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How to Can BONE-IN Chicken Breast – No precooking! It cooks right in the jar!

Ingredients - There are just two! Bone-in chicken breasts - About 2 lbs. will fit in each quart jar (About 1 lb. per pint)Salt - 1 tsp. per quart jar (For pints, it would be 1/2 tsp.) Instructions from the National Center for Home Food Preservation Raw pack – Add 1 teaspoon salt per quart, if desired. Fill jars loosely* [see my note about this below] with raw meat pieces, leaving 1-1/4 ... Read More about How to Can BONE-IN Chicken Breast – No precooking! It cooks right in the jar!

How to Make QUICK Chicken and Pastry (aka Chicken and Dumplings)

Making chicken and pastry can be a time-intensive task, but I can show you how to get delicious, homemade chicken and pastry cooked and on the table in well under an hour! Ingredients Jar of home-canned bone-in chicken breast (or any canned chicken breast) - You can obviously make this with fresh chicken, but it will add about an hour to the cooking time.Flour - I prefer Daily Bread ... Read More about How to Make QUICK Chicken and Pastry (aka Chicken and Dumplings)

How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

This super simple, old-timey recipe for peach cobbler is a traditional favorite here in eastern North Carolina. The ingredients are so easy you can remember them without even writing them down! Traditional Ingredients About 2 to 3 cups of fresh sliced peaches (or any favorite fresh fruit filling) 1 cup flour (self-rising OR all purpose, your choice) 1 cup sugar 1 cup milk 1 stick butter ... Read More about How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Cobbler

How to Make and Can Peach Jam (My grandmother’s recipe!)

I fell in love with my grandmother's peach jam as a little girl. Now I'll show you how to make it using 3 lbs. of fresh peaches, 5 1/2 cups of sugar, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice and 1 box of Sure Jell. *** IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE VIDEO *** Two clips got inadvertently left out of this upload. I DID add the 2 Tbsp of lemon juice to the peaches before cooking the jam. There is a rack in the bottom ... Read More about How to Make and Can Peach Jam (My grandmother’s recipe!)

Canning Recipes

I've been so busy this summer, not only with my garden, but also with getting my pantry well-stocked for what I expect might be a very bumpy fall. In particular, I've been shifting a lot of my preps away from frozen foods to dehydrating and canning. Every year it seems we have at least one hurricane and there is always a chance the power will go out. The last thing I want to worry about is ... Read More about Canning Recipes

Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Who knew it was so easy to make your own vanilla extract? Who doesn't love a good quality extract? What may be surprising is just how easy it is to make your own — not to mention it's a great way to save money. I make mine with a fifth of 100 proof vodka (the cheapest kind) and Madagascar Vanilla beans. Once it's ready, you'll have about 150 teaspoon servings of delicious, ... Read More about Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

Five cheap & easy ways to protect plants in your garden

The items I will describe below can be useful against a variety of garden dangers. Obviously, nothing is foolproof against everything that could bother your plants, but these strategies can help you defend against the usual suspects. Defend against uninvited furry and feathered garden guests Clothes baskets - I use clothes baskets over all kinds of plants to protect them against birds, ... Read More about Five cheap & easy ways to protect plants in your garden