How to check your canning jars for a good seal

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After a long day of canning, you may think that you are off the hook the minute you take those jars out of the water canner. Oh, how wrong you are! One of the most important things about canning won’t happen until those jars are nice and cool. What is it? You need to check … Continue reading

Maple-Sweetened Blueberry Rhubarb Jam

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I haven’t brought this jam to a food swap, but I’ve been using this jam for swaps on the side all month long. First, I bought a gorgeous garden hose from a co-worker with a jar of this jam and a small jar of strawberry chocolate mint jam. Then I bought an old but totally functional … Continue reading

Tips to prettify your swap items.

Coffee bean-infused olive oil from the May food swap | Photo by A-K Thordin

Let’s be honest – everyone loves nice packaging. A flash of color, a homespun touch, a unique accent, and a beautiful presentation make an item stand out against the rest. Food swaps are no exception! Cleverly and beautifully packaging your items at a food swap is a fun opportunity to let your creative side shine. … Continue reading

June food swap registration available!

Jams and swappers at our May 2011 swap. photo by A-K Thordin

The third gathering of the MPLS Swappers will be Sunday, June 12, 2011 from 2-4 p.m. Once again, anyone with an interest in homemade, foraged, or homegrown food is welcome to attend. The Details: MPLS Swappers June Food Swap Sunday, June 12, 2011, 2-4 p.m. Madame 3401 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN (Enter from 34th … Continue reading

Tips for Food Swapping

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  If food swapping is new to you, you may have some questions about what to bring, how to package it, and what to expect. Here are some answers to common questions. Q: What can I bring to swap? A: As long as it’s edible and you made it from scratch/grew/foraged it, you can bring … Continue reading