Kumquat Vanilla Marmalade

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on January 19, 2017 1 Comment
Kumquat Vanilla Marmalade

Snowed in? Make marmalade! Here in the Mid-Columbia we are suffering through the worst winter in decades. It started snowing in early December and hasn’t stopped. Let me rephrase that – it didn’t stop until the other day when it started showering down freezing rain instead! Monday brought another half-inch of fluffy, white snow. On […]

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Mango Jam with Star Anise

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on March 3, 2016 1 Comment
Mango Jam with Star Anise

Mango season is starting. Turn fresh, juicy varieties into this unusual jam. Do you ever miss canning during the winter months? I sure do. I sometimes assuage the urge with a batch of Pickled Brussels sprouts or maybe a jar of Pickled Baby Carrots or even some Flavored Applesauce. But once spring starts to show […]

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No Pectin Apple Plum Jelly

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on September 30, 2015 0 Comments
No Pectin Apple Plum Jelly

How to make any no-pectin jelly. My husband thinks perhaps I have gone overboard making jam this year. Although I give it away as gifts, he says we don’t know that many people. There are 86 jars so he may have a point. But I love to make long cooking, no pectin jams. There are […]

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Homemade Raspberry Apricot Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 13, 2015 1 Comment
Homemade Raspberry Apricot Jam

What do you get when you combine raspberries and apricots? A sweet-tart jam perfect for topping scones or biscuits!   Last week I purchased a 27 pound box of large, juicy, luscious apricots. They suffered from sun scald which affected their beauty, but not their taste. The apricots were too large, too ripe, and too […]

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Homemade Butternut Squash Butter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on November 23, 2014 1 Comment
Homemade Butternut Squash Butter

Winter squash, honey, warm spices and zesty citrus combine to make a delicious homemade butter.   As a native New Englander, I have been eating winter squash my whole life. Not many vegetables grow well in northern Maine, but winter squash seems to love the weather. Thus we grow up eating winter squash mashed with […]

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How to Make Quince Paste

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on November 10, 2014 0 Comments
How to Make Quince Paste

Quince paste can easily be made at home, it just requires a strong stirring arm!   Several times over the past few months we have visited our local farmer for boxes of apricots, peaches, and apples. Each time we drove onto the farm, I kept my eye on a fairly small, unassuming tree perched on […]

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