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Peach and Cilantro Salsa

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Harvest is in full swing here on my little homestead! I’ve been busy eating and preserving the 90 pounds of peaches my big peach tree produced this year. I was visiting friends a couple weeks ago and a book they had called Canning for a New Generation caught my eye.

I asked how they liked the recipes compared to the classic Ball Complete Book of Preserving and they said it had more unique and modern recipes. They were sweet enough to let me borrow it and it was perfect timing since I had so many peaches in my garage fridge waiting to be preserved!

As I quickly flipped through the book, this recipe jumped out at me and I was super excited to give it a try! If you don’t want to deal with the preserving part, this would be an excellent side dish to serve at a summer party, just be sure to cut the recipe in half.

Canned peaches would work well if you prefer not to peel fresh peaches or you could substitute with nectarines, since they have a smooth skin.

Prep time: 1 1/2  hours, if using fresh peaches or 45 minutes, if using canned peaches or nectarines.

Fresh recipe serves: 8-10

Canning recipe makes about 5 pint jars.
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Delicious Plum Preserves

Plum preserves are one of my favorites! My plum harvest was much smaller this year. I’m sure the major pruning we last winter and the drought contributed to the smaller harvest. Thankfully, the fruit is still sweet and juicy like last year, and I still had enough to make preserves!

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How to Make Water Kefir-Picture Tutorial

Water kefir is my favorite way to get probiotics, I drink it everyday! And it happens to be easy, and inexpensive to make yourself. Considering most 16 oz bottles of kefir or kombucha cost around $3.50 per bottle, it can easily become an expensive beverage to drink regularly. I can make at least a gallon for $3.50! If you have little ones at home, making kefir is a easy, and fun way to have them help you in the kitchen.  Here’s the pictures and instructions of how I make water kefir. The first step is to buy kefir grains, or find someone in your area who can share extra grains with you. Dehydrated kefir grains can be purchase online at Cultures for Health.  If there is a homesteading type store in your area, they may also have them. Once you get your dehydrated grains, follow the instructions on rehydrate ing them. In a few days, you’ll be ready to make your own kefir! Just to show you how easy it is, here’s a picture the few things you’ll need to make it. Now that I’m looking at this picture, I left out the funnel….Whoops! And the electric tea kettle is not a necessity, but since I have one, I use it to boil water quickly!

Just a few things needed to make kefir!

Just a few things needed to make kefir!

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