Thursday, August 21, 2014

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Need an easy canning project to try? All you need is freezer-safe containers or canning jars and 3 ingredients, no extra special processing equipment needed! Strawberry freezer jam is a simple and quick recipe to try for you first canning endeavor. I love how this recipe locks in the freshly picked flavor for ripe strawberries.

Strawberry Freezer Jam 
(makes 2 half-pints)
Wash and dry the freezer-safe containers you are using for jam, set aside.
Wash strawberries. Hull (cut off the tops) and quarter strawberries.
Crush strawberries to desired consistency, then measure out 1 2/3 cups of the strawberry sauce. (My youngest daughter loves to crush the strawberries with a potato masher).
Add sugar and pectin to strawberries. Stir for 3 minutes.
Ladle into clean jars or containers.
Wipe outside and rim of jar. Place lid and rings on jar and loosely tighten to seal.
Let jam sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Store in refrigerator for up to three weeks or in the freezer for up to a year.

I tripled this recipe to make 6 half-pints or 3 pints.

Recipe prepared per Ball Instant Fruit Pectin packaging.

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Seasoning Salt

    Making your own seasoning salt can be a fun way to put your personal touch on any dish. We love sprinkling this seasoning on popcorn.

    Seasoning Salt
    (makes about 1 pint)

    2 cup sea salt
    2 tablespoons paprika
    1 tablespoon dry mustard
    1 tablespoon garlic powder
    1 tablespoon onion powder
    1 teaspoon turmeric

    In bowl, combine all ingredients until mixed well. Store in airtight container in dark place. Use to season anything you would normally put salt on.

    Makes a frugal and easy gift too! Just place mix into a mason jar and label.

    Thursday, June 26, 2014

    DIY Weed Killer Spray

    Weeding is back-breaking work and too often I spend hours weeding only to have the weeds sneak back in no time at all. Pre-made weed sprays can work wonders, but are expensive and who wants to spray chemicals all over the yard? Not me. I found a better solution that not only works faster and better, but is much cheaper.

    DIY Weed Killer Spray
    • 1 gallon vinegar
    • 1/2 cup table salt
    • 1 teaspoon Dawn liquid dish soap (used the basic blue type)
    Mix all ingredients together. I just shaked to combine.
    Pour solution in a spray bottle or into a pressurized sprayer. Now attack those weeds.

    For best results: Apply when rain is not forecasted for a day or two. Keep in mind this solution will kill anything that is put on. So if you spray plants you want to keep, it will kill them. But on the bright side the spray will also kill off grass if you planning to make a new planting bed.

    This a very Eco-friendly way to beat those weeds. We love that we can use this solution and not worry about the kids or the dog being by where we sprayed. We also live on the river and don't want to have dangerous run off adding to the pollution of the river. 

    This solution created very quick surprising results. We have many thistles that we are fighting against in a bed we are trying to regain control of. I used this spray in only 4 hours the leaves were already brown and the weeds were on their way to wasting away. Victory! 

    Before & 4 hours after application.