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Holiday Recipe: Orange Ginger Cranberry Sauce

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I have never had canned, processed cranberry sauce. I've seen it slide in a can-shaped lump into a serving bowl, get mushed around, and presented beside the holiday bird, but I've never tried it. Hmmm, I wonder why? For many years I thought I just didn't like cranberry sauce. The idea of that bright red weird-looking jelly on turkey just did not appeal. Until the day I had HOMEMADE cranberry sauce. It was like my world opened up. I discovered the most delightful tartness to compliment a salty … [Read more...]

Fall Recipes & Entertaining Ideas

Fall Recipes & Entertaining Ideas from My Own Ideas blog

The beginning of Autumn marks a time for harvesting, baking, party planning and gift-making. To get you inspired for the changing season we are sharing some of our favorite fall recipes from our contributors. Also be sure to check out our Recipe Index for a full list of all recipes shared on our blog. Fall Harvest Recipes: Pickled Golden Beets Pumpkin Butter Concord Grape Juice Homemade Applesauce Homemade Vanilla Extract Quince Paste Herb Infused … [Read more...]

Caramelized Balsamic Figs

Balsamic Caramelized Figs from My Own Ideas blog #recipe #labels #canning

(Used in this project: Canning Labels and Heart Tags in Renaissance style.) If you could put the flavor of late summer in a jar this would be it. Fresh figs are such a delight and around for such a short period of time. When they are, I preciously collect all the most perfect little flowers (yes, the part we eat is actually an inverted flower not a fruit!) and save them for this recipe. The figs steep in the sweet balsamic liquid for a few months and by late fall, early winter, you will have … [Read more...]

How To Host A Canning Party

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I love August, not only because it's my birthday month (and yes I celebrate it for a full 31 days), but also because my vegetable garden starts producing ripe tomatoes, tomatillos, squash, cucumber and other home grown veggies on a daily basis. In years past, I've only planted enough to eat fresh veggies for the summer, but this year I went crazy and planted a much larger garden with the goal of doing some home-canning. Although I've watched my mom can tomatoes, peaches, and freezer jam when … [Read more...]

Vietnamese Daikon and Carrot Pickles

Vietnamese Daikon and Carrot Pickles from My Own Ideas blog #pickling #canning

I first heard about these Vietnamese daikon and carrot pickles a couple years ago while partaking in my first delicious Banh Mi sandwich experience. There was something about the sweet and sour taste, the cold, crunchy texture, and the vibrant color that stuck with me, so I decided to find a way to make these at home. I was initially interested in using these for my own homemade Banh Mi sandwiches, but now I use them for all sorts of things, including dinner salads, regular sandwiches, and on … [Read more...]

Canning & Preserve Recipes

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'Tis the season for garden harvesting and berry picking. We've got lots of great recipes for you to try. Start planning your pickling, preserving and vegetable canning this summer with these great recipes from the My Own Ideas team! And don't forget to order your personalized canning labels and tags to transform your jars into a unique gift this holiday season. Canning Recipes Homemade Sauerkraut Pickling Spice Blend Pickled Golden Beets Concord Grape … [Read more...]

Homemade Sauerkraut

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(Used in this project: Canning Labels in Katniss style.) Making sauerkraut - and tasting it - is an adventure. Making it is like going into the past and discovering a secret art that achieves results impossible with modern technology. Tasting it is like tasting wine - every batch is different, with its own particular complexities of flavor; and when it is good, it is very, very good. Sauerkraut is not difficult, but it takes time and careful attention to detail, just like wine, beer, and … [Read more...]

Pickling Spice Blend

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(Used in this project: Rectangle Labels in Dottie style with Medium Cellophane Bags.) Every year, just before the first garden vegetables are ready to harvest, I prepare a pickling spice blend for all my small-batch pickling. I only make a few jars of pickles per vegetable (I eat or freeze the rest), so my spices generally last through the whole summer, or until I’m ready to start making dill pickles. I use this spice blend with pickled carrots, onions, green tomatoes, etc., and I always … [Read more...]

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

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When the holidays come around I think of large stuffed turkeys with all the fixin's, the aroma of fresh herbs like rosemary and sage, and a tart but fresh tasting cranberry sauce. With all the fresh cranberries available around here the sweet cranberry jelly log that comes in the can just won't be found on my table. I am so lucky to live where the cranberries grow, at least where 17 million kilograms of cranberries are grown in bogs each year. A crisp fall day walking through the cranberry … [Read more...]

Pickled Golden Beets

With Ginger and Star Anise

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Please welcome our newest contributor to My Own Ideas, Stephanie Rose. Stephanie is a Master Gardener who lives in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she has grown over 100 edibles, 400 perennials, and countless other plants in her small urban yard; a hobby that continues to grow with each season. Stephanie writes DIY garden projects, yummy recipes and crafty goodness on her blog, Garden Therapy where she hopes you will find something to inspire you to get outside for a little, well, garden therapy. … [Read more...]