Preserves

Key Ingredients for Lemon, Fig and Lavender Marmalade
Lemon, Fig and Lavender Marmalade with Sarah B Hood

Last year my garden burst with lavender. This spring, only a few leggy plants survived. Too little snow. Too much thawing. Too  much freezing. Or maybe the plants sensed my neediness and fled. I need lavender this summer, and lots of it. For the esthetics,...

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Setting up a Canning Kitchen & Giveaway

In June, Amy Bronee came to town for a book signing at The Bookshelf. If her name is familiar, she’s the author of The Canning Kitchen and writes the Family Feedbag blog. While I had only to stroll a few blocks from my home, several food bloggers drove from out...

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Black Currant Jam

When I was very little, I thought my mother knew everything. Absolutely everything. If I had a question, she had an answer. If I had a problem, she had a solution. She cured my near-fatal bout of the mumps with teeny-tiny vanilla cupcakes. She could...

Currant Sour Cherry Jam infused with a bay leaf - TheMessyBaker.com
Bay-Infused Currant Sour Cherry Jam with Almond

I was very young and very fussy. No. Not so much fussy as "discerning." I ate a wide range of food with great pleasure. However, when I disliked something, I was inflexible. More than once I sat alone at the dinner table with an uneaten plate...

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Cooked Jam with Frozen Fruit | Raspberry Currant Jam

Cherries, currants and raspberries arrive at such an inconvenient time. It's hot. It's often humid. And our old stone house holds the summer heat like a wood-fired brick oven. Once the warm weather has worked its way into the walls, I'm hesitant to fry a...

Dried peaches made in a food dehydrator - TheMessyBaker.com
8 Reasons to buy a Food Dehydrator

My bedroom closet houses clothes, shoes, a cat-clawed housecoat, my knitting needle collection and a food dehydrator. Too wide for our narrow pantry, this unit spends most of the year in a corner of my closet looking like an abandoned R2-D2 action figure on Boxing...

Apricot & Honey Jam - TheMessyBaker.com
Round-Up: Jam, Jellies and Marmalade Recipes

As the late-summer harvest reaches its peak, I've been covering the basics of homemade jams and jellies. Making delicious, well-set preserves isn't alchemy but you do need to have a few basic pieces of equipment and understand what's required to make jams safe. Below is...

How to tell if jam is set - TheMessyBaker.com
How to tell when jam is set

Even with a solid recipe, good ingredients and the right equipment, telling when a jam or jelly is set can be tricky. If you don't cook it long enough you can end up with fruit sauce. If you cook it too long you have a...

How to Sterilize and Process Preserves - TheMessyBaker.com
How to Sterilize and Process Jars for Preserves

For those who are coming late to this series on homemade preserves, you might want to read the two previous posts. 1. Essential Tools for Making Preserves  and 2. Key Ingredients for Great Homemade Jams and Jellies. For those, like me, who just want to...

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