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

For the love of vegetables …!

pasta-sauceThis weekend, I received a great question from one of my blog readers, Mercy. She asks the following: “I love the pasta seasonings from Mrs. Wages.  I would like to add vegetables to my sauce before I can it. This is the only way I can get my husband to eat vegetables.   How can I do this?  We went to the farmers market this weekend and we bought an abundance of nice tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and bell peppers.”

The short answer is this: You can add your veggies to your sauce, but you can’t can it.

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Getting creative with canning can be costly.

Creative CookWho doesn’t like being creative in the kitchen?

Whether it’s decorating, adding a little something special to a dish, making your spouse wear that wacky apron from your mother-in-law. Yeah, it’s all good fun until someone gets hurt.

That’s why we don’t go overboard when we’re canning.

A reader sent in a question the other day that asks a pretty straight-forward question about changing canning methods, times and ingredients.

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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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Using Home-Canned Tomatoes in Salsa

iStock_000004897970MediumA blog reader wrote in to the website a few days ago and asked a question about using home-preserved, stewed tomatoes with the Mrs. Wages Salsa Mixes. Adding your home-grown tomatoes makes for a delicious salsa, so we thought we’d share the information with all of you.

Q: “I have some stewed tomatoes that I have canned.  Would it work if I used them to make some salsa with Mrs Wages salsa package ?  If so how should I go about measuring for one batch ?  I was thinking I would have to drain them but wasn’t sure how many cups would go into a batch.” – Becky

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