It truly has been a while since my last post. For a very long while I lost my will to put my Soul into canning so I stopped. Depression is an amazing motivator to do nothing and I can attest to that!
Now I am back. I have been buying items for months and waiting for the day to finally happen. As a friend pointed out the only things I have left from my canning projects are picked Okra! MMM I am saving them for a good martini!
So today I will start up again and get back into the saddle. I have a few items that I will be making including items with cranberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, figs, and raspberries.
So let it begin!
I recently had a complaint from someone that said that a pear based jam that I made separated and that after they looked it up on the internet they realized it was botulism! Ugh! Is all I could think and I got pissed. I think my only pet peeve when it comes to giving away jams and jellies is when people make off the cuff comments that are neither constructive nor polite.
I go through great lengths to make sure that the product that I produce are safe including following precautions for seal failure which means that I don’t give out the product for 2 weeks while I observe the products without the band ring to make sure that the seal is good.
With this said seal failures will occur and other odd things will happen especially if my instructions are not followed regarding storage. These items will technically last years if kept in a cool, dry, dark space! With this said separation does occur it is not the end of the world it just means that there was more air in the fruit and it rises to the top in the jam. If this happens let me know. I just means that I need to tweak my recipe and cut the fruit smaller or cook much longer.
Here is a link that discusses this if it happens to you. http://foodinjars.com/2015/06/canning-101-how-to-prevent-jam-separation/#comments
last night I made Pear Vanilla Jam. I made Pear Ginger jam however it does not seem to have set yet. This recipe is from foodinjars.com.
Yesterday on Thursday I finally got around to using some of the mangos that a buddy shipped to me from Florida. I decided to start with a spicy Tomato Mango Jam. I absolutely love the color although the pictures did not do them justice! This jam is great on sandwiches as a spread or with cheese and crackers.
A link to the recipe can be found at http://foodinjars.com/2013/03/tomato-mango-jam-breakfast-for-dinner-giveaway/