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Canning Projects for Late August + Reminders

bowl of peaches

I am about to dash off to teach a weekend-long workshop up at the Omega Institute, but I wanted to drop in with a couple reminders as well as some suggestions for good things to can this time of year.

First up is a reminder that tomorrow is last day to get your first month of MightyNest’s MightyFix for free (it’s $10 a month after that). Make sure to use the widget in this blog post to get that deal.

Our friends over at Fillmore Container are sponsoring a couple giveaways right now and I thought you guys might like to know so you can toss your hats in the proverbial ring. On their blog, they’re offering up a Mason Jar Meal Kit to help with packing lunches and eating well. And over at Countryside Magazine, you have a chance to win a water bath canner and a Fillmore Container gift card.

Finally, the winner of last week’s Wusthof Clip Point Paring Knife giveaway is #290/Amelia.

peach mostarda

Peach Mostarda. This tangy, slightly spicy condiment is wonderful with cheese or cured meats. I’ve also used it as a component in braised chicken thighs, to very good results.

peaches in the pan

My Low Sugar Spiced Peach Jam is a winner for anyone looking to capture the flavor of summer without bogging down their jam with buckets of sugar. It’s a classic and is delicious on a nut or seed butter sandwich.

finished plum jam

This Plum Cardamom Jam works beautifully with the late summer Italian prune plums that I’m seeing in the markets these days and a jar makes a very nice holiday gift. And speaking of plums, these pickled slices are awfully good as well.

peach chutney

On the honey sweetened front, might I suggest either this chutney, a slow cooker butter, or my beloved lazy peach preserves?

So, those are my suggestions. Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you’re preserving this weekend!

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Links: Tomatoes, No-cook Jams, and Winners

two crates of tomatoes

I may have bitten off more than I can chew. With just 48 hours to go before we leave for vacation, I picked up 50 pounds of tomato seconds. I’ve divided them into a few different categories for canning (salsa, pizza sauce, jam, puree), and I’m going to do my best to make them all happen before we leave for the airport at 4 pm on Tuesday. We shall see. Now, links!

ripener bowl with fruit

The winners of last week’s Fante’s Fruit Ripener Bowl giveaway are #24/Kristal, #82/Holly, and #107/Sherrie Smith. More tomorrow!

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Marinated Red Peppers with Cooking up a Story

roasted red peppers from Cooking up a Story

Photo courtesy of Cooking up a Story

Last summer when I was traveling to promote Preserving by the Pint, I filmed a few short videos with Rebecca Gerendasy from Cooking up a Story. Earlier this week, she posted the final video from that shoot. In it, I demonstrate how to prepare and preserve a few roasted red peppers.

The finished video, along with the recipe, can be found over at Cooking up a Story.

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Links: Poached Tomatoes, Spicy Beans, and a Winner

marisa in a jar

For most of the year, my work is confined to my apartment, where I cook, take pictures, and write. Then summer comes and I spend vast swaths of time traveling to distance cities to teach, demonstrate, or collaborate. This last week was heavy on the traveling and collaborating.

I spent Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco, filming a canning video with the crew from Brit + Co. From there, I flew a very indirect itinerary to Indiana, arriving on Friday morning for Saturday’s International Can-It-Forward day (which was totally delightful). I headed home on Sunday morning and was so happy to sleep in my own bed last night (blame the lateness of these links on my extreme weariness). Here are this week’s links!

Mrs. Wages mixes

The winner of the Mrs. Wages tomato mix giveaway is #275/Martha. I’ll be in touch shortly!

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Links: Berry Jams, Pickles, and Winners

my books at Powell's

I am so very behind in both sharing links and announcing recent giveaway winners. Without any further fanfare, here are some of the tasty thinks I’ve noticed recently.

strainer lid on jar

Now it’s time for winners. First up is winner in the Primo preserves giveaway from two weeks ago. That lucky person is #123/Megan Kiedrowski.

Next are our ten winners in the strainer lid giveaway. They are:

Thanks to everyone who has entered a giveaway recently. I’ll be in touch with all the winners in the next couple days and I’ll have a fresh giveaway up tomorrow morning.

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Links: Berry Jams and Cucumber Soup

box of open jars

Last week was intense. Between the photo shoot for the new book, finishing edits on the manuscript, recording audio for a new podcasting project, and also staying present and focused for my husband and mother-in-law as they dealt with her health struggles, I ended the week feeling pretty spent. I’ve spent most of today cleaning up the apartment, doing some closet purging, and trying to get myself back on track.

Here are a few of the links I’ve collected for you!

peaches in jars

No giveaway winners this week, because the MightyNest giveaway is still in progress. If you haven’t entered yet, now’s the time!

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