Christmas Pickles

I feel like I’m running low on pickles. I’d blame the mice for getting into the canned goods, but I know it’s really because it’s close to Christmas and at Christmastime all of my canned goods begin to disappear, finding new homes as they are given out as gifts. I’m actually pretty sure that Fr. Read More …

Pickled Peppers

Right now, my garden is full of peppers, mostly banana peppers. You know the ones I’m talking about.  They come in the box when you order pizza from town (at least when you order it from Papa John’s). With just two of us, I think the 4 banana pepper plants he planted might have been Read More …

Using Pectin

It’s spring, which means it’s time to start thinking about your garden and what you want to put in it.  For me, that means thinking about what I want to make with my plants from the garden – and lately I’ve been a big fan of jams and jellies.  Really, this means I need to Read More …

Ball Blueberry Jam

This is the ball jar recipe for blueberry jam. Ingredients: 2 pints frozen blueberries 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 pouch 100% Natural Fruit Jell Pectin 5-1/4 cups sugar Instructions: Thaw and drain blueberries. Crush blueberries one layer at a time. Combine 3 cups of crushed blueberries and lemon juice in a large saucepot. Stir in Read More …

Peach Pecan Amaretto Preserves

This recipe for Peach Pecan Amaretto Preserves with Golden Raisins is amazing.  This recipe takes quite a while, especially if you wait the 2 weeks for the preserves to mellow before you eat it, but the final product is well worth the work.  As a head’s up – this recipe took me about 2-1/2 hours Read More …

Bread-and-Butter Pickles

The following is the recipe for the bread-and-butter type crisp pickle slices in the 1972 Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.  They win blue ribbons each year at the county fair.  I make these with fresh garden cucumbers every summer and give them away as gifts at Christmas. Ingredients: 4 quarts sliced, unpared, medium Read More …

Homemade Jellies

I hope everyone out there had a great Christmas!  I certainly did.  I got tons of awesome things, but it’s not fair to get gifts and not give some in return.  My favorite gifts to give is home canned goods. There are a couple of reasons I like to do this.  First, I feel like Read More …