Homesteading · Prepping · Preserving

The Forgotten Area of Prepping: Mason Jar Lids

A few years back I was patting myself on the back for my canning abilities (and who doesn't?) until my husband pointed out a truth I had overlooked. If you are a prepper, or even a well rounded homesteader, you are a preserver by nature. You might have a pantry, closet or even cellar full… Continue reading The Forgotten Area of Prepping: Mason Jar Lids

Preserving · Recipes

Instant Pot Apple Butter

Using your Instant Pot to make apple butter is game changing. No baby sitting it, no stirring, and it is done in a short time, versus many hours on the stove. I prepped this in a 6 quart Instant Pot, if using a 8 quart this recipe is easily doubled. Next time I will use… Continue reading Instant Pot Apple Butter

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Lower Sugar Orange Jelly

The best product for canning I have found is something so simple: Pomona's Pectin. Years ago when I found it I first thought of it as a bit fussy, only because it added another step. Later on I wised up and realized that tiny step opened up a world of canning I couldn't do otherwise.… Continue reading Lower Sugar Orange Jelly

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Canned Pickled Red Onions

Pickled red onions are so good in and on recipes. Three jars will keep the pantry stocked for quite some time. If you are concerned you won't use a pint up in time, you can can them in in half pint jars as well. Pickled Red Onions Brine Ingredients: 2 cups water 1 cup white… Continue reading Canned Pickled Red Onions

Homesteading · Preserving · Recipes

Canned Orange Juice

Canning citrus juice is an open ended recipe. Squeeze as much as you wish, and strain as much of the pulp out to your preference. I used 12 cups juice, which produced 6 pints worth. My smaller canning kettle holds 7 pints, but I ran out of navel oranges to squeeze. Is canning OJ worth… Continue reading Canned Orange Juice