Why? Because you can! And pickle, and jam, or otherwise celebrate the resurgence of the domestic arts our forebears held so dear. Put on your best apron and step into our kitchen, won't you?
After nearly 20 years away and too much time in suburbia, this New England girl returned "home" to do some stealthy homemaking on a small farmette in Vermont. Learn more on my blog, Yankee Kitchen Ninja.
Easy recipe for tangy cidered beef (or venison) jerky -- plus some tips on buying a dehydrator!
Not your run-of-the-mill butter -- made with fresh fall apples and pumpkin, and simple to prepare in your crockpot. And bourbon makes it all that much better!
Make your own vegetable powders: a great way to add a boost of veggies to sauces, soups and smoothies.
Pear honey: Not actually honey but a sweet jam with a hint of ginger -- use it as a breakfast spread, on a cheeseplate or with roasted meats.
Roasted pear and cardamom butter -- just as good on a cheese plate as it is slathered on toast. Add a little savoriness to your fruit butter this year!
Whip up a batch of blueberry vinegar -- delightful in a vinaigrette, even better in a refreshing shrub or cocktail.
Watermelon soda: easy-to-make, refreshing natural soda (works with other fruit, too!)
Orange-cumin chutney, a flavorful accompaniment to roast pork or chicken as well as the secret ingredient to an addictive sweet and nutty cheddar cheese spread.
Roasted sour cherry sauce, a deliciously sweet-tart topping for desserts or a breakfast yogurt stir-in treat. And did I mention easy to make?
Fruit leather: all fruit, no sugar, tastes like candy, easy to make. Clearly the best snack ever!