Low Sugar Jam

Here in Alabama, u-pick is really coming into its own. Today we picked nearly 2 gallons of blueberries at an awesome local farm (Bear Mountain) that grows its berries according to organic principles (that means, they haven’t paid the federal government for the privilege of the “certified organic” label!) But you only really get the […]

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Reduced Sugar Cherry Jam

I am loving the results I get with Pomona’s Pectin. The jam tastes like fruit gently stewed in honey. Wonderful. 4 cups, mashed or chopped, pitted cherries 1/4 cup lemon or lime juice 4 tsp calcium water Place these ingredients in a large saucepan and start to gently heat. 1 cup honey (or, if you […]

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Low added sugar blackberry jam

Having picked a lot of delicious blackberries at Holmestead Farm as part of my fun U-Pick experience, I set out to create some awesome low added sugar blackberry jam, using Pomona’s Universal Pectin. Yield: about 5 cups (5 jelly jars) Thoroughly rinse and pick through your blackberries 4 cups blackberries 1 cup honey 2 teaspoons […]

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Reduced Sugar Strawberry Jam

Pomona’s Pectin is an alternative to conventional pectin, which allows you to make jams with reduced, or no, sugar. Due to the very mild winter we have had this year, strawberries have come into season early and very sweet. What else could I do apart from make some jam? And as I have Pomona’s Pectin, […]

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What to do with canned foods?

The whole reason I make canned/preserved foods is to be able to eat them when they are out of season and thus expensive and shipped in over long distances. But once you’ve got them, what do you do with them? Last year I made a couple of different pie fillings while the fruits were in […]

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Pressure Canning – basic principles

If you want to know how to preserve food by pressure canning, this article is what you need. You may want to check out my boiling water bath article as well. First, what foods must you pressure can? Low-acid foods. In this context, low acid is defined as “pH 4.7 or higher”. Vegetables, meat, fish, […]

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Boiling Water Bath Canning – basic principles

This article should serve as a handy reference point for anyone who is unsure how to can by using the Boiling Water Bath, or Hot Water Bath, method. You might want to have a read of my article on setup costs as well. The technique I am describing here is only for products that can […]

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Pluot Jam

I am in the lucky position where the farmer’s market comes to our office once a week. This is a great way to get people to eat more fruit and veg (put it right in front of them!) so I bought some pluots* and proceeded to make jam with them! 4 pints of sorted, scrubbed, […]

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Blueberry fruit butter

Fruit butters are extremely easy to make in your slow cooker and you can use any fruit to make a butter. Use this recipe and technique to design your own – substitute your favourite fruit for blueberries.   Blueberries – 5 pints / 10 cups / 2.25 litres / about 3.5 lbs / about 1.75 […]

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Blueberry pie filling

Part 2 of my short series on blueberries – pie! 7 cups blueberries, washed and sorted 1 2/3 cups sugar 2/3 cup ClearJel 2tbsp lemon juice OPTIONAL 12 drops blue food colouring 4 drops red food colouring 1tsp grated lemon zest Prepare your jars and lids in the usual way. Half fill a large stainless […]

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