Gardening · Homesteading · Urban Homesteading

Eating Local Matters

Sometimes I need a trip to clear my mind. And maybe going on the largest carbon footprint trip of my life really opened my eyes. I traveled somewhere between 18,000 and 19,000 miles by plane and ship to reach the Antarctica Peninsula the past 2 weeks. It was a glorious trip, a life bucket trip.… Continue reading Eating Local Matters

Preserving · Recipes

Instant Pot Apple-Pearsauce

Instant Pot Apple-Pearsauce Ingredients: 3 pounds apples 3 pounds pears 1 cup water ¼ cup bottled lemon juice 2 tsp ground cinnamon sweetener (see recipe) Directions: Wash, dry off and peel, then quarter and core apples, and then chop up. Add the apples, water, and cinnamon to the Instant Pot. Put on cover and seal… Continue reading Instant Pot Apple-Pearsauce

Preserving · Recipes

Instant Pot Molasses Apple Butter

Using your Instant Pot to make apple butter is game changing. No baby sitting it for hours, no stirring, and it is done in a short time. You can water bath can it right away, and enjoy it for a long time. I prepped this in an 8 quart Instant Pot. A 6 quart is… Continue reading Instant Pot Molasses Apple Butter

Preserving · Recipes

Canning Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

In fall we put up cranberry sauce, when the cranberries start coming in to the stores and are fresh, but also affordable. It only takes a few minutes more time to can it versus just making a large batch, and have it ready for the Holidays, and for spreading on sandwiches all year long. This… Continue reading Canning Sugar-Free Cranberry Sauce

Freeze Drying · Prepping · Preserving · Recipes

Freeze-Drying versus Dehydrating: Frozen Peas and Corn

We have been running comparisons with Freeze-Drying versus Dehydrating with various ingredients, to see what the outcome is. This has meant that we are running both our Harvest Right freeze-dryer and our dehydrator running nearly non-stop of late. We have the large size Harvest Right freeze-dryer for reference. This post is on drying frozen petite peas and sweet corn. Both are blanched,… Continue reading Freeze-Drying versus Dehydrating: Frozen Peas and Corn