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Pros and Cons of Small Batch Canning

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My first memories of canning involve lots of tears. It wasn’t anything painful or traumatizing (well, maybe a little), it was the onions. You see, my mom only canned two things; strawberry jam and tomato sauce. It was the sauce that did me in. It wasn’t the sort of cheerful 1950’s sitcom experience you’d like it to be. It was an all day exhausting exercise in food preservation. The recipe didn’t call for mere cups  of vegetables, rather the ingredients were measured in bushels. The tomatoes were halved and thrown in a pot to cook until squishy and then run through a hand-crank (my hand thank-you-very-much) food mill to remove the seeds and skin. The same happened with the onions and green peppers. We’d take turns chopping and running outside with tears burning our eyes from cutting pound after pound of onions. The house was hot and steamy and we all emerged limp and lightly coated with a sticky vegetable residue. I remember making the sauce much more than eating it.

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Easy No Peel Whole Apple Applesauce

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You probably know that autumn is a busy time of year. The overflowing garden and orchards are keeping us all busy with canning, pickling, freezing, fermenting, you name it.

Turn your ugly apples into applesauce without peeling, dicing or coring for a tasty, healthy treat
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13 Garlic Recipes

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Mike, Mary and I spent a very wet Saturday walking around the Little Falls Garlic Festival with a friend. We ended up with quite a variety to plant later this fall including 4 types of hardneck garlic, shallots and elephant garlic.

13 Garlic Recipes using Fresh Cloves of Garlic
In the mean time I’ve been looking for some recipes to use some of the extra-special garlic we harvested this July. I was about 3 weeks away from having Mary when we planted it, in the dark. We did an awful job. The ground was too wet and hard, we didn’t cover the cloves at all, not even with dirt. Seriously, they should not have grown! But they did and now I’d like to cook them up in a few new fancy ways. I searched the web to bring you 13 drool-worthy garlic recipes using only fresh garlic (no power here!). [Read more…]

No Knead Seed Bread

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We stopped buying bread and pasta. Both of those are foods we tend to over eat so it seemed like a good idea. But life without bread is sad so I had to find some alternatives. With a full time job, a blog, a farm and a baby I rarely have time for hours of kneading and rising.

No Knead Seed Bread - Fast and easy to throw together with a little bit of this and a little of that you can whip up your own hearty loaf (it makes the best toast!)
This recipe yields one 9×5 loaf of hearty seed studded bread. It’s good freshly sliced but even better toasted. I like to eat it with a bit of cream cheese, Mike likes his with butter and Mary steals from whoever is holding her. [Read more…]

Favorite Chicken Breeds

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Every winter I look forward to the chicken catalogs. I love flipping through, looking at the pictures, reading the descriptions and figuring out what I’d get if I had infinite money and space. Sadly I find both of those things in short supply so I have to cut back on my list. If you’ve ever found yourself in the same position you know my pain. I know how confusing it can be to settle on one, or a few chicken breeds so I asked a few of my blogger buddies what their number one chicken pick would be and why.

Favorite Chicken Breed - Chicken Scratch NY - Brahma

Just for fun we’ll start with my favorite. I absolutely adore my Brahmas. They’re a heavy breed and they do fantastically through our harsh winters, they’re SO FLUFFY and they have small combs so frostbite isn’t much of a concern. My ‘main man’ is a large Brahma and judging from the fact that all the chicks we hatch out are at least 1/2 Brahma (despite there being multiple Orpington roosters) he’s doing his job. They’re all very friendly and curious, even my rooster is a sweetie pie. [Read more…]