Sweet Heat

It’s been a busy and bountiful summer.  I’ve canned the usual – pickles, beets, salsa, tomatoes, etc. but nothing new or interesting until now.
Thanks to some inspiration from my niece (amongst the empty canning jars she returned was one with a peach salsa label on it – and a note “This was really good!”  Hint, [...]



 Can Jam-February

I shoulda known goats would pick something like…
Carrots for the February Can Jam ingredient.
I promised BarBBQ Bill that I would not stray (too far) from our personal canning resolution of “If we won’t eat it, we’re not going to waste the ingredients or the time to put it up.”
The majority of carrot recipes I found [...]



 Can Jam-January

This month’s ingredient for the Can Jam is…
Citrus!
Despite my fervent prayers to whoever is in charge of Fruit Ripening, my very locally grown oranges are not quite ready for picking (as you can see above).  I was really hoping citrus would be the February Flavor of the Month because, by then, my tree might [...]



 Homemade Barbecue Sauce

The challenge:  make a homemade barbecue sauce that’s not too sweet, that’s tangy-mustardy like a Memphis-style sauce, and can be put up using a boiling water bath.
I’m almost there.
I despise finding huge amounts of high fructose corn syrup in food, especially as the number one ingredient.  Before our preferred brand of store-bought barbecue sauce became [...]



 Putting Up-Cranberry Chutney

For the past few years, I’ve given homemade canned goods as gifts.  After checking the pantry (getting low), I’d better get started making some more stuff.
I discovered two bags of frozen cranberries in the freezer this morning.  Hmmm, how about a cranberry chutney?  This might be a bit more interesting than just a plain cranberry [...]