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10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter

by Faith Provencher
10 Different Ways To Preserve Fruits and Vegetables For The Winter
Photo: Foodie Factor

I don't know about you, but one of the things I hate about winter (and there are many) is the lack of fresh vegetables from the garden or local farm stand. There's nothing like a fresh tomato picked that very day. But today we have some tips for preserving that delicious bounty of produce that we will soon lack. These ideas will help you to eat healthier throughout the long run, and they'll also help you to waste less food in the short term. Read on for tons of great ideas!   

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DIY 4th of July Popsicles, Two Ways: One for Kids and One for Adults!

by M.E. Gray

Recipe: 4th of July popsicles!

Here's a summertime tip: Always make popsicles. Summer is here, which means the Fourth of July is on the way and you probably have a barbeque to host. Whether you're holding a kid-friendly summer party or an adults-only celebration, popsicles will make everyone happy, including you! That's because they're ridiculously easy to make, you can prep them far in advance, and nothing tastes better on a hot day than a refreshing popsicle. We have two tasty recipes for you to prep this summer. The first popsicles are champagne-infused (adults only!), mimicking the colors in a bomb pop. The second are kid-friendly (but equally delicious) lemon-flavored fruity popsicles.        

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How To: Make the Ultimate, Reusable Fruit Fly Trap

by Chris Gardner
DIY Fruit Fly Trap
Learn how to get rid of fruit flies for good.

Ah ... summertime. The pinnacle of the produce season means amazing things for your palate: sun-ripened fruit, homegrown vegetables, and fresh herbs for days.

Unfortunately, ripe produce also invites other guests to the flavor party: fruit flies. These little monsters (drosophilidae), with their big red eyes and kneejerk-wave inspiring flight patterns, aren't terribly harmful (they have a...

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Apple Decor: 6 DIY Projects Using Fall's Favorite Fruit

by DIY Maven

apple bombs

This time of year means one thing and one thing only, as far as produce goes that is. It's the beginning of apple season. Lucky for us, however, it's pretty much apple season all year round. Whether it's New Zealand Braeburns or Minnesota Honeycrisps*, there's always something delicious to choose from. So, in celebration of that dependable--and yummy--fruit, I decided to surf the waves for how-to's using them in decor projects. Here are some of...

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How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

by Capree K

How To: Make Natural Dyes from Common Food Items!

I learned a long time ago how to dye fabric using fruits and vegetables (thanks to my mom and her degree in "3D textiles": she would dye all her own materials and make sculptures from resin-saturated fabrics... I know, right!?).  Alas, the wisdom she bestowed upon me escaped my "vault of knowledge" along with a great many other things over the years.  Fortunately, the Internet exists.  And extra fortunately, someone decided to show us all how it's done!  Ready to start putting those groceries to new use?  

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Jazz Up Your Cocktails with Tasty DIY Flavored Syrups

by Kelly B

Jazz Up Your Cocktails with Tasty DIY Flavored Syrups

I'm sort of a cocktail aficionado...in that I have a fully-stocked bar cabinet in my house. My favorite parts are the little things that take a drink over the top; that next level that will have your friends asking for your secret. And, friends, flavored syrups are a great way to get there. Check out how you can whip up some of your very own in your kitchen!

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Print It: Free Summer Fruit Labels!

by Capree K

Print It: Free Summer Fruit Labels!

The other day I ate an entire package of raspberries in one sitting (which I suppose is better than a whole can of Pringles, right?).  If you have a little more patience and, you know, actually plan to can, freeze, or gift your garden's fruit, may I suggest printing out these very cute, very FREE downloadable labels and gift tags?  

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How To: Shrunken Apple Heads.

by Chris Gardner

Shrunken Apple Head

I got The Amazing Apple Book for Christmas 1993, and I adored each of its pages. My favorite project included carving a face in a fresh, ripe apple and leaving it out to dry and shrivel into a little fruit flavored shrunken face...though my parents always made me store mine in the basement, and they usually caught a coat of mold.

But, Floral Showers seems to have this perfect fall project down. Super fun!

This one above my favorite: It looks...

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DIY Apple Chips!

by Chris Gardner

Come fall time, apples simply seem to just find themselves in our kitchens. From sales at the super market, to orchard picking excursions, or from the trees in your own yard and neighborhood, autumn is abundant apple time.

 

DIY Apple Chips!

And, apparently, it's quite easy to use 'em in bulk by making your own apple chips, perfect for adding to granola or cereal or just munching for a healthy snack. Here's how.

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How To: Pie Pops.

by Chris Gardner

My recent visit to the State Fair has taught me two very important new concepts: first, everything is better in mini (mini rabbits, mini cheesecake); and second, all foods are better on a stick.

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And, oh buddy, do these Pie Pops capitalize on both. "Scoochmaroo says 'These little beauties can be assembled with pre-made ingredients or from scratch. I used this pie crust recipe and the following filling to utilize fruit in season at the time:

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Cherry Jubilee Week: Bourbon Cherries and Manhattan Floats

by Chris Gardner

Cherry Jubilee Week: Bourbon Cherries and Manhattan Floats

Check out Part I: Easy Cherry Syrup and a Sparkling Cherry Cooler and Part II: Canned Fresh Cherries, Perfect Over Ice Cream.

With basic canned cherries accomplished, I thought it might be fun to try a twist on preserving the rest of the cherries. I'd seen 'bourbon cherries' in gourmet shops...fresh whole cherries swimming in bourbon, adding that smoky oakiness to the cherries, and the cherries giving their sweetness to the bourbon. Here's...

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