To Can or Not To Can… CAN

To Can or Not To Can… CAN

For the second year in a row my sister, Sarah, and I have joined a local CSA. If you are not sure what that is, it stands for Community Supported Agriculture. We sign up in the spring and receive fruits and vegetables throughout the spring, summer and fall. Our CSA , Doe Run Farms, has provided tons of great vegetables and delicious fruits. Most weeks we get more than we can eat so we started freezing some items. We freeze blueberries to use later in my Blueberry Boy Bait, a great coffee cake recipe by America’s Test Kitchen. We blitz onions and peppers through our food processor and freeze them in snack size bags to use later in the year for several savory dishes. We also freeze tomatoes by just washing and drying them and lay them out on a cookie sheet. Then we place the clean tomatoes in the freezer for 3-4 hours and then bag them up. We just finished making twelve cups of homemade pizza sauce from our 2014 crop of tomatoes and onions.   This year our mother bought us the new Better Homes and Gardens: Complete Canning Guide to try out. There are several great recipes in there along with helpful hints on everything from Sweet Potato Butter to Apricot Chutney to homemade Cherry Cobbler filling. Spoiler alert the sauce is made from cranberry juice! We have used the book’s recipes for homemade jam include mixed berry, a combination of raspberries, cherries, and blueberries as well as our delectable black berry jam. Their temperature and testing methods for seeing when jam is set is spot on...