EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!
If you grow your own pumpkins, or will be buying a pumpkin this season, to decorate your house with, you can use that pumpkin for much more than decoration. You can also eat them! There is delicious pumpkin puree waiting for you inside of every single pumpkin wishing you would cut it open and scoop it into brownie mix.
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze peaches, no blanching needed. This method preserves the peaches up to a year, preventing them from turning brown.
Do you have a peach tree? Or maybe your neighbor has one? Or maybe you went to the farmers market and peaches were on sale? Or maybe you just love peaches so you want to make sure they’re always in your kitchen?
Either way, here’s the best way to freeze your peaches. This is my tried and tested method, that prevents the peaches from turning brown and keeps them good for about a year.
Easy step by step instructions on how to freeze zucchini without needing to blanch it. This quick method saves you time and freezes zucchini for up to a year. Perfect for making zucchini bread and treats with!
If you have a garden you know that the end of Summer brings you lots of zucchini! Actually, even if you don’t have a garden, but have a friend or family member with a garden, then you probably have a counter filled with zucchini too! Zucchini, it’s the plant that keeps on giving!
If you like okra, you’ll love this half sour pickled okra recipe. These picked okra are crunchy, easy to make in the refrigerator and no canning is needed. This is one of my favorite healthy veggie snack treats!
You cannot let summer end without making this pickled okra recipe. It’s one of my favorites! I’m sure all of you are going to enjoy this pickled okra recipe just as much as I do. It’s crispy, crunchy and SO addicting.
My Half Sour Pickles are such a favorite recipe on the blog, being made by thousands of people world wide. I’ve gotten so many requests for a Pickled Okra recipe, so here I am! You ask and I deliver!
How to make vegetable broth with broccoli leaves – learn how to cook with broccoli leaves! This is a healthy, easy recipe that you can use in soups, casseroles, slow cooker, rice dishes, and more. Broccoli leaves and stems are filled with health benefits, so make sure to use them!
What the heck do I do with broccoli leaves?
Short answer – make this vegetable broth and eat them!
FRESH Tomato Salsa made with roma tomatoes straight from our garden! This easy homemade salsa recipe is made in minutes with tomatoes, onion, green bell pepper, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with chips or with your next Mexican meal!
This right here is my go-to salsa. This Fresh Tomato Salsa wins hearts and it makes bellies happy! It’s a win-win situation! We make this salsa all the time to snack on, it’s also one of my most requested recipes to make to bring to friends’ houses during the summer!
ROASTED Cherry Tomato Sauce is sweet, creamy and SO EASY to make! This is the best recipe for growing garden tomatoes! You can serve immediately on pasta, can it or freeze it! Find out why thousands of people love this sauce!
My life has officially been taken over by tomatoes. Is there anything else to talk about except tomatoes right now? Tomato this, tomato that, do the tomato dance.
Do you know how many cherry tomatoes are in this big bowl below? 16 cups! And there’s a few plants that need to be picked… so double that or more. And that’s just cherry tomatoes!
Oven Baked Sun-dried Tomatoes in olive oil and Italian spices recipe. This easy homemade recipe will leave your kitchen smelling great and you saying MMMMMM! Includes directions on how to make and freeze sun-dried tomatoes. Use them in pasta, chicken, shrimp, bread, pizza, dip and so many other recipes!
Baking the tomatoes in my opinion makes the best sun-dried tomatoes. They’re rich in flavor, they don’t loose their color and they taste as authentic as those fancy store bought bottles that cost a small fortune.
Easy 10 Minute Raspberry Jam recipe! This healthy homemade recipe uses 1 pint of fresh raspberries, honey and lemon juice. NO pectin or sugar required! I always make 2 jars – one to store in the refrigerator and one to store in the freezer!
Easy Raspberry Jam Recipe
I’m all about easy, delicious recipes. I know that you’re probably busy with a million other things to take care of, so that’s why I created this easy raspberry jam recipe. It only takes 10 minutes to make, and uses 1 pint of raspberries. Easy!
When Summer gives you fresh raspberries you stuff them in your mouth. Immediately. When Summer gives you so many fresh raspberries you can’t fit anymore into your mouth then you make this raspberry jam!
The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is! These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles. No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days! Make them to find out why they’re so popular!
Half Sour Pickles
If I could stand on top of a mountain I would yell “I love pickles!”. I really do. They’re pretty, they’re crunchy, they’re full of flavor, they hit the right spot in the afternoon when you need a snack, they’re great on a burger, they’re great at 4AM standing in front of the refrigerator.
SUGAR FREE Crockpot Applesauce Recipe! It’s one of the easiest slow cooker applesauce recipes that makes delicious homemade sugar free applesauce! Looking for crab apple recipes, then this is great for crab apples but you can use other apples too! I love canning this healthy applesauce recipe to last all Winter long!
Sugar Free Applesauce Recipe
Because Fall is the best season and I know you’ll be apple picking soon, I wanted to give you my Slow Cooker Wild Crab Applesauce recipe to enjoy! Apples they say “keep the doctors away”, so why not use this healthy fruit and make yourself a tasty treat to enjoy this and the Falls to follow?
This applesauce recipe will make you want more of it, whether on a crispy toast or on freshly baked muffins.. or just by the spoonful!
EASY 3 INGREDIENT Candied Jalapenos recipe! You only need jalapenos, sugar and water to make refrigerator candied jalapenos! Use these as a appetizer dip, on top of crackers or in dinner dishes! Store in refrigerator or use for canning!
These 3 Ingredient Candied Jalapenos. Oh goodness gracious. Don’t ask me how many I ate over the past few days. Ok, don’t ask me. Seriously don’t. Ok I might have eaten a entire jar already and made another today. I said don’t ask me!
Honestly, I have no self control with these.
Some people refer to Candied Jalapenos as Cowboy Candy because of how addictive they are to eat! They’re sugary just like candy, but also spicy due to the jalapenos.
They’re sweet. They’re spicy. They’re just right. They are the perfect combo of sweetness with a kick. They are amazing on crackers with a little piece of cheddar cheese. The cheese balances out the heat with a little coolness.
They’re also perfect chopped up and thrown in hamburger meat for the perfect homemade hamburger. Try them on top of tacos or nachos too! Oh and they are just the most delicious on top of some pulled pork.
HOW TO MAKE diced tomatoes recipe from fresh tomatoes. Step by step instructions walk you through the beginning all the way up to freezing or canning them. This is a great way to preserve your garden tomatoes!
Right now we have a explosion of cherry (hello cherry tomato sauce!), roma (hello roma tomato sauce!) and beef tomatoes of all sizes currently occupying our counter. I love seeing a kitchen full of fresh vegetables but it also gives me a slight overwhelming fear of anxiety because I know I have to go to work on them and start preparing our tomatoes to last the next few months.
We pretty much only buy tomato sauce or tomato products during the months of May and June. July, August and September gives us fresh tomatoes by the basket full while October-April supplies us tomatoes that were canned or frozen months prior.
It’s always a special feeling when its a cold Wintry day and you can still enjoy some fresh tomatoes you grew months prior when the garden wasn’t covered in snow.
Roma Tomato Sauce recipe that requires no peeling or blanching! This is a easy creamy sauce that’s perfect for growing garden tomatoes! Serve on pasta, or use later by canning or freezing.
It’s August so you know what that means, right? Our tomato plants are giving us pounds of tomatoes to pick every day! Usually I collect the week’s tomatoes and spend hours in the kitchen on the weekend making sauces and stewed tomatoes. And of course Fresh Tomato Salsa – what would be a August be without salsa?
My go to favorite tomato sauce is Cherry Tomato Sauce, but this year we only grew Roma tomatoes so I wanted to create a recipe that was 1) easy 2) delicious 3) let the roma tomato taste shine! Let me introduce you to Roma Tomato Sauce!
How to make DICED GREEN CHILES – just like the canned version you buy in the supermarket! SO EASY step by step instructions to make homemade green chiles! Perfect idea for your garden Anaheim peppers! Serve immediately, freeze or can them!
Diced Green Chiles
Did you come here because you wanted to make your OWN diced green chiles, just like the canned chiles you buy in the supermarket? Well you’re in luck, because this is going to walk you through how to make them! And even better, they’re so EASY to make!
The past year we became obsessed with canned diced green chiles, you know those 4 oz canned peppers? You’re probably familiar with the Oretega or Old El Paso brands! We put them in enchiladas, tacos, casseroles, stews and more. We were buying a few cans a week when it hit me – we should be growing them!
What type of peppers are canned diced green chiles?
So I did some investigating to figure out what type of peppers they are, and turns out they’re Anaheim peppers. More specifically, we grow the “Highlander” variety of Anaheims. These plants are super high in productivity. I’m not kidding, grow 2 plants and you might be set for the season!
We have 6 plants growing and now I have a dedicated drawer in the refrigerator to these peppers! The plants grow about the average height of a bell pepper plant, but there’s just endless peppers in sight! We’re so amazed by their yield we’ll be growing them every year now!
VEGETABLE BROTH made with carrot tops! This easy homemade recipe uses carrot greens to make a healthy vegetarian broth! Carrot greens provide amazing health benefits so they’re great to cook with!
Ok, so you just picked your beautiful garden carrots! They are gorgeous! You grab the scissors and chop off the leafy carrot tops. And then it hits you – are you seriously just going to compost the carrot greens?
With gardening, you put so much love and energy into every single plant. Every single carrot has been nurtured. Every single carrot has been planted, one seed at a time. So with me, it breaks my heart to try not to use every bit and piece of that vegetable!
Our fresh carrots just picked!
What to do with carrot tops?
That’s how this recipe started for me. I was cutting the tops off my carrots and it hit me that I had to find a useful way to use them in the kitchen. And no, I don’t mean some weird stir fry that tastes bitter. I mean, a seriously good recipe that will become used every garden season in your kitchen. So here it is….
Carrot Tops Vegetable Broth! Print this recipe out and add it to your recipe box!
Marinated Overnight Italian Diced Tomatoes with spices for full flavor. Unlike other diced tomato recipes no boiling, water bath or peeling is needed! Bonus how to make tomato paste below the recipe!
Let me welcome you to tomato week! If you didn’t see in last week’s garden video it’s raining tomatoes for us in New York so I’ve been spending lots of quality time with our lovely tomatoes in the kitchen! Today I’m going to show you these Marinated Overnight Italian Diced Tomatoes which are easy and delicious!
Tomorrow is all about creamy tomato soup! Later this week I’m giving you a quick tomato/rice dish that is perfect for taking to work for lunch! And finally I’m going to pick tomatoes, lots of them, and show you many photos of them like any proud tomato Mother would. So let’s jump in to tomato week!
We use diced tomatoes frequently in recipes so I like to always have some on hand. Last year I only made a few homemade batches but we went through them quickly so this year I was determined to make at least twice the number of batches to freeze.
Diced Tomatoes With No Boiling or Peeling
There’s 2 ways to go about making diced tomatoes, there’s the longer process of boiling and removing the peels (which is delicious but it takes time), or there’s this way whith is also delicious but is quick! We are picking at least 50 pounds of tomatoes a week right now so I need to be careful of time, or I’ll have to quit my job because preserving vegetables can sometimes be a full time job! I
n this recipe, all you have to do is cut them up, marinate them over night in the refrigerator and then cook for 30 minutes. You can also duplicate this recipe as many times as you need per how many tomatoes you are picking. For example the recipe calls for 5 tomatoes but I quintupled it because I had so many tomatoes!
HOMEMADE Watermelon Jam with no pectin! This easy to make jam recipe uses fresh watermelon juice to make a healthy jam. No pectin is needed for this recipe, just throw it in the refrigerator when it’s done! This is one of the best fruit jams, I love eating it on toast!
What can I make with watermelons?
This year we grew a bunch of watermelons in the garden. If you’re looking for a good container fruit to grow, watermelon is the direction you should go in. On each plant we usually get 3-4 watermelons which quickly adds up when you have a few plants!
By the way did you know that watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable? It is a fruit because it grows from a seed. It’s a vegetable because it is harvested and cleared from the field like other vegetables and because it is a member of the same family as pumpkins. I had no idea!
Watermelon Jam Recipe
First, you’ll need watermelon juice which is easy to make. Remove the seeds from your watermelon and then throw watermelon chunks in a blender or food processor. Blend until it turns into watermelon juice!
I love making homemade jam with blueberries so I decided this time to make a watermelon jam recipe. And because I think all jam tastes and smells better with a bit of cinnamon we’ll throw some of that in to make it extra special. This recipe calls for 16 cups of watermelon juice (watermelon is 92% juice) but if you don’t have that much just scale down the recipe.
Start with a big pot of your watermelon juice.
Bring it to a boil on the stove. Reduce heat to medium high.
And then continue to lightly boil for the next 2-3 hours. You will see the watermelon start to break down and thicken to a dark jam color. This is mine after 3 hours.
I’ll let the jam sit for a few minutes to thicken up completely and then I’ll quickly get it in mason jars, You can see how thick the jam got here.
I bet noone will believe you when you tell them this jam is watermelon jam!
Watermelon Jam without pectin!
Now throw in a mason jar and into the fridge it goes. No pectin is required for this watermelon jam!
When it’s ready to spread on a bagel or toast, smear a bit all over and enjoy your homemade jam!
Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
More Jam Recipes
Looking for more jam recipes? Try my other favorites:
HOMEMADE Watermelon Jam! This easy to make jam recipe uses fresh watermelon juice to make a healthy jam. No pectin is needed for this recipe, just throw it in the refrigerator when it's done! This is one of the best fruit jams, I love eating it on toast!
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Mix all ingredients in large pot. Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium high. Keep a eye on this so it doesn't boil over. Skim foam as it rises. Check and stir every 15 minutes.
Continue to boil for 2-3 hours (mine took 3 hours). Depending if you reduce the recipe yours might done faster, so keep checking to make sure it doesn't burn.
Let sit for 5 minutes. Immediately place in mason jar. The jam hardens quickly so if you let it sit for longer it will be tough getting it out of the pot.
EASY STEP BY STEP Chili Powder Recipe made from from Jalapeno Peppers! This homemade recipe shows how to dry jalapeno peppers and then crush into ground seasoning. It’s a super easy DIY project, perfect if you have extra jalapeno peppers! I do this every Summer with our garden peppers!
This year we planted a few more jalapeno pepper plants than usual. Actually we didn’t plan on this but some of our jalapeno seeds got mixed up with green pepper seeds and then suddenly as the seeds started to come up and turned into seedlings, we realized we were going to have a ton of jalapeno peppers. This was fine with me because you know I love candied peppers and eat about half a cup a day (amazing for a afternoon snack with crackers and cheese).
But a girl can only have so many jars of candied jalapenos stored up for Winter. With a few pounds of jalapeno peppers just picked (and more to pick tomorrow) I got to thinking about what else could I do with them?
I love preserving vegetables for Winter (here is my guide) to give a little garden memory when it’s snowing here in the Northeast. If you look at our mini freezer right now it’s stocked up with tomato sauces, salsa verde and pumpkin puree ready for Winter. My goal is not to buy any tomato sauce ever again and keep it in rotation with all the Summer tomatoes we’ll grow again next year. Hopefully this dream comes true.
How to Make Tomato Powder out of tomato skins! You’ll never throw away tomato skins again!
It’s raining tomatoes! Don’t I always say that during July and August? Well it’s true. You won’t believe how many pounds of tomatoes we grew this year and I’m not going to tell you because I will save it for the big Summer harvest weight chart post coming sometime in September. You guys know I love my Stewed Tomatoes recipe but with that comes alot of extra tomato skins. I’ve been composting them for years but this year I was set on using them in a recipe.
How to Use Tomato Skins
I wanted to use the tomato skins in a unique way that can be enjoyed in different recipes and ways throughout the seasons. So making tomato powder and tomato flakes it is!
What can you do with tomato powder?
-Sprinkle on slices of pizza.
-Use on sandwiches on subs.
-Throw in soups, stews and chili.
-Use as a meat seasoning.
-Throw in tomato sauces for more tomato flavor!
-Popcorn. (Thanks Kelly!)
It’s up to you if you want to make tomato powder or tomato flakes. Both are dried the same way, but the decision comes in how you process it. Do you want it flaky? Or fine powder? For a powder use a coffee grinder, and for flakes use a food processor (or even a mortar and pestle would work).