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How to make corned beef brisket (brining recipe)

Use this brining recipe to make corned beef with or without pink curing salt that contains sodium nitrite.  Sodium nitrite gives cured products such as corned beef brisket its characteristic pink color and flavor. If making corned beef without sodium nitrite, the meat will be gray as for any roast meat and the flavor will be slightly more pickled than… …click to read more…

How to ferment cider, wine, and beer

Apples (C.Cancler)

Fermenting is one of the oldest and simplest forms of food preservation. No one invented it. As sure as the sun sets every evening, fruit juice left unattended will slowly ferment. Most fermentation processes are anaerobic. That is, they occur without air, in closed containers. The process produces acids that inhibit spoilage microorganisms and other components that improve texture and… …click to read more…

How to prepare applesauce, pear sauce, and quince paste

There are several ways to prepare apples for applesauce, as well as other pome fruits, including pears and quince. In this article, we describe several tools and appliances for preparing apples, pears, and quince to make sauce. In addition, we offer several ways to prevent browning of these fruits during preparation and several different methods (using different tools and equipment) for… …click to read more…

Try salting. It’s an easy way to ferment, pickle, and store vegetables

Salting is an old-fashioned fermenting or curing method for preserving vegetables. This technique was a popular food preservation method in the early twentieth century, especially during the first and second World Wars. Layering food with salt to preserve seasonal vegetables was promoted as an alternative to canning in order to conserve glass, metal, and fuel needed for the war effort.… …click to read more…

Low-sugar recipe for pear butter or apple butter

Apples (C.Cancler)

Apple butter and pear butter is a spreadable topping, made essentially by reducing seasoned applesauce to a thick paste. When cooked until thick, pome fruits such as apples and pears reveal earthy, plum-like flavors that are heightened with warm spices and a touch of sugar or honey. There’s no butter in it; it spreads like butter. Hence, the name. Compared to… …click to read more…

How to preserve cranberries by freezing, canning, and drying

You can preserve cranberries by the same food preservation methods as other berries: freezing, canning, and drying. Drying and canning food preservation methods produce shelf-stable products that are safe for storage at room temperature. When canning, be sure to use tested canning recipes. If you don’t want to can foods, cranberries are easy to freeze. While most other berries are in season… …click to read more…

Make homemade apple or orange fruit pectin for cooked jam recipes

Use this simple recipe to make homemade fruit pectin from apples or oranges. Pectin helps jams and jellies thicken, especially when you want to make old-fashioned cooked jam or jelly using fruits and fruit juices that are naturally low in pectin. Low pectin fruits include apricots, sweet cherries, figs, kiwis, pineapples, rhubarb, strawberries, or any type of fruit that is… …click to read more…

10 food preservation methods for fresh table grapes

This article offers a brief overview of some of the best methods for preserving fresh red or green table grapes. You can preserve fresh table grapes and grape juice by freezing, canning, pickling, drying, or fermenting into wine or vinegar. One pound of fresh grapes is equivalent to two dry pints (four cups whole), three cups halved, 2½ cups purée,… …click to read more…

How to make and can pickled corn salad

This sweet-and-sour salad is one of my favorite pantry staples. It can garnish smoked salmon and crackers, quickly season a cabbage salad, accent bean soups or burgers, and accompany grilled or roasted meats. A row of this sunny yellow relish in your pantry brightens dark days throughout the year and brings the sweet scent of summer to winter meals. For more information… …click to read more…

How to make roasted red pepper relish (Ajvar)

This smoked pepper and eggplant relish, known as ajvar (pronounced EYE-vahr) is a salsa-like staple in southeast European countries including Croatia, Serbia, and Turkey. There are several styles of ajvar, some using red and others using green peppers. Some recipes simply chop and boil the vegetables, while others roast the peppers to bring out spectacular flavor. This recipe uses roasted sweet… …click to read more…

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