Making Homemade Pickles

Making homemade pickles - Ever wonder if you could make pickles yourself? If I can, you can. Or in other words, if I can can, you can can, too.

Ever wonder if you could make pickles yourself? If I can, you can. Or in other words, if I can can, you can can, too. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, […]

Introducing the New FoodSaver G3H Vacuum Sealer (Giveaway CLOSED)

food saver zipper bag accessory

The following content is sponsored by FoodSaver The giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: the3diggs@ As you know by now, my life has been colored by freezer cooking for over 16 years now. I was very pregnant with our first child when I read the grandmother of all freezer cooking books and set […]

Discover Canning & Beautiful Blue Ball Jars (CLOSED)

This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner, KristyBartlett@ I confess. I have completely embraced the canning jar craze. My go-to drinking glass is a mason jar, preferably wide-mouth, but since I received a set of these blue Ball jars to review, I’m warming to the standard mouth variety. Especially since they’re so stinking cool. […]

Freezer Bags & How to Seal Them

I use freezer bags to pack many of my meals and meal components for freezing. Last year, I bought a ton of them on Christmas clearance and paid a couple pennies a bag. I wash and reuse the ones that I’ve used for baked goods. If raw meat or messy sauces have been in them, […]

Get a Freezer Alarm

A freezer alarm can alert you when the things get too hot in the freezer. Once upon a time, our freezer was connected to a GFI outlet. And the breaker popped. And we didn’t know it. Three days later when I went to get something from the freezer, I found a big soggy mess. I […]

Chill Foods Completely Before Freezing

For best texture and reduced freezer burn, chill foods completely before freezing. This is what my refrigerator looks like on a busy freezer cooking day.¬†When I tackle a large freezer cooking session, I find refrigerator storage to be a challenge. I need to use the fridge to store all the groceries I’ve bought, thaw those […]

Vanilla Maple Apple Butter & What to Do with Apples

Stock up on apples when you see a great price, generally under a buck per pound. Then do great and tasty things with those apples. So, I’ve bought a lot of apples so far this season. 50 pounds and counting. At this time next week, I’ll be up to 70 and I’m not sure when […]

5 Days of Freezer Cooking This Week!

grilled chicken for the freezer

Now that I have an empty and thawed freezer — and school is starting this week — I’m ready to get cooking! Literally. Every day this week I’ll be cooking a few things to add to my freezer. I’ll be sharing the updates every afternoon and then posting a big ole’ round up at Life […]

How to Juice a Pomegranate (Operation Pomegranate Jelly 1.2)

pomegranate and knife

So, my adventure with pomegranates continues. Regulars around here will know that I’ve had a little pomegranate obsession, mixing up batches of pomegranate jelly, both from bottled juice and from fresh pomegranates. Little did I know when I bought 10 pounds of “cosmetically challenged” pomegranates, that they would be adding them to our produce box. […]

Operation Pomegranate Jelly 1.1: Using Bottled Juice

Operation Pomegranate Jelly

Awhile back I shared my preparations for Operation Pomegranate Jelly. I ended up making two batches — one with bottled juice and one with freshly squeezed juice. It was an experiment of sorts. A delicious one. I largely took my guidance for water bath canning from Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. It’s also available […]