1905 Farmhouse

Preserving

How to Make Fruit Leather

A close up of a pink/reddish mixture on a dehydrator sheet

Homemade fruit leather brings me back to summers as a kid when my mom would make fruit leather for us and we would devour it as fast as she made it. I like to do this in the summer when we have extra fruit available from our orchard or from whatever is in season: strawberries, […] Read more…

How to Freeze Berries to Use out of Season

A tray of fresh berries sitting on a wood tabletop

Summer berry harvest is upon us. And what better way to save summer berries, than to flash freeze them and store them away for use in the winter in smoothies, pies, desserts, and even jam. With life being so busy it is nice to know that just because the fruit is ripe now doesn’t mean […] Read more…

How to Make Naturally Sweet Strawberry Jam

A side view of glass jars filled with strawberry jam without lids

Summer is here and that means it is strawberry season here in Oregon. This is one of my favorite times of the year. There is nothing better than a ripe red strawberry warmed by the sun right off the vine. (Is anyone else’s mouth watering?) The strawberry season here in Oregon is short depending on […] Read more…

Top 5 Resources for Preserving/Canning

Cucumbers canned and preserved as dill pickles, perfect for sandwiches

The summer harvest season is upon us. We are up to our knees in cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, broccoli, and peas. So much so that we can’t eat it all! We do give some away but we also preserve and can a lot of our summer bounty to enjoy throughout the year. I remember that […] Read more…