Tag Archives: food preservation

The winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered our book giveaway! We consulted random.org to select the winner of a pre-order for the upcoming Food in Jars book coming out in May.

The winner is comment number 90:

thePotlicker
March 28, 2012 at 8:11 pm
you are each such an inspiration. i am most excited about a new sunchoke recipe, my cilantro peanut pesto, and classic blackberry jelly.

Congratulations thePotlicker! We are e-mailing you to get your shipping information.

2 Comments

Filed under canning

from our cupboards

I don’t think I’m going to get to the trio of watermelon canning projects I had hoped for this week, but we’ve got to figure out some good storage solutions for our canned food anyway. Every year I end up crafting some labels for our jars. It’s a little too time intensive for big batches, but we like to have some on hand that you can just slap a ribbon on and give as a proper gift or trade when needed. Really I just do it because it’s fun. It must be the same kid in me who keeps eyeballing the giant, pristine box of crayons at the store (you know, with the built in sharpener).


black pepper cherry jam


cherries in light syrup


Raspberry jam made with Pomona’s Universal Pectin. We’ve been using this a lot since you don’t have to use so much sugar.

Little known fact: if we didn’t name our chickens after characters from Cry-Baby, naming them after characters from The Outsiders was high on the list. Tell me Sodapop, Ponyboy, and Cherry Valance aren’t excellent chicken names? For now we will settle for a reference via golden raspberry jam.

18 Comments

Filed under canning

raspberry porn

We are so lucky to have organic raspberries that grow 8 minutes from our house.

We splurged on a flat and a half.

Of course we had to get some gold.

Since they sold out before we got to the farm stand AND the market over the weekend, we got up early Monday and bought these. We wanted to make jam and syrup together, so after Jess got home from work we all went out for a slice of pizza and a salad and then “jammed” until 2 am. Turns out one and a half flats is A LOT. I have to make some cute labels, and then you can take a peek.

Now Facebook is telling us Johnson Berry Farms has tayberries for the next four days. We might just have to go back for more.

2 Comments

Filed under canning