How to Dehydrate Citrus

This past winter I bought a dehydrator from a thrift store. There had been several people in line at the food pantry that has been talking about dehydrating some foods this past couple of years. I was told to watch for a dehydrator at thrift stores to get one because I would like it better…

Strawberry Pineapple Marmalade

This is an updated recipe from a 50 year old Ball Blue Book recipe. I used to make it the long cook method that was in this canning and freezing cookbook. I just loved the fruit flavor of this marmalade and was willing to stand over it until it reached the jell stage on the…

Watermelon Jam

Great jam to make and give as gifts. You use Sure Jell Low Sugar pectin, lemon juice, sugar and puree watermelon. It is a jam you don’t find in the stores and is pretty in jars. This is what makes it a nice gift to give because it is unusual but tastes really good. It…

My Favorite Relish Recipe Corn and Yellow Squash Relish

This post is in memory of Lillian Westfelt (1932-2018) the author of Lillian’s Cupboard a popular WordPress blog. She was the first person to introduce me to small batch canning through her food blog. This is her recipe that I started making 4 years ago. She was one of my first followers when I started…

Pressure Canning Pizza Sauce

I was given tomatoes that needed to be used up.  These were locally grown tomatoes here in Florida.  So over the week of Thanksgiving I was canning them.  I put the sauce in half pints which enough to make one large pizza.  I made my sauce the lazy way in the crock pot to reduce…

Pressure Canning Salsa

My mother used to make a version of this salsa.  She used to call it hot sauce.  She usually made it at the end of the summer season.  The heat she would use was Hungarian banana peppers because they grew well in her garden.  I didn’t want my salsa to be real hot and I…

Apple Butter Made From Applesauce

I am still busy canning.  In my pantry, I discovered many cans of applesauce. Applesauce is something that is often in my food box.  I enjoy applesauce and do eat it but I have more then I can eat.  So I took time to research some ways to use applesauce.  I found that I could…

Chicago Style Sweet Cucumber Relish

A wonderful recipe for using up end of season cucumbers that are too large and seedy to use for other canning or dishes.  The relish is sweet and sour with a wonderful aroma of pickling spices.  It is sparkling green with bits of red and yellow sweet pepper.  Perfect for gift giving during the holidays….

Drying Cherry Tomatoes

I have more little cherry tomatoes than I can possibly eat right now.  Instead of letting them go to waste in the refrigerator, I am drying them and will store them like the expensive sun dried tomatoes you see in the produce department of the grocery store. When I had to replace my stove the…

Freezing Bell Peppers

I was given a dozen large green bell peppers that I knew I would not be able to use them all up before their shelf life expired.  I decided to take eight of them and freeze them in small cooking batches.  Last month I was given sweet red peppers and yellow/orange peppers that I also…