I’m in Portland, OR for a week of family time (it’s my mom’s birthday on Friday). I flew out here this morning and after a long but uneventful day of travel, was greeted at the airport by my mom and nephew. I helped give Emmett a bath and then we wandering around the garden eating snow peas and a few of the first ripe blackberries of the season. It was heavenly and I’m excited for the week to come. Now, links!
- Boozy sour cherry jam. I like a little bourbon in my sour cherry jam, but this amaretto version sounds nice too.
- Curious what 64 cumulative cups of apricot jam looks like? Wonder no more!
- Tangy plum chutney. I made a similar batch last year and it is so good with cheese.
- Blueberry and red currant jam. I wish, I wish I could get currants in Philly.
- How to make lavender sugar.
- Lovely lemon balm jelly. Must get my hands on some lemon balm immediately.
- Quick pickled okra. Gotta use tiny okra pods for this one.
- Lacto-fermented pea pods two ways
- Strawberry rhubarb jam sweetened with honey. A nice twist on a classic.
- Blueberry basil popsicles. I always forget about making frozen treats with my fruit.
- Raspberry breakfast bars. I imagine you could make these with just about any summer fruit. I might try go gather enough blackberries from my parents’ backyard and make a batch.
- And one wacky one. Who knew that Reddit had a canning page?
Now, the winner of the Williams-Sonoma Kilner Jam Kit giveaway. It’s #1723 (so many entries this time!), which is Michele Tebben. She said, “This is a new venture for me. I am learning about canning and preserving and I am about to begin purchasing all I need. At this time I am not sure what tool would be a favorite. I remember helping my Aunt can years ago as I stood on a chair at the stove to stir the berries while they boiled! Hot work on a hot summer day (no air condition)! But it was worth it! Good memories and yummy preserves!”
Michele, here’s hoping that these tools help you get started and become instant favorites!