Strawberry Lemon Lavender Honey Jam
1 lemon, zest and juice
4 C. sliced strawberries
3 T. Dutch Jell All Natural Lite pectin
12 heads of lavender, tied in a bundle.
1 1/2 C. mild honey
Put the lemon juice, lemon zest, berries, lavender, and pectin in a pot. (You can stir with the lavender bundle.) Bring to hard rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute. Remove the lavender bundle. Add honey. Bring to rolling boil and boil for 1 minute. Ladle into jars. BWB 10 minutes. Makes five 8-oz. jars. Notes: If you donâ€™t want the odd lavender flower falling off into the jam, you can strip the flowers off and put them in a tea ball to steep in the jam as it cooks. I found it easier to just use the bundle to stir with as much as I could, then I switched to a spoon when I needed a stronger stirrer.
About the pectin: Iâ€™ve been using bulk pectin this year from my local Amish store. You can probably use 1 pkg / 3 T. Ball pectin as well or Sure-Jell. Keep in mind that strawberries often take more pectin than other fruit.
8 Peaches, peeled
3 lg Oranges
Pulp of 1 med. cantaloupe
1 (8 1/2 oz.) can crushed Pineapple
Chop all ingredients fine. Put oranges through food processor. Combine all with 3/4 C. sugar for every 1 C. of fruit. Mix well and let stand overnight. Next morning, gently cook mixture 1 hour, stirring frequently. Pour into hot jars and seal. Makes 8 pints.
Berry Christmas Jam
3 C. Fresh cranberries
1 md Seedless orange, peeled and quartered
1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen sliced strawberries, slightly thawed
1/4 tsp. Ground cloves
1/4 tsp. Ground cinnamon
4 C. Sugar
1/2 C. Water
1 Pouch (3 oz.) liquid fruit pectin
In a food processor, combine the cranberries and orange quarters; process until coarsely chopped. Add strawberries, cloves and cinnamon; process until mixture is finely chopped. In a heavy large saucepan, combine fruit mixture, sugar and water until well blended. Stirring constantly over low heat, cook two minutes. Increase heat to high and bring mixture to a rolling boil. Stir in liquid pectin. Stirring constantly, bring to a rolling boil again and boil one minute. Remove from heat; skim off foam. Pour into heat resistant jars with lids. Makes about 3 pints of jam.
5 Bartlett pears, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 5 C.)
2 red bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped (about 1 1/2 C.)
1 lemon, seeded and finely diced
2 1/4 C. packed dark brown sugar
1 1/2 C. dried currants
1 C. apple cider vinegar
1/4 C. finely diced fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, minced
1 heaping tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
Makes about 6 C.. Combine the pears, bell peppers, lemon, sugar, currants, vinegar, ginger, garlic, salt, and cayenne in a large saucepan. Simmer uncovered over low heat, stirring frequently, until the chutney has thickened and the pears have softened but still hold their shape, about 1 hour. Transfer the chutney to an airtight container and let cool to room temperature. Stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator, the chutney will keep for 1 month.
1 pound (454 g) Tropea or other red onions, cut into small dice
2 C. (400 g) sugar
1 C. (237 g) Sangiovese or other sturdy red wine
1/2 to 3/4 tsp. kosher or fine sea salt
10 whole peppercorns
1 whole clove
1 bay leaf
1-inch piece vanilla bean
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 T. red wine vinegar
4-inch square of cheesecloth and a length of kitchen twine
Instant-read thermometer (optional)
2 sterilized 1/2-pint jars and 1 sterilized 4-oz. jar, and their lids
Basic water-bath canning equipment
Combine the onions, sugar, wine, and salt in a wide, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Use the cheesecloth to make a sachet for the peppercorns, clove, bay leaf, vanilla bean, and cinnamon stick and tie it up with the kitchen twine. Put the sachet in the pot with the other ingredients. Bring the onion mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Cook at a simmer, stirring often, until the jam has thickened and reaches 220 to 225Â°F and you can drag a path along the bottom of the pot with a silicone spatula, about 20 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and remove from the heat. 3 â€¢ Ladle the jam into jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the rims with a clean, damp cloth, if necessary, and screw the lids on the jars. Process in a boiling-water bath for 10 minutes. Remove the jars and set them upright on a clean kitchen towel. Let cool to room temperature before storing in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. Refrigerate once opened, and use within 6 months. If any jars have failed to seal properly, store them in the refrigerator and enjoy those first.
Handmade gifts are better, but handmade food gifts are the best. Inspired by carrot jam from Afghanistan, this marmalade puts carrots and cardamom to good use and easy enough to make in an afternoon. Because candied grated carrots play the role of citrus peel in this naturally neon orange marmalade, the result is sweet rather than bitter.
2 C. water
1 tsp. green cardamom pods
1 Meyer lemon, zest and juice
1 orange, zest and juice
2 C. grated carrots (about 6 medium or 3 large carrots)
2 C. organic cane sugar
1 tsp. cardamom seeds, ground
In a saucepan, combine the water, cardamom pods, and lemon and orange juices and zests. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat. Take out and discard cardamom pods. Add carrots, sugar and ground cardamom, and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring constantly, until the carrots absorb most of the liquid and only a small amount of sugar syrup pools when you pull your spoon across the bottom. Remove from heat. Spoon into sterile glass jars with airtight lids and cover. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes (will keep unopened for up to one year), or cool completely and store in the refrigerator (will keep for several weeks). Makes 2 C. (or 2 half-pint jars)