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.

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12 responses to “Links: Boozy Infusions, Blackberry Kvass, and a Winner”

  1. Hope you enjoy your ‘normal’ relaxing week. I checked out the website you recommend for vanilla beans. Which kind of beans do you use in your recipes? Does grade B work well? I made your pear vanilla jam and splurged on beans from the grocery store, it was delicious but I can’t believe how much they charge for vanilla beans in the store!

  2. I am making the spiced plum butter. after 2 hours in oven, the plums are still watery and have not thicked yet. Do I leave in much longer?

  3. Marisa:
    I canned 9 pints of tomato sauce last night and then spent the night unable to sleep after spotting some air pockets in the jars. How worried should I be and what can I do to fix it?
    Sleepless in Brooklyn

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