Category: Preserving

The Best Bread & Butter Pickles – Ever

Bread and butter pickles are an absolute favorite of mine. They’re kind of a savory/sweet combination that only a pickle can achieve. This recipe is straight from the Ball Book of Home Preserving. I consider Ball the the foremost expert on all things preserving and will almost always refer to them to answer any questions pertaining to preserving.

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Honey Spiced Pears

Some friends of ours have a pear tree that just overwhelms them with abundance on an annual basis. I am always happy to take as many pears off their hands as they’ll give me. This year, that turned into two laundry baskets full of pears. I am always on the search for real food canning recipes – that cut out the processed sugar that is used as a preservative in anything using fruit. I was thrilled to find this recipe.

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Freezing Sweet Peppers

My garden is exploding with sweet peppers now. I’m getting all different colors – orange, purple, green. I can’t pick them fast enough.

The easiest way I’ve found to preserve them is to simply freeze them. The problem is, though, that they’re full of liquid. So, if you sliced them and tossed them into a freezer bag, what you’ll end up with is a big frozen ball of peppers all stuck together.

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Homemade Catsup

When I get to working fast in the kitchen, I forget that often I should be taking pictures for posts for recipes. This is one of those occasions. I had a lot going on in my kitchen the day that I made this catsup, and I was finishing it up when I realized I should have been documenting the process. Consequently, I apologize, but I will tell you that this is an incredibly flavorful condiment. I will forever use it for our homemade catsup (or ketchup, as my spell check prefers!)

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A Narrow Window & Bento Lunchbox Giveaway

Anyone who replies to this post with a healthy and thifty and homemade sack lunch idea will be entered to win a Laptop Lunch B620-Purple Bento Set 2.0 with Outer Container, 5 Inner Containers, and Accessories. My friend Sarah loves the Bentos her kids use, so thought a giveaway would wrap up this week of lunch ideas perfectly.

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