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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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things to do with cherries

7 Delicious Things To Do With Cherries

When 30 pounds of fresh cherries from Northwest Cherry Growers arrive at your doorstep, it’s hard not to begin eating them one cherry, one pound at a time. Juicy and perfectly ripe, these cherries were welcomed by my family and soon we were researching new and creative recipes for things to do with cherries so we could enjoy them now and months later as sweet preserves. One resource I enjoyed for both information, recipes, and even cute labels to print …

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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 peaches and nectarines

How to Can Peaches and Nectarines

I’ve canned a lot of things this year that I had never tried before, cherry preserves and salsa, for starters. But sometimes it’s good to go back to the basics and can a simple batch of no-frills, just-plain, regular fruit. For me, that means peaches. I love canning peaches. I was very pleased and fortunate to have received in the mail a box of peaches and nectarines, in hopes that I would wax erudite about the satisfaction one can get from …

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Tomatoes: The Overlooked Survival Food

On my list of the Top 10 Foods for Stocking Up, I impulsively added tomatoes as #6.  During the past few days I’ve been keeping an eye on the foods we most often eat, and sure enough, tomatoes are a big part of our diet.  Sunday we dined on tacos and tostadas, both topped with salsa.  The next night we gorged on take-out pizza with a delicious tomato sauce flavored with red wine.  Ketchup is the life blood of my …

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26 Basic Life Skills: Survival Skills for All Ages, a book series

A major component of being well prepared for whatever life may bring is building a repertoire of skills and a bank of knowledge. If you’re on a journey to enrich your own life and become better prepared, check out this new book series by Liz Long, a long-time contributor to The Survival Mom blog. 26 Basic Life Skills is the first book in a new series (Survival Skills for All Ages) that covers important skills to survive and thrive in life. …

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how to can cherry pie filling

How To Can Cherry Pie Filling

Can I just say how much I love cherries? They are one of my most favorite fruits. Sweet, juicy, and slightly messy. It seems like nothing is quite so good unless it stains like the Dickens. Late June and early July is cherry season in my neighborhood, but unfortunately it doesn’t last forever. We usually get a huge bumper crop and have to rush to eat, bake, or preserve our cherries before they all go bad. I am not much …

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supplies for preppers

Are You Getting the Most Out of Your Prepping Supplies?

You’ve heard it a million times, “Why spend money on prepping stuff you’ll never use?” Poor excuse! I use LOTS of the supplies initially purchased, “Just in case we’re out of power”, or “Just in case there’s a huge emergency.” Here’s how I have put my supplies for preppers to use in my everyday life Preps to help with food storage and off-grid cooking Root Cellar Ours happens to be a large closet in the basement with two concrete walls …

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Health benefits of tomatoes

Health Benefits of Tomatoes

A vegetable “survival” garden isn’t a vegetable garden without some nice tomato plants, but is the tomato really a vegetable, or is it a fruit? In 1893, this question went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled (erroneously) that the tomato is a vegetable! So what determines whether something is a fruit or a vegetable? Technically, if it results from the flower of a plant and the seeds are in the part that you eat, it’s a …

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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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