Food Preservation

What: spiced pear butter Main ingredients and where I got them:  Henry’s mom gave me a box of comice pears harvested off a tree in the yard of an abandoned house across the street from her place. How much: 7-8 cups Recipe:  ripe pears whole or ground spices (star anise, cloves, cardamom, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, […]

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What: quince jelly Main ingredients and where I got them:  The quince was from my visit to the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository, and the honey was from our bees. How much: lots, about 22 cups total I think Recipe:  from the Pomona’s Universal Pectin directions 4 cups quince juice 1/4 cup lemon juice 4 […]

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What: spiced quince leather Main ingredients and where I got them:  The quince came from my recent visit to the USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository. The honey came from our bees. How much: four twelve-inch squares of parchment Recipe:  (almost exactly the same as my recipe for spiced pear leather) quince, rinsed and cut into medium-small chunks […]

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What: kiwi jam Main ingredients and where I got them: I picked the hardy kiwis during my recent visit to the local USDA National Clonal Germplasm Repository. The honey came from our bees. How much: approximately 13 cups Recipe:  from the Pomona’s Universal Pectin package yeild: 4-5 cups 4 cups chopped, mashed hardy kiwis, stems removed (or chopped/strained fruit, see […]

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As much as I love the rhythms and routines of canning and making jam, there’s something about the slow, quiet act of cracking and picking apart nuts that speaks to me. Once again, my parents’ towering English walnut tree let loose a bumper crop of nice nuts, and a few weeks ago, I got a […]

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Harvesting Fennel Seed

October 30, 2013 · 11 comments

Fennel seed is not something that falls within my regular repertoire. I like but don’t exactly love fresh fennel, but though I’m not a huge licorice/anise person, I find the taste of fennel seed to be surprisingly sweet and refreshing. We’ve had this one bronze fennel plant growing on the hill above the house for […]

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What: grape jelly Main ingredients and where I got them: I picked a big crate of concord grapes at my grandma’s house. The honey came from our bees. How much: about 8 half pints Recipe:  To make the juice, I used a steam juicer just like I discussed in this post. After I had the juice, I […]

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What: sweet pepper romesco Main ingredients and where I got them: I got another box of reject sweet peppers (red bells, ‘lipstick’,  and orange Italians) from Gathering Together Farm, and the tomatoes and garlic came from my parents’ farm. How much: A lot. I think it ended up with around 12 cups. Recipe:  I looked at this one and this one and then went […]

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What: kiwi-strawberry jam Main ingredients and where I got them: Henry brought a half bucket of hardy kiwis home from a horseshoeing client the other day. The strawberries were two-year-old ones (possible these very same) that came out of the freezer. The honey came from our bees. How much: just four jars (but really, I have WAY […]

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What: tomato jam Main ingredients and where I got them: The tomatoes came from my parents’ farm, the honey came from our bees, and everything else came from the store. How much: 7 or 8 half pints (I multiplied Marisa’s recipe by 1 1/2.) Recipe: This one from Food in Jars Other Comments:  Tomato jam was a […]

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