Canning Spaghetti Sauce with Meat

I make a awesome spaghetti sauce with these melt in your mouth meatballs. This sauce takes about 8 hours to cook and the balls are dropped in raw and cooked out in the sauce during this time. I pressure canned my first batch this past week

Canning Meat

Canning meat…. it smells burned?? Mick asks this question… I have canned beef stew and ground beef with no issue but my family complains about the smell when I open them. They it smells burnt and the hamburger smells like canned dog food. Am I doing something wrong? Mick, the only thing I can think […]

Canning Apple Butter in Quarts: What was I thinking?!?

Canning Apple Butter in Quarts Chas Asks: I successfully made and canned 11 quarts of Apple Butter, I an now realizing that what the heck am I going to do with Apple Butter in such large jars? I mindlessly followed the recipe, but now I am realizing that I needed to can in smaller jars…. […]

Cannng results on my counter

These past few days have been tomatoes and pepper filled. I turned this Into this: on my counter this morning 19 quarts – stewed tomatoes (green peppers and tomatoes) 4 pints – stewed tomatoes (pimento peppers and tomatoes) 7 quarts – stewed tomatoes (pimento peppers and tomatoes) 24 1/2 pints canned pimento peppers Plus not […]

Vacation in August? Expect Garden Overflow.

Just spent a fun long weekend with grandparents in Nebraska, I came home with a few treasures from them. Two nice fermenting crocks will be put to use soon. I like Nebraska, I like my in-laws, but there is nothing like the mountains of Colorado. I am so glad to be home.

How to Cook Acorn Squash

How to Cook Acorn Squash
First cut the squash in half. They can be pretty hard so it might take a little muscle. Use a large knife, place the tip on the table and press down. When you reach the half way point you may find as I did that the stem and point area of the skin is harder. I sliced off the tip and the knife slides right through.

Chicken Nugget Recipe

Healthy Homemade Chicken Nuggets? Can it be done? Yes! Well maybe. These chicken nuggets are deep fried so I guess this depends on your idea of healthy. Oven baked would be healthier… but even deep fried, these have got to be healthier than the smashed up leftover chicken, that makes up most of the prepackaged chicken nuggets you can buy.

Safe vs Unsafe Canning Methods

Something should be made clear in these auctions. These books are VERY old. The canning methods included are probably not the most recently recommended methods. You might want to read about safe vs unsafe canning methods first.

Biscuit Mix Pie – Sloppy Joe


I’ve never made chutney even though the recipes I see look yummy. So my question is for you. How do you use chutney? Is it a side dish? Is it a condiment?