Tag Archives: Food Preservation

Harvesting Coriander From Cilantro – A Multi-Use Garden Treat

By Texas Homesteader ~

I use coriander in my cooking from time to time. But because I don’t use it often I’d hate to buy a bottle of coriander. It would just go stale before I could use the whole bottle. But luckily I don’t have to buy it.

You see, I always have cilantro in my garden. It typically comes up on a volunteer basis as a result of seed falling to the ground. But cilantro seed is… coriander.

So I take advantage of this dual-purpose garden goodie and harvest coriander when the cilantro is done, typically around the end of May here in NE Texas.

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How To Grow, Harvest & Preserve Garlic

by Texas Homesteader 

We eat a lot of garlic. It lends a vibrant flavor to even the simplest savory dishes.

And the health benefits of garlic are well documented. So I make sure to plant plenty in my garden each year.

But how do you preserve a full garden’s harvest of garlic? I want to make sure that not a single clove of my homegrown garlic goes bad.

Tips of planting, growing, harvesting and preserving garlic. #TexasHomesteader

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Can You Reuse Canning Lids? YES!

by Texas Homesteader~ 

Did you know you can get canning lids that are reusable? Yep, that’s right – use them over & over again… for years!

Right now it’s super hard for many to locate traditional canning supplies. It seems everyone has been bitten by the home-canning bug due to the pandemic.

And even if you do find canning lids – boy howdy have the sellers taken advantage of these hard times. WHEW! The price has spiked to a shocking amount. Price gouging, anyone??!!

But that just means I’m even more thankful that I’d purchased my reusable canning jar lids years ago.

Tattler reusable canning jar lids for home canning. Did you know there are reusable canning lids? I bought my Tattler reusable lids almost 10 years ago and they're used over & over again. It's an eco-friendly choice. #TexasHomesteader

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You Can Peel A Whole Head Of Garlic In Seconds!

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

I grow & harvest lots of garlic every year. So much so that there’s no way I can use it all fresh before it goes bad. So to preserve some of the garlic further I also like to keep a jar filled with peeled garlic cloves in my freezer.

But ugh, peeling that many cloves is going to be a long, sticky chore, right?

Nope.

Come see how I can peel whole heads of garlic cloves in seconds.

We love garlic, how about you? I have a shortcut to peel garlic too. I can peel a whole head of garlic cloves in seconds. Come see how! #TexasHomesteader

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Easy Pressure-Canning For Bone Broth

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Y’all know I love to make my own broth, right? I mean, when I found out how simple it was, and how cheap, and healthy – there was just no reason NOT make it. Just plunk some bones into a pot of water and then cook them until they’re broth. I don’t add veggie ends or seasoning of any kind. Just pure bone broth.

It’s easiest to pour that cooled and strained broth into plastic jars and store them in the freezer. But too many times I’ve failed to properly plan in advance & I’ve had to chunk frozen broth from the jars for my recipe.

So now that the weather’s cooler and I don’t mind heat & humidity from the kitchen coming through the house, I figured I’d can it this time instead.

Don’t be intimidated by a pressure canner, y’all. Canning broth is easy.

Preserve your homemade broth. Use a pressure canner when canning broth. It's easy and your reward is jars of homemade broth for months #TexasHomesteader

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Accumulating Okra When You Don’t Have Enough To Fry

by Texas Homesteader ~

Okra is a powerhouse in the garden. Heat? Drought? Poor soil? It just seems to laugh at it all! My garden struggled this year due to the prolonged cool, wet spring. When the sun finally did come out & the temps warmed, many of the things I’d planted had already given up the ghost. But not the okra.

Now okra will produce you out of house & home if you let it. So I only planted four (count ’em – f-o-u-r) plants! It’s been about right to supply RancherMan & me with okra. But I’ll need to harvest & accumulate enough okra for frying up for us. Thankfully it’s easy!

An easy way to accumulate fresh okra from the garden & prepare it for frying at a later time. A quick mixture of flour, cornmeal & spices. #TexasHomesteader

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How To Make Dehydrated Blueberry Powder

by Texas Homesteader ~

I have a couple of bags of frozen blueberries in my freezer. But right now freezer space is at a premium. So I need to empty some of its contents and one of those bags of frozen blueberries needs to come out.

I’ve got plenty jars of jelly/jam in my pantry so there’s no need right now to make more Blueberry Jam. And a person can only (healthily) eat so many Blueberry Muffins.

So my thoughts turned to ways to dehydrate some blueberries for my pantry instead. Turns out it was pretty easy.

Dehydrated Blueberry Powder. Convenient to store in the pantry and stir into yogurt or pancake or muffin batter #TexasHomesteader

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How To Rehydrate & Use Dehydrated Pumpkin Puree

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Last year’s pumpkin harvest was truly out-o-control! I harvested so many pumpkins! Sure, I shared several of them with family & friends. But I still ended up with mountains of my own.

I love to use these heirloom pumpkins for puree in my Pumpkin Granola so I cooked ’em up & pureed them. They were measured out into 2-cup measurements and frozen for future use.

But RancherMan was the wild-hog-hunting KING and our freezer was filled to capacity with pork. But I still had two remaining pumpkins… 

They had some staying power, still looking as fresh as the day I harvested them. But I really needed to do something with them before they started to deteriorate. With no spare freezer room, what will I do?

I decided to Dehydrate the Pumpkins.

Rehydrating Pumpkin Puree. Come see how to rehydrate and use dehydrated pumpkin puree. Dehydrated Pumpkin puree stores in the pantry with no additional energy needed - a wonderful preparedness food! #TexasHomesteader

 

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