Canning Archive

Sour Cherry Season is Here!

June 24, 2017

Oh my goodness, is it the summer solstice already???  That means my sour cherry tree is just about ready.  I picked 3 quarts today and more are on the way.  It’s a race between me and the birds so I have to be on my guard.   Read more ›

Oranges, Taronjes, Naranjas

December 3, 2016

És la temporada de taronja! It’s orange season! I just returned from a visit to Barcelona, that spectacular city on the Catalan coast.  While technically in Spain, the Catalan people beg to differ. Read more ›

Lazy Citrus Marmalade

March 13, 2016

Why marmalade?  Marmalade captures the bittersweet tangy brilliance that is citrus and preserve it for later in the year – like summer. I think that one of the only redeeming parts of winter is citrus fruit. I hate the cold and I live in Minnesota, so this is for reals.  Read more ›

Preserving Winter Citrus

January 16, 2016

The dead of winter is where we’re at. Heading for -25 windchill tomorrow and I, for one, need as much sparkle in my life as I can muster.  The irony is that citrus, the sunniest of fruits, is in season in the middle of winter. Read more ›

Turkish Pickled Golden Beets

October 4, 2015

I developed this Turkish-style pickled beet with my friend Megan during an afternoon of canning.  I love the rich flavors of turmeric, cinnamon, bay leaf and cumin together in this sweet yet savory preparation.  What could be better during a cold winter’s Read more ›

Rich Spicy Apple Sauce

September 25, 2015

Fall has arrived and so have the apples. My daughter’s 3rd grade class visited a biodynamic organic apple farm last week and brought back 20 pounds of gorgeous sweet sour cooking apples. I helped a class of 24 nine-year-olds chop, cook, food mill and can 35 half pints Read more ›

Indian Summer Giardiniera Pickle

September 25, 2015

We are deep in indian summer here in Minnesota.  A couple light frosts have hit the gardens, but produce still continues to ripen, unaware that it’s almost October.  Peppers seem to be the last thing to arrive in the garden, and with 80 degree days, they just keep coming.  To preserve the late bounty of my garden, I made Italian-style giardiniera. Read more ›

Small Batch Bloody Mary Mix

September 4, 2015

I can a lot of heirloom tomatoes. Heirlooms are know for being a bit watery, so after canning the tomato flesh, I am left with loads of juice. What’s a girl to do? Make Bloody Mary Mix, of course. The mix is super easy. Just combine juice with seasonings Read more ›

Pickled Dilly Beans

August 11, 2015

Summer holds such promise – big, bountiful gardens, lots of fruits and vegetables, excellent foraging and amazing farmer’s markets.  In deep winter I plan all the amazing things I will do with summer produce, along with the great blog posts I will make to accompany them.  Then summer hits me like a full bucket of water, and I am deluged with the harvest. Read more ›

Sour Cherry Jam with Kirsch

July 23, 2015

Sour cherries are my most favorite fruit and sour cherry jam is the one jam that I am truly addicted to.  I fondly remember picking cherries as a kid, which my mother packed into jars and preserved for pies in the winter.  Cherry pie is also my favorite pie, in case anyone wants to make me one. Read more ›

Habanero Hellfire Hot Pepper Jelly

November 24, 2014

I know, I know.  It’s a little late to be making hot pepper jelly, right?  It’s almost Thanksgiving.  We got a little busy, what with a vacation to New Orleans, winterizing our gardens and chicken coop, and a way-to-early snow fall and hard freeze. Read more ›