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I got a new kitchen toy – a steam juicer! It’s a three piece contraption with water in the bottom, a juice catcher in the middle, and a strainer-like top for the fruit. The juice comes out of a hose.

My first experiment was with grapes, because they were on sale for 89 cents a pound. Filled to the brim with grapes, my juice steamer yielded two, half-gallons of grape juice. Only apple and grape juice have been tested as safe for canning in half-gallon jars. I wish the USDA would do more testing for these sized jars, because I would love to can soup in them!

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Around The House

 

This is my first “Around the House” post! I’m always doing interesting little things around my home I want to share, but individually they aren’t worth, or ready, for an entire post. Instead, I’ll be sharing tidbits in one post. I hope you enjoy!

It’s an exciting week in my kitchen. First, a friend offered me a box of freshly picked pears the day before I left for vacation. I placed them in my extra fridge in hopes they would stay in shape upon my return. I started peeling the pears and realized, they just weren’t ripe. I could not bring myself to throw away the peeled, underripe pears, so I decided to make a fermented pear/apple vinegar. I didn’t have enough pears to fill up the jar, so I cored some apples and threw in the apple scraps.

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We have an RV and camp a lot. Because we go so much, we typically only dine out just once a trip, with the exception of some ice cream or snow cones. I’m basically packing all of our food from ketchup to the main dish. RVs have limited storage space, and we also have to lug everything in and out. If you are renting a vacation house, you will have plenty of food storage space, but like me, you still have to transport it all. I have some fun, creative tips for packing food for your next vacation.

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I have been looking forward to strawberry season since February. We have a strawberry farm close to us, and they have animals, and homemade ice cream. I look forward to taking my kids there every year to picnic, pick strawberries, see the animals and buy them ice cream. I was so excited about spring in general, I started making strawberry and spring themed crafts with my Cricut machine.

I decided to make a strawberry themed tiered tray. I embellished the cups, a little sign, jam jar, and made the paper basket and strawberries all with my Cricut!

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It’s week three of “sheltering in place” with two trips to the store – and we just took our last until the end of April. We should have enough, but I need to keep my fresh produce, fresh. Fortunately, I have my handy vacuum sealer.

I got five bunches of celery at a restaurant supply store for a little over $3. I dehydrated one bunch of the celery, and vacuum sealed the rest so I’ll have plenty for homemade stock and soups. I also vacuum sealed carrots and romaine lettuce. We love salad in my house, especially dinner salads, and will be sad when it’s all gone.
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