It has been too long since my last post, but adding another family member does take some time to get used to, especially when I am the cow.
However, the season is upon us, and I cannot let it go to waste if we are going to have food for the next year. For myself, the season starts with strawberries and my supply of jam and frozen berries must be replenished. Me, consider purchasing jam, never!!
Jam of any fruit, is so easy to make, and knowing what is in your product is a piece of mind that I will take any day. It may contain a large amount of sugar, but it also doesn't contain the "funny words" that most of us cannot pronounce or even identify. I have always used the basic Ball Canning recipe with great success.
Other items planned for the summer:
raspberry jalapeño jam
and some new things that I have not discovered yet. Many items I do not make every year, but rather bi-yearly. Salsa and Barbecue sauce was made in abundance last year, so there is no need to resupply yet.
The summer of 2010 was a superb growing season, remember? I hope that this year is as abundant, but with the crazy weather this spring I am not holding my breath on any stone fruit.
I also hope to get my hands on a pressure canner this year so I can finally safely work with some of the less acidic foods in a safe way. There are always a few up on Craigs list, one will have my name on it soon enough.
Well now that I have set my list, I will have something to refer too. Any ideas or suggestions on things you would like me to try?