Not sure if I mentioned or not before, but this past Summer began my debut of home canning. At a local farmers market shop, I saw a beautiful display of blackberries, at their peak, and swarming with fruit flies. "Eat Me!" came to mind, and so did "Jam me, baby!" Two for one on sale, I picked up several baskets, along with some fragrant peaches and colorful tomatoes.
And so it began.
I bought the Ball Canning book, one of the best things ever created for people who thought canning was a thing of the past, or something that you'd have to slave over. Sure, it isn't something that you can whip up in a few minutes, but, as with most things in life, it takes time and patience and you'll be rewarded ten fold.
I began with a couple of standard jams, and moved onto a few sauces. My absolute favorite item so far is the Tomato Jam, from the Food in Jars website. Sweet and spicy, this jam gets slathered onto cream-cheese'd homemade bread, crackers or bagels, as a spread for veggie burgers, and mixed with mayo and balsamic for a mock-thousand island dressing in my Seitan Rueben Sandwiches, and so much more. It's first bite is creamy sweetness, then a bit of warmth surrounds your taste buds, leaving them yearning for another bite.
Click here for the recipe.
Hope to be back soon!