canning

Summer Canning

I don’t normally can in July or August. It’s just too darn hot to have the stove on that much. Most of my summer preserving is done with the dehydrator on a table outside. One day I will find a man handy enough and who loves me enough to build me a solar dehydrator but until that day I use the electric variety. However this year has been unseasonably – um – damp, which would make solar dehydration a little…

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Chutney & Rootbeer

I have taken a step back from canning in recent years in search of less energy intensive ways to preserve my harvest. However that simple life I was looking for got a little complicated over the summer and I wound up putting an entire tree of apricots into the freezer. A couple years ago I discovered that my friends Garden Curry Spice Blend mixed into a jar of apricot jam made what was quite possibly the tastiest chutney ever.

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Preserving Summer’s Harvest

I love summer. Who doesn’t. But what I love about it is the growing season and how the produce changes as it ripens and becomes ready for harvesting. The kitchen staples of apples, oranges and bananas are a perfect example of how out of touch we are with where the food we eat comes from. Bananas are terribly cheap, horribly cheap as a matter of fact and everytime I eat a fresh banana I think a little part of me…

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"It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.

~ Ansel Adams"

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July 8, 2014