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How to Dry Herbs in your Oven

If you’re a couple of years into your herb garden, you’ve likely realized that there are some herbs that you just can’t keep up with. Some of them – like our Thyme, Oregano and Savory – faired very well over the winter, had expanded their growth area and were bursting with new growth. I...

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Dilled Carrot Spears

July 14, 2017 | Pickles, Recipes

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, even jam...

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Thai Basil Black Raspberry Shrub

June 27, 2017 | Drinks, Recipes

Fruit Shrub Spritzers have become favorite refreshments on these hot summer days. Simply pour a little shrub over a glass of ice and fill with seltzer and you’ve got a sparkly delicious drink.  We’ve enjoyed trying out some new flavor combinations too, as we compete with the birds for our Black Raspberry harvest each day, and as our herb patch explodes with such aromatic...

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Lavender Vanilla Strawberry Jam & Pomona's Fillmore Container

Lavender Vanilla Bean Strawberry Jam with Pomona’s Pectin

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 quartered berries...

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Honey Sweetened Preserves

Honey Sweetened Preserves Honey has a long history of being the favorite natural sweetener, so it’s resurgence into preserving recipes isn’t surprising. It’s a natural, much healthier alternative to processed sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its supporting role as a sweetener allows the flavor profile of the fruit or other ingredients to shine through instead...

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