Canning and Preserving

Lemony Pickled Carrots

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 18, 2017 3 Comments
Lemony Pickled Carrots

Make a quick jar of pickled carrots for snacks and appetizers. The countdown is on. Soon, we will have fresh fruits and vegetables available for canning. But until then, we are filling our time making quick pickles. Pickled vegetables are a great way to jazz up your meals, especially in the late winter, early spring […]

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Apple Kiwi Kirsch Jelly

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on March 21, 2017 1 Comment
Apple Kiwi Kirsch Jelly

How to make natural pectin jelly. Although I make cases of jam every year, I seldom make jelly. Jelly is made from juice and needs pectin to set. Not many fruits have enough pectin of their own and require adding boxed pectin. Boxed pectin sets up too firm for me and gives me an upset […]

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Keep Herbs Fresh with Ultra-Violet Glass

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Keep Herbs Fresh with Ultra-Violet Glass

Infinity Jars™ keep herbs fresh and flavorful. It’s time again to start planning this year’s herb garden. Herbs are the perfect plants if you don’t have much garden space or if you want a low-maintenance garden. Most herbs grow quickly, can be added to salads and entrées when fresh, and can be frozen or dried […]

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Infinity Jars for Flavored Oils

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on February 13, 2017 0 Comments
Infinity Jars for Flavored Oils

Ultra-violet glass helps preserve high quality oils and vinegars. Recently the good folks over at Infinity Jars™ asked if I was interested in doing a product review. It was perfect timing as I was planning to make some flavored cooking oils, and needed an appropriate bottle for storage. They kindly shipped a couple of samples […]

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All About Marmalade

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on February 3, 2017 1 Comment
All About Marmalade

Cure winter’s gloomy days with sunny citrus marmalade I fell in love with marmalade when very young. Probably because it combined two of my favorite things; oranges and English culture. That’s what happens when you are a child who reads too many stories about queens getting their heads lopped off and lovesick damsels roaming the […]

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Kumquat Vanilla Marmalade

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on January 19, 2017 0 Comments
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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Gift Baskets for People Who Like to Can and Preserve

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on November 26, 2016 0 Comments
Gift Baskets for People Who Like to Can and Preserve

Making your own personalized gift baskets is like a fun treasure hunt. We pull together special items for each recipient, stuff them into a basket or other appropriate container, and wait for the kudos to roll in! Making a gift basket is like putting together a Christmas stocking; always the most fun (and the most […]

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How to Label Your Home Canned Creations

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on October 5, 2016 0 Comments
How to Label Your Home Canned Creations

Don’t forget to label your homemade jams, jellies and other treats for safe gift-giving. A few years ago my mother-in-law bought us a jar of homemade onion relish at the local harvest fair. The relish certainly looked festive, but we didn’t dare eat it.  Why? Because we knew nothing about it except that it was […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Pickling

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on October 3, 2016 0 Comments
Everything You Need to Know About Pickling

Ok, maybe not everything, but enough to fill your pantry! Now is the time to clean up the garden and get the pickling done. If you have never made pickles before, you are in for a nice surprise. Canning pickles is an easy project that allows more creativity than the same-old, same-old grocery pickle aisle […]

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Spiced Apple Rings

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on September 28, 2016 1 Comment
Spiced Apple Rings

Nostalgic for some tasty, old-fashioned treats? Start with spiced, candied apple rings. If you grew up in the 1950’s or 60’s you may fondly remember spiced apple rings. In an age when boxed spaghetti and sauce and brightly colored Kool-Aid® (with cyclamates!) were de rigueur, spiced apple rings held a special place, served with Sunday […]

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