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Low Sodium Crockpot Bone Broth

Bone broth. The new “super food” you’re hearing about everywhere. People are acting like it’s something never heard of before. Yet as I was putting my celery, carrots, onions, and beef bones into my Crockpot, I had flashbacks of my grandma using the same ingredients to make soup stock. Maybe she was just a genius … Continue reading »

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Canning Butternut Squash

I love butternut squash. Roast and eat with butter. Chop, boil, drain, eat with butter. Mash and eat with butter. Yum. (I may kinda have a thing for butter too…) This fall I came across several sales for organic butternut squash, so I loaded up. If you have a root cellar, squash will store for … Continue reading »

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No Sugar Canned Mandarin Oranges

Clementines, Cuties, Sweethearts, Mandarins… No matter what you call them, these little easy-peel, sweet, baby oranges are a tasty treat. I love this time of year when the stores are stocked with piles of them, just waiting to bring a sweet boost of vitamin C to our dark Alaskan winters. When I was given a … Continue reading »

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Christmas Cookies Without Excess Sugar

Ah, the holidays. That time of year that everyone moves up (*out) a belt notch. The hubby doesn’t like really sweet desserts, and we both enjoy the traditional holiday seasonings. You know, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, ginger…. all that good stuff. So when I volunteered to make cookies for our church’s Christmas service, I decided to … Continue reading »

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Fresh Pineapple Cheesecake

Fresh fruit in Alaska usually isn’t cheap. Even here on the main road system. Out in the Bush where everything has to be flown in? Forget it. Prices are sky high. Fresh pineapples are usually in the $4 range each here in our little town, but this last week, they’ve been on sale for $1.49. … Continue reading »

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Dehydrated Bananas

When life gives you a case of bananas, and you already of a bunch of bananas in the freezer for banana bread, what do you do? Pull out the ol’ dehydrator for dehydrated bananas!   I’ve never been very big on the dried banana chips from the store. I don’t like banana flavored candy. Just … Continue reading »

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Strawberry Rhubarb Balsamic Jam

What do you do when you end up with a couple pounds of strawberries? Make jam of course! But you who know me, know I’d never do just plain ol’ strawberry jam. So I decided to try my hand at Strawberry Rhubarb Balsamic Jam. It turned out great!   Thanks to my Ball FreshTech Automatic … Continue reading »

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Canning Moose Meat

It been pretty busy around here lately. The hubby getting a bull moose during hunting season and processing 900 or so pounds of meat will do that. Between processing, hanging, cutting up roasts, grinding hamburger, etc, etc, we’ve been busy. Last processing job? Canning moose meat.   There’s moose pepperoni hanging and drying in the … Continue reading »

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Canning Foods Gone Wrong and How to Fix It

Harvest is a busy season on the homestead. It’s a busy season for every gardener. Lots to harvest and lots to preserve. Often this season brings late night canning sessions. Just waiting for that one last batch in the pressure canner to finish up and cool off before you can head to bed. All too … Continue reading »

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Easiest Homemade Crockpot Applesauce

I’m not a big applesauce eater. On occasion I’ll eat some, but I mainly use it for baking. Thanks to Grandpa’s over-abundant apple trees, I was able to get around 15 pounds of totally organic apples this harvest season. Time to try my hand at homemade crockpot applesauce!   I browsed through quite a few … Continue reading »

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