Pizza Sauce

Homemade pizza sauce only takes a few extra steps compared to making plain tomato sauce for canning. It requires a decent amount of cooking to reduce and thicken, but doesn’t require constant attention. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes or so to prevent sauce from sticking to the bottom of the pot. You may need to reduce the heat if you find that the sauce is sticking.
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Half Sours – Fermented Pickles

This quick recipe is made even faster by using a mandolin to create cucumber chips. Crispness of the pickles will vary based on the type of cucumber chosen. I used large slicing cucumbers because that’s what I had on hand. Smaller varieties typically result in a crunchier final product.

You can vary the seasonings in these pickles, but make sure to keep the brine proportions the same to prevent spoiling or overly salted pickles. Fermentation will happen more quickly in a warm place, but is possible even in cooler temperatures. Keep room temperature below 80 degrees while these are fermenting. Continue reading