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How To Bake A Pumpkin, From Start To Finish

January 8, 2015 – 8:00 am

Yes, there is actually more you can do with those decorative Fall pumpkins than just use them as a center piece! Cook and puree them for fresh pumpkin bread and pies year round!

How To Can Strawberry Jam

January 7, 2015 – 10:15 am
canning strawberry jam

Strawberry jam can be canned from fresh or frozen strawberries. Here’s how to make your own homemade strawberry jam no matter the season!

How To Can Chicken Stock or Broth

January 2, 2015 – 9:53 pm
how to can chicken stock

Homemade chicken stock or broth is extremely good for you. Once you’ve learned how to make it, the next step is learning how to can it so your pantry never runs out! Here’s a step-by-step tutorial to show you just how easy it is.

The Best Homemade Hot Cocoa

December 31, 2014 – 5:35 am
from scratch hot cocoa

Homemade hot cocoa is super easy to make and much healthier than the store bought powdered stuff. It’s a lot cheaper, too! Here’s the recipe I’ve been making for years.

Homemade Marshmallows (Kosher)

November 30, 2014 – 6:51 pm
Homemade Kosher Marshmallows

You’ll never go back to store bought marshmallows once you try these!! I promise you. They’re heavenly.

Winter Squash: How To Roast Whole Acorn and Butternut Squash

November 25, 2014 – 8:53 am
roasted winter squash

Here’s my favorite way to roast whole winter squashes. Quick, easy, and delicious!

Cooked Kale and Mustard Greens

November 14, 2014 – 2:35 am
cooked greens

Southern style greens at their finest.

Two Ways To Render Tallow: Crockpot or Stovetop

November 13, 2014 – 7:29 am

Rendering fat sounds like a long, complicated process. Actually, it couldn’t be easier! Here are two ways to make tallow in your kitchen with tools you already have on hand.

Root Cellaring Carrots in a Crawl Space

November 10, 2014 – 8:59 am
How To Root Cellar Carrots in a Crawl Space (

Here’s how to use your crawl space as a root cellar for storing carrots long term, how to store them and how long you can expect them to last.

How To Can Potatoes

October 1, 2014 – 8:58 am
canning potatoes

Canning potatoes is a great way to preserve them! Here’s an easy tutorial on how to can potatoes at home.

How To Can Pickled Figs

September 29, 2014 – 7:26 am
How To Can Pickled Figs

These “pickled” figs are canned in a sweet brine of sugar, cinnamon and cloves. They’re better than candy. If you have access to fresh figs, you have got to try this recipe!

How To Freeze Potatoes

July 23, 2014 – 5:47 am

When you have an abundant harvest and don’t have time to can it all at once, freezing is another great option for preserving potatoes.

10+ Reasons To Learn To Can Food Now!

July 22, 2014 – 9:37 pm
At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond

Eleven good reasons why you need to start canning NOW. PLUS, a $5 off coupon code for the DVD: At Home Canning For Beginners and Beyond. Don’t let fear hold you back from learning this valuable skill.

Making A Garden Cookbook

June 23, 2014 – 8:01 am

Creating a garden cookbook was my answer to figuring out how to use our fresh garden produce without ever getting bored of eating the same thing.

Cherry Picking: Preserving Cherries, PLUS How To Use Cherry Pits!

June 23, 2014 – 6:48 am

Freezing, dehydrating, canning- so many ways to preserve cherries! You can also use the seeds for many things… just don’t eat them!

How and When To Harvest and Store Carrots

June 15, 2014 – 12:54 pm

Here’s how to know when it’s the right time to harvest your carrots, how to harvest them properly, and what to do with them to keep them fresh longer. Plus, an experiment in cellaring them in a cool crawl space under the house.