Category: Canning & Preserving

Jellies, jams, preserves, dehydrated and fermented foods meant to last in storage. Learn different ways to put away your harvests of herbs, foraged foods, and garden! Scroll through the recent posts below, or use the search box in the sidebar to find something specific.

Pear Butter Recipe – Small batch from windfall fruit

Pear Butter Recipe – Small batch from windfall fruit

I have a dear friend who lives but 10 minutes away, and she has a delicious problem - she has three old, stately pear trees that just put out far too much fruit for her to handle!  Good friend that I am, I am happy to relieve her of her difficult burden. Last fall, when I picked pears, I was dutiful and busy ...

Pear Vinegar Recipe – made with fruit scraps

Pear Vinegar Recipe – made with fruit scraps

So, this time last year, I came into an abundance of pears and made a delightful pear cordial. During the cordial-making process, I ended up with a big bowl full of pear cores, stem bits, and bruised chunks that I deemed unfit for inclusion in the cordial. Instead of dumping these into the compost, these became ...

Garlic Infused Honey

Garlic Infused Honey

Everyone knows garlic as the ubiquitous kitchen seasoning that it is, but there are fewer people who realize that they can use this versatile bulb medicinally! One way to combine those two purposes is to make Garlic Infused Honey. Why in the world would you want to infuse honey with garlic? At first the combination ...

Making Cordials

Making Cordials

Thanks for watching the very first livestream video from Pixie's Pocket! You can skip ahead to the five minute mark for the cordial making portion to begin. Don't have time to watch the whole thing? Here's the short version: Ingredient + Sugar + Booze + Time = Delicious! fill jar with fruit if ...

Pear Cordial: DIY Delicious Booze!

Pear Cordial: DIY Delicious Booze!

Earlier this fall, a dear friend of mine became a homeowner. Her new bit o'earth is a lovely place - it boasts an old flower garden, a bountiful floor of lemon balm, and three big old pear trees! As she was in the middle of renovations and moving in, most of the pears were going to waste and to wasps as they fell ...

How to Harvest and Freeze Aloe Vera Gel

How to Harvest and Freeze Aloe Vera Gel

  I recently wrote an article for Learning Herbs, called "How to Harvest and Freeze Aloe Vera Gel". A few weeks ago, I repotted my poor, neglected houseplants, splitting apart overgrown Peace Lilies, Spider Plants, and a gargantuan beast of an Aloe Vera plant. The aloe had gotten so large that it was ...

Fermented Foods Workshop

Fermented Foods Workshop

A few weeks ago, I was the facilitator for a fermented foods workshop at a private festival in beautiful Eastern Tennessee! The Harvest Celebration focused on the aspects of the fall season leading up to the autumnal equinox - harvest, preservation, and storage of foods, as well as emotional and spiritual preparation ...

Lemon Cucumber Brined Pickles Recipe

Lemon Cucumber Brined Pickles Recipe

Image Credit: SpecialtyProduce.com   Have you ever grown or used lemon cucumbers? These lovely yellow globes are new to me! (Get heirloom seeds from Richter's Herbs) Upon paying a dear friend a visit, I was gifted a bag full of lemon cucumbers. My friend's garden was more prolific than she could keep up ...

Putting down roots, dusting out the corners.

Putting down roots, dusting out the corners.

What makes a home your own? pulling weeds and planting your own flowers around the yard sucking up cobwebs and dust, sweeping out old dead leaves sitting down and enjoying the view, filling your eyes, ears, nose with the world around you talking to the insects and feeding the birds Pleasant, ...

Freezing Chickweed for Later

Freezing Chickweed for Later

Late winter and early spring is the most glorious season for Chickweed! The freezing temperatures don't seem to deter this hardy weed. Her bright green clumps can be found pulsing with life, tucked away under the last blankets of snow. She's one of the first spring greens that everyone wants to eat; people, ...

Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

Damson Plum & Muscadine Butter

Damson Plum on the tree (image credit Beka on Flickr) There's a lovely little spot downtown that I quite enjoy walking past as I head into work. It's an office in an old converted Victorian house, and they've planted the yard full of flowers, herbs, and even a lovely fruit tree. Once August began, I noticed that ...

How to make Mint Infused Sugar

How to make Mint Infused Sugar

So you've made mint extract. You've made mint tea, and stored enough dried mint to last you through a few winters. Maybe you've made mint chutney, mint jelly, or candied the cooling leaves for future teatimes. But you still. have. too. much. mint. Well, I have a new project for you! This one is easy enough to do in ...

Recipe Box: Honeysuckle Infused Sugar

Recipe Box: Honeysuckle Infused Sugar

May is rolling out and June is rolling in - wild roses and irises are blooming their last and the berries are starting to form green on the vine! Is the honeysuckle blooming like crazy where you are? It seems to be an extra fragrant, explosive year for those delicious flowers around here in western North ...

Lemon Infused Honey

Lemon Infused Honey

  Man, oh, man...is this honey good! We go through jars of this recipe more quickly than the other infused honey and syrups that we keep around the house. There is something magical about the way that the sharp sour lemon and the rich sweet honey combine...like angels dancing on your tongue!   ...

Apple Daikon Radish Sauerkraut

Apple Daikon Radish Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut.  The very word used to make my nose wrinkle and my jaw clamp shut, lips sealed, and my little curly head shake an adamant "No!" at the dinner table. I watched my Granddad spoon it over his hotdog while I wondered what in the world was wrong with adults to make them eat things that smelled like that ...

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