Apple Chutney

Apple Chutney

Where I live, there is an abundance  of apple trees growing untended on public property. Local ordinances allow anyone to pick the apples, and still most of them do to waste – although I do my part that from happening. Most years, I dry several bushels so I have something sweet to put in my oatmeal the rest of the year. I … Read more

My recent hate-hate relationship with cooking

I am really into home food preservation. I have an annually rotating stock of hundreds of jars of canned applesauce, canned pears, apple chutney, tomatillo salsa, jams, jellies, apple butters, tomatoes, tomato sauce and fruit juices. When I worked on a farm and had access to surplus vegetables, I also pressure canned lots of green beans, beets and soups. Every … Read more

Black cherry heaven

Black cherry heaven

Last week, I noticed a couple huge cherry trees on the edge of a park that on my route to work. The fruit hung down in racemes like chokecherries, and the ripe ones were very black. I had never seen a chokecherry tree that big (25 feet or so), plus the tree had rough and shaggy bark (chokecherry usually has … Read more

Fruity

I was very excited a couple weeks ago when the black raspberries (aka black caps) began to ripen. They sell frozen black raspberries at Trader Joe’s for filthily cheap, but I generally like picking the local ones and, in any case, the local ones seem to have a slightly different and more complex flavor. So, the day after picking a … Read more

Botulism Buzz

Being an Extension-certified Master Food Preserver, I am of course interested in all things botulism-related. Here’s a great piece analyzing the causes of last year’s botulism outbreak in commercially canned food.