Gardening · Preserving

Handcrafted Pasta Sauce

I found this recipe via a package of Sweet Roma Pasta Sauce Mix from Ball/McCormick, which is highly overpriced at $2.49 a card. You get the dried spices and a recipe card, that is it, for that price. You can easily replicate this at home, however, I don't process the tomatoes like the card calls… Continue reading Handcrafted Pasta Sauce

Gardening · Preserving

Spicy Salsa

I adapted the recipe for this salsa out of the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving, on page 203 (Fresh Vegetable Salsa). I don't like cumin or fresh cilantro, but otherwise I followed the recipe. The recipe doesn't call for salt, so you may want to taste it before canning and adjust as needed. Spicy… Continue reading Spicy Salsa

Preserving · Recipes

Pear and Cherry Jam

I had found a great deal on red pears and had so many I decided to make jam with them. Added in some ripe Bing cherries, for a vibrant jam. This is a low sugar jam using our favorite Pomona's Universal Pectin. Pear and Cherry Jam Ingredients: 6 cups pears* 2 cups bing cherries* ½… Continue reading Pear and Cherry Jam

Gardening · Homesteading

July On The Farm

July was a mixed bag this year, really a common theme this entire year so far. It started chilly, and many days were overcast till at least mid-afternoon, before it warmed up. The evening temperatures were rarely above mid 50's. This stunted crops but everything kept plodding along, trying its best to grow. If anything,… Continue reading July On The Farm

Preserving · Recipes

Boozy Brandy Peaches

I adapted this recipe out of The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving. A fun adult only treat, great for spooning over ice cream or yogurt. Boozy Brandy Peaches Ingredients: 1 lemon, juiced, or ¼ cup bottled lemon juice 5 pounds ripe peaches 3 cusp water 2½ cups granulated sugar 2 Tbsp pure… Continue reading Boozy Brandy Peaches