Best Ever Dill Refrigerator Pickles, Made with Dill Seed

Most of my garden seems to be doing wonderful. My son, who loves to be outside and therefore spends a lot of time around my garden, only trampled a few things before learning that these are "momma's lants" (he spends most of his time pushing his truck around running over my herb garden).  We've had broccoli, bok choy, TONS of green beans, kale, collard greens, celery, and FINALLY last week I got my first ripe tomatoes! It's great when a plan comes together! One thing that isn't doing so hot  - … [Read more...]

Organic Canning; Dilly Beans with Fresh Dill Heads

The farmer's market had a TON of fresh dill heads last week adn I decided that now is the perfect time to try out these dilly beans made with fresh dill. I've made these multiple years but have always used dried dill seed. Typically I've had a hard time finding fresh dill at the farmer's markets but for some reason this year it's been really prevelant (although I'm thinking that the season is coming to an end because it looked pretty dismal on Thursday).  We even found a farm with cut your own … [Read more...]

Organic Canning; Black Raspberry Preserves

Black Raspberry Preserves (3)

Have you ever had black raspberries? Apparently they are native to North America. They're a wild raspberry and they have a more rich taste, some call it "wine-y".  I personally like the tartness of red raspberries but I'm pretty sure my little guy likes these better and I know my husband does. So, what are Black raspberry preserves? Preserves in general are very similar to jam, they are fruit and sugar, cooked to form a thicker spread.  Same ingredients, the only difference is that the fruit is … [Read more...]