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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

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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.

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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

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Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes

Crispy Air Fryer Potatoes – How to Use Canned Potatoes

Home canned potatoes can be used for more than just adding to stews and making mash potatoes. Their pre-cooked consistency lends itself perfectly to an easy side dish. Soft and fluffy in the middle with a crunchy coating this recipe is a fantastic way to use up some canned potatoes. I often use the air fryer for this recipe (especially in the summer to avoid warming the house with the

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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

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Corn and Bean Salad

5 Minute Easy Mexican Black Bean and Corn Salad

This recipe couldn’t be easier and comes together so fast you wouldn’t believe it. I love this Black Bean and Corn Salad as an alternative to a side of rice for any southwest themed meal and it is especially good on a hot summer day. Its also a great way to use some of those canned items from the pantry that you’ve so carefully put up during the summer months.

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Cabbage and Ramen Noodle Salad

All Time Favorite Easy Cabbage and Ramen Noodle Salad

This is one of my all time favorite side dishes that I just can’t stop eating. Not only is it delicious, but its incredibly cheap to make. One head of cabbage makes so many servings which is great to bring for a potluck or party. People always ask me for the recipe and it really couldn’t be any simpler to recreate. As tempted as I am to eat this right

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Beef Stroganoff

The Best Beef Stroganoff – From the Canning Pantry

Beef stroganoff is a well loved classic dinner, one that many have grown to love since early childhood. With the last of winter’s chill leaving the air, it’s the perfect time to enjoy some comfort food. Rich creamy sauce, umami flavor of mushrooms and soft egg noodles leave you full, warm and maybe a bit nostalgic. Beef Stroganoff also makes great use of an easy home canned good – Mushrooms!

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Ingredients for Homemade Breakfast Sausage

Homemade Breakfast Sausage – How to Make You Own

Taste Testing Recipes In this weeks video we have a great time trying out breakfast sausage recipes from our favorite youtube chefs. The variety of flavors, spices and additives gave us a lot to think about when it came time to develop our own recipe! Schraver’s taste buds are finely tuned to the familiar, which is why he picked a copycat version of a well known breakfast sausage as his

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How to make Bovre – Homemade Cheese Pt. 3

If you have been following along on this little adventure into cheese making you should at this point have some delicious Bovre cheese! It’s wonderful as is, but to really pack a punch and compete with the store bought brands we need to talk about flavorings. I love to come up with my own flavorings, but you can always look for popular combinations in your local cheese aisle. Pack a

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Ready to Eat Bovre

How to Make Bovre – Homemade Cheese Pt. 2

In part one of making Bovre, I showed you how to heat your milk, add culture and determine when the curds were ready to drain. In Pt 2 we will look at how to drain the curds, salt them and the options available for shaping and aging. Draining the Bovre Curds How long you drain the curds ultimately impacts how soft your cheese will be. If you let it drain

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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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