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Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on July 18, 2017 5 Comments
Sweet Cherry Ginger Jam

Preserve the sweet cherry harvest to enjoy all year. If you, like me, love sweet cherries you probably try to stretch the season. For me that means purchasing as soon as they hit the stores – even at exorbitant prices, and then preserving them as the summer moves on to other stone fruits. In the […]

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

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 7, 2017 0 Comments
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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Strawberry Mango Jam with Lime

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Strawberry Mango Jam with Lime

If you love strawberries, you’ll want to make this quick and easy jam. Strawberries. The first real sign that summer, and summer canning, will soon be here. Fresh strawberries eaten out of hand. Fresh strawberries sliced over shortcake. Fresh strawberries added to my morning smoothie. But seldom do I turn fresh strawberries into jam. No […]

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How to Make Jams and Jellies that Your Family Will Love

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How to Make Jams and Jellies that Your Family Will Love

Your quest is finally over – here are the creative jam, jelly, marmalade, and fruit butter recipes you have been seeking! Today, in the shameless promotion part of this site I offer….. Unique Jam Recipes; Timeless, Trendy and Tested Imagine your pantry shelves stocked with colorful, jewel-toned jars of sweet spreads. It’s not a fantasy, […]

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Fruit Butter Basics

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 28, 2017 0 Comments
Fruit Butter Basics

Fruit butters are so easy to make they are almost foolproof. You can be more creative with fruit butters than with jams or jellies since there is no worry about reaching the gelling point. If half way through the cooking process you decide to run an errand, you can just turn off the burner, cover […]

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Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Cooks and Canners

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on April 25, 2017 0 Comments
Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Cooks and Canners

Mom’s Day is fast approaching, do you have her present yet? Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with just the right gift for Mom. Flowers are too impersonal unless mom loves flowers. Candy often isn’t appreciated by dieting moms! My first gift as a mother  – a life jacket – is just…..no. The trick is […]

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Spring Herb Sourdough Bread

Filed in Real Food by on April 20, 2017 0 Comments
Spring Herb Sourdough Bread

Homemade sourdough bread made with whole grain Kamut flour and delicate herbs. I’ve been on a sourdough bread kick again lately, making some of my favorites like Best Oatmeal Sourdough and Sourdough Banana Bread. But last week I made a new version of sourdough herb bread. Although most herb breads use basil, rosemary, and other […]

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Amazing Custom Labels for Your Canning Projects

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on April 19, 2017 1 Comment
Amazing Custom Labels for Your Canning Projects

Today’s post is sponsored by the kind folks at StickerYou.com where if you dreamed it, you can get any kind of sticker. You may notice that I almost never label my canned goods with “stick-on” labels. Years ago, I used the sticker labels that come with canning jars. They worked great, if you never wanted […]

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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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Healthy Alfredo on National Fettuccine Day

Filed in Real Food by on February 7, 2017 0 Comments
Healthy Alfredo on National Fettuccine Day

It’s National Fettuccine Day! This calls for a quick, easy, and healthy Alfredo sauce. Healthy isn’t a word that is usually associated with Fettuccine Alfredo. But we can eat healthy without giving up creamy pasta. It just takes some creative sleight-of-hand cooking, and is easy enough for both novices and experts to pull together. Unlike […]

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