While serving as guest speaker at Saturday's 60th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration for St. Mary's Medical Center Auxiliary of Hobart, reader Sarah Boyajian of Hammond asked me an interesting question.
Farm wife Joann Scamerhorn's home-canned peaches await the pantry and basement cellar to be enjoyed throughout the winter, celebrating this fall's bountiful fruit harvest.
Plump and juicy deep black wild raspberries are sweet and flavorful finds in early July along wooded areas, ditches and ponds and ideal for homemade jam and preserves.
Phil Potempa's weekly farm column recipe.
CROWN POINT | A five-week Home Food Preservation course is being offered by the Lake County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service to individuals interested in learning basic food preservation techniques and how to preserve food safely using the most up-to-date, researched-based information.
This week, Times Columnist Phil Potempa's mother Peggy completed this year's canning of pickled sugar beets, a favorite of Times Readers. But there are still plenty of "table beets" in the garden, shown sliced here, ideal for roasting.
CROWN POINT | An advanced boiling water canning class was recently held at the Lake County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in Crown Point, where participants learned to safely preserve: Oktoberfest Beer Mustard, Bruschetta in a Jar, and Carrot Cake Jam.
For Daniel Gasteiger, the holiday season begins in May when the rhubarb and strawberries ripen. That's when he starts putting foods by for the many people on his gift list.
Fresh peaches are key to the sweet amber spread that awaits with each autumn's annual batch of homemade peach preserves at the farm.
CROWN POINT - Marjy Hyman, left, of Hebron and Kathy Horvath, of Highland, recently participated in a Home Food Preservation class on canning tomatoes and tomato juice sponsored by the Lake County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service in Crown Point. Corinne Powell, extension educator for Con…
CROWN POINT | Registrations must be made by Aug. 22 for a Boiling Water Canning Class on canning tomatoes being offered from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Lake County Purdue Cooperative Extension Service, 880 E. 99th Court, Crown Point.
As fresh vegetables and fruits start finding their way to local farm stands, people want to learn to preserve, to put up what's growing in their gardens.
When I was very young and living in Indiana Harbor at the four flat building on 135th that my grandmother owned, I was afraid to go down the poorly lit curving stairs and into the cement-floored basement.
One of my favorite old photographs printed in my original "From the Farm" cookbook published in 2004 features my Grandma and Grandpa Potempa in 1943 standing in the pickle patch at our farm.
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