Applesauce vs. Applesauce

Last year, you may recall, I made a lot of applesauce. When I had time, I canned it; when I was lazy, I just stuck it in the freezer. Nine months later, we’ve been eating lots of each. The results?

No contest.

The canned applesacue is sooooo much better than the frozen. It has excellent texture, a […]

Sustainable Seafood

This fall we’ll be trying a new approach to eating: community supported seafood. It’s like a CSA (community supported agriculture), but with fish. Working with sustainable fisheries in Alaska, the folks at Otolith supply their subscribers with a total of approximately 15 pounds of fish. In the summer, you get varieties of salmon; this fall, […]

Peach Sorbet

A spectacularly easy peach sorbet, made from homemade canned peaches. Note that this will only work if you canned your peaches in syrup—if you canned them in water, you’ll need to add at least a cup of sugar.

Peach Sorbet from Homemade Canned Peaches

2 pints or 1 quart canned peaches in syrup
1 T rum, brandy, or […]

Canning Roasted Tomatoes

Roasted tomatoes are delectable little gems. Once you have them, you can use them in sauces, salsa, or just as a topping for bread: Voila! Bruschetta! Freezing is the easiest way to preserve their flavor, but if you have limited freezer space, canning is a good option.

There is, however, a catch. I’ve looked and looked […]

The Cheapskate's Guide to Food Preservation

I’ve had a lot of questions lately about the economics of food preservation. If you have to buy 20 pounds of tomatoes to make it worth your while, and farmer’s market tomatoes cost $3 a pound, how can you afford it? And if you can only afford to can/freeze/dehydrate supermarket tomatoes, why bother? This is […]

Tomatillo Salsa/Salsa Verde

You’ve heard about my gardening woes. Fortunately, not all is lost: I am growing a bumper crop of tomatillos. For the uninitiated, tomatillos are closely related to tomatoes, except that they’re green and grow in husks. The husks puff up when the plant starts to set fruit, and when the fruit fills the husk, they’re […]

Blackberry Sauce

Faced with an avalanche of blackberries? Want a freezer or shelf full of gorgeous, garnet colored sauce? Then this might be just the project for you. I’m loathe to call it a “recipe”—it’s something Jilly whipped up when I kept bringing in box after box of giant blackberries from our mother’s patch on my recent […]

The Great Bean Conundrum (plus a 4-bean salad to can)

I am drowning in beans. Somehow, the two 4-foot rows that I planted in my community garden plots are producing an average of about a pound of beans a day. Never, ever would I have guessed that they would produce so much. The obvious solution is to preserve them, but beans—the classic low-acid food—are a […]

Freezing Beet Greens

As you can see from the date on the plastic bag, this post is a bit late in the offing, but I wanted to share it in case you’re still bringing in beets by the bucketload. Young beet greens—especially from yellow beets—are just as delicious as chard and can be used pretty much interchangeably, so […]

Peach, Cherry, and Apple Compote

My absolutely favorite way to eat fruit is over yogurt, so, when faced with the dwindling remains of the massive pile of fruit, I decided to combine the leftovers into a sort of “best of” fruit stew. You can preserve pretty much any kind of fruit this way: just pick some things that go together, […]

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