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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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Apple Kiwi Kirsch Jelly

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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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Kumquat Vanilla Marmalade

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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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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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Pickled Skinny Beans

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Pickled Skinny Beans

Skinny, purple filet beans are fun to grow and make an unusual pickle. Growing French Beans I have been growing these skinny purple beans for a few years now. Like most backyard green beans, they are easy to grow and quite prolific, so you get a lot of food for little work. But because they […]

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Lightly Spiced Mixed Stone Fruit

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Lightly Spiced Mixed Stone Fruit

Combine tasty stone fruits and a bit of unusual spice for a mixed fruit treat. I was one of those kids who loved canned fruit cocktail. It seemed pretty exotic to those of us who lived in cold, remote places back in the ’60s. It also helped that as a kid I didn’t have much […]

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Sweet Cherry Almond Butter

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on June 24, 2016 0 Comments
Sweet Cherry Almond Butter

Keep your nut and chocolate spreads – Nothing beats sweet cherries combined with almonds! It’s funny how some years Mother Nature bestows us with an abun­dance of one crop or another, only to snatch it back the very next year and leave us with dregs. That has been the story of our cherry tree experiment. […]

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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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Canning Homemade Soup

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Canning Homemade Soup

Is it possible to safely can homemade soup? It’s National Soup Month and we soup lovers are indulging in our favorite winter meal. But while we are busy slurping up bowls of steamy broth we may be asking ourselves, “can I can this?” According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation the answer is […]

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Sweet Pickles from Ripe Cucumbers

Filed in Canning and Preserving, Uncategorized by on November 3, 2015 13 Comments
Sweet Pickles from Ripe Cucumbers

Those huge, end-of-the-garden cucumbers make wonderful sweet pickles. Just follow this long-time family recipe. When I was a child in the 60’s and 70’s most meals at Nana’s house included homemade Russian Bear Pickles. The recipe had been passed down from Nana’s mother and was everyone’s favorite. But, as the grandchildren grew up and left […]

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