Category Archives: Books and blogs

A Giveaway for Home Preservers

Whether or not you plan to attend the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg next week, you can enter a contest to win the Canner’s Treasure Chest from Fillmore Container. The Treasure Chest includes a waterbath canner with a rack and canning … Continue reading

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A Handmade Pickle Weight, Pickle Seasoning, and a Cookbook Giveaway

I want to share these photos of an excellent stoneware pickling weight for one- and two-quart mason jars. Note the cute little knob handle and the holes to let the brine through. The weight was designed and created by Ken … Continue reading

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Experiment with Specialty Pectins

As many readers of this blog already know, I almost never use packaged pectin. After writing a whole book about old-fashioned fruit preserves, made as they were before packaged pectin was invented, I’ve felt no need for Sure-Jell or MCP … Continue reading

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Fennel for Pickling

Beginning to bolt just after my coriander is a fellow umbellifer, Florence fennel, which grocers often label as finocchio (Italian for “fennel”) or anise. Florence fennel is not anise; nor is it the fennel that grows wild over much of … Continue reading

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We Have a Winner

Congratulations to Carol K., the winner of the Fillmore Container giveaway. Carol will receive a dozen half-pint canning jars, a dozen one-piece caps in her choice of colors, and a copy of The Joy of Jams, Jellies, and Other Sweet … Continue reading

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Win Canning Jars, Lids, and The Joy of Jams!

Today marks the start of a contest for a set of gifts from Fillmore Container: a dozen  straight-sided, slightly tapered, unembossed half-pint jelly jars; a dozen one-piece caps in the winner’s choice of color; and a copy of The Joy of … Continue reading

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Experiments with Tibicos (Water Kefir)

When my friend Rose Marie first asked me what I knew about water kefir, I was baffled. Water kefir, she explained, was a culture for a bubbly beverage made from water, not milk, in the form of “grains” that resemble … Continue reading

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Un Blog Affidabile

The most enjoyable part of keeping a WordPress blog, to my mind, is checking your blog’s statistics to see where in the world your most recent readers live. Although many of my international readers probably lack enough facility with English … Continue reading

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Hop Shoots for Dinner

Yesterday, incredibly, the sun shone nearly all day, and the earth dried out enough for me to pull the grass from around our hop plant. I found some hop shoots as tall as a foot and many others barely out … Continue reading

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For Me? The Liebster Blog Award

Thanks to Jane Collins, who writes the blog Preserving the Harvest, I’ve just won the Liebster Blog Award, which is given by one blogger to another for excellent, beautiful, humorous, or sparkling work. Although the origins of this award are … Continue reading

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