Water Bath Canning

water bath canning

Water bath canning is the process of killing potentially harmful microorganisms through boiling. This method is also referred to as boiling water method, it is said to be the simplest and easiest method for preserving high acid foods. It destroys any active bacteria and microorganisms in your food that makes it safe for use at a later time. High acid fruits and vegetables are suitable for water bath canning because most of the present microorganisms in high acid foods are killed even through boiling only. In this process a temperature of 100 degree Celsius must be maintained to kill these microorganisms.

Most canned foods like jellies, jams, relishes, pickles, conserves, preserves, marmalades and acidified tomatoes are processed under water bath canning...

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10 Easy Ways to Be More Green

Here are 10 easy ways to reduce your environmental impact:

1. Bring a Towel.
Instead of using paper towels in the restroom at work, use a hand towel from home. It’s much more absorbent and does a better job at drying hands than thin paper towels and by the end of an average day, you’ve saved about 4 ft of paper.

2. Keep a Set of Dishes at Work.
Keep a cup, plate, and bowl at your desk to use during lunch time or an office potluck.

3. Use an Insulated Mug.
Drink from an insulated mug instead of a standard mug and reduce the need to reheat your coffee.

4. Pack a Lunch…Without the Brown Bag.
Not only does packing a lunch save calories and cost, it also saves resources. Use a lunchbox instead of a bag; bonus points if you bring a cold lunch that you don’t have to heat.

5. Turn Off Your Monitor...

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Serviceberry – an Edible Landscaping Plant for Early Summer Fruit

Here in the Northwest, the serviceberry bushes, (Amelanchier canadensis), along the Interstate are the first to show their color in the spring. And what a display they can be – they are often completely covered with a cloud of white blossoms that give way to edible fruit in the early summer.

The Serviceberry is also known as the Juneberry, shadbush, sarviceberry, and saskatoon.

The fact that these plants show up along the freeway gives you an idea of their hardiness. They can range in size from a medium-sized bush to a multi-stemmed tree that can grow up to 30 feet tall. The taste of their fruit and the display of their blossoms can also vary between varieties...

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Harvest and Store Garden Vegetables

learn how to harvest and store garden vegetables

Vegetables gathered at just the right time can be stored naturally or, in many cases, by deep freezing, for use months later in the kitchen. Nature, however, makes its own provision for over- winter storage and the survival of the species, which involves either the production of seed (peas, beans, etc.) or roots to remain in the ground to produce seed heads the following season (parsnips, carrots, etc.). Vegetables in this latter group store much better if left in the ground and lifted as required, or stored in clamps.

parsnips can be left in the ground throughout the winter

parsnips can be left in the ground throughout the winter

Root crops should never be stored in plastic bags, for they will invariably rot...

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8 Beneficial Bugs for Our Gardens

Not all the insects, worms, spiders and flies that frequent our gardens should be considered pests. Many of them are actually beneficial for the plants we’re trying to grow, because they pollinate flowers, aerate the soil and/or prey on plant-eating insects. The use of pesticides will kill off these helpful critters; on the other hand, the services they provide for us might allow us to dispense with chemicals in our gardens entirely.

Predatory insects are nature’s way of controlling other insect populations. For this reason, killing off all the bugs in our gardens indiscriminately can upset the natural balance and cause other types of pests to proliferate. We would do well, then, to identify those that are doing us a service.

What follows is a list of 8 of the most common beneficial bugs...

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The Best Soy Yogurt is Homemade: How To Make Nutritious Yogurt At Home

homemade soy yogurt

Soy yogurt is a wonderful food, providing a nice balance of protein and carbohydrates, as well as a dose of calcium. Soy yogurt, when not heat-treated, is also a good source of probiotics, or the beneficial bacteria that encourage digestive health. This easy, healthful food can be made at home with little trouble and thus enjoyed without the sugar and other additives found in most store bought yogurt. Try preparing the recipe below and serve homemade soy yogurt with fruit, jam, honey or maple syrup for a delicious and healthy snack.

Recipe for Homemade Soy Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tablespoons unflavored live, active culture yogurt (or yogurt starter, as directed on the package)
  • 1 Quart of soy milk

Instructions:

  1. Bring the milk to the boiling point and cool to 110 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Mix th...
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5 Easy Green Tips on Being Eco-Better

Are you eco-better conscious?

Most families have been shopping more Earth-friendly for themselves, their children and for their pets. This is not a trend; rather it’s a way of life, an eco-better life. You can change your habits by changing your way of thinking and doing. First ask yourself why do I want a better, cleaner, less cluttered life for myself and my family? Once you have determined your reasons, next is to change your habits and transform your lives, for the eco-better.

Start out small by replacing your traditional incandescent lights bulbs with the more energy-efficient light bulbs. These energy-efficient light bulbs save more than $40 in electricity costs over their lifetime, use 75 percent less energy than traditional incandescent light bulbs and produce about 75 percent less...

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Mulch Benefits: Organic And Inorganic Mulch Types

Mulching is the practice of placing a loose surface onto the surface of soil in your flower or vegetable garden in order to protect, insulate and beautify the area. This loose covering is called a mulch and it can be either of an organic or inorganic variety. Examples of mulches include compost, stone and grass clippings. Every gardener should understand the many benefits of mulching the soil in their garden. This article will discuss the benefits of mulching, how to choose the correct mulch and have a quick look at some of the different types of organic and inorganic mulches available.

Benefits of Mulch


Let us explore some benefits of mulching:

  • Prevents soil erosion – Soil erosion happens when winds or water slowly wear away the surface of soil and remove it...
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Home Made Additive Free Gherkins: Delicious Natural Pickles Made With Bread, Sunshine and Some Herbs

Delicious Natural Pickles Made With Bread, Sunshine and Some Herbs

Gherkins, or pickles, appear in the cuisine of many countries. They are delicious as a relish, a salad vegetable, give extra bite to sandwich fillings and salads, and they are also used as an accompaniment to hot dishes – a pleasant contrast to the warm food. They are also an excellent, healthy snack food.

Additive Free Gherkins

You can easily make your own additive free pickles, free from artificial colorings, flavors, or preservatives. This is a simple Hungarian recipe that doesn’t require much effort. The gherkins will taste, of course, slightly different to the store brought variety, but that’s because they are completely natural.

Summer Treat

This particular recipe is not good for long term storage – that is, keeping them over winter This recipe is one of what is called “summer tr...

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Natural and Frugal Sunburn Treatments

It’s happened to us all at least once: The sunscreen may have failed, or been sweated off without re-application, or a small spot may have been missed. The result is an angry red patch of skin, and in extreme cases, blistering and peeling.

For those who are reluctant to get an over-the-counter solution, there are more eco-friendly solutions that are neither expensive nor complicated. In fact, you may already have some in your home right now.

Aloe: A Green Alternative to Burn Ointment

A handy houseplant to keep in the kitchen is the aloe plant (featured in the photo.) This member of the succulent family of cacti contains juices that are extremely soothing when applied directly to burn...

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