Category: Preserving

It’s Easy to Take for Granted

I grew up LOVING the Laura Ingalls Wilder books. My favorite one, I think, is Farmer Boy. Farmer Boy gives us a glimpse of Laura’s future husband, Almanzo, and his life on a farm in upstate New York. Whenever I read it, I always thought about how much I would love that life. It was just this picture perfect ideal in my mind.

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A Frugal Blueberry Moment

While I was doing a regular shopping excursion to Whole Foods, I went to the bulk food aisle to get what I needed to make homemade granola bars. The price of the blueberries gave me pause. $13.99 per pound. Wow. That seemed extreme. Then I remembered that I had that unused dehydrator sitting on the shelf.

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Jen’s Honey Strawberry Freezer Jam

I’ve known Jen since we were pregnant with our almost 5-year-olds. She is the crock-pot recipe queen to me, and a very dear friend. I often wished we lived closer than the few hundred miles that separate us, because seeing her a few times a year just isn’t enough.

Here is her first recipe for our blog – but I hope it won’t be her last. I intend to talk her into a regular crockpot column here at Hallee the Homemaker!

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Candied Pummelo Rind

While researching pummelos, I came across several referenced to candying the rind. It smelled so wonderful that I thought that I would try my hand at candying it just to try it out. I’m so glad I did. What a delicious,citrusy treat. This would be perfect on top of a cake – I will get started on pairing the perfect cake for these little sugary strips now.

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My Girl

Kaylee brought a friend home from school the other day. They came into the kitchen, where I was working, barefoot, in my long apron that covered my long skirt. She gestured at the row of mason jars I had cooling on the towel-covered counter and said, “What’s in the jars?”

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Honey Sweetened Grape Jelly with Homemade Apple Pectin

Pectin is found in under ripe food and is a substance that will jell fruit juice when combined with sweeteners. I’m not all that crazy about growing my own fruit, being careful about the source of the food I buy, carefully preparing to preserve such fruit — then having to preserve it with a box of some Sure-Jel that came off of the Wal-Mart shelf. So, I researched into how to make my own pectin.

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