How to freeze blackberries

My regular readers will know that we have an allotment. As such we have an excess of produce at particularly times of the year. I’m really good at freezing excess herbs, making jams and making delicious goodies. However there aren’t always enough hours in the day! This week I harvested 700g of blackberries – in just one visit to my allotment! Obviously I am really pleased but I didn’t have time to use them up. This is how to freeze blackberries!

How to freeze blackberries - put the blackberries in a suitable container

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How to freeze fresh herbs such as sage, rosemary & thyme

My wonderful husband and I are proud owners of an allotment. It can be a lot of work but it is really rewarding too. Each week we visit 2-3 times, which really isn’t enough. However, despite our limited time we manage to grow lots of things, and keep some alive year round. Such as herbs. Today I want to share with you how to freeze fresh herbs, and the methods that I use to do so.

How to freeze fresh herbs - how to freeze herbs. My herb beds six weeks apart

This is a difference of just six weeks at our allotment! It is no wonder I need to know how to freeze fresh herbs!

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5 easy ways to reduce your food waste!

Today I’m hosting a guest post from Zoe Morrison. Zoe Morrison blogs over at www.ecothriftyliving.com, runs a friendly Facebook group for people who want to reduce their food waste – https://www.facebook.com/groups/reduceyourfoodwaste/  and is currently writing a book – The Ecothrifty Kitchen (how to save money and the environment by reducing waste in your kitchen). I’m really hopeful that this post, and Zoe’s group, can help my readers save a nice bit of money and reduce food waste.

Tips to reduce food waste

Photo credit: Zoe Morrison / Ecothriftyliving

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Pizza dough in the breadmaker – cheap and fun!

My husband and I love a nice takeaway. It is a bit of a weakness really! We have resolved to have less takeaways this year. So far we have cut the amount considerably. This is great for money saving and it is great for our waistline too. We have managed to save money on the takeaways that we do buy, thanks to discounted gift cards from Zeek. Anyway, I love making homemade pizzas. They are SO cheap, compared to takeaways. Also, they are easy and best of all they are a bit fun too! I’m sharing with you today my recipe to make pizza dough in the breadmaker.

Pizza dough in the breadmaker

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Simple cheese straws.

The lovely people at Wyke farms recently sent us some of their delicious cheese so I have just had another attempt at this recipe – it is still just as easy and even more delicious with the addition of Wyke Farms cheese!

I like to bake, cook and clean in my home. I’m a regular ‘1950’s housewife’ according to my friends, which suits me just fine.

Sometimes I want to make something tasty but I am short on time, or effort. It is days like this when I make cheese straws, puff pastry sausage rolls or other party food. Party food is always a hit in my home, especially when we have guests over.

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