Category Archives: Canning

Canned tomatoes or spaghetti sauce?

Every year I process a dozen or so quarts of tomatoes. Some are used in stews or soups, but most get cooked down into rich spaghetti sauces as needed throughout the year. But we were finding, to my disappointment, that … Continue reading

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Grape Juice

First grapes on the Agria vine we planted in Spring 2011.  As Raintree promised, it fruited early, growing luscious dark globelets.  I like sour fruit, so I have been tasting the grapes for a few weeks now.  Last week they … Continue reading

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Putting Up the Harvest

[caption id="attachment_1715" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Canned Goods Home Harvest Tomatoes, Dilly Beans, Peaches, Pesto[/caption]
As summer wanes, I am buoyed by the harvest – so beautiful and so productive. This week is tomatoes and peaches (purchased in eastern WA), dilly beans, and pesto.

Last year my sweetie gifted me a comprehensive guide to preserving food; ‘Keeping the Harvest’ by Chioffi & Mead. I have a variety of how-tos, but… Continue reading

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Comprehensive exams for my PhD, climbing trip to Tieton, work retreat on Whidbey Island, wedding on Orcas Island, intensive motorcycle endorsement class. Amid this backdrop of busy-ness, things were getting ripe in the garden. Pears picked and eaten (how to … Continue reading

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