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Preserved Home: Julian memories cook up apple inspirations

Dehydrate your own apples in dices, slices and rings. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)
October 7, 2020
One of my favorite childhood memories is traveling up the mountain to Julian, and eating pie at the Julian Pie Company. When I smell apple pie, it always takes me back to that cozy pie shop. Now, I also make my house cozy as I put up apples in all forms, not just pie. And my house, well when September hits and I’m preserving an apple bounty, it smells like Julian to me.

Preserved Home: A pitch for using pits and scraps

Strawberry scraps can be used to make fermented vinegar. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey Macklem)
August 6, 2020
Grocery prices are climbing, so turn scraps into savings while adding interesting and healthy items to your pantry.

Preserved Home: The meat of the matter — canning is an economical, tasty option

June 3, 2020
Prices are going up on groceries, and with all this talk about a possible meat shortage, people are starting to feel concerned. But what if instead of being worried, you turned stocking up into a delicious, creative adventure — a chance to learn new things while stashing away homemade convenience foods by canning? There is joy in this journey.

Preserved Home: Homemade vinegar can be a real mealtime gift

Homemade vinegars can be a flavorful and economical way to brighten salads. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
September 3, 2015

My family doesn’t like store-bought salad dressing because it just tastes like oil with some flavoring. It drags the freshness of salad down, and there never seems to be enough flavor. I’m sure there...

Preserved Home: Make campouts a homey culinary treat

Survivor Stew, a recipe amended from the book “Recipes for Adventure,” allows you to pack a home-cooked meal for a campout. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
May 23, 2015

It’s been said the best part of camping is the memories. My family loves to camp, but the hassle that goes into getting everything there, and back, is frustrating. Remembering everything from dish soap...

Preserved Home: Today’s hot topic? Creative uses for jalapenos

You can preserve and use jalapeno peppers in several ways, from dried and powdered to candied. (Photo by Laura Woolfrey-Macklem)
February 8, 2015

When you buy produce in bulk, you have to get creative. This is especially true when you buy 17 pounds of something which is used sparingly, such as jalapenos. My husband likes his food ultra-spicy,...

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