Entries by Katie Schwend

Using a Food Dehydrator to Preserve Food

A food dehydrator uses low heat and air flow to reduce the water content of food. This method helps retain nutrients, allows for longer storage, and inhibits many kinds of bacteria. Use the Right Temperature The drying time required for different foods varies depending on the water content of the food.The dehydrator will tell you […]

Preserving Food by Fermentation

Basically, fermenting is a process where the starches and sugars in food are converted into lactic acid by the bacteria lactobacilli. This process gives the foods their unique sour smell and flavor and makes them nutritive super foods. Sauerkraut is prepared by a process called fermentation. Years ago, ceramic crocks were used to ferment the […]

Freezing Fresh Produce

Freezing fresh produce from your garden or a farmers market is a quick and convenient way to preserve healthy, delicious fruits and vegetables to feed your family all winter. Freezing soon after harvest maintains the highest quality and maximum nutritional value of your produce. When you consider that produce you buy in the store may […]

The First Word in Canning is Safety

What fun to pick fresh vegetables and fruits from your garden and know you can put away enough food to last your family all through the winter. There are four major ways to preserve food:  canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting, but we’re just going to talk about canning today. Preserving – When preserving food, safety […]

Different Kinds of Ladders

Every household where some DIY projects take place needs some kind of ladder whether it is a small step stool in the kitchen or utility room or a tall ladder to paint the ceiling or change a lightbulb, or something tall enough to reach the roof. Ladders were originally made of wood, then evolved into […]

Does Your Kitchen Include a Baking Stone?

Also called a pizza stone, a baking stone is a useful piece of kitchen equipment that can be ceramic, unglazed quarry tiles, or stone. Originally created to cook pizza like it had been cooked in a pizza oven, the stone absorbs water and helps crisp up the crust. It provides even heat and doesn’t burn […]

The First Word in Canning is Safety

What fun to pick fresh vegetables and fruits from your garden and know you can put away enough food to last your family all through the winter. There are four major ways to preserve food:  canning, freezing, drying, and fermenting, but we’re just going to talk about canning today. Preserving – When preserving food, safety […]

Adding Character to Your Home

Wainscoting is adding material to walls to create an effect and set a mood or design style. It was originally used to protect plaster walls from chair backs and boots, but has evolved into a decorative element today. Regardless of whether your style is traditional, beachy, rustic, or modern, there is something to express this […]

Using Coffee Grounds on Plants

Used coffee grounds, those already brewed, can benefit your plants. Brewed coffee grounds sprinkled around your plants add organic material, aerate the soil and help retain water. Fresh Coffee Grounds Coffee grounds added fresh from the can add acid to the soil, but is only good for acid loving plants like hydrangea, lilies, blueberries, and […]

Making Vegetable Pasta with a Spiralizer

The spiralizer comes in different forms from a hand-held unit that you must put the vegetable in and twist, a ball jar with a cutter in the lid, and the machine that holds the vegetable and a handle to turn so the machine blade cuts the spirals (this one has multiple blades for different size […]