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Jam Making Basics – What is Pectin?

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Jam Making Basics – What is Pectin?

Learn how to make jam successfully – with a little help from pectin

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Technique Tuesday: How to Can Summer Fruit at Home

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Technique Tuesday: How to Can Summer Fruit at Home

Now is the time to can ripe summer apricots, peaches, berries and other fruit. August – when summer fruits are at their best. This week at the local Farmer’s Market I found lipstick-red strawberries, plump blueberries, sweet (not mouth-puckering) blackberries, luscious peaches of every shape and variety, Ginger Gold apples, green, pink, red, yellow, and […]

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Technique Tuesday: How to Check for the Jam Setting Point

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Technique Tuesday: How to Check for the Jam Setting Point

Don’t overcook your delicious homemade jam – count on one of these 4 methods to successfully check the jam setting point. Making jam or jelly with prepared pectin is supposed to be an easy project. Add the pectin, bring to a boil, boil for 2 minutes and voila! Perfectly prepared jam. It doesn’t always work […]

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Is it Jam? Is it Jelly? -The Difference Between Soft Spreads

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Is it Jam? Is it Jelly? -The Difference Between Soft Spreads

Sweet spreads, like chocolates, come in many textures and varieties. While a box of chocolates might have nuts and jellies, cremes and caramels, in the sweet spread world we have jams and preserves, marmalades and fruit butters. Often, we resort to calling them all “jam.” But what makes a jam? Or a conserve? Or a […]

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All About Marmalade

Filed in canning, 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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How to Label Your Home Canned Creations

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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, 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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What to do with Large, Ripe Cucumbers

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What to do with Large, Ripe Cucumbers

Do you still have large, ripe cucumbers lurking in your garden? Don’t throw them away, make pickles. We had a beautiful October here in the Mid-Columbia, but the time has come to clean out the garden. Sadly. I have been concentrating on the late tomato harvest, but that is over. Now it’s on to green […]

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10 Ways to Preserve Garden Tomatoes

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10 Ways to Preserve Garden Tomatoes

Canning, freezing, and other creative ways to keep enjoying your garden tomatoes all year long. 1. If you have LOTS of tomatoes to handle, why not make your own fresher, healthier catsup? Find the step-by-step instructions on the Pick Your Own site. 2. On the other hand, if you don’t want to do all that […]

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Canning Your Homemade Salsa Recipe

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Canning Your Homemade Salsa Recipe

Is it safe to can your homemade salsa? Under some circumstances, yes. Under other circumstances, no. “I have a great homemade salsa recipe. Everyone in the family loves it. Since I grow my own onions, tomatoes, and peppers I like to put up jars of salsa every year. Do I need to process the jars […]

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