Making Jelly Stirs Memories

One of my older daughter’s favorite childhood books features Frances, a finicky little badger who prefers bread and jam to most other foods. Her parents offer eggs and all sorts of foods to entice her, but Frances only wants bread and jam for most of the book. Most of us can relate to this imaginary…
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Jam Making A Good Entry Into Food Preservation

I recall a phone call I received a few years ago during the summer. My caller was quite upset because several jars of her home-canned raspberry jam had literally flipped their lids, spewing sticky raspberry jam throughout her pantry. Before she called, she had been scrubbing the jam from her pantry walls. One of the…
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Grill Some Fruits And Vegetables

“Mom, this fruit tastes extra sweet!” my daughter remarked as she tasted a slice of grilled pineapple along with a bite of grilled ham. I tasted mine and nodded in agreement. “Why does the pineapple taste so sweet?” she asked. “Fruit naturally contains sugar, and when you combine sugar with the heat of the grill,…
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Cautionary Tale Reminds Us To Follow Current Food Preservation Guidelines

This is a story about Elmer. Elmer saved his life by not eating his vegetables. There’s more to the story, of course. According to a 1931 North Dakota news article, Elmer attended a winter party where a salad was served. The salad featured home-canned vegetables, and most people enjoyed a portion. Elmer didn’t like vegetables,…
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Rhubarb Delights Tastebuds

As a child, I’d partially fill a cup of sugar and head outside to the rhubarb patch in our garden. I’d pull up a stalk of rhubarb, break off the leaves, seat myself at the picnic table and dip my tangy treat into the sugar. I knew it wasn’t safe to eat the leaves. I…
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