Category Archives: Canning

Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet

Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet
Quick Tip: Canning Inventory Sheet

So, I canned 9 pints and a 12 oz. jar of peppers and onions yesterday, and I need to find a home for them in my cupboard.  I was thinking of taking New Year’s Day (yep, thinking out that far ahead) to do a canned goods inventory, to see what I’ve got left and what I want to can during 2014.  But as I was trying to find space for these 10 new jars, I figured I should just do the inventory now.  That way, if Bountiful Baskets has some good deals on case goods, I know what I could use to can.   Read the rest of this entry

Preserving: Quick Applesauce

Preserving: Quick Applesauce
Preserving: Quick Applesauce

Your friendly neighborhood Nerdy Housewife recently had a birthday upon which she turned $39.95 plus shipping and handling.  As is our tradition, The Hubs and I went down to Denver for the day.  We went to IKEA to browse, had Italian buffet for lunch, checked out the offerings at JoAnn Fabrics, and went to the kitchen widget store at a nearby outlet mall.  I had been eyeing up a set of attachments for my Kitchen Aid mixer – the set with the grinder, strainer, and slicer/grater attachments.  Merciful heavens, it was on sale that day, so guess what my birthday present was?! Read the rest of this entry

Bountiful Baskets – 31 August 2013

Bountiful Baskets – 31 August 2013
Bountiful Baskets – 31 August 2013

Hooray, it’s Bountiful Baskets time again!  If you have BB in your area, look into it!  If you don’t, you’re missing out!  A simple way to describe BB is that it’s a co-op or CSA without the up-front investment or long term commitment.  Here’s how Sally and Tanya, the heads of BB, describe it:

We hope you enjoyed your experience with Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op (BBFC). BBFC distributes produce baskets, organic produce baskets, artisan bread and sandwich bread every other week. Read the rest of this entry

Repurposing Canning Jars: Dry Goods Storage Edition

Repurposing Canning Jars: Dry Goods Storage Edition
Repurposing Canning Jars: Dry Goods Storage Edition

Over the years, I’ve accumulate a wide variety of dry goods storage containers.  A couple plastic ones for flour and sugar (they don’t match), a set of metal containers, and a ceramic container from IKEA.  They all are different sizes and took up varying amounts of counter space – a prize commodity in my kitchen.  Riffing off my repurposing a flawed canning jar as a candy dish, I decided to pick up a flat of 6 half-gallon canning jars at Walmart and use these as dry goods storage.   Read the rest of this entry

Nectarine Mango Salsa!

Nectarine Mango Salsa!
Nectarine Mango Salsa!

Today was Bountiful Baskets pick-up day!  I contributed for a basket, and added on a box of a dozen mangos and a 25# box of nectarines.  All these fruits and veggies for $40!  Bananas, green peppers, kiwis, mustard greens, butter lettuce, cherries, mushrooms, carrots, melon, onions, and yep, more nectarines :-)   Read the rest of this entry

Today’s project: Sweet Cherry Vanilla Jam

Today’s project: Sweet Cherry Vanilla Jam
Today’s project: Sweet Cherry Vanilla Jam

I picked up some sweet cherries for a FANTASTIC price – $1.99/lb.!  I haven’t been able to touch cherries for less than $5 a pound until now, and the sales have been around $3 a pound, so my $2 a pound was too good to pass up.  I’ve got 4.5 pounds of gorgeous sweet cherries from Sprouts Farmers Market.  BTW, if you have a Sprouts in your neck of the woods, GO!  They have fabulous prices on produce, really good looking meat, and a wide variety of other natural, organic, and conventional products.

I found this recipe for sweet cherry vanilla jam and thought I’d give it a try.   Read the rest of this entry