Posts Tagged 'canning'

Spicy Dillys

It seems like every week my string bean pile gets bigger and bigger. It’s like the Little Shop of Horrors where the plant just keeps getting bigger and scarier by the day. With the CSA shares getting larger by the week, I’m finding less and less room in my fridge. I feel like at some point, my fridge door is going to bust open and a fountain of green beans are going to come pouring out in bushels.

In order to maintain my plethora of beans I had been accumulating, I decided pickling was the most delicious option. Or maybe that was my secret plan all along…mwahaha.

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White Nectarine Jam

I was walking home from work recently when I passed a fruit stand that was just overflowing with baskets of beautiful nectarines. At first they caught my eye… then they caught my nose. They looked gorgeously ripe, and perfumed the warm summer with their sweet scent. If you’ve ever smelled a ripe nectarine you know what I’m talking about. It’s almost floral, in a way, but just utterly spectacular.

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1950s Sweet Corn Relish

When you think about corn relish, you probably think “that’s so 1950s summertime picnic.” Well, at least that’s what I think. But retro food is making a big comeback. After all, canning and preserving is quite an old school trait in and of itself—and one that I’ve grown to love dearly.

This sweet and tangy corn relish takes you right back to the cool 1950s. The combination of red peppers and yellow corn make it both pleasing to eat and to look at. My larder shelves finally have some color besides deep reds and browns!

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10 Questions With Marisa McClellan of Food in Jars

Since starting Handjobs (For the Home) back in December 2010, I have interacted with such a rad group of readers and bloggers. Everyone has been so welcoming and friendly in helping me enter this new world, and I am extremely grateful.

So, I thought, why not feature a few of these awesome people right here by doing some mini interviews? It’ll be a great chance to learn about various aspects of other bloggers, both in and out of their interweb persona. I’m calling it “10 Questions With…” and first up is the lovely Marisa McClellan from Food in Jars.

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DIY BBQ Rubs

Got a dad that loves to grill? Then this Handjob is perfect for you. I’m always looking to put a little more creativity into my Father’s Day gifts, because let’s face it, how creative is buying yet another power tool? So this year I figured I’d give my awesome Dad something he can use all summer long—some DIY BBQ Rubs.

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Giveaway — Strawberry Lemon Preserves

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Nothing makes me happier than opening a jar of preserves midwinter and spreading it on warm toast. It’s like a taste of summer, if only for a few short moments. Recently I made Strawberry Lemon Preserves, and as I said in the post, it’s really amazing. It’s pretty much my favorite canned recipe so far, and tastes incredible on a warm biscuit with butter. I like it so much, in fact, that I’d like to share a jar with one lucky reader.

There are 3 ways you can enter to win. Yes, 3.

-Leave a comment about a preserving project that’s on your to-do list this summer.
-Repost this giveaway on Facebook or Twitter.
-Repost this giveaway, or one of your favorite Handjobs (For the Home) posts, on your own blog.

For each entry (Facebook, Twitter, or Blog post) add a comment to let me know where you posted it, and I will use random number generator to pick a winner based on comment number.

Entry for this giveaway will end June 19th at 12AM EST.

Good luck!

Strawberry Lemon Preserves

The craft market in P-town is sneaking up on me, rapidly. I’ve got exactly one month to bust out about 50 jars of jam, but I’m determined to reach my goal—and then hopefully sell it all. Alex and I sat down last night, over some tacos, quesadillas, and plenty of guacamole, and wrote out a game plan. I’ve basically got 10 canning sessions I need to somehow squeeze in between now and July 9th.

What makes the situation even more difficult is the fact that it has been 100 degrees—and humid—over the last two day in New York. Yuck. It’s kind of crazy that most canning takes place during the hottest summer months, considering all the heat involved in the canning process, but I guess that’s just the way the strawberries macerate (just a little jam humor).

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