DIY: Easy Pear Jam Recipe

Ingredients: 4 Cups of Finely Chopped Pears 1/2 Cup of Water 5 Cups of Sugar 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon 1/4 Teaspoon of Ground Cloves 1 Box of Dried Pectin 1 Tablespoon of Butter

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DIY: Easy Homemade Blackberry Jam Recipe

DIY: Easy Homemade Blackberry Jam Recipe Ingredients: 5 Cups of Blackberries 7 Cups of Sugar 1 (1 3/4 ounce) pack of dry Pectin
























1) After carefully measuring out the blackberries, pour […]

DIY: Cleaning and Storing Garlic

This is the last and long overdue part in a multi-part series on garlic and elephant garlic. After letting your garlic cure for at least 2 weeks, you need to clean it and get it ready to store. The process is the same for elephant garlic as it is for regular garlic.


For this […]

DIY: Curing Garlic

This is the second part in a multi-part series on Garlic. Part one was about Harvesting Garlic. This part (part 2) is all about curing garlic. The third part will cover some different ways one can store garlic. Curing Garlic is even easier than harvesting it, but it does require a little patience. The first […]

DIY: Making Pectin

Pectin is a naturally occurring extract made by boiling apples. It is also the thing you add to jelly or jam to make it gel, otherwise you are just left with a fruity liquid. If you make your own jelly and jam then you probably go through a lot of pectin. If you are buying […]

Easy Homemade Apple Sauce Recipe

My wife got me some apples from the local orchard so, I decided to make apple sauce in the crockpot. It was really easy and I though I would share the recipe. I actually have a really big crockpot and did double the ingredients below, but I figured not everyone would have that. I was […]

Garlic and Shallot Harvesting

Well, it happened sooner than I thought, but a couple days ago, I harvested my shallots and garlic. I knew it was time because the lower leaves were turning brown. When the softneck finally flopped over I got down to it. You can see below what I am talking about.

Garlic and Shallot bed […]

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Mint Syrup

One of my favorite plants to grow (probably because it is so easy) is Mint. Many people curse mint, saying it takes over the garden and such. Well, you can’t hate a plant for being successful. Personally, I enjoy not having to “work” for it. The only stipulation is, one must find things to do […]

Chicken Stock

Last night, I made 2 quarts of chicken stock and it was super easy. I just put the chicken carcass in the pot, cut up some carrots, celery and onions, added salt & pepper. Brought it to a boil and then simmered for a little over 4 hours. Super easy, nutritious and delicious.

Chicken […]