Where can I find that?

200245859-001I’ve been publishing a lot of really great recipes this month and a lot of them use products from Mrs. Wages and Southern Gourmet Desserts that may not be distributed in your area. This can be a problem.

I hear about it on Facebook, too. Sometimes people write and ask where they can find Mrs. Wages products at all (maybe they’ve been referred by a friend or family member).

Well, here are two very helpful resources for you:

  • The Mrs. Wages Store Locator – this is where you can go to look up your state and find out what retailers offer Mrs. Wages products.  Some of the retail locations are just named, but others are hyperlinked to actual addresses/store locations in the state.
  • The Mrs. Wages Online Store – this is a great place to buy Mrs. Wages, Orrington Farms, Land-O-Lakes and Southern Gourmet Dessert items and have them shipped directly to you.  In order to save as much as possible, be sure to think about how much you’ll need for the year and place one order (or order in bulk, with friends). It will help save money on shipping!

Thanks so much for the wonderful year. Here’s to an exciting 2015.

Happy Canning!

– Shirley

Why are some pickles so mushy?

153553938Last year at this time, I received a question from Vivian – who is clearly starting to think of her gardening and canning plans for the coming year. It’s a question I get a lot, so I’m glad to share my thoughts.

She writes: “I used Mrs Wages dill pickle mix to can pickles this summer. The pickles are soft and mushy – not crisp. What happened? Thanks!”

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“Am I doing this right?”

iStock_000015579694LargeCanning isn’t the fastest or easiest thing to do in the kitchen – and it’s important to go through all the steps, follow the rules and not poison the family. So it’s natural to wonder if there are any shortcuts or, like one of our Facebook friends wrote earlier this week, if everything is taking longer than it should.

It’s a valid question.

So here’s her inquiry and my response. It’s worth the time and the effort, believe me. There’s nothing like the fresh flavor of canned goodies in the middle of the winter.

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Sharing kitchen memories with a recipe scrapbook

Kitchen ScrapbookingWriting my last blog post reminded me of another great holiday gift idea.

Over the years I taught several holiday foods classes while working for Extension.  One of the most popular ideas for gift giving was a family memory album.  Many of us have memories of family gatherings and all of the wonderful foods we shared as children.  Families have “secret recipes” or at least favorite ones that make the holidays memorable.

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Seven easy tips to cooking with pumpkin

Pumpkin-Cooking-Tips-Featured-Blogger-PicRight now the pumpkins and winter squash are ripe and ready.  Pumpkin and winter squash are a rich source of Vitamin A as well as fiber. Other nutrients you get from pumpkin include potassium, folic acid, copper, iron, and riboflavin.  One cup of cooked solidly packed pumpkin/squash has only about 80 calories!

While it is much easier to use canned pumpkin, you can use fresh pumpkin and squash that you have cooked and pureed for your favorite recipes. There are several varieties of winter squash available including butternut, Hubbard, turban, buttercup, acorn, banana, mammoth, sweet dumpling, and the pumpkin.

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