Category: Canning & Preserving

How to make and freeze beef bone broth

hen life makes a complete circle here on the farm …it’s time to make beef bone broth. Our freezer is once again full of grass-fed beef and with it always comes plenty of beef bones for beef broth.  It’s one of the many staples I always like to have on hand. It’s easy to make I don’t mind at all spending a few hours preparing it for a great tasting homemade beef bone broth. Simple step-by-step instructions: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil. In a single layer place soup bones on a...

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Preserving Your Harvest

You have spent months planning, planting, growing, watering, fertilizing and now your garden is producing baskets of fresh vegetables for you to enjoy. By now I bet you can agree there is nothing like the flavor of homegrown vegetables along with the satisfaction you get every time you walk through your garden. But now the reality has set in that you need to start preserving your harvest or all your hard work will go to waste. Canning can be a lot of work, but there is something special about going to the pantry and opening a taste of summer...

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How to Can Venison – Tender and Tasty!

The easiest way to can venison The flavor and texture of canned venison is unlike anything I can describe.  It’s tender, tasty and makes an excellent addition to any stew or hearty dish you make! Canning venison is simple and quick.  What takes the longest is processing the jars in the pressure canner.  Preparing the meat and filling jars takes no time at all. Here is my step-by-step instruction on how to can venison: Wash as many quart jars and lids to fit into your pressure canner. Heat jars in a saucepan filled with water brought to a simmer.  Keep...

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How to Cook Collard Greens – From Garden to Freezer

Easy Collard Greens Recipe It’s the day I wait for all fall…that third frost that tells me my collard greens are sweet enough to harvest from the garden.  It may be an old wives tale, but I never pick collards unless they have been frosted on three times. With our unexpected snowfall last weekend, I was ready to spend a few hours this week cooking up a big batch of collards.  I like to cook them all at once and then freeze them so I can enjoy them all winter long. There are a dozen different ways to cook...

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How to make pickles without canning

Dilly Sweet Refrigerator Pickles I have to admit I have never had much luck with making a good dill pickle that stays crispy like my Grandmother did.  But what I can make is a great no-fuss, no-canning pickle that I just had to share!  I got a question last week from a reader asking “How to make pickles without canning?”  So over the weekend I made a batch with the last of our pickling cucumbers to show her how simple they are to make. You are going to love how simple this recipe is! Step #1 – Wash 14...

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Tracy at Our Simple Homestead Hidden away in Central South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by pine trees, chicken farms, and lots of sandy soil we live a very simple lifestyle by the grace of God.

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