MY NEW BOOK! Freeze Fresh: The Ultimate Guide to Preserving 55 Fruits and Vegetables for Maximum Flavor and Versatility

Buy The Book Here! Take a Peak Inside! Here’s what people are saying about Freeze Fresh… Deanna Talerico, Creator of Homestead and Chill:“Who knew frozen food could be so beautiful?! As an avid gardener and busy homesteader, I’m always on the lookout for quick and creative ways to preserve food and reduce waste. Freeze Fresh has taught me invaluable information about the art of freezing! Providing recipes for …

Chicken Liver Pâté Recipe (for people who don’t like liver!)

If there’s anything that homesteading has taught me, it’s that food is precious. The amount of work and love and care that goes into growing every calorie, whether plant or animal, is significant… so best not to waste any of it. Especially the organs: the most nutrient-rich part of the animal! This chicken liver pate recipe is mild and is perfect for anyone who doesn’t …

Homemade Maple Marshmallows

If you’ve never had a homemade marshmallow, you are in for a real treat— the texture, the bounce! They are nothing like store bought (which is a good thing!). And because these are made with only maple syrup (there’s no corn syrup and no cane sugar), the flavor is wonderfully maple-y and so delicious. The maple flavor really comes through in a lovely way, and …

Chicken Tortilla “Soup Starter” Freezer Recipe

Currently at the top of my “favorite things I’ve ever preserved” list! Freezing Chicken Tortilla Soup Starter is a fantastic way to take what is in abundance during the summer, and tuck it away as something incredibly useful and delicious for the winter months. I love stuffing the freezer full of high value items like this! And if you have tomatoes and peppers to preserve, …

Old Fashioned Salted Caramel Sauce (This recipe freezes and freeze-dries well too!)

A buttery rich homemade from scratch salted caramel sauce! Made with just a handful of simple ingredients including real cream and butter, and nothing from a can! Caramel isn’t hard to make, but there are a few tips that will ensure your salted caramel sauce turns out just lovely. WATCH THE VIDEO TUTORIAL FOR HOW TO MAKE OLD-FASHIONED SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE! CARAMEL MAKING TIPS #1 …

The Best Fruit Crisp Topping Recipe (gluten-free or regular) + Mixed Berry Fruit Crisp

This fruit crisp topping recipe has been a looong time in the making! I’ve been tweaking it for years every time I make it, and it’s finally ready to share. Here’s what I love about it– it’s browned and buttery, wonderfully sweet, and not crumbly like plain granola. I want a fruit crisp topping that holds together and eats more like a cookie than just …

How to Grow Popcorn: Planting, Harvesting, Drying, Storage & Popping

All about how to grow popcorn: one the absolute funnest things I grow in my garden every year! Homegrown popcorn is not only colorful and delicious, but unwrapping each ear feels like opening presents on Christmas morning. I didn’t start out as a great popcorn grower though. My first couple years I only got spotty, ugly ears… now I grow a ton of incredibly beautiful …

Maple-Sweetened Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls (Maple Peanut Butter Balls)

Peanut butter covered in chocolate is one of life’s fine pleasures. And when that peanut butter is mixed with the earthy, smokey, sweet flavor of maple sugar (click here), it’s pretty darn incredible. You will love these chocolate-covered maple peanut butter balls! This is an updated version of an older Maple Peanut Butter Ball recipe from my website. I streamlined the recipe and changed the …

High Protein Soft Food Diet – Real Food Meal Ideas after Wisdom Teeth Removal

High protein soft food diet meal ideas! For when you can’t survive on mashed potatoes alone… At 39 years old, I’m not exactly a spring chicken, so going into my wisdom teeth removal (a procedure that most people have done in their teens) I wanted to make sure I set myself up for the best possible outcome. The standard recommendations for a soft food diet …

Seedy Beet Crackers (gluten-free or regular)

These beet crackers are my absolute favorite homemade crackers– made with a hearty helping of beets! Even beet-haters will like these (trust me, I live with one). The beet flavor is very muted and these crackers don’t have a strong beet taste… which I appreciate because I wouldn’t call myself a beet lover either. More like a beet-tolerater. I do like adding beets to my …