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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…

A Year’s Worth Of Food & Supplies

Empty Mason Jars Ready To Begin A New Caning Season

My Pantry & Household Supplies List For 2013 -2014Every June I start anew the annual cycle of putting aside a year’s worth of food and supplies. The goal is to have all the food and supplies I need in my pantry, cupboards, closets and cellar by Halloween. My practical food storage education first began in…

Plyban Cheesecloth

Plyban Lining A Colandar

I make a lot of homemade Greek yogurt. And I don’t know if you know it or not but Greek yogurt is simply regular yogurt which has been drained with cheese cloth to make it thicker. In fact if you drain yogurt overnight you’ll end up with yogurt cheese – but that’s a whole other…

How To Restore Hard Honey

Solid Honey

Raw, pure unfiltered honey will go hard or crystallize in storage – but it’s an easy fix. To return crystallized honey to its liquid form all you have to do is gently heat it. But beware. If you heat honey at too high a temperature you will change the color and the flavor of the…

How To Store Food With A Vacuum Sealer

Sealed Candy,Shortbread & Brown Sugar

A few years ago I inherited a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer from my mother-in-law. It came complete with lots of plastic bags, a couple of canisters and a funny looking cap thing called a “jar sealer”. I figured it was just another kitchen gadget that she saw on the TV and it looked like a…

How To Preserve Meat With A Crock

Ceramic Crock

There is a very old method of preserving some types of meat and fish known as “potting” or “crocking”. It is a non-electric method of meat and fish preservation that was widely prevalent before the advent of home canning. Potting or crocking meat and fish is a method that is no longer recommended by the…