Sad news, kids. I didn’t manage to complete a chile-based project for the October Can Jam. I had a plan and even the ingredients to carry it out, but alas, I couldn’t make the kitchen magic happen before the deadline. I’ve spent all week scrambling to get myself re-oriented to post-vacation life.
But since the ingredients are still languishing, I do hope that I will be able to make the Peach-Jalapeno Jelly I’ve been plotting (with leftover peach syrup from my final batch of canned peaches. Amazingly, it’s been in the fridge for nearly a month and hasn’t started to ferment yet. Here’s hoping it will last another few days).
However, did you know that you can bring limp carrots back from beyond the pale by submerging them in a jar of water and keeping said jar in the refrigerator? This act will make you a hero with your snack-craving, carb-avoiding husband (unless you happen to wedge the carrots too tightly into the jar in an attempt to be efficient, rendering it nearly impossible for the hungry husband to remove them. True story. Tongs had to be employed).
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to make this website a fun place to visit, now that we’re heading into quieter canning times. In an attempt to keep things interesting, I’ve created a Flickr group called (wait for it) Food in Jars. I’m inviting everyone to join and add their favorite pictures of the jars in their lives and the way they’re employed in the kitchen and beyond.
Truly, it doesn’t just have to be home canned goods. It can also be photos of the jars you use for leftover storage, for dry goods or for your morning coffee. I’ll be picking a photo from the group pool once a week to share here on Food in Jars, in order to share the jar love. So let’s see those jars in action!
Finally, I have a giveaway I’ve been negligent in wrapping up. Several weeks ago now, I offered up a copy of the GrassRoutes Guide to Portland. Then I went to BlogHer Food and then onto a Portland vacation and totally dropped the ball. In an attempt to get back on top of things, I’ve selected a winner. It is lucky #22, Sandi Garcia. Congratulations Sandi, I’ll be in touch shortly.