How to Can Peach Jam

Canning, Canning
I have lots of memories of canning as a child, some good and some not so good. I loved sitting by my mom and chatting all day while we worked. I loved eating delicious canned peaches and homemade jelly. I didn't love carrying the jars down the basement steps and having my brother trip me causing me to fall and break jars and cut myself on the glass (yes that's the brother that Julie married, he's much nicer now). As an adult I have found that it really doesn't save a lot of money to can things yourself, especially when you factor in the time spent. However, I do enjoy learning the process, practicing self reliance skills, and being able to control exactly what you put in the jars. Of…
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Morning Glory Muffins with Food Storage Substitutions

Comfort Foods, Fruits and Vegetables
If you follow us on Facebook you may have seen that I am on a campaign to do better about breakfasts this school year. We have been in a bad habit of sticking with cold cereal so I am making changes to improve that! I'm not an early morning person so I am trying to make good breakfast foods in advance that they can just pull out of the fridge or freezer every morning. I wanted to find a good hearty muffin recipe that would be more filling and breakfast-like instead of just like a cupcake-ish treat. Some of our readers suggested morning glory muffins which I had never heard of before so I googled it and found this recipe which I used and modified quite a bit. Here is…
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9 Easy Ways to Use Freeze-Dried Vegetables

Fruits and Vegetables
At Food Storage Made Easy, we are strong advocates of using your food storage on a regular basis so that you can rotate through it, as well as learn how to use it in your regular cooking.  So to help you out with that, we wanted to share with you a list of ways we like to use our freeze-dried vegetables. Don't just let those cans or buckets sit in the basement until there is an emergency!  Also keep scrolling down because we are announcing a HUGE sale on Chef's Banquet Vegetable Buckets just for Food Storage Made Easy readers.   SNACKING: Some veggies are great to snack on straight out of the can.  Corn is a favorite among both kids and grown-ups.  It tastes a little bit like popcorn without all…
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Food Storage Do-Over Week 11: Fruits and Vegetables

Food Storage Do-Over 2015, Fruits and Vegetables
We are excited to be starting week 11 of our Food Storage Do-Over 2015! If you didn't catch last week's post which talked about baking ingredients you can see it here. Remember this is a 17 week process that we will be going through together. If you want to join in with the group on Facebook click here. If you'd like to receive email notifications of each week's do-over assignment you can join our mailing list here. Or you can always post in the blog comments with your progress as well! It is so much more fun and motivating doing it as a group so find a way to connect! In BabyStep 8: Fruits and Vegetables we discuss supplementing your core long term food storage items with some produce. There…
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Homemade Fruit Leather (Fruit Roll-Ups) + a GIVEAWAY

Dehydrating, Fruits and Vegetables
So I had a fun adventure in dehydrating a couple weeks ago I wanted to share with you. While Jodi has dehydrated before and I've seen/helped my mom dehydrate before I had never taken on a dehydrating project of my own. And while this wasn't 100% on my own because I went to my friends house to use her dehydrator... it was my plan and I'm pretty proud of it. TIP: A great way to try new things is to get together with friends who have the appliances and know how. You learn things, you find out if it's something you'd like to invest more time and resources in, and it's fun. So I had a bunch of peaches I needed to use from a bushel I had bought. I…
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How to Build a Wood Garden Box

How to Build a Wood Garden Box

Gardening
If you follow our Facebook or Instagram accounts you have probably seen hints of my garden box project that we've been working on for the last few weeks. My plan is to have three 4x16 boxes for vegetables, plus 4 3x10 boxes for berries and grapes. We have a big yard so I have plenty of space! We couldn't afford to do them all this spring so we are just doing them gradually. I asked my husband to write up a tutorial so that you can create your own garden boxes and just adjust the lengths for the size of boxes you want. Here's his wood garden box tutorial! While you can make these wooden garden boxes in any width and length you want, our example is 4 feet by…
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Freeze-Dried Foods versus Dehydrated Foods

Fruits and Vegetables
One of the oldest forms of food preservation (and one people are very familiar with today) is dehydration. Dehydrated foods do not retain nutrients as well as canning or freezing, but they are still a good way to have fruits vegetables and meats in your long term food storage. They dehydration process basically heats up the food hot enough to remove the moisture but not hot enough to cook it. It produces a dense, heavy, and shriveled form of the item that you dehydrated. Many people think that freeze-dried foods are the same as dehydrated. However, there are some significant differences between the two processes as well as a big difference in the finished product. Let's explore the freeze-drying process in more depth. Freeze-Drying Process This description of the freeze-drying…
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Product Review: Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

Canning, Canning
This year I did my canning almost exclusively with Tattler Reusable Canning Lids. They have recently put out some new instructions that I wanted to try, and I have used them enough times now that I felt like I could give an accurate review on them. So here are some of my experiences this year: How they work The Tattler lids come with a plastic "lid" and a rubber gasket. You place the gasket on the jar and then put the lid on top. Finally, you secure it with a regular jar ring. The gasket acts in a similar manner to a regular canning lid. When the jar is finished processing it will suck the lid down and make an indentation in the gasket just like it does to a…
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Canning 101: Everything You Need to Know to GET STARTED

Canning
The other night we asked this question on our Facebook page: What would be the ONE topic you would want to learn more about? You can only pick ONE, no cheating. Overwhelmingly the response was that everyone wanted to learn more about CANNING. We've posted about different canning projects over the years but have never done a comprehensive "How-To" for you so today we're going to give you a run down on everything you need to know to get started. Get a GOOD Canning Guide Ball has put out several canning books that I think are very helpful. Our favorite go-to manual is the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. If there is anything you are thinking of canning, there should be instructions in there for you. Make sure to…
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Easy Homemade Strawberry Syrup and Jam!

Fruits and Vegetables, Recipes
Last week Julie made a homemade Sweet 'n' Sour Sauce using just a few basic ingredients that most people store already. You can do this with other "mixes" like taco seasoning, homemade rice-a-roni, ranch mix, etc. Today I tried a few different things that reminded me of her post that you can make out of freeze-dried FRUITS. I have a variety of fruits in my storage (canned, frozen, freeze dried). You can choose to store fruits and vegetables (see BabyStep 8) in a variety of ways. Here's what I tried with some freeze dried fruit. While I can some of my own strawberry jam, sometimes we run out, or I have some of the extra powder at the bottom of freeze dried fruit cans. It also works for other fruit…
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