16.8.10

Will you be Preserving Summer's Bounty?

 Fall is inching closer and closer.  And as tough as it is to let summer go, one of the benefits of this time of the year is the cornucopia of seasonal fruit and veggies bursting at the seams of local farmer's markets. 

In an effort to avoid high sugar, high salt, and other mysterious (and bad for me) additives, I have decided to do some preserving this year. I have to admit, I have been planning on preserving for a while now, but was a bit intimidated by the process.

 I picked up the Art of Preserving by the fine people of Williams-Sonoma.  I recommend this book for newbs to preserving.  It has all the basic recipes and also recipes on how to use what you've made.  Brilliant.  I will do a more thorough review of this book once I've tried more recipes.


I was really pleased to find out that I needed very few specialty utensils and supplies to get started.   Very cheap start up! 

 I started with peach rosemary jam.  This is my first ever attempt at preserving, and it worked out wonderfully.  I used a bit less sugar, so it's a little runny, but SO delicious.  And a lot easier than I thought.

My next project is tomato sauce.  

 I also want to make salsa, apricot jam, plum jam, and apple butter.  

Are you going to be preserving this year?  I would love to swap recipes and tips with you!


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14 comments:

purseblogger said...

Okay, I LOVE this! I love Williams-Sonoma, we have so many of their cookbooks. I have been wanting to preserve too. You've inspired me to go for it. I don't have any recipes but would love some of yours if you have some. I'm going to ask my mom and aunt for some of theirs now that I'm thinking about it. :)

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RenderMeMama said...

Mmmm! Peach Rosemary jam sounds heavenly! I am a huge peach girl anyway. I got a few things preserved and put away but I usually just enjoy things while they are in season and then move on.

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Untypically Jia said...

I so need to learn how to can things. Seriously. The furthest I get is that I buy bulk veggies and fruit and then chop and freeze them.

Kim said...

This is the second year I've been canning, and I absolutely love it. The staples in my house are spaghetti, and applesauce. I canned tomatoes like mad last year, and went to an orchard and just did apple sauce like crazy.

The kids know quality when they taste it, it was way better than anything in the store. The applesauce especially, the apples were already naturally so sweet so I didn't have to add sugar. It was great.

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Kristie said...

This is a great project. I have not preserved anything yet but have done tomato sauce! I'd love to try jam one of these days.

Meghan said...

Your header is super cute. And now I'm super hungry for anything canned. My mother used to can everything you can think of. I miss it! New Follower by the way. Can't wait to read more

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I wish we were! We only grew tomato's and peppers this year.

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dave and jenn said...

I recently made some pickles, but it wasn't with a traditional canning recipe. I would love to learn more about preserving - I think it's something I could really enjoy!

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