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Homemade Corned Beef Recipe

Category : Main Dishes, Make It Yourself, March, Recipes

Homemade Corned Beef Recipe Spices

“Corning” beef is actually a method of pickling. The raw beef is soaked in a salty brine for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the recipe you use. (I opted for a few days, because that’s the way I am.) Continue Reading

Tomato Canning Process

Category : Canning & Preservation, September, Vegetarian

Canned Tomatoes In the life of a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible), summer is a time for both enjoying the seasonal harvest bounty and planning ahead for the winter food supply.

Instead of providing a recipe this week, here’s the process I use for canning tomatoes. It’s a classic method, not something I invented. Continue Reading

Refrigerator Vegetable Pickles Recipe

Category : August, Condiments, Recipes, Snacks, Vegetarian

Pickled VegetablesThis recipe is extremely flexible and makes a small quantity, so you can try it many times with various ingredients. Feel free to adjust to your own particular taste. Send me an email or leave a comment below, and let me know what combinations you particularly enjoyed! Continue Reading

Pickling Vegetables

Category : Whatcom Locavore Basics

Pickling VegetablesIn past articles, I’ve talked about how eating as a locavore (eating only locally grown foods as much as possible) means learning how to store and preserve summer harvested foods in order to have them available later in the winter. There are multitudes of ways to do that: root cellaring (even if you don’t have a root cellar), canning, freezing, smoking, dehydrating, salting, fermenting, etc.

One of my favorite food preservation methods is pickling. Crispy pickles make a nice treat as a side dish, condiment, or snack and the variety of flavors and possible combinations of ingredients are limitless. Continue Reading

Locavore Convenience Food

Category : Make It Yourself, October, Seasonal Menu Ideas, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Manufactured Convenience Food? Not Necessary!

Photo by Alejandro Linares Garcia

Eating as a locavore (a person who eats only locally grown food as much as possible) doesn’t mean you have to give up convenience. It also doesn’t mean you have to eat processed foods.

Are you a busy family cook who sometimes doesn’t have time to do more than grab a frozen something from the freezer, heat it up, and serve? With just a little planning and preparation, you can still make those freezer dinner raids when you’re strapped for time. The difference will be your meals will have better nutrition, fewer chemicals, better quality and taste, and you’ll know you’re supporting local family farmers and the local economy. In short, you can still have those frozen french fries–but they’ll be a lot better for you, your family, and your community! Continue Reading

Water Bath Canning – Jalapeño-Honey Plum Jam

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Category : Condiments, Make It Yourself, Recipes, Whatcom Locavore Basics

Jalapeno-Honey Plum JamHome canning involves a sequence of steps which may seem complicated at first. In reality, each step is simple, and once you’ve been through the process a couple of times, it will quickly become routine. If you begin with tested recipes and follow the instructions carefully, I think you’ll find the results will be worth the effort–and delicious! Continue Reading