I enjoy jam as much as the next person and find a deep sense of accomplishment in making my own from time to time. Most jam recipes call for lengthy canning routines and commercially produced pectin. But I've developed an easier and simpler recipe for making jam.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of fruits posts.
Although we lived in the suburbs, my family lived, in many ways, like homesteaders. Every summer, we would get extra fruits and veggies, and freeze them to eat all winter. Now, my brother has a farm, and so we freeze even more — leftovers that come home from market, or "seconds." I have frozen tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, zucchini, corn, peas, broccoli, green beans, spinach, cherries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, currants, apricots, plums, peaches, rhubarb, applesauce, and winter squash. I don't claim to be an expert on freezing fruits and vegetables; however, from years of experience, I have found a handful of methods that work for me…
Apparently putting a dehydrator in a house of nerds turns it into an on-going science experiment. These experiments have left us with a good list of what foods worked and what didn't when it comes to dehydrating. So now I'm sharing this list with you, Offbeat Homies…
Now, most people are used to grandma sitting over a stove making strawberry jam in jars covered with gingham fabric. I really didn't want that. Looking online, I discovered something amazing about jam… alcohol makes it better! Strawberry Margarita Jam, Peach Fondue Jam, Black Forest Jam: you better believe I make the best jam going!
Since it's the holiday season (or, as I like to think of it, PIE season!). But I always thought it was too difficult to make yourself. A year or two ago I learned that, with a few shortcuts, pie is really easy to make. Here's a recipe post on how to make a basic fruit pie.
This isn't the first time we've delved into combining cheese, pears, and honey. Our fearless copyeditor Caroline whipped up some grilled cheese of the same ilk a few months back. This variation focuses on a sweeter bread and a strong cheese. Cue Challah bread and blue cheese, please!
Given the ubiquity of fruit stickers (…at least here in the US; is this a regional thing?), we've had a longstanding tradition in my house of collecting our stickers on the top of our water filter pitcher.
This begs the question: my husband and I can't be the only people who can't stand to just throw away a sticker. What about you, Homies?