Canning Tomatoes 101 by: Patrick Barton

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Click on Photo to go to the Canning Tomatoes 101 by Patrick Barton video for the full canning process.

Here we are canning 50 pounds of NON-GMO Beef Steak tomatoes from Georgia. Canning tomatoes, especially a large amount of tomatoes, is one of the best ways to keep and store freshly picked garden tomatoes. Canned tomatoes will stay fresh for several years and are especially good for home made chili.

When preparing the tomatoes, wash, core, and blanch the tomatoes. Blanching means to dip the tomatoes in boiling water for approximately 30 seconds. What blanching does is makes the skin of the tomato come right off.

After blanching, place the tomatoes in an ice bath. After the ice bath, peel the skin off the tomatoes. The skins of the tomatoes will mostly come right off very easily.

Then cut the tomatoes into four pieces (also known as quartering). Continue reading

Good Health Tips

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Maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle with bring a lot of good fortune in the future. People that stick to strict healthy lifestyles end up looking younger than they normally are and remain healthy and active many years after. It can be tricky for younger folks to stay motivated in being healthy because many people already feel healthy and just want to do what they are most comfortable in doing. But slowly applying some of the small tips for good health doesn’t hurt.

In fact, some health tips are actually easy to implement than others and once the benefits of these small health tips surface, people will be far more interested in trying out more methods to live even healthier. Here are some of the basic tips for good health that everyone can try out without much difficulty.

Keep the Exercising Flowing

Exercising is at the top of this list because it can serve as a nice counter for not having those perfect diets. It also happens to be one of the health tips that often get neglected because of the amount of work that is required. But the truth is, there are so many forms of exercise and it does not always have to involve strenuous activities like weightlifting or doing hundreds of sit-ups. Continue reading

Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Scale with tape measure bowHowever if you set goals, begin to eat healthy foods, develop into more actually lively, and learn how to change physical behavior, then you may be more successful at losing weight. Ultimately, these changes will become routine and part of your everyday life.

You can start by building small changes in your eating chart and activity levels and right away start burning more calories than you’re eating. If you preserve a healthy diet which is the way to burn an additional calories each day with both exercise and diet. Try these plans take some more fruits and vegetables into your meal, mainly fruits and vegetables which are high in fiber, but low in calories.

Your diet chart should be balanced and comprise the complete range of nutrients. You don’t need to take away a nutrient from the diet completely as your body needs all nutrients, including vitamins and minerals, proteins to purpose as it must. Remember that there is no intense diet that is healthier than a balanced diet. Continue reading

Healthy Meal Plan ? 5 Tips To Eat Healthy And Live Healthy

5 Tips For Eating Healthy Daily

We all know that having a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to diet, is very important. This is why I want to share with you some healthy eating tips that you can incorporate with your meal plan.

Tip number 1: Set a goal

Setting up a goal is always the first step in achieving success including success in maintaining a healthy diet. You need to make a set of short-term goals and a long-term goal that you will set an eye upon all the time. Your goals should be sound and achievable. For your short-term goals, your aim is to change the way you eat gradually. Do not attempt to change it abruptly because your body will not be able to react well to that. 

Tip number 2: Keep things in moderation Continue reading

Healthy Holiday Eating Tips

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We love our holidays and apart from all the gifts and a chance to meet our relatives and in general having a good time, we also look forward to those once-a-year goodies that we get to eat. In fact, we wouldn’t be off the mark to say that the cakes, chocolates, puddings and other goodies are the highlights of our holiday and more often than not, we remember the holiday for what we did and what we ate.

For most of us, holiday is also a suspension of normal activity including our normal healthy eating diets and exercise. American Weight Watchers report states that the average American gains between 7 and 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day! Little wonder that Fad diet marketers go on an overdrive and make the most money after the post holiday season.

Of course, the temptations are all too evident. At every house you visit you are offered cakes, puddings, chocolates, cookies and other mouth watering goodies. Being the holiday season we don’t like to refuse and once we put a small piece of that chocolate cake in our mouth, it oh so melts away that it is absolutely difficult to not go for another helping and pretty soon we’ve finished half if not more of the items on the portion control plates. And even God would not be able to help us if we are invited for lunch or dinner. The table is so laden with mouth watering dishes and the aroma is so enchanting that our senses go on an over drive and all attempts to control our minds seems hopelessly futile. Healthy eating breakfast and cooking also seems to go out of the window. Continue reading

Food Safety Tips

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To avoid microbial food-borne illness: Clean hands, food contact surfaces, and fruits and vegetables. Meat and poultry should not be washed or rinsed. Separate raw, cooked, and ready-to-eat foods while shopping, preparing, or storing foods. Cook foods to a safe temperature to kill microorganisms. Chill (refrigerate) perishable food promptly and defrost foods properly. Avoid raw (unpasteurized) milk or any products made from unpasteurized milk, raw or partially cooked eggs or foods containing raw eggs, raw or undercooked meat and poultry, unpasteurized juices, and raw sprouts.