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Free Produce and How to Glean It Fresh From the Fields

This morning I ran across an article that states that ½ of all the produce grown in the United states is thrown away. Half of all US food produce is thrown away, new research suggests. This is something that I believe based on personal experience.  For the last few years we have been able to get lots of free produce.

If you ask, many farmers will let you glean their fields.  Sometime the vegetables are not perfect, being deformed, but still taste the same.  Late in the season after the main harvest there are often new vegetables and fruit appearing.  Because this is a bit sparse, this is often not picked.   …

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Make Your Own Pectin for Canning

Its easy and inexpensive

We all go to the store and buy liquid pectin, but why it is so easy to make.  Pectin is a natural substance that’s found in all fruits.  Apples and crab apples contain the highest concentrations of pectin.  As fruit ripens, it loses pectin.  Barely ripe fruit will have the most natural pectin.

1. Slice about 4 pounds of washed, tart green apples under-ripe apples.  This is best done in the early summer).  Place apples in a stainless steel saucepan.  Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Add enough water to barely cover and bring to the boil. …

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Winter Fruits

Have you given any thought about what kind of fruit trees you might plant that will produce fruit in the fall or winter.? Fresh fruit is always the best. We don’t have many fruit trees in our yard, but our neighbors have an assortment of fruit, Pears, Persimmons, Pomegranate and Apples.

One thing I’m looking for is which fruits have the most minerals and vitamins. I have high blood pressure and of course a little over weight (which am working on). I love fruit, but during the winter, there is a little less to pick from.  I think persimmons and pomegranate are a good choice.…

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Cobbler from Thirty Year Old Fruit

cobblerCobbler from 30 year old dehydrated fruit. We were rotating out storage when we came across some #10 cans my husband had .We decided to check their condition. The peaches were in good condition and tasted like they had been canned yesterday.  The apples slices were about 10 years old. After re-hydrating them both fruits still tasted and smelled good so I added ingredients and made a cobbler. This was taken to my husband’s mans night out and nothing came home but the remaining whip cream.

Prepare a 13X10 pan with cooking spray

  • 4 cups dehydrated peaches
  • 4 cups dehydrated sliced apple
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup raisins (optional)
  • Add ¼ to ½ tsp.
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Dehydrated Fruit Recipes

Here are a couple of recipes; I recently made using dehydrated fruit.

Dehydrated fruit recipes;
Apple Crisp
3 c. DH apple slices
4 c. water
1 c. granular sugar
1 ¾ tsp cinnamon
1 ½ tsp salt
1 c. granulated sugar
1 c. all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ c. soft butter or margarine

Boil apples slices in water. Remove from heat. Stir in sugar, cinnamon, and salt, into apple slices. Spread mixture in 8 x 8 x 2 inch pan. Sift remaining ingredients except for butter. Cut in butter until mixture looks like cornmeal. Spread on top of apple slices.…

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