Thursday, September 10, 2009

Jams, Jelly’s and Preserves ,Oh My!



Lets start with the pears,


I used my Grandma’s recipe for Pear Honey,which strangely enough does not have any honey in it! Go figure.

Granny’s Pear Honey

4 Cups ground pears

2 Cups pineapple (crushed and slightly drained)

1/4 Cup Lemon Juice

Zest of 1 lemon (optional)

2 Cups Angel flaked coconut

6 1/2 Cups sugar

1 pouch liquid Certo


In Large stock pot put pears, pineapple,lemon juice ,zest and coconut and sugar. Cook at full rolling boil for 10 minutes  for sauce and 15 to 20 for jam consistency, stirring constantly. Then off of heat add Certo. The dip into processed jars.  It should make about 8 to 12 8 oz jars. Then place in water bath for 15 minutes . Take jars out of canner and place on towels to cool and set up.                    

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The finished product, 22 jars!


Now the grapes




Grape Jam


4 Cups grape juice and pulp

7 cups sugar

1 pouch certo  liquid pectin


Cook grape juice and pulp and sugar to the boil(it won’t stop when stirred) Slowly add pectin and cook for one minute more stirring constantly. Fill jars and process for 15 minutes in water bath canner.

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I made a double batch and had 17 jars!


Trio Marmalade


I won’t put the whole recipe here,because it is somewhat involved. But I got the Recipe from 175 Jams,Jelly’s and Marmalades! If you like citrus, this is one for you to try!grapefruit9 lemon_lg



This is a great combination of flavors! And so pretty in the jars!




I have also canned quite a bit of salsa this year. I have just made up my own recipe, I will share it with you now….Shhh ,It is a secret recipe!

      Nana’s Salsa


1 large can chopped tomatoes(drained) Or you may use fresh tomatoes your choice.

1 Half a red onion (large)

  1 to 2 Jalapeños (Depending on how hot you like it ,leave in seed and veins

The juice of 2 limes

1/2 bunch of fresh cilantro

salt  to taste

  1/2 tsp pepper

1 teaspoon cumin

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until you get your desired consistency. Check for flavor and adjust. You may add a touch of sugar. If you like a thicker consistency you may add teaspoon of tomato paste,just pulse in food processor and adjust salt.  You may double recipe and place in jars and process in a water bath canner for 35 minutes for pints. 

It is so good!

Chips and Salsa

That’s all for now…. Be back soon!

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