Preserving & Canning Food

Recipes - Tips - Inspiration

How to freeze food in glass jars freezer Jun 30, 2024

Have you been wondering, "Can I freeze food in glass jars?" If so, the answer is yes BUT not all glass jars are suitable.

Glass jars can be really handy for freezing soups, stocks, broths, sauces,...

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How to remove sticky labels off preserving jars food preservation Jun 14, 2024

I shared some tips on getting sticky labels off preserving jars in a recent newsletter. It was quite a popular topic and many of you emailed me back with your own tips and methods for doing this....

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How to plan for an emergency emergency preparedness Jun 09, 2024

We all know that we should plan for an emergency but it's something that most people put in the too hard basket and it never progresses from an idea in their head to an actual plan with all the...

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Balsamic onion chutney recipe chutney Jun 02, 2024

Balsamic onion chutney (often called balsamic onion jam) is a favourite in my house! It's a great accompaniment to bangers and mash, cold meats, eggs, popped in a panini or with cheese in a...

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Tomato relish recipe (gluten free option) relish Feb 25, 2024

Do you have more tomatoes than you know what to do with? This classic tomato relish recipe is perfect for using up a few kilos and you'll enjoy it with cold meats, cheese and crackers or in a...

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Emergency preparedness - reflections from Cyclone Gabrielle emergency preparedness Feb 10, 2024

On the (almost) one year anniversary of Cyclone Gabrielle devastating our region in Gisborne, New Zealand, I look back on our experiences from that time and reflect on what did and didn't work well...

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Garden pesto recipe (nut & dairy free) freezer Feb 05, 2024

This garden pesto recipe is one of those truly adaptable recipes where you can just use what you have. 

If your garden is flush with basil, make it with just basil. If you have lots of...

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Home preserves as a tool for healing health pressure canning Jan 26, 2024

Who'd have thought that home preserving could be a tool for healing? I know it was never on my radar when we first started to preserve our own food but I have a little story to tell you. A little...

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Apricot jam recipe (reduced sugar, no added pectin) jam Jan 19, 2024

This apricot jam recipe is so simple, has much reduced sugar levels than its traditional counterparts and doesn't include any commercial pectin. It has my family's seal of approval and recent...

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Preserve your own food and change your life food preservation Jan 12, 2024

There is something deeply rewarding about preserving your own food. It connects us with the traditional skills of our ancestors, it reconnects us with our food and the land and it forces us to...

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Mixed berry jam recipe (reduced sugar, no added pectin) jam Dec 31, 2023

There's something special about berry jams. During the depths of winter, mixed berry jam on toast is both comforting and a reminder of the sunshine and good times of summer. It's particularly...

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