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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Tomatoes From The Garden To The Table

The other day, I was admiring the prolific tomatoes growing in our backyard garden. Some plants already were up to my waist. Although many of us are “wilting” in the heat, gardeners may find that their tomatoes are thriving this year. Just like us, tomatoes need plenty of water in the hot weather. On occasion…
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