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16 Ways to Put Up Strawberries

Strawberries! Everybody's favorite bright red berry is finally in season, and there are just oh so many things to do with them. Grab a flat or 10 while they're abundant, and tuck into these DIY projects, from jam to sauces to drinks and more.

Strawberry Jam
Strawberry Jam
Kick up the jam with fresh, ripe strawberries, straight up or paired with vanilla, herbs or its best friend, rhubarb. (Image: Sean Timberlake via Cooking Channel)
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Strawberry Freezer Jam
Making freezer jam never cooks the strawberries so you get the most fresh tasting strawberry jam ever. And it's easy, to boot. (Image via Tikkido)

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May Flowers

May Flowers: 20 Spring Blossoms to Forage and Preserve, on Punk Domestics

Bye bye, April showers. You know what that means. Spring is in full bloom, and edible flowers are bursting out all over. We've got a great big bouquet of blossoms for you to forage and incorporate in DIY projects.

Violets
Violets
Take a stroll through your local field, and capture dainty violets' delicate flavor and lurid color in syrup and jelly. (Image via Use Real butter)
Elderflower
Elderflower
Sweetly aromatic heads of elderflowers are cropping up all over. Capture their springlike essence while you can with these DIY elderflower projects. (Image via Well Hung Food)

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On a Rampage with Ramps

If you walk alongside waterways in the American East, you may see bright green blades protruding up from the leaf cover this time of year. Ramps, or wild leeks, are one of the earliest wild foods to forage, and a great delicacy they are. They're the surest sign that spring is really ramping up.

Foraging Ramps
Foraging Ramps
Ramps are one of the easiest and most rewarding wild foods to forage, but their popularity has put them at risk. Learn how to identify them, and what measures to take to prevent overharvesting. (Image via Garden of Eating)

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Three Things Thursday: Peaness Edition

Once again it's Three Things Thursday. This week, I'm focusing on the darling vegetable of spring, peas. Whether pickled, pestoed or pulverized into a hummus, here are three ways to embrace the peaness.

Pickled Peas
Pickled Peas
Whether zippy little orbs that burst like bubbles or crisp sweet pods that snap, crackle and pop, pickled peas make a potently piquant player in salads or just as a snack. Image via Simplest Things.

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Respect Your Elderflowers

Sweetly aromatic heads of elderflowers are cropping up all over. Capture their springlike essence while you can with these DIY elderflower projects.

Elderflower Liqueur
Elderflower Liqueur
St. Germain sure does come in a pretty bottle, but you can make your own for a fraction the cost. DIY St. Germain FTW! (Image via Well Hung Food)

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We're Frond of Fennel

Fresh, crisp fennel bulbs are the harbingers of spring with their lighly licorice-y flavor. We love them straight up, but they also play nicely in a variety of applications. Here's a few of our favorites.

Pickled Fennel
Pickled Fennel
Boy, are we frond of pickling fennel. Pickling enhances the natural sweetness of the bulb, especially when pickled with beets, or with fennel seed to kick up the licorice quotient. (Image via Tasting Table)

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Craftcation 2014

Thanks to all who attended my sessions at Craftcation 2014. Here are notes and resources for my two DIY panels.

Put Up a Peck of Peppers:

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Stalking Rhubarb

Rhubarb is the darling of spring. These sour stalks are techincally a vegetable, but their tart taste lends them to applications more common with fruit. What can you do with it? What can't you do? Here's a whole bunch of ideas.

Canned Rhubarb
Canned Rhubarb
Can the stalks in syrup to have on hand for multiple purposes in the future, like pies, ice cream and cocktails. (Image via One Tomato Two Tomato)
Freezing Rhubarb
Freezing Rhubarb
Or, just freeze it off in chunks, and scoop out as much as you need. (Image via Delectable Musings)
Dried Rhubarb
Dried Rhubarb
Rhubarb can also be dehydrated, to make it shelf stable (and take up less space besides.) (Image via Little Miss Cruciferous)

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Brussels Sprouts Four Ways

Wee little cabbages, Brussels sprouts are good for more than just roasting. Here's a few ways to make these brainy brassicas into tangy treats.

Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Pickled Brussels Sprouts
Pickle them up in a brine -- especially a spicy one -- to retain their crispness. Better yet, mix them up with asparagus and pearl onions for the ultimate Bloody Mary garnish mix. (Image via Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking)

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