Putting By

Raspberry Jam

It’s that time of year — time to start the canning pot boiling. We’ve already put up a small batch of raspberry and a larger batch of strawberry. We mostly can salsa, applesauce, and jam — strawberry, sour cherry, blueberry, raspberry — but this year I want to try something with peaches and get back to canning pickles — we haven’t canned pickles since before the urchins arrived. Many years ago we canned green beans with dill and they were quite yummy so maybe we’ll do that again. So let me here it, anybody got a great canning recipe?

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18 Responses to “Putting By”


  1. 1 melissa June 16, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Yum. I did the pickled green beans years and years ago, but haven’t done that in 6 or 7 years. I have some beautiful weck canning jars in the basement. The fact that I don’t have a sweet tooth seems to mean that most of the canning applications are out for me. . .

  2. 2 Molly June 16, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I don’t have a recipe, just a longing to learn how to can. I was going to start years ago, but got frightened by “if you do it wrong, you could kill all your friends and loved ones with bacteria” kind of warning. Eep! So for now, I’m going to admire your beautiful image of glowing jam and be jealous. 🙂

  3. 3 Siew June 16, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I’ve been waiting for our local strawberries to come so I can make some jam as well. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have homemade jam (even in university, when my mom would send me care packages with jam everyone wanted). How about peach chutney? So yummy.

  4. 4 erin June 16, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    do you have a good pickle recipe? i’m looking for one!

  5. 5 Stephanie June 16, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Raspberry sounds delicious! We just did about 40 jars of strawberry jam. Peaches and june apples are next on my list. And hopefully lots of tomatoes!

  6. 6 lucy June 16, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Sorry I don’t have a recipe to share but you jams really make want to try making some!

  7. 7 Liz June 16, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    Looks delicious!

  8. 8 amandajean June 16, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    that photo is fantastic. I love the homey-ness that it represents. I am looking forward to canning this year, too.

  9. 9 capello June 17, 2008 at 10:55 am

    hey, i was counting on your for some good recipes!

  10. 10 pricklypearbloom June 17, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I wish I did. I haven’t canned in ages. I’d love to get back into it!

  11. 11 sara June 17, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Yum! I have never canned, but always wanted too.. I adore jams, apricot is my fav.

  12. 12 laurie June 17, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    I am so not a canner, but I do love that photo.

  13. 13 Berlinswhimsy June 18, 2008 at 2:40 am

    Oh yum! This makes me want to get out my canning gear ASAP! I love canning—–especially in the depths of winter when a jar full of summer can be found on the shelf. I’ve always wanted to can spicey green beans—I have the recipe and everything. Maybe this year…

  14. 14 pamela June 18, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    I really recommend the Ball (makes of the Ball jar) Blue Book of preserving. It has lots of great recipes. I’m going to try beans with dill for the first time this year.

    Also, the DK book Preserving by Oded Schwartz. This one is very inspirational to me. I’ve made and canned some of the chutneys.

  15. 15 Sally June 19, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    Oh my! THE book to get: The Complete Book of Small Batch Preserving. http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Book-Small-Batch-Preserving-Year-Round/dp/1554072565/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1213916375&sr=8-1

    It is chock full of very exciting and interesting recipes! I had an abundance of plums last year from my mom’s tree and made a plum-orange marmalade (with a splash of triple sec) and Amaretto Plum jam and successfully added some plums to the Orange Blueberry jam I made. They are all so much more interesting than the standard low-sugar raspberry, strawberry, and blackberry jams that I also made.

    And best of all: A ton of FANTASTIC PICKLE RECIPES! I made something like 7 gallons of bread and butter pickles and 2 or 3 gallons of garlic dills! We have an extra fridge, so they are all fridge pickles, which makes them crispier.

    I’m about to go get out my canning supplies now! Yay canning!

    And… the recipes have pretty small batches, so if you end up with extra beets from the CSA, you can pickle them in a hurry too! I tried one or two pickled beet recipes and really liked them!

    Can you tell I gifted a LOT of canned stuff at the holidays?!…

  16. 16 Leah June 21, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    Oh, I went on a canning frenzy last year and did about 5 kinds of pickles, including some supper delicious zuccini pickles. Canned for 2 weeks straight, looked like a canning factory exploded in my little kitchen – LOL. Let me know if you like bread n butter, sweet, dill or whatever, and I will send them your way. Will you share your green bean recipe???

  17. 17 aprilday July 10, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Our apple tree was just struck by lightning and I found half of it lying on the ground. Is there anything I can do with the immature apples on that part of the tree? Thanks


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