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Is Canning Worth The Effort?

Is Canning Worth The Effort?

Is Canning Worth The Effort? Maybe you follow No Time 2 Nap on social media and have noticed that I process a lot of our food myself. Perhaps you want to jump into canning and processing your own food but are wondering if it is economical to do so. Or maybe you are trying to convince a spouse or family member that canning your own food is worth it. To answer the questions: Is canning worth it? Yes. Yes, it…

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DIY: Bone Broth

DIY: Bone Broth

Make Your Own Bone Broth What Is It? Bone broth is a broth made from the bones of an animal. Stock (not broth, I know, I’m getting to that), is usually made with vegetables and bones with meat still on them. You process stock for a short amount of time. Think 4 or so hours. Bone broth is like a jacked-up stock. Bone broth simmer’s for 24 – 48 hours. While simmering most of the trace minerals and collagen will leach out of…

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15+ Ways To Use Up Your Strawberry Harvest

15+ Ways To Use Up Your Strawberry Harvest

This year was the first producing year for my strawberry beds, they produced over 70 quarts* of strawberries! Some of the uses may be geared more towards having your own strawberry bed (or access to one) rather than just picking a lot of strawberries. Here is a round up of some ways to use up those babies, besides strawberry jam: Strawberry Jam – okay, I’m getting this one right out of the way. Strawberry rhubarb butter – these two are…

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Strawberry Rhubarb Butter

Strawberry Rhubarb Butter

Last year we had a drought, it was very hard on all of our plants. I made the basics last year, but with the never ending rain this year everything was producing like crazy. What better thing than to try and make than some strawberry rhubarb butter? I do like the butters a little more than jam, because in a butter you utilize the natural sugars already there and do not add near as much sugar as you do for…

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Triple Berry Jam

Triple Berry Jam

Triple Berry Jam *This is a low sugar recipe* What You’ll Need: 6 cups strawberries 3 cups raspberries 2 cups blueberries 4 1/2 cups sugar 1 box (1.75 oz) sure jell (for low sugar recipes) *You can use different amounts of berries, just have the total amount of fruit equal 11 cups* What You’ll Do: Measure sugar into a bowl Mix 1/4 of measured sugar with the box of sure jell (mix in a separate bowl) Add fruit and sugar/sure…

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Canning Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Canning Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

With my strawberry beds in full production this year, I had enough strawberries to make every strawberry recipe I have ever wanted to make. One of the recipes on my list was strawberry lemonade concentrate, because who doesn’t want a taste of summer in January when it’s 20 degrees out and snowing? What You Need: 6 Cups strawberries 4 Cups lemon juice (fresh squeezed or bought from the store) 6 Cups sugar (remember this is a concentrate) 7 Cleaned pint…

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Strawberry Applesauce

Strawberry Applesauce

Looking for something besides the normal applesauce? Why not try strawberry applesauce (in June you can freeze strawberries when they are in season to save them until fall). You Will Need: Apples (Twice as many as you have strawberries) Strawberries Sugar to taste (optional) Blender or food mill What You Do: Peel, core and measure your apples You are going to use a 2:1 (apples:strawberries) ratio. So if you have 8 cups of prepped apples you would use 4 cups…

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Making Canning Stress Free

Making Canning Stress Free

De-Stress Canning My first time canning on my own, I was so nervous. Besides having to do it all on my own, all of the instructions used words like “immediately”. Like “immediately” pour applesauce into sterilized jars, and immediately place lids and bands on filled jars. I am only one person doing all of these steps, filling multiple jars, and trying to get them into the caner, and it was really stressful thinking something was going to happen to my…

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How To Use Clear Jel

How To Use Clear Jel

For those of you using clear jel for the first time, please take the time to read this. It will save you a lot of frustration if you do. First of all my first attempt at caning apple pie filling I used corn starch. I even had a recipe for canning that used corn starch. It was a nightmare. The second time I used corn starch I had Andi help, it was a little easier with two people, but still…

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Canning Rhubarb Crisp Filling

Canning Rhubarb Crisp Filling

Canning Rhubarb Crisp Filling I have went years without eating a rhubarb crisp, the last time I actually remember eating one was well over 10 years ago! I know I did not make them when we lived in California because I never actually saw rhubarb available anywhere, but I do not have an excuse as to why I have not made it since moving back to NY. I raided my parents rhubarb bed (mine is still getting established) a few…

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