Links: Peach Ketchup and Baked Ricotta Cheese

Pie filling from Bucks County Preserves.

Sometime last week, I misplaced my blogging groove. Too many freelance deadlines combined with a need to tackle the mess that was our apartment before a canner’s potluck took me away from this space. But I’ll be around more this week, which at least one new recipe, some Canning 101 goodness, and a subversive tutorial. Here a few links to tide you over until them.

Comments { 5 }

Potluck with Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin Author Allison Carroll Duffy

potluck

Hey friends! Allison Carroll Duffy, author of the Preserving with Pomona’s Pectin is coming to Philadelphia and I’m throwing a little potluck to welcome her to town and give her a chance to meet some local preservers. We’ll be gathering at my place this Sunday, September 15 at 6 pm. If you’re in the area and you’d like to come, please enter your information in the form below. Once you’re signed up, I’ll send all the details along.

Hope to see some of you this Sunday!

Continue Reading →

Comments { 9 }

Links: Boozy Infusions, Blackberry Kvass, and a Winner

A late Monday morning breakfast.

It’s been a really long time since I’ve had a normal week. The kind where I’m home for seven days straight, don’t have any huge extra projects on the horizon, and actually get to cook my way through my CSA share. Happily, this week is shaping up to be wonderfully normal and I couldn’t be more pleased. Now, links!

assembled tomato strainer

roma by weston winner The winner of the Roma by Weston Electric Tomato Strainer is commenter #248/Kara B. She said, “My favorite canning helper is my Presto 23 qt. pressure canner. I even just started using it for water bath processing. I’ve been doing my tomato batches with a strainer and a rubber spatula. I need this little gadget so much!!!” Well Kara, looks like you’re in luck!

I’m going to take this week off from giveaways (it’s been quite the summer of great canning gear, hasn’t it!), but I’ll be back with something terrific for you guys next Monday.

Comments { 12 }

Upcoming Classes: Philly! Phoenixville! Greensgrow!

class image revised

Hello canners! Summer is coming to a close, but I’ve still got plenty of canning classes on the schedule. Check ‘em out!

September 14 – Tomato Jam at Indy Hall! In this class, we’ll make a batch of tomato jam and talk about all the ins and outs of canning tomatoes. Both boiling water bath and pressure canning will be discussed. Class is 11 am – 1 pm and costs $50. Leave a comment or email me to sign up.

September 18 – Tomato canning demonstration class at Henry Got Crops in Philadelphia’s Roxborough neighborhood. The class is from 6:30 – 8:30 pm and costs $10 for CSA members, $15 for non-members. Email henrygotcropsATweaversway.coop to sign up.

September 19 – Hands on tomato canning basics at Cooking Spotlight in Phoenixville, PA. Class runs 6:30 – 9 pm and costs $60. All participants will go home with a jar of tomatoes. Click here to sign up.

September 21 – Tomato Jam at Greensgrow. Class is from 12 noon to 2pm and costs $35. Click here to sign up.

October 12 – Spiced Apple Pie Filling at Indy Hall! This class will give students an opportunity to help peel, chop and process 10 pounds of apples down into a batch of fragrant, spicy apple pie filling. Class is 11 am – 1 pm and costs $50. Leave a comment or email me to sign up.

Comments { 2 }

A Food in Jars Workshop at the Rowe Center

six cases of jars

As you might have noticed, I teach a lot of canning classes and workshops. Most of the time, these events are just two or three hours long. It’s enough to hit the high points, work through a recipe, and get people comfortable with the basics of boiling water bath canning. But it’s not always enough, particularly for those of you who want to go a little deeper with your canning knowledge.

So this fall, I’m trying something new. I’ve teamed up with the Rowe Center (a camp and conference center based in Western Mass) to offer a weekend long canning workshop. The workshop will be a three-day, hands on canning extravaganza that will focus in on the many different ways to preserve autumn fruit.

We’ll make applesauce, apple butter, roasted quince chutney, pickled Asian pears, pear vanilla jam, apple mint jelly and apple rosemary jam and in doing so, make nearly every style of sweet and puckery preserve I know. Participants will go home with a jar of everything we make, along with a far deeper understanding of preserving.

This workshop will start on the evening of Friday, November 1 and will run through to the afternoon of Sunday, November 3. The workshop fee is based on a sliding scale and there are a number of different housing options and price-points.

I do hope some of you will join me for this week. I think it’s going to be fun!

Comments { 17 }

My Berlin Kitchen in Paperback + Oven Roasted Apricot Butter

oven roasted apricots

Right around this time last year, My Berlin Kitchen, Luisa Weiss’s beautiful memoir, was published. I got a copy when it first came out and read the whole thing in less than a day. As soon as I had a few moments, I used her recipe for spiced plum butter and made some of the most luscious, silky plum preserves.

It was such a nice style of preserve-making that I used it again a few weeks back on apricots instead of plums (without really meaning to, I’ve canned my way through nearly 50 pounds of apricots this year). I quartered them, combined them with a little honey and a few spices, and roasted them until they slumped and were slightly caramelized around the edges. Once they were entirely soft, I used an immersion blender to puree them and then canned up the resulting apricot goodness in half pint jars.

My Berlin Kitchen paperback

I hesitated to write about this apricot and honey butter because their season is mostly over for the year. However, I thought it couldn’t hurt to plant a seed now, for next year when the apricots return again. I also thought it was good timing to share this adaptation of Luisa’s technique because her glorious book came out in paperback last week. If you’ve not read it, I highly recommend it (I also recommend her plum butter. And the season’s not yet over for Italian plum prunes!).

And here are the specifics for my apricot approach. I used four pounds of pitted and quarters plums and 1 pound of honey. For one batch, I used 1 cinnamon stick and 2 cloves like Luisa suggests for her plums (it was delicious). For the second batch, I tied a heaping tablespoon of dried lavender buds up in a length of cheesecloth and let them sit with the fruit and honey overnight. The next day, I fished it out and roasted the fruit just as the plum recipe describes. This one may be my very favorite preserve of the year.

Comments { 6 }