Home Canning and Preserving

Home Canning and Preserving

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!

Marmalade




Homemade Tangerine Kumquat Marmalade Recipe




Preserves




Fig Noor Bread Cake Recipe





Goat Cheese and Fig Crostini Recipe




Candied fruit




Kumquat Preserves





Citron Confit Recipe (Candied Lemons)




Jam




Chile Jam Recipe (Homemade Habanero Sauce)





Mulberry Jam Recipe




Jellies




Apricot Pepper Jelly Recipe





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