Sugarless Grape Jelly Recipe

Recipes for No Sugar Added Grape Jelly and Jam Added sugar is probably the most harmful ingredient in the modern diet. It has negative effects on metabolism, immune system and promotes many ailments. Added sugars contain mega calories with no essential nutrients. It is the leading factor in Obesity. Recipes for jelly, Jams and assorted … Read more

How to Use Passionflower for Tea

A fresh passionflower along with dried leaves and a brewed cup of tea.

Passionflower comprises a family of several hundred varying species of flowering perennial plants. The leaves of passionflower are used to brew an herbal tea with a unusually pleasant, very mild taste. The flavor doesn’t really resemble anything else I can think of – other than an earthy green and grassy taste. If that’s not your … Read more

Pasteurization to Preserve Tomatoes, Fruits and Berries

Cherry compote being prepared for preservation by using a double boiler method with canning jars inside of a galvanized tub on a stovetop.

What is Pasteurization Pasteurization originates with 19th Century scientist Louis Pasteur which is also the origin of the word “pasteurize.” Pasteurization is a process in which foods are subjected to just enough heat so as to kill off bacteria and pathogens but not so much as to drastically alter the composition, quality and taste of … Read more

Echinacea Tea Brewing Echinacea

Medicinal Properties of Echinacea Echinacea Purpurea or American Cone Flower is used to make a tasty herbal tea with medicinal qualities. The Echinacea roots, leaves, and flowers can all be used in the the blend. The roots compounds differ significantly from the rest of the plant. Volatile oils and aromatic compounds are concentrated in the … Read more

Dandelion Tea – Brewing Dandelion Tea

Dandelion tea can be made from the leaves, the blossoms or the roots. All variations have their own unique flavors, attributes and variations. Dandelion Leaf Tea Select young, tender leaves for the tastiest dandelion tea. Once you’ve harvested your dandelion greens, thoroughly wash them . If you’re not using them right away store them in … Read more

Candied Angelica

Angelica is unique in it’s multitude of uses. Most commonly it is used to make candy, which is made from its hollow stems, and an abundance of sugar. The stems can also used as a vegetable and is prepared like asparagus. They are also blended into preserves and pies. Angelica seeds are used in making … Read more

How to Make Prunes from Plums

A pile of fresh dried prunes with fresh purple plums.

Preserving Plums via Dehydration Prunes are one of the most commonly dried fruits, after raisins. They make a healthy and naturally sweet snack. Quite simply put they are dehydrated plums. Tracing back the origin of the word “prune” when referring to dried plums, would take one to the old French word for plum which was … Read more

Anise Hyssop Tea Recipe

Anise Hyssop is a perennial flowering plant with culinary, herbal and medicinal properties. Although it is known as Anise Hyssop, it is only remotely related to Hyssop and even more distantly to Anise. It is in the Mint Family. It’s taste bears a hint of mint ,a hint of licorice and a hint of hyssop, … Read more

Calendula Tea – Brewing Calendula

Medicinal Properties of Calendula Calendula [Calendula officinalis[, aka Pot Marigold is a genus of herbaceous plants in the daisy family. The flower petals are edible and can be eaten fresh. The essential oils from calendula have multiple health benefits, particularly relative to skin conditions such as dermatitis and varying degress of acne. 1. Acne Topically … Read more

Hibiscus Tea. Brewing Hibiscus Tea

The Hibiscus plant is a flowering shrub that produces colorful flowers commonly used in landscaping. The flower is also used to brew a beneficial herbal tea that can be drank cold or hot. The tea has an unusual tart flavor similar to cranberry, with an element all its own. Hibiscus herbal tea is easily brewed … Read more