Category: Pantry

Plyban Cheesecloth

Plyban Cheese Cloth

I make a lot of homemade Greek yogurt. I don’t know if you know it or not but Greek yogurt is simply regular yogurt which has been drained with cheese cloth to make it thicker. In fact if you drain yogurt overnight you’ll end up with yogurt cheese – but that’s a whole other post.…

Keep Lemons Fresh In A Crock

Lemons In A Crock Of Cold Water

For long-term storage, fresh lemons keep best in a tightly sealed plastic bag in the refrigerator. But if you don’t have a refrigerator or space in the fridge is limited, there is a time-tested low tech way to store fresh lemons. Fresh lemons will store very well for about 6 to 8 weeks by being…

Freezers

Upright Freezer In October

I’m no fan of the grocery store. So I keep two freezers and a well stocked pantry. One freezer is mostly for meat and the other is for fruits, vegetables, bread and other assorted foods. Throughout the year both freezers are in a constant state of flux. As one is emptied the other is filled…

A Year’s Worth Of Food & Supplies

A Year's Worth Of Food And Supplies

Every June I start anew the annual cycle of putting aside one year’s worth of food and supplies. The goal is to have all the food and supplies I need in my pantry, cupboards, closets and cellar by Halloween. My practical food storage education first began in the mid 1980’s when I attempted to store…

How To Restore Hard Honey

Restored Honey

Raw, pure unfiltered honey will go hard or crystallize in storage. But it’s an easy fix. To return crystallized honey to its liquid form all you have to do is gently heat it. But beware. If you heat honey at too high a temperature you will change the color and the flavor. Heating honey too…

How To Store Food With A Vacuum Sealer

Sealed Candy,Shortbread & Brown Sugar

A few years ago I inherited a Food Saver Vacuum Sealer from my mother-in-law. It came complete with lots of plastic bags, a couple of canisters and a funny looking cap thing called a “jar sealer”. I figured it was just another kitchen gadget that she saw on the TV and it looked like a…

How To Preserve Meat With A Crock

A Stoneware Crock

There is a very old method used to preserve some types of meat and fish in a crock. The method is known as “potting” or “crocking”. It is a non-electric method of meat and fish preservation that was widely prevalent before the advent of home canning. Potting or crocking meat and fish is a method…

How To Preserve Eggs With Water Glass

Eggs In A Crock Of Water Glass

Did you know that are a few different old-time ways to preserve fresh eggs for many months without electricity? It’s true. Freshly laid eggs have been successfully preserved by being kept in a “water glass” solution, in a lime water solution, by being coated with mineral oil, Vaseline or paraffin wax, and by being buried…

Home Canned Food Storage

Storage Of Home Canned Food

For best quality home canned foods should be stored in a cool, dry location. Ideally storage temperatures should be between 50°F and 70°F. Canned foods should be protected from excessive heat, from freezing and from dampness. Heat causes food to rapidly lose quality. All home canned food should be stored well away from direct sunlight,…