Monday, February 20, 2017

A Busy Weekend

My weekend was busy......
I made that marmalade...with the 13 1/2 jars....
I also received the replacement grates for our stove...
Oh, didn't I tell you about that?? No? Well, let me tell you....
I was cooking on my lowest front burner...my favorite spot, in my favorite pan...nothing out of the ordinary....just grilled cheese sandwiches...when .....BAMMM!
The grate exploded! It got a huge break in it! A small piece flew across the room...!
Well, that is the second grate to break...the other broke years ago when I was using a griddle that straddles two burners....
Anyway....
Hubby called Kitchen-Aid...(which by the way is Whirlpool as of about 13 years ago...)
He told them about it and they confirmed the model, serial number and date we bought it, then told us that they would replace the grates....but we needed to send the old broken ones back after we received the new ones....
Ok, got them...they are lovely...Hubby packed the old ones up in the boxes the new ones came in and took it to the UPS store...it cost $50 to send them...(they said they would pay our shipping costs....)

Once the new grates were here I got them dirty....and made Lime Curd for canning...
Did you know that Lime or Lemon curd could be canned?? Did you know it can be frozen?? Neither did I! Oh the things we learn!
I found many recipes for canning the curd...and with a plethora of limes...why not??
So, I made curd. All that work for 4 jars! 11 eggs(7 egg yolks, 4 whole eggs), 12 limes(1/2 cup lime zest, 1 cup lime juice), 3/4 cup of butter and 2 1/2 cups of sugar....
The recipe I followed was from Utah State University cooperative extension and written by Brian Nummer, PhD extension Food Safety Specialist from 2008.
As there were many recipes on Google all fairly the same...I went for it...
It took about an hour all told I guess...though anyone who has done canning of any kind knows there is a great deal of prep before and after....oh the after.....
I also, finished a quilt top....
So, come dinner time...I wanted someone else to make it....so I had "Mrs. Pattmore" do it...
I made a really good split pea soup! The pressure cooker is the best way to to make it!
Basically you put everything in it and 12 minutes later we had soup...I did however carry it to another pot to puree it....though you don't have to....it's just split pea soup has always been pureed....


It was a lovely way to end the day...and a great recipe!
So, today...I finished putting things away....including the food I canned this weekend...
Yup....a couple of little shelves in the craft room closet (hey, it is a craft....) I have my little stash, which by summer's end is burgeoning, if luck is with me in the garden....
As you can see, there are still a few things left from last years crop...pickles and pepper jelly and one apricot jam....
I am so looking forward to gardening...
More rain is predicted....ugh...I am so ready to get outside and play in dirt and plant seeds....
I hope you have a great day!
Nancy

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