I discovered these almond pears with almond liquor many years ago in the Ball Blue Book. I used to make them up as a special treat for my husband's great uncle, Bill. Bill wasn't a big fan of fruits and vegetables, but the splash of Amaretto in these pears won him over. I always made sure to keep a couple jars of pears stashed in his kitchen cupboard. [Read more…]
While gathering this year's currant harvest, I had a vision. What if I combined Queen Anne's lace jelly with currants for a unique seasonal treat? I could picture the clear jelly with bright red berries suspended in it for a pop of color and flavor. All I needed to do was figure out a way to make it happen. Luckily, I had one of my dearest friends visiting and a cool summer day. We started canning and cooking and made a day of it. The results of the experiment were delicious. [Read more…]
In “The Natural Canning Resource Book: A guide to home canning with locally-grown, sustainably-produced and fair trade goods“, Lisa Rayner answered nearly every canning question I've had since I started canning. Such as: [Read more…]
Low Sugar Peach Jam Recipes With a Twist
Each year we buy a couple of cases of peaches from the local Knight's of Columbus fundraiser. Some are eaten fresh, but quite a few are preserved for later. These low sugar peach jam recipes are an annual tradition. We make up at least one batch of each peach jam – usually two. Peach jam is also a great way to use up peaches that are too soft and ripe to be canned on their own.
We had a bumper crop of lilacs this year. My neighbor commented that his trees were so full of blossoms that he couldn't see the leaves. My small tree was loaded, too, so it seemed like a good year to experiment with eating some of them. One of my closest friends has made candied lilacs for her daughter's birthday for years by brushing the delicate blooms with egg white and and sprinkling them with superfine sugar, but I didn't think that would have as much appeal for my boys. They generally prefer volume to intricacy. [Read more…]