Category Archives: Recipes

Dilled Carrot Spears

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SHARE THIS PAGE: If you are following along with the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge, then you know that July’s challenge is hot pack preserving. This method of preserving is the act of putting food that is warm or cooked into jars and then processing them. Think tomato sauce, salsa, dilled carrot spears, BBQ sauce, […]

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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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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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How to Preserve Strawberries – A Round-Up of Strawberry Recipes

How to preserve strawberries

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SHARE THIS PAGE: It is not surprising that strawberries are a popular choice for preserves. Making strawberry jam is often the main way most preserve strawberries, but there are so many other great ways to use these sweet berries. We’ve included a few of our favorite strawberry jam recipes below. If you want to venture […]

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No Bake Chocolate Chip Protein Bites for National Chocolate Chip Day

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SHARE THIS PAGE: So, the timing of this post is quite good for our household…as the last weeks of school are now upon us, and between concerts, field trips, end of year school projects & events, the normal stuff of work, and a daunting new project, I find I’m living with this constant sense that I’m forgetting […]

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3 Ways to Preserve Berries + Blackberry Jam & Jelly Recipe Round Up

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Several years ago we added a small patch of Blackberries – the thorn-less variety – to our little patch of the world. As it turns out, the kids don’t eat them out of the patch quite like they do the raspberries, so I actually get more opportunity to preserve some! Whenever I […]

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Homemade Shrubs or Drinking Vinegars – Cold Process

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SHARE THIS PAGE: Last week, we shared a recipe for this amazing Black Cherry Shrub and were so floored by the ease of making them and pleased with the flavor results that we’ve tried a few more variations. That Black Cherry version that we made spent some time on the stove in order to speed […]

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Black Cherry Shrub Recipe

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SHARE THIS PAGE: We’ve been enjoying locally made Shrubs for a couple of years now and have had it in my mind that I really need to try to make some homemade versions. Since Marisa’s Food in Jars Mastery Challenge has a focus on Shrubs this month, I had some frozen Black Cherries and fresh […]

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Polish Dill Pickle Soup or How to Use those so-so Pickles

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SHARE THIS PAGE: I recently came upon this Polish Dill Pickle Soup by  Sommer of A Spicy Perspective and was instantly intrigued. We love Dill. I love finding ways to rescue food. Our kids have been practicing their knife & sauteing skills. My father had recently delivered a load of potatoes. So, of course, we […]

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