Canning: Why I Trust Science Over Grandma

Posts may contain affiliate links.  When you print a coupon or make a purchase using an affiliate link, Raising A Family On A Budget makes a small commission.  Thank you for your support.

canning why I trust science over grandma

I have been canning for 15+ years.  During that time, I have made my share of mistakes – hot jar on a cool counter, letting my finger tips get a little too close to the boiling water in the canner, forgetting to skim the foam off my jam – all mistakes that many of us have made, but none of them that could be fatal.

That might sound extreme but that’s exactly what happened this past April at a church potluck when people were served potato salad made from improperly canned potatoes.  One woman died, and more than 30 others got sick.  The cause – botulism. 

Clostridium botulinum is the name of a group of bacteria. They can be found in soil.  These rod-shaped organisms grow best in low oxygen conditions. The bacteria form spores which allow them to survive in a dormant state until exposed to conditions that can support their growth. — CDC

These spores can be killed several ways, with the two most common being acid and heat. [Read more…]

Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments: July 20-26

tomatoes

I picked tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, carrots, green onions, and cantaloup from the garden.

We picked up our CSA share for cucumbers, eggplant, zucchini, onions, carrots, blackberries, and flowers.

I canned grape jelly, raspberry jam, and mild salsa using produce from our garden and the CSA.

The remaining blackberries and raspberries went into the freezer for smoothies.

I used my $40 rewards credit at OfficeMax to stock up on school supplies and ink for the coming school year.

We turned off our AC for a few days because the weather was beautiful and completely out of character for mid-July.  I really can’t wait until fall when the house can be open all of the time.

Our plan is to move all of our homeschool materials out of the dining room and into the living room.  There were shelves that I want for this project, but we aren’t planning on working on things until August.  However, IKEA has the shelves on sale for 15% off through the end of July, so I bought them yesterday, and we are going to store them in the garage until we are ready for this project.

What did you do last week to save money?

Last Week’s Frugal Accomplishments: July 20-26

**Posts may contain affiliate links.  When you print a coupon or make a purchase using an affiliate link, Raising A Family On A Budget makes a small commission.  Thank you for your support.

herr's snack factory

On Monday, I took the kiddos to the Herr’s Snack Factory Tour.  The tour is free, and we had a great day out with friends.

Last week, we harvested grape tomatoes, plum tomatoes, beans, a few blueberries, green onions, carrots, and herbs from the garden.

We did a meat order from Bringhurst Meats in Berlin.  By purchasing meat in bulk, we saved more than $6/lb on beef.

I bought locally grown corn, watermelon, and cantaloup which is cheaper than buying stuff from clear across the country.

I negotiated a case discount on raspberries at our local produce market, getting them for $15 a case.

Prime Day was last Wednesday, so I started looking at my shopping list and things we needed. On that day, I found some deal on the fermentation lids, Gorilla Self-Standing Bags, and Hoover Clean Plus carpet cleaning solution that I needed, and used a gift card that I had earned from Swagbucks.

I saved 5% on diapers using my Target REDCard, and earned a $10 Target Gift Card for buying two packs of Huggies.

Every day last week, I met my Swagbucks goal.  This made my total earning over 2200 Swagbucks, so I cashed in for another $25 Amazon Gift Card.  I am averaging one $25 gift card a month, and while I’d love to save them up for Christmas shopping, the reality is that we need stuff now so I’m using them as I earn them.

My husband took a packed lunch to work every day last week using up dinner time leftovers for his lunch.

We set the thermostat to away when we weren’t home so that we weren’t cooling the house when we weren’t there.  Having a Nest Thermostat has saved us a lot of money over the past few years.

 

 

An Introduction to Home Food Preservation – Saturday, August 22

An-Intro-To-Home-Food-Preservation1-819x1024

In the last 5 years, there has been a bit of a home canning explosion!  Canning has become trendy.  

Unfortunately, with this influx of people into such a wonderful hobby, there is also a lot of misinformation floating around about what you can can at home.  For example, did you know, you should not can pumpkin butter at home but apple butter is ok?  Or that you need to pressure can vegetables, never water bath can them?

I have been helping out my friends and family with their canning and home food preservation questions, and now I want to help you too.  Join me on Saturday, August 22 from 9a-12:30pm for An Introduction to Home Food Preservation at the RWJ Center for Health & Wellness in Mercerville, NJ.

During this class, we will discuss boiling water bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, and dehydrating and how to utilize these processes to preserve what you grow in your garden, buy at the farmers’ market, or purchase on steep discounts through out the year.  

Attendees who register by July 24, will each receive a copy of the Ball Blue Book Guide to Canning.

 

B1G1 50% School Uniforms at Target!

**Posts may contain affiliate links.  When you print a coupon or make a purchase using an affiliate link, Raising A Family On A Budget makes a small commission.  Thank you for your support.


School uniforms are on sale at Target!  Right now buy 1, get 1 50% off all school uniforms.  Plus, you can save an additional 10% when you use promo code JULY through tomorrow, Saturday 7/18.  

Don’t forget to use your Target REDcard and save an additional 5%, plus get free shipping, every time you shop!

Check Out the Latest Printable Coupons

**Posts may contain affiliate links.  When you print a coupon or make a purchase using an affiliate link, Raising A Family On A Budget makes a small commission.  Thank you for your support.

printable coupon round up

Check out the newest printable coupons available from coupons.com:

$1.00 off any ONE (1) V8 Veggie Blends
$1.00 off any TWO (2) V8 100% Vegetable Juice
$1.00 off On any one (1) Pearls Olives To Go
$2.00 off One (1) EVOL Frozen Single-Serve Meal
$2.00 off (1) Aleve 40ct or larger
$2.00 off (1) Aleve-D product
$15.00 off 1 Sodastream Sparkling Water Maker
$3.00 off any TWO (2) Coppertone Kids Products

Buying Produce in Bulk: The Best Prices for Stocking Up

buying produce in bulk

Sometimes, you need to buy produce in bulk.  For our family, that usually means I’m going to be doing a lot of canning, dehydrating, freezing or baking!  Although we have a sizable garden, there are some things we can’t grow in our zone, or we can’t grow enough of or its not producing yet, so that’s when I look to buying in bulk. 

There are many options for where to buy bulk produce – Aldi, the grocery store, warehouse stores like BJs and Costco, Restaurant Depot (if you’re lucky enough to know someone with a membership), produce markets, farmers’ markets, and direct from the farmers.  On any given day, for any given crop, one of these stores would be a better option over the others, so its important to know your prices and comparison shop, just like you do with any major purchase.

But how do you know what price to look for and whether or not you are getting a good deal?

One trick to getting  a good deal is buying produce when it is in season for your region.  Not only will this produce taste better, but it is often at the best possible price because it is abundant, and does not have to travel as far to get to you. [Read more…]

Check Out the Latest Printable Coupons: Dreft, Lunchables, Windex, Crest, Scope, & more!

 

 

**Posts may contain affiliate links.  When you print a coupon or make a purchase using an affiliate link, Raising A Family On A Budget makes a small commission.  Thank you for your support.

printable coupon round upCheck out the latest printable coupons that are available from coupons.com.  Each coupon can be printed twice per computer.

$2.00 off ONE Dreft Newborn Detergent
$2.00 off ONE Dreft Beads
$2.00 off ONE Dreft Active
$3.00 off on any 2 boxes Carnation Breakfast
$1.00 off (1) LUNCHABLES Combinations With Drink
$3.00 off ONE (1) DulcoGas 18 count or larger
$0.50 off any ONE Windex Aerosol Glass Cleaner
$2.00 off ONE Crest Pro-Health or HD Toothpaste
$0.50 off ONE Scope Mouthwash 237ml or larger
$1.25 off TWO Scope Mouthwashes
$0.50 off ONE Crest Kids Toothpaste
$0.50 off ONE Crest or Oral-B Kids Toothbrush
$1.00 off multipack of PEDIGREE canned dog food
$3.00 off ONE (1) TEMPTATIONS™ SNACKY MOUSE™ Toy
$1.00 off any SHEBA or SHEBA Perfect Portions
$3.00 off (3) PEDIGREE Treats For Dogs
$2.00 off (1) IAMS™ canned cat food multipack
$1.00 off (1) IAMS™ Dog canned food or singles

{Living Social} Save An Additional 15% Site Wide

**Posts may contain affiliate links.  When you print a coupon or make a purchase using an affiliate link, Raising A Family On A Budget makes a small commission.  Thank you for your support.


FOR ONE DAY ONLY (7/14), save an extra 15% off your Living Social purchases with code REUSE. You can use this code as many times as you like. This offer is valid 7/14 only in the US and Canada.  

Redemption instruction:

  1. Take 15% off your next purchase for almost any deal on LivingSocial.com when you use promo code “REUSE”.
  2. Add Deal by clicking “Buy Now” button on the Deal information page.
  3. Click on “Redeem promo code” during purchase process.
  4. Enter code “REUSE” and hit apply.
  5. The amount of the savings will be reflected on the final purchase confirmation page.

Offer expires at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Entertainment Books: Now Only $8!

**Posts may contain affiliate links.  When you print a coupon or make a purchase using an affiliate link, Raising A Family On A Budget makes a small commission.  Thank you for your support.


I absolutely love Entertainment Books!  Our family saves so much money each year between dining out, date nights, and even fun and frugal family outings.  Right now, you can get a 2015 Entertainment Book for just $8!  These books are awesome and the coupons are good through December 31st, so you still have plenty of time to take advantage of the deals, and rack up the savings.

Get Your 2015 Entertainment Book Today!