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Home Canning and Preserving Recipe

Home Canning and Preserving

11.03.14 by Jackie

Because of the drought in California, we haven't been watering our fruit trees much. The good news is that it finally poured this weekend. I hadn't checked out our trees in a long time. So after the rain stopped, Aria, our puppy Earnest Tofu and I took a little walk in the garden. I was pleasantly surprised that--despite the lack of water--guavas were plentiful, with at least 6 to 8 pounds of luscious fruit waiting to be picked. I consider it a luxury being able to harvest anything during this dry period, especially the tropical flavorful jewels we were able to gather. I prepared guava jelly and will share the recipe tomorrow. 

In the meantime, I gathered a list of the preserves I've prepared in the past. Jam and jelly's role isn't only as a topping for bread and butter for breakfast. You can incorporate them in so many creative ways: for salad dressing, meat glaze, syrup for roasted vegetables and of course in sweets and drinks. Get inventive; it may inspire you to do more home canning and preserving!


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Apricot Pepper Jelly Recipe Recipe

Apricot Pepper Jelly Recipe

03.13.11 by Jackie

I've made several sweet and spicy preserves in the past and this is one of the many variations we made last summer. As I might have told you before, Lulu's favorite hobby after work is gardening. He takes such great pride harvesting the hottest chiles. He started them from seeds and grew them in those cool Jiffy greenhouses. We should be starting planting the seeds again in the following weeks.

Last August, we harvested jalapeño and Habanero chiles. I paired the spicy peppers with delicious apricot juice and made my own pepper jelly. The problem with canning and making so many experiments during the summer is that we have to store all the jars in the garage. The preserves taste much better if you let them sit for a few weeks so the flavors are at their fullest. By that time, we usually forget about them until we do a huge clean up! It just took us 6 months to find these 3 jars. I’m glad we did; this apricot pepper jelly tastes delicious!


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Strawberry Muffins Recipe

Strawberry Muffins

01.14.10 by Jackie

Marbled Muffins made with homemade strawberry jelly are our family favorite. The muffin batter is  mildly sweet with a touch of acidity from the strawberry jelly. I used strawberry extract and lemon zest in the batter and repeated both flavors in the jelly.

The muffins have a subtle elegance that makes a perfect treat for tea parties or for children's birthdays or play dates. I've made them for both, and they're always a hit. The design is my own attempt at modern art; I put a dollop of the jelly on top of the batter and then use a toothpick to draw in random designs. It's not Jackson Pollock, but hey, I'm sure it tastes better than his paintings!

Strawberry Muffin Recipe with Picture


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