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Apple Pie Filling Recipe & Water-Bath Canning

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My sweet aunt shared with me many delicious sweet apples from her tree. Not a few mind you, but a LOT! (as in 5 bushels of a lot!) 

Thankfully this apple pie filling is pretty straightforward and canning it requires just a 20-minute stint in a water-bath canner.  Wanna see how I did it?

This apple pie filling recipe is straightforward. And canning requires just a 20-minute stint in a water-bath canner #TexasHomesteader

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Preserving The Harvest: Dehydrating Plums

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I recently acquired two different varieties of ripe plums that totaled about 30 lbs. Now I love fruit, and plums are some of my faves – so sweet, so juicy! But I’m going to have to preserve some of these plums if I’m going to keep them from going bad before they’re all consumed.

I love plum jelly but I’ve made so much jelly lately including apple butter, blueberry jam and even honeysuckle jelly that I don’t need any more in my stockpile. Even though I like to stock my pantry with jellies to sweeten my homemade yogurt, with only two of us at home these days I don’t want to make more than we can use. What else can I do with these delicious plums?

Hummm…  I like to sweeten my homemade pumpkin granola with dried fruit and I recently used the last of my dehydrated jujube fruit. So maybe I can dehydrate these plums into raisin-sized chunks to naturally sweeten my granola?

By making my own dehydrated fruit instead of purchasing it, I've not only saved money but added no packaging to the landfill. Win/Win! #TexasHomesteader

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Preserving The Harvest: Canning Pears In Light Syrup

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I love to eat chilled canned pears in light vanilla syrup as a simple dessert. They’re delicious eaten cold right out of the fridge.

So I set out to can some of fresh, juicy, delicious pears in a light vanilla-flavored syrup.

WATER-BATH CANNING FRESH PEARS In Light Syrup. I like to add a light splash of vanilla to the syrup before adding to the pears - DELICIOUS #TexasHomesteader
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Preserving The Harvest: Jujube Fruit

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I recently wrote about stumbling upon an overgrown orchard at an old homestead property we obtained. The extension agent and master naturalists identified the trees as Jujube, the fruit is also known as Japanese Dates. 

I read that the fruit can be dehydrated and used in the place of raisins. This really appeals to me as I’d love to replace something I purchase with something I preserve myself. 

So I experimented with several methods of preserving this sweet fruit.

The old trees at the abandoned homestead were Jujube Fruit. I experimented with different ways to preserve the fruit - come see! #TexasHomesteader
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Old Homestead Jujube Tree And Fruit – Mystery Solved

by Texas Homesteader

When we obtained our remote-pasture property last year I knew there was once an old homestead on the property years ago – the house long gone now. 

I love that this property also has an old 1880’s barn. That’s my favorite barn era and I’m so blessed to have two of these beautiful old barns now!  I’m ready to roll up my sleeves & restore this beautiful structure to its previous glory much like we did years ago with the 1880’s barn here on our homestead.

In searching for the identity of fruit trees at an old homestead we consulted the extension agent. The answer was received! #TexasHomesteader
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