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Cherry Crisp

PrintCherry Crisp Ingredients1/3 cup flour 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/3 cup butter 1/3 cup sugar (divided) 1 pound (about two full cups) tart cherries, pitted 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon nutmegInstructionsPreheat oven to 325°. Combine flour and oats. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Mix in 1/3 cup sugar; set aside for topping. Sprinkle cherries with cinnamon, nutmeg. Pour into a greased 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Sprinkle topping mixture evenly over cherry mixture. Bake at 325° for 10-20…

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Cherry Season

We eat cherries for about a week while they are in season but other than that the only cherries we enjoy are of the dehydrated variety. They are kind of like raisins but slightly bigger and great in kids lunches. Each year I dehydrate about 20 racks of cherries, I’m not sure what that is in lbs but I would guess 10-20lbs of cherries.

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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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Apricots and Raspberries

We are still picking raspberries. My God. Still. I need a scale to weigh just how many kilos of raspberries we’ve picked. A bloody lot. Raspberries, berries in general do not travel well and by the time the bucket is full and the berries are rinsed they are pretty much mush. Which makes good fruit leather and that is what we have been making. Note to self: Wax paper is not a good substitute for a fruit leather tray in…

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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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