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Fermented Hot Sauce Livestream Tonight!

For this first livestream of September I demonstrated how to make two variations of fermented hot sauces. This topic was motivated because there were so many comments and questions on this Instagram post.

For those of you who want a recipe to work from, I used a similar technique as is detailed in this blog post. To watch the livestream, scroll down to the bottom of this post. It’s hidden after the jump.

If you’re looking for more information about fermentation (and more specifically, fermenting spicy things), these books will help you out.

Ferment Your Vegetables  by Amanda Feifer – A terrific book written by a fellow Philadelphian that features lots of small batch ferments and creative flavor combinations.

Preservation Pantry by Sarah Marshall – Sarah is the fermentation mastermind behind the company Haute Sauce. Her book contains a world of tasty things, including some of her most delicious spicy concoctions.

Fiery Ferments by Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey – The best and most comprehensive book available on fermenting spicy things. If this is your favorite category, this book should be on your shelf.

Fermented Vegetables also by Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey – For more basic ferments, organized by vegetable, this book is invaluable.

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American Lifestyle Magazine + Food in Jars


Back in June, I spent a couple of days filming a pair of videos with a team from American Lifestyle Magazine, to compliment a story they were writing about Naturally Sweet Food in Jars and me. The issue containing the story is now available and so I thought it was high time to share the videos we made that day. I hope you enjoy them (and that they help take your mind off the stress of Election Day, if only for a moment or two).

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Yellow Plum Apricot Jam + Facebook Live

This little batch of yellow plum apricot jam is sweetened with honey and is gorgeously sunny and bright.

yellow plum apricot jam

A giant thank you to everyone who joined me on Facebook Live last night! I had a great time talking my way through a batch of jam and answering your many canning questions. I had such a good time that I’m going to do it again next week. Join me again on Tuesday, July 19 at 9 pm EDT/6 pm PDT. I’m not sure what I’ll make yet, but I’ll announce it over the weekend (when I have a better idea of what produce I’ll have on hand).

If you missed it last night, you can still watch, and in fact, the video is embedded below. Just skip over the first 3 minutes, because I started a little early to make sure the technology was going to work and then left it running while I finished getting ready. I won’t do that next time. Live and learn.

Finally, the recipe I made last night is after the jump. You could easily double the batch, should you wish! It’s set up with Pomona’s Pectin, so there’s a bit more flexibility in the size of the batch than there is when you’re not working with pectin.

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Can-It-Forward Demo Videos Now Available on + Home Depot Gift Card Giveaway

Marisa at Ball Canning HQ

Back in July, I traveled to Indiana to participate in Ball Canning’s International Can-It-Forward Day. We were supposed to be streaming live from their brand new test kitchen (kitted out in Martha Stewart Living cabinets, counters and hardware), but there were some technical difficulties and the videos were never made available.

Happily, the Can-It-Forward team has been hard at work behind the scenes, and today, the videos of the recipes that we all demonstrated that day are finally ready for viewing! You’ll see the following demos…

Click here to see all the Can-It-Forward Videos!

demo at Ball Canning HQ

For those of you who missed the interactivity of International Can-It-Forward Day, fear not. Your friends at Jarden Home Brands have you covered. This Thursday, September 24 they’ll be live streaming an fall canning program starting at 3 pm ET. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and see a behind the scenes peek at that gorgeous test kitchen I mentioned earlier.

If you’re interested in tuning in, you can pre-register here. And if you can’t make the livestream, they’ll be posting the full video later in the day, so you can catch up at your leisure.

Now, for the last bit of good news. I have a $100 Home Depot gift card to give away to one lucky Food in Jars reader (I know. Two giveaways in one week!).

Jarden Home Brands worked with The Home Depot and the Martha Stewart Living Kitchens line during their kitchen renovation and the results are so gorgeous. If you like the looks of the kitchen they created, this giveaway is your change to bring a little bit of the same durable style into your own home.

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share how you’d spend $100 at The Home Depot.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm east coast time on Friday, September 25, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and this post will be updated with their name.
  3. Giveaway is open to US residents only (and is void where prohibited).
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left on the blog.

Disclosure: I am a paid Ball Canning Ambassador and was compensated for my participation in this year’s Can-It-Forward Day, but my thoughts and opinions remain entirely my own. 

My Pickling Video from The Daily

About a month ago, two very nice folks drove down to Philadelphia in a rainstorm and spent a day and a half with me. We wandered around Reading Terminal Market and made multiple batches of pickles and jam. The goal was the production of two short canning videos. The first has just been posted and it is fantastic. I particularly love the stop-action animation they did of the carrots, asparagus and green beans climbing into the jars!

Update: Here are the links to the recipes we used for these recipes. Carrots. Beans. Asparagus.

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Classie Parker, New York City’s Canning Queen

The Canning Queen of the Desert from Etsy on Vimeo.

The first time I watched this video, I wanted to leap through my computer screen and give Classie Parker a giant hug. She’s a New Yorker who is teaching people to can and she does it with joy, humor and enthusiasm. What’s more, she’s been doing it since before it was cool and I hazard a guess that she’ll keep on doing it well after the current canning trend passes. She is someone I most definitely want to meet someday.

Big thanks to Etsy for producing this video and for to Jeremiah for bringing it to my attention!

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