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TAG : Ilene White Freedman

A Pickling Story

Our farm guest, Olivia, is sitting at the kitchen table. As she peels garlic for the pickles we are making, she asks, “What is the process for pickling?” It’s simple, I reply. Boil the open empty jars to sterilize them, then fill them up with the hot cucumber mixture, put on lids and boil ...

Sauteed String Beans Recipe

 The green bean harvest is coming in. My kids watch them grow with anticipation. They love when I make string beans sautéed with soy sauce and garlic. They love this dish so much that they have to work at portion control.Then there are a few nights when the green beans are plentiful in the ...

Kitchen Knives as Garden Trowels

Here is a great repurpose that saves money: Our favorite planting tools on the farm are kitchen knives and masonry trowels. Garden trowels are specialty items that can get pricey when you need many for volunteers on the farm.Instead, we gather everyday kitchen knives from yard sales and ...

How to Render Oil from Beef Fat

My freezer is full of beef fat and I finally rendered tallow for cooking oil. We raise some pastured beef for our family, and while we enjoy the grass-fed beef, we have been slower to learn the art of cooking with homemade oil.  I pay top dollar for organic vegetable oils and here I’ve got ...

Real Food for Your Skin

 Our bodies drink through our skin, as well as from the food and water we eat. I heard this at a presentation on skin care and suddenly felt very thirsty, craving to hydrate my skin. I wanted to feed my body real food and water, inside and out. Being a farmer and a homesteader, I already feed ...

Freezing Whole Tomatoes

When you have more freezer space than time, freezing tomatoes whole is a great way to preserve the harvest. Sometimes I just don't have time to process the tomatoes. I toss them in the freezer, sometimes on trays, sometimes in bags. With the skins on. No prep is needed!The cost of this speedy, ...

How to Make Great Kale Chips

Kale chips are all the rage, but not that easy to make. The recipe is simple and fast, yet tricky to master. Too much oil and they are soggy. Not enough spices and they are boring. Cooked too hot too fast, they can be quick to burn.With these tips and a bit of practice, you can crisp your kale ...

Make Raised Garden Beds with Logs

If you have access to downed hardwood logs and a tractor, this is a super easy raised bed design. At House in the Woods Farm in Maryland, we grow beautiful herb gardens in these raised beds. Using the tractor, Phil dragged fallen hardwood logs from the woods. They were old, sitting in the ...

Food Fermentation at the FAIR

At the 2015 MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR in Seven Springs, Pennsylvania, I attended a talk by Sandor Katz on an introduction to the fermentation of vegetables, and checked out some of the cool new vendors who have joined the fermentation revitalization.Sandor began by saying that we might think of ...

Test Acidity for Canning Education

 Are heirloom tomatoes lower in acidity than red tomatoes? Canning guide books such as the Ball Blue Book Guide to Canning warn canners that they must  carefully follow lab-tested recipes in order to ensure safety against botulism. The recipes are tested for proper acidity levels and ...