Category Archives: Home Canning, Freezing Drying

How to Preserve Food.

Papaya Salsa with Jicama Chips

We’re featuring this popular recipe from the files, just in time for picnic season. With just a little chopping and whisking you can whip up a colorful, fresh and fruity version of ever-popular salsa. Pair with sweet and crunchy jicama for a refreshing appetizer that also packs a cancer protective punch with nutrients like vitamin...
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Crystallized Ginger

Ginger root has been used for years as a dietary aid. The ancient Greeks would eat ginger root sandwiches to help their digestion. As the trade routes from India and Africa expanded, their native plant, the ginger, was exported and eventually became popular all over the world. Known for its health benefits in treating colds,...
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How to Make Homemade Dried Banana Slices

Making dried banana pieces can be a bit tricky as bananas tend to turn brown when they come in contact with air. There is a way to counteract this extreme browning when drying your banana slices by dipping the banana slices in lemon juice prior to drying. Read more

How to Dehydrate Kiwi Slices

Although dried fruit is available absolutely everywhere it is better to dry your own as commercially available dried fruit is treated with sulphur dioxide prior to the drying process. By using sulphur dioxide the color of the fruit after it has been dried is enhanced. These dried fruits might look prettier than fruit dried without...
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How to Dehydrate Strawberries

Strawberries are probably one of the most popular fruits and even children cannot resist them. They make a great addition to any fruit salad and add that something extra to plain yogurt. Sadly these berries are only available during the warmer summer months. By dehydrating enough strawberries when they are in season however, you can...
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Pineapple Pico de Gallo

Now in peak season, sweet, succulent pineapples are perfect for making this refreshing Mexican side dish. Similar to a salsa, pico de gallo pairs great with grilled fish, chicken, lean steaks, vegetables and whole-grain corn chips. Pineapples are high in vitamin C and bromelain, a compound that some studies have found may protect against inflammation...
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Dehydrating Zucchini and Making Bread

I was driving down the highway yesterday after a short visit to my son's home when I chanced upon one of the many little roadside stands operated by the hobby gardeners. On display was an assortment of desirable vegetables all of good quality and offered at very reasonable prices. Among the more interesting of the...
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Preserving Pineapple

Being what I call a garbage gardener I particularly enjoy preserving Pineapples. Although I do not care for the fruit my wife does and I in turn gain pleasure from planting the cut off top of the pineapple. Eventually this process creates a beautiful house plant. At this time I would like to explain how...
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