Category Archives: preserving foods

Mason Jars, 20 Different Ways to Use Them

Mason jars are another one of those things that we take for granted.  They are easy to get and always seem to be available.  Yet they have so many uses I can’t think of them all.  So I have made a … Continue reading






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A Recipe for Making Desiccated vegetable Rations

A while back I wrote a post on Desiccated vegetables as used During the Civil War.  Desiccated vegetables were used as rations by both side during the civil war. Ever since I have been meaning to try and make some.  Yesterday I received … Continue reading






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Free Canning Jars are Not Always a Good Deal

Recently we were given a large number of free canning jars in various sizes about 10 cases.  My wife was happy to get them and thought that it was a great deal.  Unfortunately, there was a catch.  When you started … Continue reading






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An Easy Way to Dehydrate Fruits and Vegetables

Yesterday we had the opportunity to pick up some packages of frozen corn.  The price was right so we bought 36 packages.  Now what do you do with all this frozen food, there is not enough room in our freezer … Continue reading






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Growing and Preserving Figs

We have a large fig tree in our back yard.  For the amount of space and the limited care it takes, it produces way more fruit than any other fruit tree of which I am aware.  It will produce two … Continue reading






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Home Canned Chicken is a Great Prep

My wife likes to can food of all types.  One thing that we have had good success with is canning meat.  One of her favorites is to can chicken.  It is one of the more inexpensive meats and yet one of … Continue reading






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Using a FoodSaver Jar Sealer

Recently we were at a garage sale and bought a FoodSaver for ten dollars.  It worked fine, but my wife wasn’t to excited about it because of the cost of the bags.  Well the other day she got the attachments … Continue reading






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Shelf life of Cooking Oils

There always seems to be a debate over the shelf life of cooking oils.  This can be caused by one of several reasons, some people smell rancidity better than others.  I know some people who can’t smell it at all.  … Continue reading






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Rice, a Good Food to Store

Rice is inexpensive, easy to store, and is a versatile, economical food.  It is a good source of energy, and can supply vitamins and minerals to the diet. It is generally classified as a grain, but in family meals, it … Continue reading






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Pemmican, a Good survival Food

Pemmican is something that we have all heard about, but probably have not encountered.  It was used extensively by the Native Americans, but there seems to be some confusion over exactly how they made it.  I suspect that part of … Continue reading






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