Looking for a new hobby on a tight budget? Canning homemade food preserves like jam and honey is a cheap, quick and easy way to have fun in the kitchen. With Fall just around the corner, now is the perfect time to give it a try! Not only are food preserves perfect for the family, but they also make awesome gifts so you can wow everyone with your new hobby and be the coolest Mom or Dad on the block. You can even start your own food preserves business straight from your kitchen!
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Here are some easy beginner recipes to wow your friends with tasty gifts on the cheap or to start a preserved goods business from your very own kitchen:
What you need:
- 5 cups crushed fruit (3 lb. for plum, peach or nectarine jam, or 2 ½ lb. for berries)
- ⅓ cup lemon juice
- 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup powdered no-sugar-needed pectin
1. Thoroughly sanitize and dry seven 8-ounce glass jars.
2. Combine fruit and lemon juice in a medium pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
3. In a bowl, whisk together sugar and pectin.
4. Add sugar and pectin to fruit mixture, stirring until sugar mixture completely dissolves and fruit returns to a full boil.
5. Boil 1 minute then remove from heat.
6. Transfer jam to jars, leaving a ½” space on top.
7. Seal and let sit at room temperature for 2-3 hours until jam has set. The jam can now be frozen and kept for 6 months.
Source: Everyday Food, September 2011
What you need:
- 2 cups water
- 1 tbsp light brown sugar
- 1 tbsp salt
- ¼ cup vinegar
- Handful of peppercorns
- 6 large kale leaves
1. Thoroughly sanitize and dry your pickling jar.
2. Combine water, sugar, salt, and vinegar in a small saucepan.
3. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
4. Add kale leaves and peppercorns into pickling jar.
5. Pour brine liquid in the jar over the kale and seal the jar.
6. Refrigerate for at least two days before eating.
Source: Go Healthy NY, August 2011
What you need:
- ¾ cup apple cider
- 6 apples
- 2 tsp allspice
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup white sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
1. Peel, core, and cut apples into quarters.
2. Combine apples and apple cider in large saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
3. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally until apples are soft, for about 30 minutes.
4. Purée apple mixture in a food processor until texture is uniform.
5. Spray insides of crockpot with cooking spray.
6. Pour mixture into the crockpot. Stir in sugar and spices.
7. Cook covered for 4 hours on high or 8-10 hours on low until mixture is dark brown.
8. Transfer mixture into jars and freeze leftovers.
Source: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom, October 2011
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