Kitchen

Freezers

Upright Freezer In October

I keep two freezers. One is mostly for meat and the other is for fruits, vegetables, bread and other assorted foods. It may sound strange to you, but if I had to choose between owning a freezer or a refrigerator, I’d give up my refrigerator before I’d get rid of one of my freezers. To…

Recipe For Apple Pie

Slice of Apple Pie

With A Variation – Raw Filling & Heated FillingHere’s my ever-changing and evolving recipe for Apple Pie. There are two methods here: a raw filling and a heated filling. The raw pack is presented first and is the faster method. The heated pack is essentially the same as the raw pack. Details for the heated…

Rice Pudding

Rice Pudding

An American ClassicRice pudding is a favorite around here. My husband likes it for breakfast and I like it anytime. It’s a fantastic way to use up leftover rice. There are many different variations of rice pudding found around the world. The recipe below is classic American Farmhouse cuisine. Rice Pudding Heaping ⅓ Cup of…

The Best Time To Make Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut In A Crock

The moon’s monthly cycle and its effect upon the earth is more important than most modern people realize. For many hundreds of years, folk wisdom has instructed us to make sauerkraut only during the time when the moon is new and up until the first quarter. That’s because when you do so, there is  plenty…

Canning Grape Juice

A Light Bushel of Concord Grapes

Around here regular canning season is quickly coming to a close and I couldn’t be happier. Last week I home canned Concord grape juice, and this week I’ll make grape jelly with some of the juice that I saved back. I always prepare grape juice for canning and jelly with a steam juicer. After 40…

How To Can Whole Apple Applesauce

Applesauce Apples

This past weekend I made home canned applesauce and thought you might like to see how I make it. I almost always make canned applesauce over the course of two days. On the first day the applesauce is made and on the second day I can it. My applesauce is a “whole apple” applesauce. That…

Ball Jar Heritage Collection Pint Jars

100th anniversary Ball Aniversersy Mason Jars

I ordered some 100th anniversary Ball Anniversary Mason Jars earlier this week and they came today. I’m not 100% happy with them. That’s because the “Heritage Collection” jars are absolutely not the “period correct” color that was advertised. The jars to the left of the above photo are the correct color blue. Sure the 100th…

How To Make Foolproof Crock Pot Yogurt

Fresh Homemade Yogurt With Cranberries

Homemade yogurt is actually very simple to make. And if you ask me the easiest and most dependable way to make yogurt at home is with an electric crock pot. All you need is crock pot, a thermometer, some fresh milk and a little bit of the proper type bacteria. Greek yogurt is a favorite…

Recipe For Fresh Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie Slice

This year has proved to be an exceptional year for blueberries. The berries are large and the bushes are positively loaded. I thought you might be interested in the blueberry pie recipe that I use. It’s an older recipe and my personal favorite. It’s not too sweet and is pleasantly tart. The secret is in…

Recipe For Plain Pastry Using Lard

Sift Flour Before Measuring

This Recipe Will Make A Two Crust 9” PieIt’s my opinion that the very best pastry for fruit pies and beef pies is a pastry crust made with lard and not vegetable shortening, oil or butter. A pastry made with lard is very flaky and easy to work with. Pastry for chicken or fish pies…