In Iowa, we have harsh, freezing winters. One of the hardest things about living in Iowa during the winter is that there is nothing fresh growing locally for five to six months out of the year.

In order to have organic, wholesome veggies and fruits, I depend on preserving as much of my harvest from my organic gardens as I can. What I don’t have enough of, I buy locally in bulk at the farmers market. With as much labor and time that I put into my organic gardens, I can and preserve using natural and traditional methods to retain and or create as much health benefits as I can.

You will not find much sugar in my recipes, instead I use raw honey and raw apple cider vinegar. For canning, I use modern hot water bath techniques as well as cure brining or lacto-fermentation. I also do alot of blanching to freeze my harvests for the cold winter ahead.

Make sure to stop by this section as it grows with every year!

Fruits:

Vegetables:

Blanching

Homemade Fruit Leather

Jam and Jelly Making

 Vinegar