Sunday, April 15, 2018

And the Canning Begins....

It is something to do with the weather....something about a canning book I found while thrifting...but it actually starts every year at this time of year....
I found two recipes I have been wanting to try...one is pickled onions...a type of relish or condiment made with red onions thinly sliced....
The other is Strawberry/Marmalade.
Before I did those, I found a recipe for pickled asparagus. And I found one for pickled garlic.
So, the day before yesterday I did those....
The main thing is taking advantage of what is in season. Asparagus is definitely in season and at Costco one can get a large bag of it....and because it can spoil quickly, we some fresh and I pickled the rest.....
And, then when you do that...it starts the "cascade" of canning....
My head swirls with dreams of shelves of canned goods like a true farmer or such. In truth, I am a small batch canner....I use the Ball hybrid canner that holds at most 6 half pints or 4 pints or 3 quarts. But, there is such a satisfaction in putting up food and having unique epicurean delights.
We got up and went to the Farmer's Market yesterday, so I could find strawberries, oranges (I used Cara Cara), and red onions (recipes swear that those are the best for pickling)....


A year or so ago, we ate at one of those super gourmet hamburger places and the burger had this pickled onion condiment on it and it was outstanding. I swore I'd find the recipe. Well, I believe this one is quite similar...and so easy!
I didn't can these...they are for the refrigerator as one goes to each child and one for us. I believe they will be used up in no time.....
 This recipe can be found online as I did...its a keeper....
 Here is the jam bubbling along...it takes about 40-45 mins to stir and stir and stir some more...in this picture, it still has a good 20 mins or so to go....

This recipe took the most time...marmalades do. However, they are so delicious! This recipe takes the best of strawberry jam and the marmalade and brings them together in a delightful mix of a little sweet and a little sour.  We had it on our toast this morning and I have to tell you, it is amazing! In fact, I could see  using other fruit....but so far this is it....the epitome of morning breakfast. Of course, it would make an awesome PB&J too.....
And no, you don't have to like marmalade....this would get you to like it actually....because of the strawberry! Now, if you aren't of fan of strawberry jam... I'd still have you try it.....
Well, no canning today...we're babysitting for a while today.....and I will be taking that daughter her share of the yummies....(I am known for spoiling them)....
Have a great day!!
Nancy

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