Category Archives: Food Preserving

Roasting Peppers On A Gas-Powered Stove

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I’ve discovered that although garden peppers are delicious served in many ways, my favorite flavor is accomplished by roasting them.

So when I’m making Chile Relleno or Creamy Hatch Sauce and wanting to use my fresh garden peppers, I take the shortcut in roasting them. 

You like to use shortcuts here too? Check out this Homestead Hack, y’all.

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Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Carrots

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I was given a boatload of fresh carrots recently and I didn’t want them to go to waste. Now I’ve written before about turning ugly carrots into beautiful carrots by chopping misshapen carrots into prettier more uniform pieces.  

In the past I’d dehydrated them using my small household-sized dehydrator. But now I have a 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator. I can really do some damage to that mountain of carrots now! Come see what I did.

I was recently given way too many carrots to eat before they went bad. So I dehydrated them, now I have lots for winter enjoyment. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make Pear Sauce With Fresh Pears

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I’ve heard of people making something similar to applesauce but using pears instead – Pear Sauce! I love applesauce so I figured I should give it a try.

Using my slow cooker it was super easy too, the procedure is the same as when I made homemade applesauce. Check it out!

Pear Sauce is much like applesauce but made with pears. After being given a supply of pears I gave pear sauce a try. Check it out! #TexasHomesteader

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Pear Relish Recipe – Sweet & Savory Come Together Beautifully!

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I’ve heard that pear relish is delicious but… I dunno. I mean sweet pears coupled with savory onions & bell peppers? And jalapenos? And MUSTARD? Blech!

But this pear relish is surprisingly delicious. So much so that I’ve now made and canned this recipe several times. Check it out.

I'm not typically a fan of Sweet & Savory but when you combine pears with onions, peppers and mustard? MAGIC! Check out my Pear Relish. #TexasHomesteader

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Heat-Free Peeling for Fresh Tomatoes

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I needed a heat-free way to peel fresh garden tomatoes. I already knew that the standard way to peel a fresh garden tomato is to dip it in boiling for a few seconds until the skin splits, then plunge into an ice bath before peeling.

But a typical summer here in NE Texas involves much heat & humidity and I don’t want to add any of that to our home. What’s a southern gardener to do?

HEAT-FREE Peeling For Fresh Tomatoes - I don't want to add heat and humidity to our home. What's a southern gardener to do? Check out this Homestead Hack #TexasHomesteader

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Canning Recipe: Homemade Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce

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I like to use plain unsweetened applesauce as a delicious snack and also as a replacement for some of the oil I use when baking. But I made a LOT of applesauce. I’m thinking about maybe using some of it to make an even sweeter treat: Cinnamon-Vanilla flavored applesauce. 

It couldn’t be easier, check it out!

HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE is super easy, and I've made some of it into extra-special Cinnamon-Vanilla Applesauce. I've canned it to enjoy all winter #TexasHomesteader

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