Food Preservation

Pesto Cubes

Pesto Cubes

0 by / on August 23, 2013, 7:25 am / in Farm Home Cooking, Food Preservation, On the Side, Preservation Projections

Pesto making time is from mid to late summer season when basil grows abundantly and needs to be picked every couple of days. I put up about a gallon of pesto cubes since we use a fair bit of pesto throughout the year, adding it to soups, pastas, grilled sandwiches, and pizza sauce.  After posting the Summer Roasted Vegetable Pizza recipe, […]

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Dill Pickles (with an optional Kick!)

Dill Pickles (with an optional Kick!)

0 by / on August 17, 2013, 12:09 pm / in Food Preservation, Preservation Projections

Today Diane, Nancy and Jamie joined me for a the Preservation Class I offer CSA members. As we snapped the ends off of beans and filled jars with them, Nancy commented on how satisfying it was to preserve food in the company of others. We could have been in a persuasive commercial for establishing a Community Kitchen that would facilitate […]

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Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce

2 by / on August 13, 2013, 9:12 pm / in Farm Home Cooking, Food Preservation, Preservation Projections

After a family dinner last summer my daughter, Megan Anna, told me I should write down my tomato sauce recipe.  I’d been making sauce that afternoon and we used it in supper to top our polenta with sauteed broccoli and tromboncini squash. My sauce is always a bit of this and a bit of that so I found writing instructions […]

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Dilly Beans

Dilly Beans

1 by / on July 26, 2013, 1:14 pm / in Food Preservation, Preservation Projections

Last year I pickled beans for the first time and we loved them! I started small and only made 4 pints. This year we will do a canner full of quarts. This recipe doubles what we did last year–a manageable 4 quarts. The ingredients and ratios comes from The Victory Garden cookbook which I highly recommend for its classic coverage of keeping […]

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Canning Beans with a Pressure Cooker

Canning Beans with a Pressure Cooker

2 by / on July 19, 2013, 2:36 pm / in Food Preservation, Preservation Projections

Preserving food takes a bit of summer and stores it in a jar. I used to be afraid of pressure canning, certain I would blow up my kitchen or poison my family. I’m guessing that fear came from food companies working to convince me that canning was an arduous drudgery and dangerous besides, so I’d best buy Del Monte beans […]

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