Category Archives: Things in Jars

Spicy Dill Pickles

This is a slightly spicy dill pickle. For a sweeter option check this one out. Next time I will use fresh dill instead of seeds. If you have it on hand then use 1 dill head per jar. The ratios … Continue reading

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Blackberry Jam with Thyme

This jam was inspired by a drink that used blackberries and thyme. (Post to come.) Remember to always use very ripe fresh fruit for any preserve. For how to can go here. Blackberry Thyme Jam 10 cups blackberries washed 2 … Continue reading

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Strawberry Jam with Rosemary and Balsamic

This year I decided to change up the strawberry jam recipe again by adding rosemary instead of cinnamon. To offset the flavor of the herb and increase the sweetness I added balsamic vinegar. The result turned out very good, with … Continue reading

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A Plethora of Peppers Again

So once again the hot pepper plants produced above and beyond the needed amount. Over the summer I have dried and frozen a year’s supply like normal plus enjoyed fresh jalapeno and cayennes whenever needed for meals or in pickles. … Continue reading

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Pickle Me This Again

This was my first attempt at pickles and they turned out pretty fantastic. Next time I may cut the cucumbers into slices for some and spears for others. Always use the freshest produce for any canning recipe. This made two … Continue reading

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Blackberry Jam with Port

Port really brought out the richness of the berries in this jam. I like blackberry jam really chunky. If you prefer it smoother, mash the berries as they cook. For how to can jam go here. Blackberry Jam with Port … Continue reading

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Strawberry Jam with Brown Sugar and Orange Zest

Strawberry season came early this year. I changed the original recipe to include a mix of sugars and some orange zest. If you are new to canning go here for a how to. Strawberry Preserves 9 cups fresh strawberries 2 … Continue reading

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Lazy Sunday, The Jam Edition

Once again it is time to start making a year’s supply of preserves. With all the citrus on sale and nice and ripe, marmalade is a good place to start. Hopefully this year I will not repeat the mistake of … Continue reading

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Pickle me this

Since our okra plants are producing more than we can eat, I pickled a batch. They’ll make for nice snacks or appetizers or be a great addition to martinis or bloody Marys once they’re done. The okra must be super … Continue reading

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Look ma no cans jam

Our regular readers will be shocked and amazed to see this jam contains figs. Those with a fear of canning can stop sweating. This is a quick jam. Chunky plum and fig jam 3 pounds dark-skinned plums (about 12 large) … Continue reading

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