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.

Small Batch Lacto-Fermentation

Small Batch Lacto-Fermentation

A spicy carrot and cabbage blend Getting started with fermenting foods can be intimidating at first. I was nervous about making something dangerous to eat, and in the process of learning the best practices of lacto-fermentation I had a few not-so-successful experiments with bubbling jars of foods on my ...

Lacto-fermented Cranberry Apple Butternut Relish

Lacto-fermented Cranberry Apple Butternut Relish

Cranberries are delicious - their tart, sometimes bitter flavor can enhance most any meal, and they blend so well with both cinnamon and something sweet. I have a tradition of making a cranberry cordial every year, but this autumn I decided to try something a little different. Following my current trend of ...

Mmmm…Kale Chips!

Mmmm…Kale Chips!

I used to think that I didn't like kale. You see, my only experience with kale was when I was a kid, choking down forkfuls of slimy, boiled kale simmered with hog jowls. Ugh. Just to think of it makes me shudder! When I got my most recent CSA delivery from Mother Earth Produce, I opened the box and my nose ...

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Recipe Box: Hedgerow Jelly

Weeds and Wildflowers! What is a hedgerow? In the cultured, organized sense, it is meant to be a barrier of trees and shrubs planted to mark boundary lines or to keep grazing animals contained.  In the sloppier sense, it is the buffer of wild plants at the corners of a property.  It is that definition that inspired ...

Drying Strawberry Tops

Drying Strawberry Tops

I admit it: I'm lazy. A lazy cook, a lazy gardener...I like to set things up and let them do their own thing with minimal input from me, which is why I'm fond of permaculture, biodiversity, sustainable foraging methods and perennial native plant gardens, not to mention eating weeds. So when it comes to my ...

Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam Recipe

Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam Recipe

You might remember that earlier this month I had a Strawberry Jam Session after getting a big bucket of fresh berries at the Asheville Herb Festival. Well, here is the BEST recipe that came out of that day of experimentation - Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam!   Strawberry Mango Mojito Jam The winner of the taste ...

Strawberry Jam Session

Strawberry Jam Session

I spent a few hours at the Asheville Herb Festival last Saturday and ended up coming home with a big old basket full of ripe, red strawberries from South Carolina. That meant only one thing for my Sunday: Strawberry Jam Session! I just love making jams and jellies, y'all! They just taste so much better to me than ...

Growing Onions from Scraps

Growing Onions from Scraps

Regrow Spring Onions from Scraps I may never buy onions again. Growing Onions from Scraps is easy! It has been over a month since I last ordered local, organic veggies from Mother Earth Produce, but in that last box was a bunch of green onions. As I made dinner one night, I chopped an onion down to the white ...

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Dandelion Flower Infusion and Syrup

Infusion first, syrup second! There are only a few dandelions in my yard this year, which is the opposite of a problem as far as most people are concerned! NOT ME. I want dandelions; root, leaf, and flower! There are so many wonderful ways to use this humble flower in applications both culinary and medicinal. ...

Recipe Box: Fire Vinegar (Fire Cider)

Recipe Box: Fire Vinegar (Fire Cider)

The weather in western North Carolina can be a tease. We had our first freeze in October, but since then the temperatures have been leaping up into the 70's and then back down into the 20's at night. The plants, trees, and birds are so confused, and so is my sinus! People who I know are quite healthy and active are ...

How to Can Tomatoes

How to Can Tomatoes

July and August are tomato time here in Western North Carolina!  The farm markets are crowing about the lovely boxes of heirloom tomatoes available for purchase, and the volunteer tomato vines left behind in our empty chicken coop are giving me handfuls of sweet cherry tomatoes every day. As awesome as a fresh ...

Putting away 2012 – Tomatoes and Cherries

Putting away 2012 – Tomatoes and Cherries

A Busy Kitchen, by Amber ShehanCandle-making, honey jars, tincture jars, tomatoes, drying herbs, and more! Phew...it is hard to find time to write when I'm so busy chopping, boiling, cooking, and eating really yummy food. To start with, I found cherries at a really good price at the grocery store, and I got ...

What is an Electuary?

What is an Electuary?

I'm an old fashioned girl. I'm not talking candlelight and roses, although that's nice. I'm talking about food preservation, medicine making, cooking methods, and brewing. I like old, tried and true methods, and I'm a sucker for ye olde tyme vocabularie wordes, too. So, back when I was selling herb-infused ...

How should I store honey?

How should I store honey?

I often have readers inquiring about the proper storage of honey. That's a great question, and one with a super-easy answer! How should I store honey? Honey does not "go bad" if left at room temperature. Leaving it on a countertop is fine, so is a cabinet with your spices. If you want to get specific, aim ...

Apple Picking & Processing 2011

Apple Picking & Processing 2011

I live in an incredibly beautiful and bountiful area.  Western North Carolina has so much to offer in the way of local, healthy food that I'm becoming quite happily spoiled by my diet.  There are hop farms for brewers, local bison ranches, and in Hendersonville, North Carolina, you can't throw a stone without hitting ...

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