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  • FoodSaver V3240 Vertical Vacuum Sealer, White
    FoodSaver V3240 Vertical Vacuum Sealer, White
    I just started using a FoodSaver vacuum sealer to seal foods and I can't believe I waited so long to get one. (Check out my first project: Sweet & Sour Green Bean Freezer Pickles!)
    For example: In the past I would take the time to pick beautiful berries, then would bring them home and stick them in a zippered baggie in the freezer. My berries would have ice crystals and taste freezer burnt after just a few short months. 
    Then I had a light-bulb moment: "Air is the enemy" of freshness. 
    When vacuum-sealed my berries last 3 to 4 times longer! I have similar results with other fruits, veggies and even meats & cheeses.
    The FoodSaver has been a fantastic discovery. ~ Brook
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    • Mehu-Liisa 10 Liter Stainless Steel Steam Juicer - Made in Finland
      Mehu-Liisa 10 Liter Stainless Steel Steam Juicer - Made in Finland
      Mehu-Liisa Products

      Some day I will replace my ancient graniteware Steam Juice Extractor with this gorgeous Mehu-Liisa brand Steam Juicer. My old Steam Juicer leaks steam, meaning I have to refill the water often, and it doesn't have anywhere close to the capacity of this one from Mehu-Liisa.
      If you want to experience the magic of a Steam Juicer, check out this 10 quart Mehu-Liisa. It will last you a lifetime and save you countless hours in the kitchen, whether your juicing fruit for  Plum Jelly or Apricot Nectar, not to mention it minimizes the mess of juicing large amounts of veggies!  ~ Brook

    • Ball Quilted Jelly Canning Jar 4 Oz (Pack of 12)
      Ball Quilted Jelly Canning Jar 4 Oz (Pack of 12)
      What's the one jar size I always keep a couple extra cases of? 
      The Ball 4 ounce jar.
      It's basically 1/2 cup, and just the right size for gift-giving and for experimenting with small batches. Perfect for things like my famous Pear Honey.
      People can't help but say "That is so darn cute!" when they seem them. 
      ~ Brook

    • Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker
      Presto 01781 23-Quart Pressure Canner and Cooker
      Looking for an affordable, easy-to-use pressure canner, backed up by great customer service? Look no further than the Presto 23 quart Pressure Canner/Cooker. It's the one I recommend to all my students. ~ Brook


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    • Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen (Orange) Instant Read Thermometer, Perfect for Barbecue, Home and Professional Cooking
      Splash-Proof Super-Fast Thermapen (Orange) Instant Read Thermometer, Perfect for Barbecue, Home and Professional Cooking
      Do you have a great instant-read thermometer, or are you still buying the 20 dollar ones that only last a year or two? This was one of my best kitchen purchases.
      Can't imagine cooking jam (or meat or candy) without it! 
      Take your jams to 220º and you'll have a perfect gel set every time. Also available in other colors, but why wouldn't you want orange? It's only the BEST COLOR EVER. ~ Brook


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    • The Home Preserving Bible (Living Free Guides)
      The Home Preserving Bible (Living Free Guides)
      by Carole Cancler
      If you're looking for a book that covers every preserving topic imaginable, this is the book for you. It doesn't have a flashy cover or glossy pictures, but it's full of great info. One of my very favorite resources. ~ Brook

    • OXO Good Grips Corn Stripper
      OXO Good Grips Corn Stripper

      Last August my friend Kelli asked me if I wanted some fresh corn from her grandpa's garden. I said "Sure....I'd love to make a few jars of Sweet Corn Relish!"
      She showed up 6 hours later with 158 ears. Wasn't sure if I loved her or hated her for it.
      After a long hot day spent cutting kernels off all those cobs with a small paring knife, I decided I'd never be without a Corn Stripper again. ~ Brook


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    Ginger Syrup AND Candied (Crystallized) Ginger - one recipe!

         How often do you start out making one recipe and end up with two separate treats?

        Ginger Syrup can be added to soda to make Ginger Ale, or added to sparkling wine or cocktails to give them more zing. The truly adventurous pour it over pancakes & waffles with abandon.

        Candied Ginger is used in baking, chutneys, and/or munched on like, well, candy. It is especially decadent when dipped in chocolate. Try putting some candied ginger, chocolate-dipped or not, on a cheese plate. Trust me, it's wonderful.

        Candied, or Crystallized Ginger, as it is often called, is also a well-known remedy for nausea, motion-sickness and morning sickness.

        What's not to like? 


    • 1 cup fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1/8" thick
    • 3 cups water
    • 3 cups sugar

    1.) Combine water and sugar in a large heavy-bottomed pan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Boil for about 45 minutes.

    2.) Strain ginger slices -- they should be tender -- and reserve the ginger syrup for other uses.

    3.) Place ginger slices on a drying rack, and allow to dry. It might take an hour, it might take 24. (The humidity and room temperature will affect the way the ginger dries.)

    4.) Spread sheets of waxed paper* on counter and place rack with ginger slices over it. Toss ginger slices, a few at a time, with sugar until they are coated and place them back on the rack to dry again.

    5.) Store candied ginger for months in an airtight container. 

    6.) Store ginger syrup in a tightly-sealed container and use within 2 weeks.

    *I like to save the sugar that falls off of the ginger while it's drying. That's why I put the wax paper underneath the racks. The ginger-y sugar is delicious in tea!

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