Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Can you do it?

Forgive me for the utterly cheesy title - it's been clanging about in my head for days.

I only learned to can last year. I've been wanting to do it for ages but just never did. Finally, aided with a few ancient books from my grandmother and a new hot water bath canning set I made my first jams. Peach, to be exact. It was runny. It was very runny - but oh so delicious! It was nicknamed "liquid gold". I couldn't leave well enough alone and had to add my own twist - nutmeg.

A handful of recipes and oodles of research under my belt this year is significantly more productive. So far we're pretty set in the jam department - raspberry, peach spice, red currant, peach, raspberry...and blueberry sauce. See, berry flavors we've got covered. There are oodles more strawberries in the freezer awaiting their fate, whatever that may be.

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The plain peach and blueberry sauce were only a few days ago. And this time...I added more peach juice to make it runny. On purpose. I like it that way.

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I'm wary to make any edits to canning recipes - and not without justification - those canning books make you think that a few hours after you manage to pull your wagon into the mountains after decades in the plains that your whole family will die of botulism. So add enough lemon juice - make sure the acid is right!

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Truly, there is more room for variation. And there are oodles of books. Plenty of room for improvising, research, and ideas. A friend of mine is prolific in her canning - I can't wait to get a picture of her cabinet someday - loaded with goodness! She's given me a Raspberry Chocolate Sauce recipe I can't wait to try (among other things!)

Next up? A Balsamic Fig Confit. Pickles. Pickles of all varieties!

Have you canned before? Did the books terrify you a bit? What's your favorite recipe?

5 comments:

Megan said...

Love you. I have never canned, but would love to learn. You know. In my infinite free time. :)

Tricia said...

This year you get a pass Meg - I'll send you something instead ;)

Jen H said...

LOVE the font in your labels! What is it?

Tricia said...

Hi Jen - It's La Portenia de la Boca (http://new.myfonts.com/fonts/sudtipos/la-portenia/)

1000+1 said...

so i randomly go through your archives and this 'cheesy' as you put it title gets my attention. well, hello fellow canner :)
i've been canning jam for the family for three years now (this season, 2011 will {i hope} be the 4th) and last year i have braved to can zucchini and yellow sumer squash ragout. it came out great, all finished months before new season comes. i have also tried spaghetti sauce when my roma tomatoes gave us a prolific harvest last summer. there's no substitute for good ol' home made!
pickles, however, was a fail. too much vinegar, i suppose. i'm going to try this year again, if the harvest permits…
:)