I’ve selected a winner for my jam/jelly/marmalade giveaway (original post here). This was totally subjective, and I appreciate everyone who made suggestions for my oranges and ground beef (see post here). Thank you so much for your comments and suggestions. They were so helpful to me!
Jessica wins her choice of one of these, or she can select the orange marmalade I’m making this week!
“How about an orange curd or custard? It will only help in small batches and would need to be frozen if not consumed right away, but it would be delicious!”
Congratulations, Jessica! I sent you an email. Please respond within 72 hours, and I will get your prize out to you. I will also make some Orange Curd and let all of you know how it turns out.
Thanks again to all who entered! (If Jessica doesn’t respond, I will select another winner.) If you like winning free things, please check out my current giveaway here. You can win this lovely, delicious, and useful prize. It’s shelf stable for 20+ years, but it won’t last that long, because you will want to eat it!
You can use these yummy freeze dried foods to make pizza, breakfast burritos, and so much more! Want to know what to do with it? Check out my sponsor’s website for recipe suggestions by clicking here or here, and clicking on the item you’re interested in. Scroll down to the “tabs” and click on “recipes.” Thrive has some great recipes from Chef Todd which you will LOVE!
It continues through April 20, and you can enter every day for FREE! And there’s more fun to come! I have a couple more giveaways planned for the next couple of weeks.
Last year, my friend, Darlene, offered to let me come and pick apricots from her tree. She was about to have surgery and didn’t have time to can them that year. I took her up on her gracious offer and ended up with 2 almost full grocery bags of beautiful apricots! All I had to do was decide how to use them. There are so many options: canning, freezing, jam, and pies! I decided to do three of the four. I canned some, made jam out of some (which I also canned), and made a pie!
Today, I’m going to give you an overview of how I canned the apricots and the jam. But before I begin, I’m going to give you a little canning primer. Keep in mind that this is not an all-inclusive tutorial detailing how to can, how to be safe, etc. Rather, these are some important things I’ve learned through my canning experiences. If you want a more detailed list of to-dos and not-to-dos, please visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation’s website by clicking here. They have so much great information including recipes! I highly recommend you check it out.
Important Canning Basics
1. Cleanliness is next to Godliness– It is imperative that you follow these basic instructions to keep your canned food free from bacteria:
~ Wash your hands with soap under warm water before you begin.
~ Wash and sterilize your canning jars. Wash your lids and rings in warm, soapy water.
~ Use new lids every time you can.
~ Use a clean knife, cutting board, and other tools.
~ Make sure you process the jars the correct amount of time with the proper canning method. You may need to add additional time due to your altitude.
2. Choose the correct canning method – There are two recommended methods for canning: water bath and pressure canning. Some foods must be processed with a pressure canner. Please consult a canning book or other reputable source to determine if the food you wish to can requires a pressure canner. Most fruits and jams can be processed in a water bath canner.
3. Be prepared – Have your equipment washed, ready-to-use, and nearby before you begin.
Okay, now the fun part!
I began with some beautiful Apricots!
First, I washed the apricots and pitted the apricots.
And pitted them…
And pitted them. I peeled the ones that I canned, but not the ones I used in the jam. I stored them in lemon water to keep them from browning.
I cooked the apricots and followed the recipe for my jam.
I put it in hot jars, processed it in the water bath canner, and they came out beautifully!
I heated the apricots in a sugar-water solution and put them in the sterilized jars. Then I processed them in the water bath canner.
And, finally, I made an apricot pie with the leftover apricots. I used the recipe on the tapioca box to make the filling and Voila! Pie!
I ended up with several jars of apricots and several jars of apricot jam, all shelf stable and ready to use at a future time.
Have you ever tried canning? What’s your favorite thing to can?
If not, why not? What would you like to can if you knew how to do so?