Strawberry, Honey and Ginger Preserves

This recipe for Strawberry, Honey and Ginger Preserves is a great way to spice up your usual strawberry canning each summer. It’s sweet but not too sweet, with subtly warm undertones from the ginger. It’s great over ice cream, yoghurt, cheesecake or sponge cake. It also pairs well with dry-curd cottage cheese and mascarpone. 125 ml…

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Home canned blueberries with brandy

Add a splash of brandy to home canned blueberries to raise them to a sophisticated gourmet level. It lends the berries a little bit of warming comfort on cold winter evenings. Very nice as gifts. Quantities of blueberries needed Numbers are approximate guidelines. On average, as a very rough guideline, expect to need per jar:…

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Canning bananas

We’ve all been faced with a glut of bananas, and longed for a way to deal with them other than banana bread. Can they be home canned? The answer is: bananas can be used as an ingredient in home canning, but they can’t be canned plain on their own. You can’t can plain banana on…

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Home canned pie fillings

Pie fillings are a great option for home canning a sudden glut of summer or fall fruit, whether it’s grown or bought during those few weeks of the year that stores practically pay you to take it off their hands. These jars will provide a year ahead full of instant, delicious, wholesome desserts. And they…

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Tomatoes in 1.5 litre (quart) jars

The Ball / Bernardin Complete book has a tested recipe for canning tomatoes (whole, halved or quartered) in large 1.5 litre / quart jars. Each 1.5 litre (quart) jar will hold about 2 kg (4.5 lbs) of tomatoes. The 1 litre / quart jars seem tiddy in comparison, only holding about 1.3 kg / 3…

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Homemade pickling spice

This pickling spice recipe is middle of the road in terms of taste; not too heavy in any particular spicing tradition or direction. You can of course feel free to omit, substitute or add particular dry ingredients according to taste. Read about how to use Pickling Spice. You may want to double the batch at…

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Canning plain beets

  Plain canned beets (aka beet root in the UK) are delicious. What a treat to be able to pull a jar off the shelf on a weeknight, zap in microwave and serve with some sour cream and a sprinkle of dill weed on a blustery winter’s evening. It’s nice to know, too, that your…

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Tomatoes: hot pack vs cold pack

When canning tomatoes, some recipes call for raw pack, some for hot pack. Which type of recipe is better to choose? Raw pack is when you prep the tomatoes, but don’t heat them in any way before packing them into the jars. Hot pack is when you heat the tomatoes first to some degree before…

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Canning meat

Home canning meat… people’s first reaction is to turn their heads to see where the banjo music is coming from. Their second reaction is to be worried about the safety of home-canned meat, but in fact, meat is very safe to home can with the correct procedures. For the record, it’s the innocent-looking veggies that…

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Zucchini bread and butter pickles

Delicious, fresh-tasting pickles that you can make at any time of year with zucchini (aka courgette) from your local green grocer — zucchini is usually affordable year round. See also: Bread and Butter Pickles The recipe Jar size choice: Half-litre (1 US pint / 16 oz) Processing method: Either water-bath or steam canning Yield: 5 x…

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Quick Tomato Ketchup

You can make delicious sugar-free, salt-free ketchup for home canning quickly by drawing on an Italian secret — bottles of passata, which is a thick, pure fresh tomato purée. This recipe is also great for when you’re out of ketchup in the winter and fresh tomatoes are so dear that it just doesn’t make sense…

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