Lisa Barthuly

Lisa Barthuly lives in the mountains of the American Redoubt with her mountain man husband, amazing children, a jersey milk cow, a few dogs and a menagerie of farm animals.

The Only Apple Pie Filling Recipe You Will Ever Need

Apples just seem to overflow here at our homestead. And thankfully so! One of my favorite memories of growing apples is the day those little red beauties are fully ripe and ready to pick. That’s the day I know my busy canning and baking season begins and my home will smell gloriously of all things apple, including apple pie filling. They are an excellent staple to have on the pantry shelf, easy to can and put up, and best of …

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How to Can Applesauce

  Stocking your pantry with home canned goods is not only prudent, it’s a simple and inexpensive way to build your food storage. When you can up what is in season (at the peak of freshness, flavor and low price) you’re taking a seasonal approach to your canning. I know that in the Fall, I’m glad I know how to can applesauce! In my house, we can year round, in bulk. We can jams, condiments, soups, fruits & veggies, chili, …

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canning bing cherries

Build your Food Storage from Scratch: Canning Bing Cherries

Bing cherries. Everyone in the family LOVES them and they are so very simple to can up! My family eats them faster than I can put them up, and cherry season doesn’t last long, so I have to be quick! Here are my step-by-step instructions for canning bing cherries yourself Canning Bing cherries First, get out all your canning equipment, jars, extra bowls and strainer for cleaning your cherries, etc. and don’t forget a stack of kitchen towels or old washcloths–you’ll …

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homemade strawberry jam

Build your Food Storage from Scratch: Homemade Strawberry Jam

Strawberries…….the “first fruits” of canning season (I can year round, but strawberry jam seems to me, to “begin” the real seasonal canning blitz!) and there is nothing like real, fresh strawberry jam! BONUS ? It is SO very simple to make and can up! Homestead Strawberry Jam 8 cups of fresh strawberries, stemmed, cut and washed up 2 Packages of All Natural No Sugar Pectin 2 cups of real grape juice 1 cup of organic sugar Just dump your stemmed, …

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Canning chicken breast

Build your Food Storage from Scratch: Canning Chicken Breast

It makes me a bit nervous having a freezer full of meats… the grid goes down and we’re up a creek. There’s no way I could can it all fast enough to save it. So, while we’re in a grid UP situation, I try to can a batch of SOMETHING at least once a week, if not more. We try to buy only when there is a really killer deal and buy in bulk at that time. Recently we found a …

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homemade enchilada sauce

Stock Your Pantry from Scratch: Enchilada Sauce

I love to make up my own convenience foods! I know what is in them so they are much healthier. They are simple to just grab off my shelf (instead of going to a store for a specialty can of ‘whatever’) and to have on hand when there is no ‘run to the store’ option. And they are super easy to make up! Enchilada Sauce is one of those insanely SIMPLE ones I can whip up and have canned up …

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