Canning

Let’s Talk About San Marzano Redorta: The World’s Best Canning Tomato

Let’s Talk About San Marzano Redorta: The World’s Best Canning Tomato

This morning I plucked a few early canning tomatoes from the garden. Straddling feral watermelon vines that went berserk while we were at fair last week, I found the first ripe torpedoes of the year tucked down deep beneath the six-foot canopies these parent plants […]

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On Strawberry Jam & Tomcats + Sourdough Bacon Sandwiches, Two Ways

Strawberry Jam My Mother was never much of a canner, from where I got the gene that urges me to put things by we have to go back another generation. When I started my first garden she stopped by one day mid-summer to see it. […]

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Peppery Fig Preserves

I have read that there are people here in Michigan who grow figs in big pots and well-protected gardens despite the species’ decided preference for milder climates. I have not yet figured out how to do that myself, though someday I’d certainly like to give […]

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Rhubarb-b-que!

I can take absolutely zero credit for the recipe that will round out the end of this post. It can be found on page 259 of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. I was simply reminded of it (and the four pints I still […]

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Marinated Asparagus Recipe

I’m allergic to asparagus. Which is probably only half the reason I like it so much. The other half is surely the part where it ripens so early in the spring. Because as much as I’m a rebel, I’m also a sucker for any sign […]

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DIY: No-Sugar Added Mandarin Oranges

As far as I’m concerned there is just one good thing about winter in the great white* north: Citrus Season. Sure, modern conveniences being what they are, we can buy citrus just about any time. And certainly, flown and floated in from exotic locals every […]

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Thank A Cranberry Farmer

For some reason, whenever I think of cranberries, I think of the northeast. And while it’s true that Massachusetts and New Jersey together account for about 35% of cranberry production, Wisconsin is actually the nation’s leader in cranberry farming, producing almost 60% of the U.S. […]

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DIY: Frozen Carrots

I don’t grow carrots. In fact, I despise growing carrots so much I’d rather not eat carrots at all than grow them myself. And you know, it’s not actually that I despise growing carrots as much as I despise harvesting and washing them. Unlike their […]

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Putting Tomatoes By: The Lazy Way

It’s not a great garden year here. I said that last year, too, but I mean it more this time around. It’s not so much the drought — we’ve had some rain and we’re able to water in between — but the temperatures have been […]

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Spicy Garlic-Onion Dills

The Man loves pickles. I mean absolutely loves. And The Small Humans are not far behind him in their own adoration, the larger of the two being quite capable of eating an entire quart of pickled eggs on her own… in a week. So, while […]

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