Make Your Own Craisins

Today we wanted to share a recipe to make your own craisins. 

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How to Can Dry Beans

Have you ever wondered how to can dry beans?  You can very inexpensively can dry beans so they will be readily available for use in your favorite dish or recipe.  You will be surprised how easy and simple it is to can your own dry beans. We guarantee once you learn how to do this for yourself, you won’t ever buy canned beans from a store again.

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Roasted Tomato Salsa

One of the staples for any Mexican food in our book is a good salsa.  You can’t beat the amazing taste of a homemade salsa especially roasted tomato salsa.  With the gardening season coming to an end and the last of our tomatoes ripening, we decided to make and can some salsa.

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DIY Tomato Powder and it’s Many Uses

Learning how to make tomato powder is one very useful skill when it comes to getting the biggest bang for your buck when it comes to tomatoes. Whether they are tomatoes from your own garden or tomatoes you purchased from the store. This recipe will help you to be able to make use of the entire tomato and for there to be no waste.

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Copycat Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Did you know you can easily make sun-dried tomatoes? Yes, you heard us right, you can easily make them yourself. You might be thinking that they have to sit out in the sun for days to dry but we have come up with a much easier solution. You can achieve the same drying results using a food dehydrator. By using a dehydrator you also have more control over the drying conditions of your tomatoes. In addition, it is really quite convenient to add them to your dehydrator and forget them right from the comfort of your kitchen.

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Better than Mott’s canning homemade applesauce

Yes you heard us right, we said applesauce that is better than Mott’s. Growing up we only ever ate applesauce that came from a jar from the store. What we learned when we made our own applesauce was that we were truly missing out. Making your own homemade applesauce is really the only way to go. In fact, after you have homemade applesauce you will probably never go back to store bought applesauce again.

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We had a canning failure!

Our canning failure

In a recent canning session, we had a canning failure.  While this failure is common for many, this was the first time we experienced it.  This occurred in our canning session for bread and butter pickles which we shared recently on our blog.  This was disappointing but we tried to remind ourselves that it can happen to anyone.  And no one, not even the most experienced canners are able to avoid this completely.

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Canning BBQ Sauce

To help summer go out with a bang, we had to replenish our supply of BBQ sauce.  We don’t just barbecue during the summer but all year long and we also use BBQ sauce as a condiment for other meats or add it to other dishes to contribute to the overall flavor.  We make it worth our while and can enough BBQ sauce to give us a one year supply.  In fact, the great thing about canning it at the end of the summer is that you won’t have to do it while you are in the midst of summer and have your supply to carry you through.  Then as summer winds down, you replenish your supply once more.

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The Best Ways to Store Zucchini

We have made just about every recipe we can think of with zucchini.  We have sauteed zucchini on the stove, we have cooked them on the barbecue grill and have even incorporated them into other dishes.  We have made several different breads, cakes and desserts.  As much as we love the beloved zucchini, we are running out of not only ideas but the appetite for zucchini.  If you are like us and continue to harvest zucchinis from your garden and would like some other ideas, you can preserve zucchini for future use.  Here are some of the best ways we have found to store zucchini.

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Canning Bread and Butter Pickles

Canning Bread and Butter Pickles

We harvested another round of cucumbers from our garden and wanted to bring you along in our process of canning bread and butter pickles.  We decided to preserve these as bread and butter pickles since we previously canned dill pickles.  We weren’t able to find a recipe in the Blue Ball Canning Book for these pickles and therefore had to review several recipes online and develop our own bread and butter pickle recipe.  As you scour the internet, you will find many variations to this recipe.  We found many recipes where people made refrigerator pickles and did not can the pickles, however, we wanted to find a canning recipe so that we could add these pickles to our long-term food storage in our pantry.  The great thing is that any pickle recipe can be canned.

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