Three Tips on Asparagus Spears

Shirley-Camp’s-Pickled-Asparagus-PhotoOne of the signs of spring is asparagus making its appearance in your garden and in the fresh produce isle of your favorite grocery store.  Most of us are familiar with green asparagus, but it is also available in white and purple varieties.

Here are three tips on how to check your asparagus to make sure you’re picking the best:

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New products on the Mrs. Wages website.

As you know, I do some freelance work with the fine folks at Mrs. Wages. And it’s exciting when they roll out new products for those of us who enjoy cooking and preserving food at home.

Well, have you checked out the Mrs. Wages website lately? Right there on the homepage are some new photos featuring some new products for 2017. In addition to a photo of their XTRA Crunch product, they have pictures of a new Bruschetta mix and a Pickled Okra product that will soon be found in stores and online.

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Advice for Canning or Freezing Early Fruits and Veggies

paleo-leap-171The first foods that are ready for preserving include strawberries, rhubarb, and asparagus.  These foods are fairly easy to preserve – and strawberry-rhubarb jam is a great treat!

Here are a few tips on what to preserve and what to freeze for the coming season – that way you can enjoy the taste of Spring all year ’round.

 

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Shirley’s holiday food gift ideas

iStock_000009883750MediumGifts of food are welcome by most people.  At this time of year you can still do some home food preservation and give it as gifts.

Pickled beets are loved by some family members and even though they are long gone from the garden, canned beets work just as well.  Actually they are easier because the cooking and peeling are already done for you!  Just buy some Mrs. Wages Pickled Beet Mix and you are ready to fill the house with the aroma of cinnamon and cloves.

But your holiday-motivated generosity in the kitchen doesn’t have to stop there!

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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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