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Jams, jellies and Preserves are really easy to make. I think the biggest challenge is making sure it " jells". If you do a little research on the methods and understand the process it will generally lead to successful caned/jelled products. The Pickyourown.org site is one of the most comprehensive resources I have found on the subject and a must read for all budding jam & jelly makers out there.
I go to great lengths to talk about "The Alchemy of Jam Making". My best suggestion is that you use a wide pan with shallow sides so the liquid in the fruit evaporates quickly. Also, I suggest you marinate the fruit overnight with the sugar to pull out the liquid from the fruit. Oh, well, you have the book. Enjoy the smells. I love making jam.
Harriet, I just received your book as a gift yesterday and look forward to reading it. As for the bounty in New Orleans, I'm planning on picking up a flat of strawberries to turn into preserves. But if we don't get any rain down here pretty soon, I'm not going to have anything to can this summer.
Harriet when I get the nothin' to can canning blues I cook up a big pot of beans and grab the pressure canner and I'm off and running. I love having those beans on the shelf ready for me to warm up. My Winter/cool weather canning is always around meals-in-minutes: pasta sauces, soups, stews, bean dishes. I know Spring is coming and I'm going to be busy in the garden and these jars are so handy!
Erin: I canned almost 400#'s of tomato products last year and will do more this year...it was an amazing task and a real hoot. I gave away jars and jars...we're a big family...I have 5 grown children! Most of my tomatoes came from my son. I did purchase some amazing heirloom cherry tomatoes to dehydrate and I grew some big heirlooms for fresh eating. This year I'm growing about 60 heirloom tomato and pepper plants, my son has his tomato acreage and I have the Farmers Market...I am so looking forward to it warming up! I just hope I get most of my jars back!
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