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Homemade BBQ Sauce

How To Make Homemade Sweet or Spicy BBQ Sauce

Nobody has time in the heat of summer (and the unending harvesting) to make batch after batch of different sauces. This base recipe for BBQ sauce can stand on it’s own but also serves as a starting point for a variety of delicious sauces. Spicy and Smokey BBQ Sauce Starting with the 1/2 unstrained base recipe add the following: Cayenne 3/4 Roasted Jalapenos (or spicy pepper of choice) 3-4 Roasted Peppers (Pablono) 2-3 Dried Morito Chilies softened in 1C hot water Allow to cook for an additional half hour before blending with an immersion blender and straining. Proceed with canning. Sweet BBQ Sauce Starting with the strained base recipe add the following: 1/2 Cup Honey Cook for about 5 minutes on the stove top and it is ready to can. Fresh vs. Frozen Tomatoes Gathering enough tomatoes together at one time can be hard if you don’t have a large

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Sweet Cherry Amaretto Jam

How to Make Sweet Cherry Amaretto Jam

Back to back cherry recipes, what can I say? It’s cherry season and I love cherries. This recipe is absolutely delicious and one of my favorites. My Sweet Cherry Amaretto Jam is a popular friend and family request as gifts, and it’s easy to taste way. It’s absolutely worthy of the praise, sweet with a touch of tartness. The amaretto balances against the cherry perfectly, giving a deep nutty flavor. I often leave the cherries chunky but you can also blend using a stick blender if you like a smoother jam. The Amaretto I was not overly familiar with amaretto

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Cherry Limeade

How to Make Sweet Cherry Limeade Concentrate

Cherry Limeade Cherry season is here and it is time to make one of my favorite concentrates! I love cherries and my cherry limeade concentrate disappeared so quickly last year it’s been a trial to wait for cherries to be in season to restock. I don’t currently grow my own cherries so I keep an eye on the local grocery store ads for cheap cherries (Aldi has had the best price the past two years running.) Feel free to use whatever cherries you can get your hands on. This year I got 4 bags of beautiful dark red cherries, Rainer

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Lemon Curd

Lemon Curd – How to Water Bath Can this Zesty Sweet Treat

What is Lemon Curd? Lemon curd is a sweet and tangy treat that is great addition to add to your shelf of preserves. I love the taste of lemons, especially when this recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Add as a filling to your next batch of cupcakes or spread it on slice of breakfast toast. I prefer lemon curd over most jams for its bright refreshing flavor. Furthermore, it makes for a perfect small gift for friends and family. Canning Lemon Curd Lemon curd is one of the few recipes that you can water bath process

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Whipped Lemon Sugar Scrub

6 Great Ways to Use Lemon in the Home

I don’t live in an area known for its lemon production (West Virginia) so I tend to buy bulk lemons whenever I find a good deal. I use them for a variety of things from cleaning to baking. Experimenting is one of my favorite things to do so I will almost always try something new! Below is a list of uses that I have found so far that are actually useful. All of these recipes are relatively easy to make and most importantly are recipes that you can actually use in your day to day life. A lot of these

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Fresh and Easy Mango Salsa – Great for Canning

Never Look a Gift Fruit in the Pit Who goes to a whiskey distillery tasting and walks away with a ripe mango? I did. That would be me. Schraver has been working with a local distillery here in WV and we stopped by so I could try some of their excellent libations (seriously, I’m not even a big fan of whiskey but the guys at Devil’s Due are making some amazing stuff). They have a new line of mango whiskey in production and after they had taken some promo pictures I was all to happy to walk away with a

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I have always been interested in learning how to do things for myself and that passion extends to growing my own food and how best to preserve and use it. With a small household of two and a 9-5 job, this blog explores how to practically grow, preserve and eat sustainably in the modern day.  


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