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The Science, Art and Lore of Pickling

“On a hot day in Virginia, I know of nothing more comforting than a fine spiced pickle, brought up trout-like from the sparkling depths of the aromatic jar below the steps in Aunt Sally’s cellar.” — Thomas Jefferson Early one … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: Canning Marathon — Roma, Juliet & Blush Tomatoes

For the last several years, I’ve set aside Labor Day weekend for canning tomatoes. We don’t have enough space nor the conditions in which to grow tomatoes in quantity, and  rely on local farmers for additional supplies. It’s been an … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: Pickles & Relish

Canning pickles helps to free up precious refrigerator space, and preserves them for longer term storage. With some of my previous attempts resulting in less than satisfactory pickles, I was looking forward to picking up some tips for crispier pickles … Continue reading

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8.20.12 Summer in a jar

These jars are like a timeline of summer’s harvests. Ever since reading about Daphne’s refrigerator pickles, our refrigerator has been slowly filling up with them, added to as the season progresses. Left to right: baby carrots, Cincinnati Market radishes, and … Continue reading

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Mastering Food Preservation: Freezing & Canning Low-Acid Vegetables

As a general rule, it’s the acidity of an ingredient that determines the method of canning that should be used. Low acid foods (ph greater than 4.6), such as vegetables and meat, require processing in a pressure canner in order … Continue reading

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Quick Summer Pickles

Preserving a bit of summer really doesn’t get any easier than this. I’ve been pickling for some years now, but usually the canned or lacto-fermented versions. I’d shied away from making refrigerator pickles with the fear that they wouldn’t store … Continue reading

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