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Freezer Pickles

My mom used to make a lot of pickles. When I was young, most of them were made in crocks and canned. As she and I grew older, she added some pickles that did not require the work of making pickles in crocks. My favorite of these pickles was her freezer pickles. They were one […]

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Christmas Pickles

Christmas Pickles were one of the items that my mom would make most every year around Christmas that I never really understood. They were called Christmas Pickles, but I did not see anything particularly “Christmas-y” about them. I assumed for a while the name was a reference to the fact that Mom often gave them […]

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Refrigerator Bread and Butter Pickles

A great deal on pickling cucumbers at a local farmer’s market was more than I could resist. I decided to make a two easy types of pickles that did not require canning…my mom’s freezer pickles and a refrigerated version of my husband’s mom’s bread and butter pickles. If I’d known that bread and butter pickles […]

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How to Freeze Bananas

Do you hate it when you know you can’t use all of bananas before they will go bad? Ever find bananas at a terrific price, but feel you can’t stock up on them? Well, you can keep bananas for later use…simply freeze them. Bananas are one of the simplest fruits to freeze. You just peel […]

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How to Roast Peppers

Until recently, I did not roast my own peppers. I only purchased roasted red peppers once or twice as I rarely used them in my cooking. Well, no more….it is so simple and they taste so much better than jarred. A super easy way to roast peppers is under the oven’s broiler. You just place […]

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Making Old-Fashioned Apple Butter

While there are recipes to make apple butter in a crock pot or an oven, the best apple butter is made over an open fire in a large kettle with the help of family and friends. This very old method may require a commitment, but the taste and the experience can not be matched. It […]

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Cabbage Salad and Freezer Slaw

In my continuing effort to save money and still feed my family well, I bought a lot of cabbage while it was on sale. I started by making my standard dishes of cooked cabbage with bacon and coleslaw. I decided to make another favorite, cabbage salad. It is almost a cross between the cooked cabbage […]

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Grandma’s Recipe: Homemade Ketchup

The statement that “youth is wasted on the young” is exemplified in my life by homemade ketchup ( and in many other ways).  I so did not appreciate my mom toiling for hours making ketchup when all I wanted was the thick stuff that came out (with some encouragement) of glass bottles. I remember liking […]

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Simply Frozen Peaches

There is little better on a hot day than frozen fruit that you (or someone you know) froze. My mom used to can and freeze peaches by the bushels every year. She and my little sister especially liked frozen peaches. I must say I always liked cold canned peaches better…okay it was only because I […]

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