Welcome to the July Green Moms Carnival! I’m so excited to be hosting the carnival especially with Food Preservation as the topic because I think that food is one of the first ways that many moms choose to “go green,” by opting to eat seasonally and locally. Once you’ve found your farmers you can learn to save money and enjoy that produce year-round by buying in bulk and preserving it. Please take the time to visit each post!
Food Preservation Basics
Katy of Non-Toxic Kids (and my Moms Clean Air Force teammate) shares 3 Ways to Preserve the Summer Bounty. Berry picking is a great way to teach your children where their food comes from and get some great pictures of ruby stained faces. Katy also suggests pesto (yum!) and baked goods as ways to preserve.
Laura of Pug in the Kitchen shares tips for preserving food with little ones underfoot in her post Preservation: Pickles, Jelly and Sanity. I’ve found that my canning has dropped way off (as in, come to a dead stop) since I had Joshua because big pots of boiling and a baby who wouldn’t let me put him down were not a combination I wanted last summer.
There are so many different ways to preserve food, but many people think of canning first. I have loved seeing the resurgence of canning in the past few years. It’s hip to can! Can you believe it?
Deanna of Crunchy Chicken, one of my long-time favorite blogs, contributed some fantastic canning recipes. Just the titles make my mouth water!
- Blackberry, Rum and Black Pepper Jam
- Indian Masala Strawberry Jam
- White Chocolate Raspberry Jam
- Cognac Vanilla Peach Preserves
- Cacao Peach Preserves
- Ginger Peach Preserves
- Spicy Sweet Relish
- Spiced Sangiovese Strawberry Jam
- Black Pepper and Peppermint Strawberry Jam
- Vanilla Amaretto Strawberry Jam
Lisa from Condo Blues and Lazy Budget Chef writes about her first canning experience in I Canned Jam and Nobody Died. There are so many people who are afraid of canning, but once they try it they realize how easy it can be! It’s blueberry jam, by the way.
I want to also share a few of my own favorite canning recipes from here at Farmer’s Daughter:
Zoie at TouchstoneZ shares various ways to make organic strawberries from the local farmer’s market last and finds making freezer jam is even sweeter with her kids and a little reggae on the side in her post We’re Jamming.
Anna from Green Talk walks through the steps of Cooking Pumpkin and Squash for Easy Winter Storage. She reminds us not to forget the seeds!
Diane from Big Green Purse Blog shares a step-by-step tutorial on how to freeze tomato sauce in her post Make Your Own Delicious, Organic Tomato Sauce. Here’s How.
I love to freeze sweet corn for use in soups, stews and cornbread throughout the year.
Beth of My Plastic-free Life shows us how to make dried apple slices and fruit leather in her post Dry Summer Produce to Keep Through Winter Plastic Free
Deanna of Crunchy Chicken shares:
Marci of Down on the Farm has two grass-fed Jersey milk cows and is in my opinion an expert cheesemaker! Check out her how-to’s:
Do you know what kefir is? I didn’t until I read the following two submissions. Now I want to try some! I have one question, how do you pronounce “kefir”?
Baking in Bulk
Betsy from Eco-Novice shares her recipes for baking in bulk and freezing, which means she can have homemade food in a pinch!
Brenna of Almost All the Truth shows us how to reduce food waste and eat more of the green leafies with her post Getting Greens with Organic and Fresh Green Smoothies.
Phew! What a huge carnival! There were a grand total of 45 submissions! (Unless I counted wrong, my eyes are tired from all this typing!) I want to send a special welcome to our new participants Marci, Zoie, Brenna and Jena. Jena is a VERY new mom to her son Kent. Congrats Jena!
Please join in by sharing a link (or two, or a few) to your favorite food preservation post.