More and more people have been removed from a rural, self-sufficient way of life by living in cities and must procure foods commercially. For the fortunate of us, a garden is still a welcome site, providing a bounteous crop of vegetables and fruits annually. Food preservation has permeated every culture in our world at nearly every moment in time. It is this cultural nature of preserved foods which survives today although the focus has shifted from preserving "because we have to" to preserving "because we like to."
This is a simple beef stew recipe that was created when I realized that I have bad stomach problems. I am in the process of creating recipes that anyone can eat that still taste good to everyone else too. This is the first of many...
My DD went apple picking and brought me a nice bunch of organic apples. This can top ice cream waffles, pan cakes, french toast. Make an apple pie with it or stuff puff pastry with it. Pour it over a hot ricotta cheese cake.
I came up with this sweet and spicy jam after picking goodies from my garden and looking at Recipe #95600 which I posted 4 years ago. Had home growing Habaneros so added and what more do I need to say?
This would be great served over a grilled chicken or fish.
Though "real" marmalade must supposedly be made using Seville oranges, I have only seen them in the market once, ever! And that was at Central Market, a very posh, highly yuppified, super-dooper market in Houston TX, so I came up with this recipe using naval oranges. It's actually my combination of a number of features from a half dozen other marmalade recipes. Prep-time does not include 24 hours setting time for fruit mixture.
Your overripe bananas don't need to go to waste anymore. Everyone will go "bananas" for this sweet, delectable jam/sauce on everything from waffles to ice cream, crepes to cake filling. I've never done the full canning routine with this, since it's sealed in the jars while hot, but I suppose you could.
Recipe from the Joy of Desserts website, adapted slightly for personal taste.
Margaritas...if you like the drink, you will love this jam. Try it as a topping for cheesecake or mixed with cream cheese on bagels. Recipe is from a friend that know how much I like "different" kinds of jams and jellies. :o) cook time does not include time for water to boil in water bath canner
This is a variation of my Blueberry Fig Jam "very Low Sugar"
Blueberry is a big requested jam. I had lots of fresh figs so I combined the 2 and made this. Using only 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 cup honey. I did crush the figs and blueberries in the food processor. Check out infused honey for optional flavors http://www.food.com/cookbook/infused-honey-130206
This is a great recipe that is good on burger's and hot dogs. It is also great as an accompaniment to meat and potatoes. I double or triple this recipe every fall when Zucchini are plentiful. I usually end up giving a jar of this to everyone who tries it. Prep time is approximate and does not include sitting overnight. I cut my prep time by using a food processor to grate the veggies.
I blend fresh organic carrots, mango, onions, garlic, and a hint of lime juice with the Habanero. The result is a pepper sauce that harmonizes heat and flavor without the overpowering pungency found in traditional vinegar-based hot sauces. Creating a spicy but not overpowering sauce that allows you to spice your food without drowning out the original flavor.
The capsaicin is not only hot on the tongue, it is brutal on the eyes or in cuts on your fingers. When preparing peppers you can wear rubber gloves to protect your hands and keep your hands clean. capsaicin has a way of staying on your hands even after washing. Safety glasses will help you avoid splashes or touching your eyes while cutting and cleaning peppers.
The steam from boiling vinegar is very strong. Avoid breathing it.
Cooking your hot sauce will help blend the flavors together, break down pieces of solid ingredients and pasteurize the sauce. It is an important step which should only be skipped if the sauce will be used up completely within 1 week. These Bottles can be processed and be bought at http://www.leeners.com/index.html
for directions on canning http://www.leeners.com/hotsauce-about-bottling.html
I just made this up. I wanted something different than the usual apricot jam so I added some almond extract and cinnamon. When you open the jar you can smell the almond but it isn't overpowering. They both are mostly a background taste. It is a softer jam but not syrupy. Great on bread with peanut butter. UPDATE: It did jell up after about a month.
This jam recipe is very easy to make and delicious! The strawberry and peach are a perfect combination. I use pectin because it cuts down the cooking time and sugar significantly. You can cut this recipe in half for a smaller batch. This recipe makes approx. 12 8oz. jars. Enjoy!
I got this recipe from About.com. It was posted by Diana Rattray. I was looking for a way to use up my peaches and plums and there wasn't a recipe like this posted here. Don't forget to use proper canning techniques. Make sure everything is sterile!!