It’s blueberry season. They’re ripening faster than we can pick ‘em right now. The rush to put up as many as we can inspired me to write some background on preserving abundance. If you’d like to skip the intro click here to jump to the Blueberry Apple Jam recipe below. Eating seasonally is a good […]
Food preparation, including food storage options like canning, drying, and freezing, as well as cooking, savoring, recipes, and everything involving food that isn’t still moving or growing in the gardens and pastures.
Swiss chard is one of those tricky greens. I love to grow it. The tall blades of leafy emerald green shot through with vibrant rainbow colors are one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen. But eating it? No matter how I prepared it, it just tasted…off. Too watery when cooked. Texture was wrong when […]
I read Make the Bread, Buy the Butter in one sitting (I heard about it from our friend Erin at Blue Yurt Farms). It was so engrossing I gave up trying to mark recipes with little post-its halfway thru and unabashedly dog-eared the rest. I was also laughing hysterically. Why I Love “Make the Bread, […]
Last year we didn’t get much of a garden because we had to clear the area, which was lightly forested. We managed to save some bean, tomato and pepper seeds but still had to buy a lot this year. Too much, you might say – but what a lovely sight on this snowy winter day.
My sister alerted me to this article on DIY Almond Milk, and now it’s hard to think of the stuff that comes in cardboard cartons as palatable or healthy. The fresh milk is much more thick and creamy, and the best part? It’s DIY, so the sweetness level is up to you. It’s just like […]
It can be difficult to avoid the sugary, ADD-inducing goodies during this season of generosity. I myself was about to brew up a batch of pumpkin butter and can it to give as gifts, but that didn’t work out. Then I remembered the assortment of nuts and dried fruits we’d stocked up on at Trader […]
Leftover Halloween pumpkins – what to do? The only one we carved this season has long since rotted off the picnic table, but the few we left intact and scattered around the house look as fresh as the day we picked them out – perfect for preserving. My first thought was canned pumpkin butter to […]
Even small-scale farming is permeated with an amount of food waste whether from a poor market day, blight, Food Bill loopholes, or USDA regulations – and it has always been one of the tricker realities in farming and homesteading for me to accept. However, every so often an opportunity arises to salvage what has become […]
Homesteading allows more freedom when it comes to how you decide to nourish your body through what you eat – and what you refuse to buy from the grocery store. Our friends Mike and Erin of Blue Yurt Farms are making conscious decisions about where their food, including their meat, comes from – and most […]
We eat a decent amount of Mexican food, and can go through up to two bags of tortillas a week. After reading the ingredients list on several different “authentic” brands I started to wonder if I could make some just as easily at home without all the unpronounceable crap. I don’t own a tortilla press […]