Q and A: pH stable after canning, dehydrating frozen vegetables, and canning turkey

Is pH stable after canning? I just heard that the Extension folks have found that pH does not stay stable after canning (guess this came out in 2008 or so). Have you heard about this,...

Things are back to normal after the holidays

Despite the clinging cold spell we've been up against for the last two weeks, the homestead is rolling along fairly smoothly. On the "warmer" days when it's barely above zero, Will starts the diesel...

Q and A: bulging lids and black speck disease on tomatoes

Bulging lids I'm noticing that many of my canning lids are bulging this year whether I'm canning in a water bath or pressure cooker. They seal just fine. What is causing them to bulge? Geryl...

Q and A: using an incubator, metal roof, using canned rubarb, and growing asparagus

Using an incubator I searched your site for an in-depth article on using an incubator. The article in the previous issue about improving by adding a fan really helped but it did not have any...

The wild fruits look great this year…so far

We have more blooms on all of our wild fruits this spring than we ever had before. The pin cherries, wild plums, strawberries, chokecherries, Juneberries, and, of course, the star of the north woods,...