Rhubarb Three Ways (Part 3: Canning)

The second way we explored preserving rhubarb at this week’s Food Preservation Drop In was to can some rhubarb chutney. In the past I’ve canned rhubarb butter, which is basically just stewed and sweetened rhubarb that we use on cereal. This year I wanted to try something new, so I adapted a rhubarb chutney recipeContinue reading “Rhubarb Three Ways (Part 3: Canning)”

Rhubarb Three Ways (Part 2: Freezing)

At the first of our weekly Food Preservation Drop Ins we focused mainly on rhubarb, and explored preserving it three different ways: frozen, canned, and dried. Freezing is the most energy intensive way to preserve food. It also involves the ongoing cost of electricity and the constant potential of power failure (unless you’re off theContinue reading “Rhubarb Three Ways (Part 2: Freezing)”

Rhubarb Three Ways (Part 1: Sourcing & Harvesting)

The inaugural Root & Branch Food Preservation Drop In happened yesterday! The idea is that I will be preserving whatever is in season every (or at least most) Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7pm for the duration of the growing season. Folks are invited to drop in to help and learn about different ways to optimizeContinue reading “Rhubarb Three Ways (Part 1: Sourcing & Harvesting)”

Why food preservation? And why now??

In Saskatchewan, where most of us have just barely got our gardens planted, it might seem early to start thinking about harvest time. But actually, now  is the best time to plan how to manage the bounty that promises to slam us over the next few months! This next few weeks is like the calmContinue reading “Why food preservation? And why now??”

Food Preservation 101 (a Root & Branch workshop)

Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 10 am to 5 pm* Heritage Community Association (100-1654 11th Ave, Regina) $100 (includes the food that you preserve: fermented sauerkraut, canned tomatoes and dried fruit) Get ready to make the most of this summer’s harvest! This full-day, hands-on workshop is geared towards people who want to increase their foodContinue reading “Food Preservation 101 (a Root & Branch workshop)”

Don’t abandon Regina’s proposed cosmetic pesticide ban!

After its April 2012 recommendation to ban the use of cosmetic pesticides in the city of Regina, the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee is now abandoning its original recommendation after pressure from business and stakeholders. Pesticides can cause health issues in adults and children, including cancer, reproductive and nervous system problems. As an individual citizen andContinue reading “Don’t abandon Regina’s proposed cosmetic pesticide ban!”

Prepping the front yard garden

To optimize the small urban lot we live on, we’ve decided to try gardening the front yard this year. We’re building on the success of last year’s Lasagna gardening experiment to hopefully make a drab front lawn into a lush edible landscape! It started last fall when Shayna covered the lawn with cardboard to smotherContinue reading “Prepping the front yard garden”

Amaranth dreams fulfilled over breakfast

I’ve been enjoying amaranth as a cooked cereal for years. The tiny seeds are tasty, pack a complete high protein punch, and are fun to eat. (At our house, meals with amaranth somehow manage to inspire song and dance!) Plus, it’s been in cultivation for more than 8,000 years! So last spring, when we finallyContinue reading “Amaranth dreams fulfilled over breakfast”

Back on the horse: growing onions & peppers from seed

Having had limited success starting onions and peppers from seed, I regrouped and got a good start on both this year. We rigged up some grow lights on a rickety old utility shelf in our otherwise dark and inhospitable basement, and I planted seeds early, putting in four varieties of onions and five varieties ofContinue reading “Back on the horse: growing onions & peppers from seed”