Making and Canning Strawberry Jam

I decided to try making Strawberry Jam in my Slow Cooker because I wanted to see if I could get the same easy, wonderful results I get from my fruit butters without standing over the stove. I started out with the recipe/procedure from the National Center for Home Food Preservation (NCHFP) for Berry… Read more“Making and Canning Strawberry Jam”

Dehydrating Ground Meat & Sauces

In the Mad Scientist Laboratory (AKA my kitchen), I have been experimenting with dehydrating meat and sauces (tomato and hot sauce). I have to say that I am initially pleased with the results. I will be using these in my new recipes for pouch meals. Now the test will be… Read more“Dehydrating Ground Meat & Sauces”

Focaccia—One Dough, Multiple Uses

I wanted to share with you one of my ways for making life simpler in a Preservative-Free kitchen. As you know, I make foods totally from scratch whenever I can. One of the ways I save myself time and effort is to find a recipe I love that can be… Read more“Focaccia—One Dough, Multiple Uses”

6 Types of Flour from just One Bag

“All Purpose” Flour Did you know it is easy to make all your specialty flour mixes from just 1 bag of all-purpose flour? I use unbleached whole grain winter white wheat for my all-purpose flour and add the necessary ingredients to get the other flours I need for baking. This way,… Read more“6 Types of Flour from just One Bag”

Learning to Eat Healthy Foods—My Story

For a many years now, my family has gotten used to reaching for a jar or Ziploc bag instead of a box to make their convenience foods. Every year I add a new process to my repertoire of kitchen “gadgets” to make these choices even fresher; first canning, then dehydrating, and… Read more“Learning to Eat Healthy Foods—My Story”

Grandma’s Apple Butter

In the autumn, my grandmother would start her apples. My grandparents had 12 trees on their property of different apple varieties. The only one there was a double of were the three trees that grew Granny Smith’s, my grandmother’s favorite. The apples were picked throughout the summer as they got… Read more“Grandma’s Apple Butter”

Muffin Pans are not just for Cupcakes and Muffins!

As with everything in my Kitchen, I subscribe to the Zero Waste policy. I have expanded that to mean no waste with food, time, OR space.  And since I live in an apartment, space is at a premium. So when I start thinking about a new tool or appliance, I… Read more“Muffin Pans are not just for Cupcakes and Muffins!”