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It is manifestly the case that I have never fully mastered keeping things from getting overwhelming, but I get better at it every year (mostly). And there is a lot you can do to make sure that the canning and preserving don’t make you crazy! Despite the fact that you’ve got a life, a job,…

Busy week here, as Eric attempts to wind up his online teaching class, my parents descend for a week of family projects and fair going, and we deal with the daily realities of a rapidly-onrushing fall, complicated (happily) by a long trip and an early Jewish holiday season. So I give you something I wrote…

This is the the time of year for most of us when everything is ripe and abundant in our gardens and at local farms, and learning to put food up can make it possible for you to enjoy summer in winter, and continue eating locally as long as possible. It can be overwhelming when you…

Water Bath Canning 101

Note: This is the first kind of canning you should try, and the most basic, and IMHO, most useful kind. It is definitely worth experimenting with when you’ve got an excess of produce, which many people do this time of year. If you don’t have your own overproductive garden, perhaps you can offer to preserve…

Pressure Canning 101

Note: This is part of a two-part piece on the basics of canning (the whole thing in more refined form is contained in _Independence Days_ as well). In a previous post, I wrote about putting canning in perspective – it is not all of food preservation, nor is it essential. That said, however, I get…

I wrote Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Preservation and Storage because when it came time for me to take the next steps in eating locally and homegrown – to holding some of summer’s bounty for the long winter, there wasn’t any book that really covered what all I needed to know. After writing…

There is still space in my upcoming (starts April 15) Food Storage and Preservation Online class, for those who are interesting. If you’ve wanted to start preserving or building up a food reserve and have no idea how to start, or perhaps you learned to can once upon a time, but want to explore the…

Independence Days Challenge

Note: Most of the Independence Days material will run at ye olde blogge , but I wanted to post the year three start up over here too, since my readership isn’t entirely overlapping. If you want to post status updates, the weekly thread for that will be at my other blog, but you can sign…

The definitive book on root cellars and the cold storage of vegetables is Mike and Nancy Bubel’s _Root Cellaring_, and I’m very fond of this book. Over the years, we’ve relied on it for all sorts of things, and it has helped us find a spot in our house suitable for natural, unrefrigerated cold storage…