Is your canned food still decent?

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 5:00:00 pm

One of the main concerns about canning is the safety of the food. Will it have mold? Bacteria? How will I know? The concern is understandable, but if you follow instructions, use clean surfaces, and use fresh foods, then the risks are minimal.

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Alvah L. Bingham

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

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Alvah was just one of several Bingham family members who made considerable contributions to the success of Ball Brothers Company.

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A Farm Boy from Fairview Succeeds

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

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W. Edwin Fager was born in 1897 near Fairview, a very small town in Randolph County, Indiana, but spent most of his life working in Chicago or spending time at his farm near Michigan City.

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Fake a Topiary!

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 2:00:00 pm

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Topiaries are great pieces of living garden art that can add form and structure to your garden. You might think topiaries are only made by clipping shrubs into various shapes. While that is one way to make a topiary, you can also fake one by training a vine, like English ivy, to grow on a frame. It’s easier, quicker, and more affordable. 

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Think before you can in color!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 3:20:00 pm

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With the drabby, cold, and gray winter we’ve been having in East Central Indiana, I’m sure many of you are ready for some sun, warmth, and a bit of fresh new color that spring can bring! If you follow Ball Canning & Recipes on Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen that they are getting ready for Spring with some new green jars and colorful lids and seals.

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A Story Debunked

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm


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For almost 25 years, Minnetrista staff told visitors a passed-down story about the Dr. Lucius L. Ball family home. The story goes that Lucius didn’t build his family’s home but, instead, purchased an existing farmhouse that faced Wheeling Pike (now Wheeling Avenue) and, around 1910, rotated it 180 degrees in order for it to face the river like the rest of the homes. Turns out, the story isn’t entirely true.

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The Muncie-made forerunner of the “Vegematic”

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

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Many of you will remember the Vegematic, made by Ronco and heavily advertised on TV.  The promise was that “It slices, dices, chops and peels, makes thousands of julienne fries in seconds!” Well, to show that there is nothing new under the sun, Muncie had its own version of a similar kitchen specialty back in the early 1920s.

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Quick Tips for Selecting a Tree Contractor

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm


A common question I get from readers, especially after writing about trees, is if I can recommend a tree professional. I don’t mind telling people whom Minnetrista uses, but I like to  first mention some important tips that should be considered when choosing a tree contractor. Check them out below!  

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Have you become a pro at canning? Get started with a different food preservation technique!

Posted by: Ashley Lichtenbarger on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11:00:00 am

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Have you become a pro at canning and are now looking into other methods of food preservation as options? Did you never think canning was for you, but would like to get into food preservation somehow? Well, perhaps I’ve got just the thing for you!  Dehydrating is a great method of food preservation that results in delicious foods.

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A Weird and Wonderful Governor’s Home

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Monday, December 30, 2013 at 5:00:00 pm

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They’re all around us—Ball fruit jars are used for just about everything these days. In the last few years, I’ve seen Ball jars used as light fixtures, flower vases, wedding décor, hand lotion containers, luminaries and, sometimes, for canning.

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