Category Archives: Canning

Goat Bone Broth

One of the final steps for us in the butchering process is making bone broth. All the bones and scraps that aren’t worth grinding or chopping up for stew meat get made into broth. I start by roasting everything, plus … Continue reading

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Butchering Day

An absolutely crazy amount of work got done here today (Saturday evening). Between us, the butcher, and some friends (I’m not saying who!), we managed to get the entire herd sent off to freezer camp minus the steer that isn’t … Continue reading

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Applesauce hacks

This is my (current) favorite way to make applesauce: Glean apples. (Thank you, Susan!!) Wash apples thoroughly. Quarter and throw into turkey roaster with a little water. Let roast on low until soft. Set up food mill and attach cordless … Continue reading

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Grape Job

In honor of his having done the grape juice puttin’-up for 2020 in it’s entirety, from the harvesting of the grapes, to the washing therof, the loading into the canners of steaming, the decanting into jars, the water-bath canning of … Continue reading

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For the love of tomatoes…!

Being a homesteader granola-type homeschool mom does come with its moments.  This evening, for example, we inadvertently reenacted Frodo’s scene from the Fellowship of the Ring, where he’s lost in Farmer Maggot’s cornfield, being chased by an irate farmer as … Continue reading

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Green beans

I thought I planted enough of them this year. You’d think three rows, and over two dozen plants, would be enough? But no, we are eating them as fast as they grow. So I’m purchasing beans for canning from local … Continue reading

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Raspberry Freezer Jam

I grew up with freezer jam.  My mother had a jam business; we had a commercial kitchen in our basement that got inspected by the health department at regular intervals, and she marketed something like thirty flavors of regular-sugar and … Continue reading

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Busy, busy

We’ve been crazy busy trying to get ready for winter around here! Between choir and band rehearsals, homeschooling and college, it’s been hard to get to the “important” stuff. We got a few things dealt with this weekend, though! Saturday … Continue reading

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Pears

I purchased two boxes of green Bartlett pears last Friday at Jones Farms in Zillah, and they all came ripe Sunday night. The kids helped me bust out two canner loads plus a big batch for the dehydrator. 14 quarts, … Continue reading

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Two more boxes of pears

Equals 23 pints plus a few for eating fresh. This is in addition to the two boxes I did last week. Unless red Bartletts (my favorite variety) miraculously materialize, I believe I’m done processing pears for the year.

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