for another season!   We had some […]

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Pomona’s Pectin Jam Recipe Round Up

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SHARE THIS PAGE: If you aren’t familiar, Pomona’s Pectin is a sugar-free, preservative-free, low-methoxyl citrus pectin that does not require sugar to jell. It enables you to make jams and jellies with little to no sugar, or by using alternative sweeteners such as honey. By reducing the sweetener you can make a healthier version of […]

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Honey Sweetened Preserves

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Honey has a long history of being the favorite natural sweetener, so it’s resurgence into preserving recipes isn’t surprising. Why Honey? It’s a natural, much healthier alternative to processed sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its supporting role of a sweetener allows the flavor profile of the fruit or other ingredients to shine through […]

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How to Make Strawberry Freezer Jam with Mrs. Wages

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SHARE THIS PAGE: If you haven’t ventured into freezer jam yet, you should. With no-cook freezer jam, you get to preserve the bounty of summer without even turning on the stove. Not only, is it probably the quickest and easiest way to make a batch of jam, the flavor it offers is much more representative of perfectly […]

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Planning to Preserve the Harvest – Part 2

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SHARE THIS PAGE:  In the 1st part of this series, we shared tips on how to pull together your preserving plan. The focus of Part 2 is on how to make sure that your preserving toolbox is up to date, stocked and ready for action! Evaluate your Preserving Ingredients: Check expiration dates & freshness on […]

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Preparing to Preserve the Harvest – Part 1

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Although some folks continue to preserve all year around, for many of us, spring time brings on a significantly greater opportunity to preserve the harvest at the peak of freshness. Over the years, we’ve prepared for many such seasons, and though we might not follow through on each of our preparing & […]

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Rosemary Grapefruit Jam for National Grapefruit Month

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SHARE THIS PAGE: We had quite a few grapefruit from the holidays and it was quite apparent that if I didn’t do something with a goodly portion of them now, some of them may end up feeding our worms. Their peels had begun to dry out a bit and sadly,  the opportunity for marmalade had […]

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How to Can Apple Pie Filling with Simply Canning

Canned Apple Pie Filling Orchard Road Jars

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Simply Canning, is a great resource for information on canning safety, recipes, canning tips, how to’s and product reviews. The articles are easy to read and understand, The information is valid for a newbie & veteran canners.   If you haven’t checked it out, yet…you should! Sharon Peterson, the woman behind Simply Canning, is […]

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Pickled Red Beets – a Classic Recipe for Water Bath Canning

Beets Recipe

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Pickled Beets are a childhood favorite of mine. Ever since I can remember, they’ve had a prominent place on the relish platter whenever our family gathered! My mother will still happily put up whatever amount of beets come her way, knowing that her kids & grand kids will devour them. Last autumn […]

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How to Use an Atmospheric Steam Canner

Atmospheric steam canner

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SHARE THIS PAGE: New News on the Use of Steam Canners! There has been more research attention given to the use of Atmospheric Steam Canners recently and several reliable sources are now stating that it is indeed safe to use them under certain circumstances as an alternative to a Water bath canner.  Our local experts […]

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