canning

How to can green beans.

How to Can Green Beans in a Pressure Canner

Green beans are a great candidate for a first-time gardener and for someone new to canning. They grow well in lots of different gardening zones. They grow and produce rather quickly, and the more you pick them, the more they produce. They are easy to can and will provide your family with a green vegetable throughout the winter, making them a great choice for food storage. We love green beans in our house. It’s the only green vegetable my whole …

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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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How to Make Freezer Jam

While tasty, jam is somewhat shrouded in mystery. Factories take fruit and do things to it and then sell it to you in a jar. And actually making jam? Surely that’s for a certain class of people: stay-at-h0me moms who have designer homes and cute blogs about little girls’ hairstyles! And women who cook with things like caramelized fennel. But in all seriousness, homemade jam is where it’s at. If you want to cut out just one store-bought thing from your grocery list …

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A Famine Menu — A Bare-Bones Food Storage Plan

  I found this “famine menu” on a political forum, of all things, several years ago. There was no link to an original post nor was any author listed. I liked the plan and wanted to share it because too many Americans see the need to prepare but can’t. The paycheck, if there is one, doesn’t come anywhere near to meeting the necessities. On this one-year famine menu food storage plan you’ll find very basic foods that are available anywhere. …

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Maximizing Garden Produce - The Survival Mom

5 Tips for Maximizing Garden Produce

If you keep a garden of any size, it can be hard to keep up with a harvest that’s coming in at various points during the growing season. It can be a bit of a juggling act to eat what’s fresh and preserve the extra for winter eating. It’s not always easy to decide either what should be eaten fresh and what should be saved. Let’s face it – it’s all tasty! No one wants to let all that homegrown (and …

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Small Batch Fruit Preserving - The Survival Mom

Small Batch Fruit Preserving

As we work on maximizing garden produce, we need to stretch our preservation skills to include small batches. Fruit sauces, butters, and syrups are all easy and tasty ways to put up small bits of produce before any spoilage occurs. It might seem intimidating at first, but with a little confidence and some practice, small batch fruit preserving can quickly add up to a stocked pantry. Making Fruit Sauces Applesauce is probably the most common of all fruit sauces. However, almost any fruit can …

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Learn to Can Tomatoes

A couple of summers ago I saw three children standing on a street corner in northern Utah giving away tomatoes.  “Free tomatoes,” read their hand-made sign! You may not find free tomatoes, but some grocery stores in my area have been charging just 25 cents a pound for Romas! If you’re ever going to learn to can, and canning tomatoes is super easy, this is the time to do it! What you’ll need: 1.  A bit of confidence. Canning is …

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